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
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Pro Bono Service Award||Albany Law School||2013|
|Partner||Whiteman Osterman & Hanna, LLP||2006 - Present|
|Adjunct Professor||Albany Law School||2004 - Present|
|Attorney||Whiteman Osterman & Hanna, LLP||1998 - 2006|
|Attorney||Weiss Hernandez & Cordero||1996 - 1998|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||N/A||1995 - Present|
|Villa, et al v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security||Granted|
|See all legal cases|
|, Albany Government Law Review, Vol 3||Keeping America Competitive: A Proposal to Eliminate the Employment-Based Immigrant Visa Quota||2010|
|Inside the Minds: Immigration Strategies for Companies||Navigating the Challenges of Professional Immigration: Understanding Employment-based Visas and Creating a Successful Company Immigration Policy||2009|
|The Business Review,||9. “Immigration Policy drives out some of America’s most skilled,”||2009|
|University of Miami School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1995|
|University of Vermont||Double Major Psychology and History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1992|
|Turkish American Frienship Dinner||Master of Ceremonies||2014|
|Congressman Tonko Immigration Roundtable||Immigration Reform||2014|