Practice Areas

Business Immigration

Our Immigration Practice Group is internationally renowned for delivering innovative and effective solutions to meet the U.S. Immigration and Global Immigration needs of our clients around the world. Our immigration team of over 80 professionals includes more than 25 attorneys dedicated to the practice of immigration law. Known for our collaborative, accessible environment, we offer clients the benefit of our collective experience to create customized immigration programs that reflect the very latest developments in immigration law. Our clients span a broad range of industry sectors including Automotive, Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical, Digital Media, Entertainment, Financial Services and Consulting, Gaming, Food and Beverage, Health and Nutrition, Hospitality, Information Technology, and Luxury Goods.

The Practice Group is large enough to represent institutions with significant foreign national populations, while nurturing our valued client relationships. Our strategic approach to client representation is attorney-driven, and each Gibney professional is committed to delivering personalized counsel and legal representation of the highest quality to all of our clients, whether large multinational corporations, start-up companies, private clients such as entrepreneurs and investors interested in the EB-5 program, and family based immigrants.

Our practice is particularly focused on immigration compliance in each jurisdiction. We provide clients with the training and technology to meet the challenges of an enforcement environment. Throughout the hiring and employment process and in conjunction with Gibney Onboarding Services, LLC we can advise on the legal, technology and administrative challenges relating to worksite compliance, including Form I-9 and E-Verify. We create and disseminate Client Alerts providing relevant legal and policy updates, and we provide clients customized on-site educational programs to ensure adoption of best practices and strategies. We offer access to our web portal (the “Gibney OWL”) for case status and updates, and an online resource to provide information regarding global business visa and work permit requirements and processing times (“Ask Gibney”).

As a full service law firm, our Immigration Practice Group provides a coordinated approach with other practices at Gibney to offer a range of interdisciplinary legal services. Our clients have access to Gibney’s full range of legal services. Corporate personnel and foreign nationals may obtain advice in areas related to immigration law including customs, employment, real estate, social security, compensation and benefits planning, and income tax and estate tax law.


Attorneys


Houman Afshar, Partner
Partner
(212) 705-9853
Nathalie M. Armas, Partner
Partner
(212) 705-9867
Jennifer M. Bennett, Associate
Associate
(212) 705-9878
Deanna S. Chea, Associate
Associate
(212) 688-5151
Deborah B. Davy, Senior Counsel
Senior Counsel
(415) 901-2270
Shai Dayan, Senior Counsel
Senior Counsel
(212) 705-9875
Joseph Di Cesare, Partner
Partner
(212) 705-9815
Irem Dogan, Senior Counsel
Senior Counsel
(212) 705-9874
Lauren B. Gibson, Senior Counsel
Senior Counsel
(415) 901-2270
David W. Johnson, Senior Counsel
Senior Counsel
(212) 705-9828
Monica M. Kim, Senior Counsel
Senior Counsel
(415) 901-2270
Filomena Lepore Taylor, Of Counsel
Of Counsel
(212) 705-9855
Ruby Li, Associate
Associate
(212) 688-5151
Inez M. Macedonio, Senior Counsel
Senior Counsel
(212) 906-3319
Amy McCoy, Partner
Partner
(212) 705-9866
Judi A. McManigal, Senior Counsel
Senior Counsel
(415) 901-2312
Survi Parvatiyar, Senior Counsel
Senior Counsel
(212) 705-9831
Violeta Petrova, Associate
Associate
(212) 705-9812
Ellen L. Poreda, Partner
Partner
(212) 705-9810
Roderick A. Potts, Senior Counsel
Senior Counsel
(212) 705-9809
Nicolo Rivolta, Associate
Associate
(415) 901-2270
Aisling Ryan, Partner
Partner
(212) 705-9825
Minal A. Shah, Partner
Partner
(415) 901-2270
Zarina H. Syed, Associate
Associate
(212) 705-9845
Jaime Wang, Senior Counsel
Senior Counsel
(212) 705-9804

Recent News Posts


Immigration Alert: Plan Ahead for Holiday Travel

The holiday season can be a hectic time for international travel. Airports, Consulates and ports of entry are exceptionally busy due to the large number of travelers, visa applicants, increased security measures, and enhanced vetting procedures implemented pursuant to executive orders. We encourage corporate human resource personnel, business travelers, and foreign national employees to take proactive
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Immigration Alert: Increased H-1B Onsite Visits 

On October 20, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Inspector General released a report outlining recommendations to improve the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) Administrative Site Visit and Verification Program and targeted site visits for H-1B non-immigrant workers. What Employers and Foreign Nationals Can Expect  The USCIS’s Fraud Detection and
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Immigration Alert: FY2019 Diversity Visa Lottery

What is the Diversity Visa Lottery? The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of State, permits up to 50,000 diversity immigrant visas to be granted for fiscal year 2019 to persons from countries with low immigration rates to the United States. Foreign nationals are selected for eligibility to file an
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Immigration Alert: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has resumed Premium Processing today for all H-1B petitions. Premium Processing was previously suspended for all H-1B petitions starting April 3, 2017, and subsequently reinstated for H-1B petitions filed on behalf of physicians under the Conrad 30 waiver program, interested government waivers, and Fiscal Year 2018 cap-subject filings. What Employers
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Immigration Alert: Cap-Subject H-1Bs Approved for Fiscal Year 2018 to Take Effect on October 1

H-1B cap-subject visa petitions filed and approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for Fiscal Year 2018 will take effect on or after October 1, 2017. Change of Status Filings: H-1B cap-subject petitions filed as “change of status” will take effect on October 1, 2017 if the beneficiary: Was physically present in the U.S.
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