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Professionally, my focus is employment-based immigration law. I represent companies and individuals in obtaining nonimmigrant visas and immigrant visas/greencards. In the nonimmigrant area, I work with engineers, scientists, researchers, IT professionals, accountants, investors, professors and teachers, performing artists, actors and actresses, athletes and others in obtaining nonimmigrant visas in the following categories: H1B, Trade NAFTA (TN),  L1A, L1B, O, P,  J, B1, R visas for religious workers,E Investors and Treaty traders, E-3 Australians and other categories. In the realm of greencards, my expertise is in PERM Labor Certification and labor certification exempt applications. As far as labor certification exempt applications, I have a niche specialty in National Interest Waivers, Aliens of Extraordinary Ability and Outstanding Researchers.


A large part of my practice also relates to family-based immigration (e.g. a US citizen spouse claiming their foreign spouse).  Not only do we help prepare applications for processing in the United States and for consular processing abroad, but I spent a great deal of time with my clients preparing them for interviews and attending interviews with government immigration authorities when feasible.  In the context of family-based immigration, I help my clients work through difficult problems relating to waivers, illegal status in the United States, issues with status violations and evidence necessary to support their case.


I also work on a variety of other immigration related matters including naturalization, consultation on the impact ofcriminal behavior on immigration status and asylum and refugee law.  As noted in mybiography below I teach  "Asylum and Refugee Law

" at Albany Law school.  I have been assisting asylum seekers for nearly 20 years.




Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%
    21 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

1 Commerce Plz
Albany, NY, 12260-1000


NYCurrently registered 199903/07/2016
DCInactive 199607/06/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pro Bono Service AwardAlbany Law School2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerWhiteman Osterman & Hanna, LLP2006 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorAlbany Law School2004 - Present
AttorneyWhiteman Osterman & Hanna, LLP1998 - 2006
AttorneyWeiss Hernandez & Cordero1996 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationN/A1995 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Villa, et al v. U.S. Department of Homeland SecurityGranted
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Publication nameTitleDate
, Albany Government Law Review, Vol 3Keeping America Competitive: A Proposal to Eliminate the Employment-Based Immigrant Visa Quota2010
Inside the Minds: Immigration Strategies for CompaniesNavigating the Challenges of Professional Immigration: Understanding Employment-based Visas and Creating a Successful Company Immigration Policy2009
The Business Review,9. “Immigration Policy drives out some of America’s most skilled,”2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Miami School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
University of VermontDouble Major Psychology and HistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Turkish American Frienship DinnerMaster of Ceremonies2014
Congressman Tonko Immigration RoundtableImmigration Reform2014