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
Jennifer W. Davis, Associate
Associate
(212) 705-9868
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, Partner
Partner
(212) 705-9828
Monica M. Kim, Senior Counsel
Senior Counsel
(415) 901-2270
Ruby Li, Associate
Associate
(212) 688-5151
Tao 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, Senior Counsel
Senior Counsel
(212) 705-9845

Recent News Posts


Immigration Alert: USCIS To Resume Limited Premium Processing for H-1Bs

The US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has indicated that it will resume Premium Processing on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 for pending H-1B petitions filed on or before December 21, 2018. USCIS previously announced a temporary suspension of Premium Processing for certain H-1B petitions, and this suspension remains in effect for H-1B petitions that were filed on
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Immigration Alert: DHS to Change H-1B Cap Lottery Selection Process

On January 30, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will publish a final rule on January 31, 2019 to amend regulations governing the H-1B cap process. Some changes will take effect for H-1B cap petitions filed this year (April 1, 2019) while other changes will be implemented for cap petitions filed
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Immigration Update:  Shutdown Ends and Immigration Services Resume

On January 25, 2019, President Trump signed a stopgap spending bill to re-open the U.S. government. Federal agencies affected by the 35-day shutdown have resumed operations and will be funded until February 15, 2019. E-Verify also resumed operations, and the Department of Homeland Security provided instructions for participating employers to ensure compliance: Employers who participate
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Immigration Alert: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Petitions

Effective January 28, 2019, USCIS is resuming premium processing for all fiscal year (FY) 2019 H-1B cap petitions. Petitioners may now interfile requests for premium processing of H-1B cap petitions that were filed in April 2018 and are still pending.  Petitioners who have received Requests for Evidence (RFEs) on FY 2019 H-1B cap petitions may also
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Immigration Alert: Plan Now for H-1B Cap Filings

Now is the time of year when employers should identify any current or future employees who may require a cap-subject H-1B petition to work in the U.S. Under current rules, the first day to file H-1B cap petitions is April 1, 2019, for an employment start date of October 1, 2019. What’s New this Year?
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