Emily Sumner is the founding member of Sumner Immigration Law. Ms. Sumner has practiced immigration law exclusively since beginning her practice. Her practice focuses on a wide range of employment-based and family-based visas and petitions, including overseeing the preparation of H-1B, L-1, O-1, P, TN, E-1/E-2 and other non-immigrant petitions. One of Ms. Sumner’s key strengths is identifying ways to further streamline the preparation of petitions to simplify the process for employers and employees while simultaneously ensuring both speed and quality. She also manages the permanent residence process, structuring high-volume labor certification filings for a wide range of professional and skilled positions to reduce duplication of effort for the employer. Ms. Sumner has set up blanket L filings to accommodate companies with high-volume L-1filings. She has also prepared J-1 waiver filings for physicians working in underserved areas, as well as other J-1 waiver types. She also specializes in preparing “fast track” green card petitions including Aliens of Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Researchers and Professors, and National Interest Waiver petitions for researchers and scientists.
As a seasoned immigration attorney, Ms. Sumner has spoken on employment-based immigration by invitation on several occasions including Continuing Legal Education seminars for Virginia attorneys on immigration law, and is also a regular contributor on immigration strategies for the global transfer of employees to many associations’ monthly publications. Ms Sumner is fluent in Spanish, having lived in Salamanca, Spain, and having directly served Spanish-speaking clients for many years including as a paralegal while in undergraduate studies. Ms. Sumner serves on the board of Virginia Latinos in Higher Education, which is a networking organization dedicated to supporting the success of Latinos in higher education. She also serves as pro bono immigration counsel for I Have a Dream, Richmond, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a select group of low-income students with long-term, high-quality, supportive supplementary education and enrichment programs, continuing mentor relationships, and guarantees of financial support for higher education. In light of the high proportion of Latino students participating in the South Richmond program, Ms. Sumner was selected for this position to lead the other board members in navigating the cultural, linguistic, and legal issues that arise in working with this population.
Ms. Sumner has also co-chaired the Immigrant Outreach Committee, a division of the Virginia State Bar, dedicated to educating other lawyers on legal issues relevant to the immigrant community, and to providing a framework of information and legal resources for the Commonwealth’s immigrant population.
Languages spoken: Spanish, English
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Emily is extremely knowledgeable in the area of immigration. When you meet with her, you realize quickly that she has her finger on the pulse of immigration laws and where these laws may be headed in the future. Immigration is such a highly technical area compared to other legal concentrations and Emily is a lawyer who is not going to overlook the various nuances. As someone who knows her personally, I can say that she is committed to her clients' success. An extremely dedicated and smart attorney.
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|VA||Authorized to practice law||2005||03/31/2016|
|Immigration Attorney||Challa Law Offices||2005 - 2011|
|Immigration Paralegal||The MacKenzie Law Firm||1999 - 2002|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|I Have a Dream Foundation Richmond||Immigration Counsel (pro bono)||2007 - Present|
|Virginia Bar Association||Member||2005 - Present|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||N/A||2002 - Present|
|Virginia Latinos in Higher Education Network||Membership Chair||2009 - 2012|
|Immigrant Outreach Committee (Virginia State Bar)||Co-Chair||2009 - 2011|
|Virginia Hispanich Chamber of Commerce||Membership Committee||2005 - 2012|
|Sumner Immigration Blog||H-1B Season is Around the Corner: Three Reasons to Start Preparing Now||2013|
|AILA VOICE||Tips for Presenting an EB-1 Petition to Avoid an RFE||2012|
|Sumner Immigration Blog||USCIS Reveals H-1B Processing Numbers: Are the Reported Lower Denial Rates for Real?||2012|
|Sumner Immigration Blog||Forewarned is Forearmed: Best Practices for Traveling Permanent Residents||2012|
|University of Richmond School of Law||Law||JD||2005|
|Wake Forest University||Spanish||BA||2002|
|Pitfalls, Obstacles, and Opportunities for Postdocs||Pathways to Permanent Residency||2013|
|Deferred Action: Considerations for Conscientious Colleges & Universities||Deferred Action: Considerations for Conscientious Colleges & Universities||2013|