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Amy R Novick

Immigration Attorney at Washington, DC

5.0   26 reviews
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 34 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 39 years
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1989
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1984
    Retired No misconduct found

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I specialize in obtaining highly skilled professional visas and green cards, J waivers, and issues of concern to the G-4 international employee and dependent community.  I also represent clients for marriage and other family based green cards, including adoption.


Haynes Novick Immigration
2001 S Street, NW
Suite 550
Washington, DC, 20009

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Posted by Aleksandra | May 11, 2021
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Top Notch Immigration Firm
I'm deeply thankful to Amy and the firm for everything that they've done. It has been a very complicated case. In fact, Amy has handled multiple filings on our behalf. We find her and her team's depth of knowledge extraordinary. We've been impressed with responsiveness, professionalism and willingness to hold their client's hand. We highly recommend her and the firm.
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Posted by Jacinta | January 6, 2020
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Amy, Best Immigration Attorney Ever!
I first saw Amy during one of her immigration talks for the World Bank Staff. Her depth of knowledge struck me, and I approached her after the discussion for a general inquiry, which she was most willing to share in an open and friendly manner. Later, when I needed legal advice on my family immigration status, I knew exactly where to go. Amy provided excellent services in processing my application for extraordinary ability- EB-1-1 and eventual transition for my family from G4 immigration status to US permanent residency. Subsequently, when my elder daughter got married, we again knew where to go, and for sure, all worked perfectly. Words are not enough to describe my experience with Amy. She gave me personalized service, friendly, timely, and I must say, left no doubt for success. I felt like I was the only client. She told me:- " I would rather we have all our papers in order than get into grey areas," and indeed, thoroughness was a key factor- everything got packaged correctly, was on schedule, and in record time. I consider Amy, a friend now and have continued to refer my colleagues to her. Good Job, Amy, and team. Best Immigration Attorney Ever!
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Posted by anonymous | May 8, 2019
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Outstanding attorney
I contacted Ms. Amy Novick for the removal of conditions (with a waiver) on my permanent residence (I-751 with a waiver). My immediate impression was that Ms Novick is not only extremely competent, professional, and kind but that she genuinely cares about her clients. Prior to reaching out to Ms Novick I had consultations with few other immigration attorneys and I would walk out of their office feeling like “just another client”. I was never convinced that they actually listened to me and that they would actually give the attention that my case needed. With Ms Novick my consultation was completely different from that. She listened and provided immediate feedback from which one could see that she not only has a deep level of expertise in these matters but is able to convey the knowledge to her client. In addition to the consultation, I contacted Ms Novick few times over the phone prior to formally hiring her and my experience was always excellent. She would always listen, be kind, professional and would know what needed to be done next. Ms. Novick prepared my case with tremendous attention to detail which made me feel very confident that everything will go well. However, given that cases take longer these days, every once in a while, I would email Ms Novick inquiring about my case. Even though there was nothing she could have done at this point, she would always promptly respond with words of care and understanding. My case was approved few days ago and I am beyond thankful to Ms Novick! I highly recommend Ms Novick and I will be using her services in the future. She is amazing!!!
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Posted by Marco | December 14, 2018
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Excellent work
Even though I now live in New York, I had no hesitation on relying on Amy Novick's vast expertise in handling my application for permanent residency (green card). Although fairly straightforward, my case took longer than expected. But Amy never gave up, was always supportive and ready to answer my queries. She was particularly on the ball toward the end of the process, when she alerted me immediately of a scarcely publicized change in procedure shortly before I had to submit my medical records and tests--USCIS never bothered informing me. In spite of the long wait and some anxiety in my part, which she handled remarkably well, Amy made the process as easy and stress free as possible. I would have no doubt in recommending Amy and her partners at Haynes Novick Immigration.
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Posted by Sanjeewa | December 8, 2018
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Highly recomended for J-1 Waiver Applications
I worked with Amy for my J-1 Waiver application, and I couldn't have been happier. She knows the subject very well and was always responsive to my many questions. She even gave me phone calls clarifying some issues. I highly recommend her for anyone looking for Immigration matters specially J-1 Waiver applications.
Posted by Sulaiman | June 18, 2018
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Great Thanks
I applied for H1b extension and i received a very complicated RFE which was difficult to defend. I half halfheartedly called Haynes Novick Immigration and made an appointment with Amy Novick. She was very honest about my situation. I still hired her firm to defend my case and that was the best decision i could take. Her staff prepared a very detailed response to RFE with every minute detail possible. The moment i reviewed that response i knew it would be approved. Two months later without any additional RFE, my extension was approved. I was almost ready to pack my bags and to leave but thanks to Amy and Ryan Knight who helped me on those difficult moments
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Posted by Brian | January 31, 2018
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Helpful EB1 consultation
I had a very helpful consultation with Amy about my extraordinary ability visa application. I had received an RFE that I felt was discouraging, prompting me to seek Amy's help. Amy walked me through it patiently, gave concrete tips on how to re-present my case, what tone to strike. She explained how the USCIS letter writer in fact was giving me key clues to enable me to turn the application around. I followed her advice, worked hard on my response, and a few months later my extraordinary ability petition was approved.
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Posted by Mengming Liu | November 15, 2017
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Couldn't say enough thank you to Amy
Amy is one of the very few lawyers who are not only extremely able professionally, but also compassionate and truly cares about her clients. 2016 spring, I was in a situation beyond desperate. In 2014, I moved here with my by then boyfriend, got married shortly after, and seperated at nearly one year after married. Before Amy, my consulted countless lawyers, they either made me feel like I am just another client on the trail, or they don't know the difficulty of my case. Because my ex-husband and I only lived together for a little bit more than a year in the States, so we didn't have an established life, and we were both unemployed and new to the area during that time, so we just don't have any 'common friends" or even joint insurance. I was so hopeless at that time, because I don't have any family in USA and my ex-husband just couldn't realize my status was at stake and provided little help. It would be a lie if I said that I'd never had the idea of giving up, but when I thought if I gave up now, all the sacrifices I made for my ex-husband ( quitting a wonderful job in Beijing, left my family and moved here, 2 years of time, all the money I spent..etc) would just flush into the toilet. Until I found Amy by searching online, had I really ensured that even though I get divorced before 2 years anniversary, with minimum evidence, I can still legitimately renew my green card by providing solid evidence of a bona fide marriage. With that ensurance in mind, I was able to function and being less panic. During the following 5 months, prior to I officially got divorced, Amy walked me step by step on how to get all the evidence needed to file the I-751 waiver. She was always responsive, even on evenings and weekends. She told me exactly what kind of letter I would need from my ex mother-in-law, and our friends in China. She would explain it from the immigration officer's point of view to let me know what documents I need to get. And she even offered me tips on how to tackle with my ex-husband! I have opened myself to Amy on my personal issues, and Amy was so open and willing to offer help, and I was so appreciated that she really took care of it confidentially. I believe I am not the only one who has this personal trust about Amy, and this trust must be shared by all of her clients. After we filed the extension, I can't remember how many times I asked Amy about my status. I knew that she probably couldn't have a definite answer for me, but because of the Trump administration, the environment was just so intense and Amy was being patient all the time. Until yesterday, 20 days to a year since I filed my I-751 waiver, I got my approval notice. I have nothing to complain right now. During last year, my life has been through a wonderful transition, all I needed to secure my life here was this approval notice. Now I have it. I know that I probably don't have any legal needs from Amy anymore, but I hope all the clients can finish their cases with Amy wonderfully, just as I did. If Amy is representing your case, you are in good hands! I wish all the best for Amy, and I couldn't say enough thank you to her.
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Posted by Graham | September 2, 2016
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Amazing Amy
Amy is an exemplary immigration attorney. She assisted my family and I with moving from L1 / L2 visas to Permanent Resident Status (Green Card). Throughout the process, Amy was thorough, calm, extremely efficient, reassuring and personable. Her knowledge and experience are second to none, and her patience for my endless questions was very much appreciated. She is also super-responsive. Every email was answered almost immediately, and Amy did a great job of allaying any concerns and worries, without making any promises or creating any false expectations as to the certainty of the outcome. I could not have asked for any more, and would wholeheartedly recommend Amy to anyone requiring an immigration attorney. I have a number of colleagues who have also used Amy, and the praise for her is unanimous. She is simply the best there is.
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Posted by Paul | September 2, 2016
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Amazing attorney!
Our company needed help in bringing a talented designer to the USA. We worked with 2 lawyers previously, spent a lot of time and money, but our petitions, as well as subsequent appeals were rejected. We then interviewed several of the most highly recommended immigration attorneys in the D.C. area, and Amy felt like the best fit - confident, knowledgeable, attentive, personable, and we were glad we chose her! Amy designed the best plan for us, O-1 visa for persons of extraordinary abilities, and assisted us through the whole process till our designer got her visa. Throughout the time we worked together Amy remained determined, focused, and always calm and pleasant, as well as immediately responsive to all our questions and concerns. Will wholeheartedly recommend Amy to anyone needing assistance with O-1, or other non-immigrant visas.
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Posted by anonymous | September 1, 2016
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very friendly, diligent, fast, and effective
I was a Green Card holder and applied to U.S. citizenship in late 2015. Amy was very friendly, diligent, fast, and effective during the entire process. Based on my experience, I thus highly recommend her.
Posted by Pablo | June 5, 2016
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Amy was the only Lawyer I could have a regular conversation over the phone!
I work at the World Bank Group, and thus my whole family holds a G4 Visa. My three children had met the 7.5 years required for them to apply for a Green Card, so I started to ask colleagues for Immigration Lawyers. In the WBG intranet page there is a list with a dozen of possible options. I called and/or emailed at least 7 of those names. Most of them had an assistant that knew nothing about the process and, at best could, book a consultation appointment within a week. Others had answering machines. Amy was the only one that picked up her phone the first time I called, kindly responded all my questions in my first phone call with her, and showed real interest in me and my family as clients. She explained what we were responsible for, what she would do, how long was the whole process likely to take, how much we had to pay the US Immigration Services, and how much were her fees. A week after we spoke over the phone, we were signing a service contract, she accompanied by email the whole process, confirming we were going to the appointments we needed to go to, biometrics, etc, and after no more than two months, in what for us was a seamless straight forward process, my three kids got their green cards in the mail. Some of the other lawyers responded latter, but to be quite honest, they made me feel that they would be doing me a favor and/or they could not be bother, thus had me talk with their assistants. Amy was the only one that had a service oriented attitude, heard what I was asking, and provided knowledgeable straight forwards responses. Price-wise they all charge more or less the same, but kind-quality service has no price. I recommend Amy Novak to anyone.
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Posted by NL | May 10, 2016
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Thorough and highly efficient
My wife needed legal help for a 2-yr home restriction waver. Upon meeting with Amy, we already had some idea about the likelihood/risk facing our case through consultation with other lawyers. We decided to stick with Amy for 2 key reasons: First, DC is a highly dense market for immigration lawyers and Amy's firm appeared both competitive and reasonably affordable. Second, through consultation with Amy on the phone, we were impressed with her attention to details, which proved critical as the case progressed. We would work entirely on the phone, occasionally on Skype, without much difficulty. Just the number of pages of primary evidence - mostly doctor letters that Amy drafted and edited - and personal statements alone was probably worth the entire legal fee we paid. On top of that, I believe that the case she prepared, including circumstantial and secondary evidence, left no stone unturned. The last part was probably critical since we had friends whose cases were similar to ours but failed due to inadequate preparation. USCIS and the State Dept took nearly all of the 8 months allowed to come back to us, thankfully, with an approval. Amy kept in touch with us throughout the waiting period and only closed the case once we had the paperwork in hand. Her professionalism was an important assurance for us during the entire process. With her help we always knew that we did all we could for our case.
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Posted by Mingji | May 8, 2016
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The Best Decision We've Ever Made
Our encounter with Amy started shortly after we received a devastating GC denial letter from USCIS. The letter requested me leave the US in a month stating that I failed to provide any documents that could waive my J1's 2-Year home residency requirements. I came to the states as an Au Pair from China. Unlike most Au Pairs from other countries, my J-1 visa had a 2-Year home residency requirement that typically applies to exchange scholars sponsored with government funding or anyone with special skills. None of the above applied to me. Therefore after I was able to change my visa from J-1 to F-1 status, I really didn't think too much after I married my husband. Like many of my friends, I thought I could prepare all the paperwork myself and I couldn't be more wrong. I started dialing everyone on the list. I narrowed down my list to only two lawyers in DC. Amy was one of them. We went with our family lawyer to both consultations in hopes of deciding on one. We didn't choose Amy first because the other lawyer offered a cheaper rate. Our case required a couple steps. First was the advisory opinion from the department of the state that states I am not subject to 2-Year requirements; then we had to refile for my permanent resident status. I also had to apply for a J-1 waiver from Chinese embassy. My lawyer couldn't be of much help since the application process was all in Chinese. This lawyer was not proactive. When I asked him a few questions regarding my case, instead of advising me based on his professional opinion, he would ask me if he should or should not proceed. He was not good with communication and that made my anxiety even worse. As time went by, I know my confidence in him had gone downhill and I decided to ask Amy to help me with the rest of filing. My husband and family lawyer both expressed concern over changing to a different lawyer at this point but I knew I couldn't work with him any more. After working with Amy for about 6 months, I received my GC in Dec last year right before Christmas. It couldn't have been a better Christmas gift for us. There are three main reasons why Amy was a success for us and why you should hire her too. First and for most, she is extremely thorough in preparing a winning case. A friend of mine once complained about the fact that her immigration lawyer went with them to GC interview but seemed to know nothing about their case, it made them furious and never wanted to refer him. Amy made sure she knew every aspect of our case and she found a big issue with our last filling that was somehow missed by USCIS. My husband's income wasn't enough and we needed a co-sponsor. Once we got that figured out, she finally considered it ready to be resubmitted. She was right. Secondly, she is very good with communication. I believe a great lawyer knows how to address clients' needs by providing timely correspondence. Amy never had me waiting for a response more than a day. Any questions that we had, she made sure to answer promptly. Unlike some lawyers who have their associates to correspond with clients to great extent, Amy emailed or talked to us directly for the most part. We felt our case was being taken care of by an immigration lawyer that actually cared about us and her work. Last but not least, she is such a compassionate lawyer who also addressed our emotional needs. One thing that my previous lawyer never provided was compassion. After all, not everyone is capable of compassion. We could feel that for her, we were not just another client but someone who needed her help and someone she was ready to help. She listened to our stories and recognized our anxiety and fear. She was kind and capable. It was such a great experience with her that we couldn't be happier that she was our lawyer. We were very fortunate to have her and I hope if you are in need of great help facing a devastating immigration situation like we did, Amy is certainly the one to go for. We truly recommend her
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Posted by anonymous | January 15, 2016
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Amy is just wonderful!
We were referred to Amy by a colleague at my job who had great success with her Green Card process with Amy. She too had heard about Amy from another one of our colleagues who was in a similar situation. Needless to say, Any has now become by work group's go to lawyer for immigration and green card processing needs. Amy is not just an excellent attorney she is also super kind, caring and genuine. Very hard to find these days. She ensured we understood the entire process well, set reasonable expectations and delivered results. She was calm and composed and handled everything with ease. It was an extremely simple process getting the green card with her guidance. She and her team handled everything. I 100% recommend Amy for any of your immigration needs!
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Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2014
She is the best lawyer I have met in my life...
Its my pleasure to write a review for Ms. Amy Novick. I had a major immigration problem in the airport when I came to the US for the second time from India. I was given a stay of one month in the US from the airport authorities. My girl friend was a US citizen but we did not know how to proceed with the case. We consulted numerous lawyers. Most of them asked us to go back to India and file papers from there. We were very confused and worried. We did not know how to tackle this situation. We heard good things about Ms. Amy from online searches. The office was kind enough to schedule an emergency appointment with her. Though we spent more than hour discussing about our case, she still charged us for one hour. This is in contrast to some lawyers who could not even spare us anytime to discuss the case and were charging for just a call on the phone. When we met her for the first time, she was very thorough with the immigration laws. She did not give us any false hopes or promises. She treated my girlfriend as her own daughter and advised our family what she would do if she was in our place instead. She did an outstanding job from the very beginning to the end of the case. We are getting married soon and this is happening mostly because of Ms. Novick. I wanted to write, and thank you for all your help. Starting from the initial advice, to taking us through the process, your guidance has brought us to this happy conclusion. We are both thrilled, as is the whole family. Thank you, very very much.
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Posted by Peter | December 9, 2014
Expert assistance in applying for green cards and citizenship
Amy is a professional and very competent immigration lawyer with a pleasant personality. She has a particular knowledge of the complications of persons employed at international organizations such as the World Bank and provided me with a first class service.
Posted by anonymous | October 27, 2014
Crucial legal advice and diligence
Amy Novick was advising us on our Adjustment of Status. Her valuable legal advice, her amazing diligence, her knowledge and contacts as well as her ongoing tracking of the status of application were crucial for the successful acceptance of our application. Thank you, Amy!
Posted by Sam | September 16, 2014
Excellent Immigration Attorney - Smart, Knowledgeable, Reliable
I've worked with Amy on two matters. The first was a petition for adjustment of status for my husband. It was relatively straightforward, but it was obviously of the utmost importance to us, and I (myself an attorney) was nervous. Amy's calm competence did wonders for my state of mind. She was highly responsive and addressed all of our questions. The insights she shared ensured that we sailed smoothly through the process. The second matter was a complex H-1B visa application for the Executive Director of a nonprofit organization. I am the President of the Board, and as soon as the issue came up, I knew that we would have to take it to Amy. She was terrific. She did the research needed to figure out how to best position our application, and she was a source of good advice throughout. I have no doubt that our petition was granted because of her fine work. I have already recommended her to others, and I will continue to do so.
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Posted by Nick | October 30, 2013
Outstanding Immigration Lawyer
I met with Amy Novick after having met with three other experienced immigration lawyers. She was by far the most competent and knowleadgable. She took care of my EB 1-1 extraordinary ability case within three months while being extremely available, especially on email, and very professional. It was not an easy case, but she made it look like a slam-dunk. She also provided sound advice on my nonimmigrant visa status, which was expiring shortly after I retained her. Let’s put it this way: I cannot imagine recommending anyone else for immigration-related work.
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Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Maggio & Kattar, PC
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Deputy Director
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • 1996 - 2004


  • Antioch School of Law in Washington
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • Clark University in Worcester
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1978

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Special G-4 Adjustment
  • approved
  • O-1 for Photographer
  • granted
  • Extraordinary Ability Green Card
  • approved
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  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Immigrants' List
  • Board member
  • 2008 - 2015
  • American Immigration Council
  • Board member
  • 2006 - 2012

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • DC - Immigration
  • International Who's Who of Business Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Special Recognition
  • National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
  • 2004
  • President's Commendation
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • 1999


  • Food Service Monthly
  • Immigration Columnist
  • 2014
  • Nonimmigrant Visa Practice Manual
  • O-1 Individuals of Extraordinary Ability
  • 2014
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Immigration Forms Book
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • World Bank Family Network Presentation
  • Issues for G-4 Dependents
  • 2017
  • Inter-American Development Bank Family Assn
  • G-4s: Options & Limitations
  • 2016
  • IMF Family Network
  • G-4 Issues for Dependents
  • 2016
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (DC chapter)
  • Law Practice and Ethics
  • 2016
  • DC Bar - 4- Part CLE Series
  • Immigration
  • 2014
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (DC chapter)
  • Diplomats: As, Gs, Js
  • 2014
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Immigration Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"Amy is an outstanding immigration lawyer who is well respected throughout the legal community. She has obtained many favorable results for clients seeking extraordinary ability visas, National Interest Waivers, J-1 waivers, E investor visas, and permanent residence through family-based immigration. Amy possesses in-depth knowledge regarding G-4 visas and as such many individuals working for the World Bank wish to work with her. With her tireless work ethic, decades of experience, immensely talented writing ability, and commitment to professional responsibility, I full-heartedly endorse her as one of the top practitioners in the field."
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