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Katia Jamaica Teirstein

Immigration Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   73 reviews

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Katia is a New York State licensed attorney with her own practice located in midtown Manhattan. She has worked on a variety of settings within the immigration field, initially counseling clients in asylum cases before the Immigration Court. Over the years, her practice areas have broadened to include comprehensive assistance for individuals and businesses. Katia has had her own immigration practice since late 2012 and focuses on business and family immigration. Today, she helps individuals, multinational corporations, executives, artists, and entrepreneurs develop their careers and unite their families in the United States. 

Katia holds a Bachelors of Arts in History from the University of Washington in her homehometown of Seattle, where she graduated with multiple Dean’s List awards and a Certificate of High Scholarship. She received her Juris Doctor from Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York, where she concentrated in Constitutional Law and was named a Cardozo Public Interest Fellow. During her legal studies, she clerked at the General Counsel Office of the U.S. Department of the Navy and the New York City Office of Emergency Management, as well as the Innocence Project, where she assisted the wrongfully convicted in appeals for DNA testing.

Katia is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”), the New York State Bar Association, and the French-American Chamber of Commerce. She also previously sat on numerous sub-committees on the New York City Affairs Committee at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Katia studied at a lycée in North-Eastern France as a teenager, where she learned to speak French. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, snowboarding, cheering on her beloved New York Yankees, and exploring New York City. An avid runner, most mornings you’ll find her running with her two dogs in Central Park or on the trails of Westchester County. She runs the New York City Marathon each November and she recently ran the 2017 Boston Marathon for charity. 

Licensed for 11 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2011
Updated 07/09/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Katia

Law Office of Katia Teirstein PLLC
54 West 40th Street
New York, NY, 10018

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Posted by Valentin | December 6, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great immigration lawyer
Katia has been guiding us through the green card process after our marriage, and she has been amazing. Knowing the delays on the USCIS, she proactively reached out and ensured my application would progress without putting me at risk. Thank you for your help Katia!
Posted by Facundo | November 17, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
the legendary visa tattoo girls
During my time in the United States I heard a lot about them, that they were the best in their field (visas for tattoo artists) without hesitation I trusted that we would manage to obtain it (O1 visa). everything is very professional and using an app to expedite contact with them helped a lot The only thing that would be good for them to change is to incorporate someone who speaks English/Spanish since they have many Latino clients and they would feel more comfortable when it comes to clarifying some questions. Thanks for everything guys
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Posted by Sergei | October 5, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Was approved
I contacted through a recommendation from my friends. a good connection was established through the application site and drop box. all information on the case was carefully sorted and thanks to this it was always clear what was missing. good analytical work was carried out taking into account the specifics of my profession, which allowed me to professionally collect and prepare a case for submission
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Posted by anonymous | September 1, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Yatzil Elizalde
As a tattoo artist, I hired Katia to go through the O-1 visa process, she provided the best service, her advise and management made the whole process easy and fast.
Posted by Nathan Phillips | August 31, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Service beyond compare
From the first moment we met Katia we knew we were on the right track. From the get go we were informed of everything we would need and what the process would be like. Katia was there with every step and helped a great deal! We are very grateful for the hands on and great service we received. Will always suggest and refer people to Tattoo Visa
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Posted by Axl Rojas | August 26, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
I got my O1 Visa approved by Katia and her team
I got my O1 Visa approved by Katia and her team, this wonderful team of woman are more then great, they provide you with the most truthful and effective information to handle your case in the most effective way and with the best results. I have no words to thank you for your work and professionalism. I recommend them with a closed eye and I can't wait to continue with my immigration processes in the future, Katia and the entire Tattoo Visa team thanks again for all
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Posted by Lainey Bee | August 16, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Beautiful human and great attorney
Katia and her crew helped me get approval for my O1b visa as a tattoo artist (with succes offcourse!). The whole process was absolutly amazing. If your looking for an attorney who cares about you, is organized & knows what she's talking about: then she's the one! Every step is well thought out and you don't have to worry about missing anything for your application. She's the type of person that makes you feel like you're the most important person on her list. And so does the rest of her crew! All amazing ladies! I will definitely work with her/them again in the future!
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Posted by andres | January 10, 2022
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Thank you so much Katia for your fantastic work..............................................................................................................................................
Posted by Bobby | June 25, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Green Card Alchemist
I moved to the states on a B1 visa (with my american wife) and wanted to immediately apply for a spousal green card. The US immigration system is headspinningly over complex and difficult anyway, but add into the mix the fact we were deep into a Trump administration and had just entered a global pandemic and lockdown and it was tough to know which way was up. Katia was a lifeline. She brought order to the chaos and managed my expectations, and frequent panics, with a calm and professional authority. By the time I got to my interview, our file was in such great shape and I was so well prepared it was a slam dunk (and I don't have the easiest case or cleanest track record with the US). Green Card was turned around in 9 months total. 100% recommend for all matters immigration - its an area you really want to make sure you have top quality advice.
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Posted by Armand | March 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Thankful
Katia Terstein & Jasmine Leiselsen thank you very much! They were always attentive, they handled my case efficiently, very patient, I obtained my O1 visa very quickly despite all the inconveniences of Covid 19
Posted by Louise | January 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
Katia helped me secured both my E2 visa and my green card and has made both applications a smooth and clear process. She is always available for any questions that you may have and she’s very soothing in her approach when these applications can sometimes be stressful. I have always felt confident and trusted her right away. I have had representation in the best where I have felt that the attorneys were just in it for the money, Katia cares about her clients and it shows in her approach. I would highly recommend hiring her!
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Posted by Andrea | August 6, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer, very effective and really cares for her clients
Hi my name is Andrea and I’m a tattoo artist. I worked with Katia and Jasmine to get my O1 visa. They are the best team, extremely responsible, effective, trustworthy and very patient. I can not recommend them enough. I’ve known other tattoo artists that have tried to get this visa (it’s not an easy one) with other lawyers and they have failed. Not every immigration lawyer can get you this visa, so I feel very fortunate a fellow tattoo artist recommend them to me.
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Posted by franck | April 21, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Fantastic
We got our green card approval because of Katia's work. She is very good advise and Hard worker. You can rely on her which what you need when you need papers.
Posted by Oscar | January 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
the best lawyer !!!
Katia took my case for my o-1 visa, the process was very fast and her support was essential so that everything went well, I thank Katia very much and I recommend it 1000%
Posted by Seth | December 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A really wonderful experience
Going through a green card process with your spouse is rough. The paperwork is labyrinthine, and the workload really can’t be understated. I’ve even spoke with others who’ve gone through it who told me they felt like the process was even subtly designed to damage their relationship. But this is all to say that we had a really great time, all things considered, and that this is totally due to having such a wonderful lawyer. Katia really knew the process inside and out, and was such a wonderful guide. She’s a very warm person to be around and a lot of fun to hang out with, which may not seem to be important qualities for a legal representative...but I can assure you, They Are. She was a shining beacon through treacherous terrain. We are so grateful for her work with us, and now my wife and I can go to Tahiti!
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Posted by Rob | August 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Katia is the best!
We used Katia for my wife's immigration case. She was knowledgeable, thoughtful, and totally put us at ease in what can be a very stressful process. Katia has an eye for detail and she triple checked everything. This is all important when submitting hundreds of pages of documents. I can't say enough good things and would recommend her to anyone looking for an absolute pro immigration lawyer.
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Posted by David | July 25, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
MVP of all Immigration Lawyers
I am so lucky I met Katia and decided to work with her Law office when I started my immigration process. We went through different challenges and step by step, she provided lean confidence, excellent expertise and most importantly, a high level of care through the entire process. Katia is not a simple lawyer, but a great person who will take your case to a personal level. Kind of if your best friend was an amazing immigration lawyer. Don't think twice.
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Posted by Tony | July 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Service
Katia helped my wife get her green card and we were very pleased with the level of service we received. Katia was very communicative during the whole process and helped us navigate everything with ease. I would highly recommend her services to anyone in need!
Posted by Sebastien | May 24, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
My husband and I worked with Katia to successfully obtain the green card after we got married. A friend had recommended her to us and I am glad we used her services. She helped us to smoothly navigate the long and complex process and ensured we got there with as little stress as could be. She is professional, knowledgeable, organized and also very friendly. She took us through the initial filing very efficiently, managed the extension of the temporary employment authorization and helped us with preparing for the final in-person interview (which she attended with us). She was key in making sure we always had a clear view of where we stood in the process with USCIS and what to be prepared for. She was always available and quick to answer any questions or issues that popped up, and she was overall very supportive. We could not have done this without her help. She is a great immigration lawyer and a great person, I could not recommend her more!
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Posted by Yeismel | May 18, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
My husband and I used Katia’s services for my husband’s green card application. She was highly recommended by a close friend. Katia was always very professional during our meetings and quickly responded to our emails during the process. She was readily available and even came with us during our interview at USCIS. I highly recommend Katia.
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AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Founding Partner & Attorney at Law
  • Law Office of Katia Leiselsen
  • 2012 - Present

Education

  • Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006

Legal Cases

  • E-2 Change of Status
  • Approved
  • family-based green card
  • Approved

Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • French

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Public Interest Fellow
  • Yeshiva University
  • 2010
  • Certificate of High Scholarship
  • University of Washington
  • 2006
  • Deans List Award
  • University of Washington
  • 2005
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Given (7)
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Immigration Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Leiselsen's number one priority is to protect her clients' best interests and to provide highly knowledgeable, experienced and aggressive representation on their behalf. A highly recommended immigration lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Katia is an experienced immigration attorney and a lovely person to work with. When I began practicing immigration law she was generous with her time and advice. As a practicing attorney it is wonderful to have a colleague that I can consult with on complicated cases and strategic issues. I fully endorse Katia and believe that she an exceptional attorney."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Katia Leiselsen for her immigration work. We have worked together on several files and the clients are very happy with her results."
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New York Immigration Lawyer Katia Jamaica Teirstein
Katia Jamaica Teirstein
Immigration Attorney
New York, NY
Licensed for 11 years