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Joy has been practicing immigration law exclusively since 2007, representing couples in adjustment applications based on marriage and other family-based petitions. She advises bi-national LGBT couples and has a successful track record securing marriage-based permanent residency when one or both spouses are transgender. With the downfall of DOMA, she now regularly files adjustment applications on behalf of married same-sex couples.


Joy also focuses on employment-based immigration.  She has particular experience obtaining visas for E Treaty Traders and Investors, H-1B Specialty Workers, L-1A Multinational Managers and L-1B Specialized Knowledge Employees, O Extraordinary Ability Foreign Nationals, and P Entertainers. She also has deep experience with the employment-based permanent-residency process, including PERM (labor certification) and I-140 immigrant petitions. A particular niche area of hers is advising and representing those in the field of Montessori education.


Joy continues to give back to the community as a volunteer filmmaker for Saint Elizabeths Hospital and as a volunteer attorney for the Whitman Walker Name and Gender Change Clinic.


Prior to practicing immigration, Joy gained experience in employment, civil rights, and product liability class action litigation at California-based law firms. 


Joy is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.


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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%



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  • Becki L Young

    I have known Joy for many years as an immigration lawyer colleague and can highly recommend her. If I have a conflict of interest or otherwise cannot handle a case within my own firm, Joy is the first immigration attorney to whom I turn, because I know she will give clients the same high level of service that I do. She is smart, creative, and doggedly pursues all available options for her clients. Five stars!


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  • Radlyn Christine Mendoza

    Joy and I have worked on cases together, and she is professional, extremely knowledgeable, and is adored by her clients. I highly recommend Joy!


    Radlyn Mendoza Immigration Attorney
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Contact info

Haynes Novick Immigration

2001 S Street, NW
Suite 550
Washington, DC, 20009


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
District of Columbia Service Star AwardDistrict of Columbia2013
Cum Laude graduateGeorgetown University Law Center2005
Summa Cum Laude graduateStephens College1993
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalHaynes Novick Immigration2012 - Present
AttorneyThe Haynes Immigration Law Firm2007 - 2012
AttorneyFenwick & West2005 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2007 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Expired H-1B - Righting a Terrible WrongExtension Granted!
Green Cards for Bi-National LGBT Married CouplesFamilies are united!
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Publication nameTitleDate
V Geo. J. Gender & L. 545Same Sex Marriage and Domestic Partnerships2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Stephens CollegeN/AOther - Bachelors1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of LawImmigration Law and the LGBTQ Community2014
AIJA Annual CongressImmigration Issues2010