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Attorney Sylvia M. Montan possesses over 19 years of experience practicing in the area of U.S. immigration law, managing immigration matters for Fortune 500 corporate clients, not-for-profit organizations, and individuals. She is admitted to New York, New Jersey (inactive) and U.S. Supreme Court.


Clients include major companies  and individuals in various fields including investment banking and financial services, legal, information technology, pharmaceutical, food manufacturing, aerospace, health and  education.


Experience and Expertise includes:


•          Nonimmigrant work visas - Investors/Traders (E), Trainees (J-1 and H-3), Professional Workers (H-1), Intra-company Transfers (L-1), Extraordinary Ability (O-1), NAFTA (TN);

•          Immigrant work visas (Green Cards) - Labor Certifications (PERM), Multinational Managers/Executives, Extraordinary Ability, Schedule A workers (Nurses),

  •        All aspects of  Family-Based immigration;

•          Counseling on consular visa processing and applications for adjustment of status

•          Responding to government challenges including USCIS Requests for Evidence and DOL Notices of Findings, Audit Notices and Intent to Deny correspondence, and file Motions to Re-Open, J-1 Waivers

•          Counseling human resources personnel on developing policies regarding sponsorship for temporary visas and permanent residence

•          Conducting orientation seminars for clients and prepare and distribute applicable literature covering various topics including work visas, permanent residence, I-9 compliance

•          Counseling on preservation of permanent residence and naturalization




Languages spoken: Spanish

Contact info

Law Office of Sylvia M. Montan, PLLC

45 Rockefeller Plaza
Suite 2000
New York, NY, 10111

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%
    21 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Roxanne H. Levine

    Sylvia is one of the best immigration attorneys in NYC! And she is current with the law, diligent and represents her clients zealously. She is highly ethical, hardworking and you will always get a favorable result from her hard efforts and extensive knowledge. I endorse her wholeheartedly!


    Roxanne Levine Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Karin Wolman

    Sylvia and I were colleagues at the same firm for almost 8 years. She is attentive, kind, and scrupulously ethical.


    Karin Wolman Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker


NYCurrently registered 199503/07/2016
NJLicense Administratively Revoked199408/26/2009
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
New York Metro Super LawyersSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
2016 Best Lawyers - New York CityBest Lawyers in America2015
New York Metro Super LawyersSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Alumni Profile - InterviewSyracuse Manuscript -Alumni Newsletter2012
Journal of International Law and Commerce AwardSyracuse University College of Law1994
L.F.E. Goldie Memorial AwardSyracuse University1994
Journal of International Law and Commerce Symposium EditorSyracuse University1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing Partner/PresidentLaw Office of Sylvia M. Montan, PLLC2009 - Present
Senior AssociateFragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, L.L.P.2007 - 2008
Senior AssociateWildes & Weinberg, P.C.1999 - 2007
AssociateLaw Offices of Joseph A. Sena, Jr.1995 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
AILA NY ChapterChair, Business Track, AILA NY Annual Conference,2015 - Present
NYS Bar AssociationMember, Committee on Immigration Representation2015 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association (NY chapter)Member, AILA/NY District Director Liaison Committee2012 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association (New York City Area chapter)Co-Chair, Social Committee2011 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2000 - Present
United States Supreme Court Bar (Admitted 4/1999)Member1999 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
AILA NY Chapter/CUNY Citizenship Now DayPro Bono2014 - 2014
AILA NY/CUNY Citizenship Now DayPro Bono2012 - 2012
NYC Bar Association, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) ClinicPro Bono2012 - 2012
American Immigration Lawyers Association (New York City Area chapter)Member, Corporate Practice Committee2006 - 2011
Publication nameTitleDate
Syracuse Manuscript MagazineEmerging Issues in Immigration Law2013
Syracuse ManuscriptAlumni Profile2012
Syracuse University NewsDistinguished alumni panel will speak Oct.4 on emerging issues in immigration law2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Syracuse University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
Fordham UniversityPolitical Science & PhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Tulane University Law SchoolSummer Abroad Program (1992)European Legal Studies, Paris, FranceN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Career Development ConferenceCurrent Topics & Trends: How to keep yourself relevant in changing times2015
Coming Back Together ReunionHow to Rise to the Bench: State and Federal2014
Latino Heritage Month 2012 Syracuse UniversityEmerging Issues in Immigration Law2012
Consular/Border Processing 101Consular Processing of Immigrant Visas2012
AILA New York Chapter Monthly MeetingIssues with NIV and IV Consular Processing2012
AILA 2010 Annual ConferenceDay Coordinator-Family Track II2010
Business Visas 101- AILA New York ChapterBusiness Visas 1012008
Business Visas 101 - AILA New York ChapterBusiness Visas 1012007