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Business and Immigration attorney representing both business and individual clients with green card applications, H-1B visas, foreign investor visas (EB-5, E-2 and L-1 visas), naturalization/ citizenship, religious worker visas, as well as various other employment- and family-based immigration matters.   


Listed as a 2011 and 2012 Rising Star by the SuperLawyers Magazine, a designation reserved to 2.5% of the attorneys in each state.  Selected among "New Leaders in the Law" by the CT Law Tribune in 2012.  Listed among the 2010 Women in the Law High Achievers by the Connecticut Law Tribune.  For her leadership within the Greater Hartford Community, Ms. Bucin has been honored as a “40 Under Forty” award recipient by the Hartford Business Journal in 2009.


AV-Preeminent Peer Review Rated on Martindale-Hubbell


Languages spoken: French, Romanian, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 85%
    11 years
  2. Business: 10%
    11 years
  3. International Law: 5%
    11 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Oleg Gherasimov

    Ms. Bucin is a fine, knowledgeable and effective attorney. She is an asset to the legal community. I endorse this lawyer.


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  • John M O'Brien

    An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of her clients and getting them the most favorable result possible.


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Contact info

Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C.

100 Pearl Street
17th Floor
Hartford, CT, 06103

Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C.

265 Church Street
10th Floor
New Haven, CT, 06510-7013

Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C.

203 Main Street
2nd Floor
Middletown, CT, 06457

Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C.

1733 Storrs Road
Storrs Mansfield, CT, 06268



DCActive 200607/05/2016
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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Annual Immigrant Day HonoreeCT Immigrant and Refugee Coalition2016
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Entrepreneurship Foundation Team Placement 3rd PlaceSC2 Challenge (EDA and City of Hartford)2015
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
2013 SuperLawyersSuperLawyers Magazine2013
2012 New Leaders in the LawConnecticut Law Tribune2012
2012 Connecticut Rising StarSuperLawyers Magazine2012
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
2011 Connecticut Rising StarSuperLawyers Magazine2011
Women in the Law High AchieversConnecticut Law Tribune2010
40 Under FortyHartford Business Journal2009
Honorary SocietyPhi Beta Kappa2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyUpdike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C.2007 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
CrossRoads Venture GroupBoard of Directors, Hartford Chapter2011 - Present
MetroHartford International Business CouncilChair, EB-5 Committee, French Committee2010 - Present
CEENET (Central and Eastern European Network)Founding Member2010 - Present
World Affairs Council of CT, Young Profesionals CommitteeChair2008 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2004 - Present
Connecticut Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, International Law CommitteeChair2010 - 2011
Association of Romanians in New EnglandBoard member2010 - 2012
Meritas Leadership InstituteMember2008 - 2009
Connecticut Hispanich Bar AssociationBoard Member2006 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
L-1A "New Office" Multinational Manager VisaApproved
E-2 Foreign Investor Visa GrantedApproved
Asylumasylum granted
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Publication nameTitleDate
UKS Client News AlertSEC Lifts Ban on General Solicitation2013
Hartford Business JournalCT realty investors open first EB-5 visa center2013
Hartford Business JournalEB-5 Immigrant Investor-related article2011
Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA)Immigration Law Presentation2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Boston University School of LawInternational LawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Ohio Wesleyan UniversityInternational BusinessBA - Bachelor of Arts2002
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
UConn PEPPresentacion Sobre Leyes de Inmigracion2016
Polish National Home of HartfordVisa Options for Polish Nationals2016
CERC FDIImmigration Options for Brazilian Investors and Entrepreneurs2016
WRYM RadioVisa Options for Polish Nationals2015
World Affairs Council Panel on ImmigrationGlobal Conversation Series: The U.S. Immigration Crisis2015
WNPR: Left Out Of Visa Waiver Program, Polish Visitors Ask: 'Why Not Us?'Visa Waiver Program (Poland)2015
University of Bridgeport Entrepreneurial CenterVisa Options After Graduation (Entrepreneurship Focus)2015
UConn TIP Seminar SeriesEntrepreneurship & Immigration2015
UConn SAGE WorkshopVisa Options After Graduation (Entrepreneurship Focus)2015
SC2 ChallengeImmigrant Entrepreneurship in Hartford2015
Quinnipiac University Immigration Law for Foreign StudentsVisa Options After Graduation (Entrepreneurship Focus)2015
MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)Visa Options After Graduation (Entrepreneurship Focus)2015
Middlesex Community College Immigration Law classImmigration Law and Policy2015
Fairfield University International Student PresentationVisa Options After Graduation (Entrepreneurship Focus)2015
West Indian Social Club PresentationImmigration Options for West Indian Nationals2014
St. Michael's Ukrainian Church Annual CelebrationImmigration Options for Ukrainian Nationals2014
Deferred Action RenewalsDACA Renewals2014
Boardroom SeriesForeign Investments into US Ventures: Incentives and Structures2014
Polish Business EventImmigration Options for Polish Investors and Entrepreneurs2013
Human Resources CouncilImmigration and the Hiring Process2013
Funding Sources and Incentives for Investment in ConnecticutEB-5 Foreign Investor Program2013
Boardroom SeriesForeign Investments into U.S. Ventures: Incentives and Structures2013
Labor & Employment Law SeminarImmigration Law Updates2012
International Business Strategy GroupPost-Graduation Visa Options2012
Norwich City Hall MeetingEB-5 Immigrant Investor Program2011
Immigration Incentives for Foreign InvestorsEB-5 Investor Program2011
Community Presentation SeriesImmigration Law for Romanians2011
Boston Romanian Professionals (at Ameriprise)Immigration Law 101: What You Should Know About Employment- and Family-Based Immigration2010
Annual Conference of the Regional Assemblies of God ChurchesCurrent Topics in Immigration Law2010