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Raj Iyer has an extensive background in employment and family-based immigration. He handles all aspects of business immigration at the Law Offices of Carl Shusterman, working with both corporate and individual clients. Mr. Iyer has a wide breadth of experience in assisting employers with sponsoring their employees for permanent residence and temporary work visas such as H-1B, L-1, TN, O, P and E visas. His expertise covers immigrant visa petitions filed under the extraordinary ability, outstanding researcher, multinational manager and executive, and EB-5 investment categories. He also helps clients file labor certification PERM applications and national interest waivers.


In addition to helping clients obtain green cards and temporary visas, Attorney Iyer advises small and large corporations in a variety of industries on immigration issues arising from corporate reorganizations, mergers, and layoffs. He works hand-in-hand with clients to develop effective strategies for business immigration while ensuring compliance with applicable rules and regulations as required by immigration laws, the Labor Department, and USCIS.


With specialized knowledge of I-9 topics, he works closely with Human Resource personnel during the recruitment and hiring processes, performs I-9 audits for employers, and advises corporations on a variety of other worksite enforcement issues.


Attorney Iyer has participated in several seminars on employment-based immigration, and was a speaker at the American Immigration Lawyers Association Southern California Chapter Seminar “Hot Topics in PERM”.


He is a member of the State Bar of California, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA).


Born in India, Mr. Iyer is fluent in Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam.



Languages spoken: English, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam

Contact info

Law Offices of Carl Shusterman

600 Wilshire Blvd Ste 1550
Los Angeles, CA, 90017

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Alfredo Jose Bonilla

    Rajkrishna is an able, quick-minded and thorough attorney. He understands the complicated array of U.S. immigration laws better than most, and uses this knowledge to benefit his clients. I endorse this lawyer.


    Alfredo Bonilla Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Howard Hom

    I endorse this lawyer. I taught immigration law at the law school level for over 10 years and have 38 years of experience as an immigration attorney and can state without any hesitation or reservation that Raj is an outstanding immigration attorney.


    Howard Hom Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Chambers USA GuideChambers and Partners2013
Chambers USA GuideChambers & Partners2012
Chambers USA GuideChambers & Partners2011
Chambers USA GuideChambers & Partners2010
Chambers USA GuideChambers & Partners2009
Chambers USA GuideChambers & Partners2008
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Chambers USA GuideChambers & Partners2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney at LawLaw Offices of Carl Shusterman2008 - Present
Attorney at LawThe Chugh Firm, Apc2005 - 2008
AttorneyJ. Sagar Associates1998 - 2000
In House CounselICICI1995 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2008 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2003 - Present
North American South Asian Bar AssociationMember2005 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
EB-1 Green Card for a Software engineer (Name Withheld)Permanent residence approved as Person of Extraordinary Ability
I-9 audit: Advise and Negotiation for reducing I-9 finesSuccessful in reducing the fine up to 40% and favorable payment pan
PERM Denial reversed by successful filing of Motion to reconsiderPERM approval within 60 days after proving that the denial was based on Govt. error in interpreting and applying PERM regulation
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Publication nameTitleDate
Shusterman's Immigration UpdateChanging Your Address? Don’t Forget to Notify the USCIS2014
Shusterman's Immigration UpdateRegistered Nurse Upgrades from EB-3 to EB-22013
Shusterman's Immigration UpdateDo I Qualify for an E-2 Investor Visa?2013
Shusterman's Immigration UpdateThe PERM Process for Roving Employees2013
Shusterman's Immigration UpdateSchedule A: Employment-Based Immigration without PERM2013
Shusterman's Immigration UpdateShould I Apply for OPT?2013
Shusterman's Immigration UpdateMy PERM Application was Denied, Now What?2013
Shusterman's Immigration UpdateUnderstanding the New I-94 Arrival-Departure System2013
Shusterman's Immigration UpdateSummary of USCIS’ New EB-5 Investor Memo2013
Shusterman's Immigration UpdateHow to Obtain a Nonimmigrant Waiver of Inadmissibility2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
National Law School of India UniversityLawB.A.LLB (Hons)1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Third Annual Winter CLE ConferenceFrom the Rough to the Green - Understanding the latest trends for PERM and PERM-based I-140 filings"2015
Los Angeles PHIRA ConferenceForeign-Born Employees for Work Visas and Green Cards2015
AILA Bangkok District Chapter 3rd Annual ConferenceHealth Care Workers: Nurses, Allied Professionals and FMGs2015
State Bar of CaliforniaGuide to E-2 Visas2014
State Bar of CaliforniaGuide to H-1B Visas2014
City of Hope SeminarNon-Immigrant Visas2013
American Immigration Lawyers Association (So cal chapter)Issues related to the Labor Certification under PERM Process2013
Mil Mujeres ConferenceEmployment Based Visas: Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visas2012
I-9 SeminarDo's and Don'ts of I-9 Verification2012
I-9 SeminarDo's and Don'ts of I-9 Verification2011
Indo American Chamber of Commerce SeminarUs Immigrant & Non Immigrant Visas2008