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, Associate
Associate
(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, Associate
Associate
(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: Trump Administration Endorses RAISE Act Immigration Reform Bill

On August 2, 2017, President Trump announced his support of the proposed American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act. Proposed changes under the immigration reform bill include: Establish a skills-based immigration system. If approved by Congress, the plan would institute a merit-based system to determine who is admitted to the U.S. and granted legal
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Immigration Alert: USCIS Resumes H-1B Premium Processing for Certain Cap-Exempt Petitions

On July 24, 2017, USCIS resumed premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions.  Specifically, premium processing resumed for cases in which the H-1B petitioner is an institution of higher education; a nonprofit related to or affiliated with an institution of higher education; or a nonprofit research or governmental research organization.  Premium processing also resumed for
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Immigration Alert: New Version of Form I-9 Released

Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new version of Form I-9 that will become mandatory beginning Monday, September 18, 2017. Until Sunday, September 17, 2017, employers may choose to continue to use the prior edition of Form I-9. With this new version, no changes have been made to the Form I-9 itself.
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Immigration Alert: Department of Homeland Security Delays International Entrepreneur Rule

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will delay implementation of the International Entrepreneur Rule until March 2018 while it considers whether to rescind it. The rule was set to go into effect on July 17. The proposed rule would allow qualifying international entrepreneurs to seek temporary permission to stay in the U.S.
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Immigration Alert: Executive Order on Immigration to Take Effect on June 29

Following the Supreme Court’s recent ruling, the Department of State has issued guidelines for the implementation of a 90-day suspension of entry to the U.S. for certain foreign nationals who are citizens or nationals of: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, who lack a “bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the U.S.” The
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