The Team

SAIRAH G. SAEED

SAIRAH G. SAEED

ANNA M. LUDWIKOWSKI

ANNA M. LUDWIKOWSKI

JUSTIN D. PARSONS

JUSTIN D. PARSONS

TIM PARSONS

TIM PARSONS

TAIRA ORAVETZ

TAIRA ORAVETZ

SYLVIA ZAMORA

SYLVIA ZAMORA

ELIZABETH ROBLES

ELIZABETH ROBLES

KATHIE NORDMAN

KATHIE NORDMAN

NHU-Y LE

NHU-Y LE

KATIE W. DESMOND

KATIE W. DESMOND

ANETA KARBOWSKI

ANETA KARBOWSKI

JERRY ERICKSON

JERRY ERICKSON

BENJAMIN BROTHERS

BENJAMIN BROTHERS

ROB TAYLOR

ROB TAYLOR

MARYANNE REMINGTON

MARYANNE REMINGTON

ALEJANDRA G. ZAPATERO

ALEJANDRA G. ZAPATERO

HIBA ANVER

HIBA ANVER

JAMIE MORRIS

JAMIE MORRIS

Principal

Attorneys

Paralegals/Administrative Staff

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Christine Faller Annand | Lead Attorney

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Christine handles the full spectrum of business immigration matters for clients including individual investors and researchers; small businesses and start-ups; and multinational corporations. She is well-versed in the preparation and filing of nonimmigrant petitions, including E-1, E-2, H-1B, L-1 and TNs, as well as filings for permanent residence including EB-1 extraordinary ability, research and multinational manager petitions, PERM filings, EB-2 and EB-3 immigrant petitions, and adjustment of status petitions. She has also represented clients in family immigration matters and consular processing for both nonimmigrant and immigrant visas. In addition, Christine has experience with I-9 audits and advising on corporate immigration policies.

More about Christine

Christine joined EIG from a boutique immigration practice, where she gained years of experience handling business immigration matters of all types. Prior to practicing immigration law, Christine spent time abroad advising clients on intellectual property and cross-border business issues. This experience enables her to understand the diversity of issues faced by international corporate clients and employees moving across borders. Christine is a 2009 graduate of Georgetown Law and a 2006 graduate of Boston College (with honors).

Admitted to Practice

Pennsylvania 2009

Education

Georgetown University Law Center, JD, May 2009
Boston College, BA Political Science, May 2006

Memberships

AILA 2011 to present

Hiba Anver | Associate Attorney

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Hiba is an attorney in the firm’s Immigrant Visa/PERM Section. Her focus is on immigrant visa petitions in the EB-2 and EB-3 categories, PERM/Labor Certifications and related Department of Labor issues. She also handles EB-1 visa applications as well as employment-based green card applications. Hiba also has experience with Appeals to Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals and Board of Immigration Appeals. Her nonimmigrant visa experience includes H-1B, L-1A, L-1B, TN, O-1, E-2, K-1, and R-1 visas. Her past experience includes Civil and Family litigation including divorce, child custody and visitation, complex property settlements and post-divorce modifications; Appeals/Oral Argument before the Fifth Court of Appeals.

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Education

Hiba earned her law degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas and her B.B.A. in International Business from the University of Texas at Arlington. While in law school, Hiba participated in advocacy competitions on a national level and was awarded speaker and oral argument awards. She is fluent in Urdu and Hindi.

Guest Lectures

George Washington University School of Law: “Employment-Based Immigration Petitions.”
Immigration & Nationality Law, Spring 2015

University of Texas at Arlington: “Citizenship & Nationality in the United States”
International Business Law, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012

Memberships

American Immigration Lawyers Association
South Asian Bar Association

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Anna Ksor Buonya | Associate Attorney

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Anna began her legal career in Raleigh, NC. Prior to joining EIG, Anna gained corporate immigration experience at a Fortune 500 company located in Research Triangle Park, NC. While working for their in-house Immigration Department, she obtained extensive knowledge in the processing of H-1Bs, L-1As, L-1Bs, and TN petitions for high level managers and employees in the diverse fields of Information Technology. In addition to her knowledge in business immigration, Anna started her own law practice where she gained experience in the processing of family-based immigration petitions.

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Pro Bono

Anna arrived in the United States as a Montagnard refugee and became a U.S. Citizen at the age of 16. Being part of such a distinct ethnic group has given Anna a unique perspective of the immigration process and it has fueled her passion for refugee work. She has been involved in various nonprofit organizations, doing pro bono work in their Immigration Department and as a Refugee Advocate.

Her pro bono work has lead her to help develop policy initiatives in human rights and refugee policy advocacy with the U.S. State Department, the White House, and the U.S. Congress. She has conducted research, written testimony, and was invited to provide expert testimony on human rights violations in Vietnam as part of a Congressional Hearing in April of 2013.

Presentations

Strayer University (Rape as a Weapon of War), September 2012
Duke University (Crimes Against Refugees), September 2012

Professional Memberships

North Carolina Bar Association (“NCBA”)
American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”)

Education and Honors

Elon University School of Law, Juris Doctorate degree, 2010 (Merit-based Elon University School of Law Scholarship, 2007-2010;
Intramural Moot Court Competition: semi-finalist, 2008;
Moot Court Board, 2008-2010)
University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Communication Studies, 2006

Admitted for Practice

State of North Carolina

Languages

Rhade (ethnic Montagnard dialect)
Jarai (ethnic Montagnard dialect)

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Sarah Cheong | Law Clerk

Sarah is a law clerk in EIG’s Nonimmigrant Visa section, joining the firm in 2016. Sarah’s immigration experience began in Buffalo where she worked at a boutique business immigration firm, assisted refugees with their immigration needs at a non-profit organization, and interned with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Assistant Chief Counsel.

More about Sarah
Sarah received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and East Asian Studies from Bucknell University. She gained her Juris Doctor degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, where she served as a Publications Editor of the Buffalo Law Review and Vice President of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association.

Sarah was a recipient of the 2014 Minority Bar Association of Western New York Award. She is admitted to the New Jersey State Bar and is pending admission to the New York State Bar.

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Cassandra M. Darkes | Associate Attorney

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Cassandra is a member of EIG’s Nonimmigrant Visa team where she specializes in H-1B, H-1B1, E-3, and TN visas. She began her legal career in Durham, NC. Before joining EIG, Cassandra gained corporate immigration experience working for a large technology company in their in-house Immigration Department, located in Durham, NC. While working for this company, Cassandra expanded her knowledge of corporate immigration matters while obtaining experience in processing H-1B and E-3 visas.

More about Cassandra
During her law school career, she participated in the Alternative Dispute Resolution clinic where she gained experience mediating for clients in family and criminal court matters. After graduating law school, Cassandra volunteered for Legal Aid of North Carolina, Durham office, where she primarily represented victims of domestic violence in securing domestic violence protective orders.

Cassandra earned her Juris Doctor from North Carolina Central University School of Law in May 2010 and is admitted to the State Bar of North Carolina. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology with a concentration in Law and Society from East Carolina University in December 2006.

Janki Dave | Paralegal

Janki joined EIG as an immigration paralegal in February 2016 and assists with the preparation of various non-immigrant visas. Janki earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Political Science from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) in 2014, and has worked in immigration since 2007. She speaks fluent Gujarati, Hindi, and studies French in her free time. Janki comes from a family of immigrants, which is what sparked her initial interest in the immigration field. She is also familiar with family-based immigration matters.

Tarunpal Dhillon | Law Clerk

Tarun graduated from Catholic University of American Columbus School of Law in May, 2015. She became interested in the field of immigration law after participating in her law school’s Immigration Clinic, where she assisted a client in obtaining asylum relief under the Convention Against Torture. In order to get a holistic understanding of immigration, Tarun worked with a solo practitioner who focused on business immigration. Tarun is currently a law clerk in the firm’s Global Immigration section.

Katie W. Desmond | Lead Attorney

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Katie began her legal career in New York City where she represented athletes, artists, musicians, actors, large international non-profits, technology firms, and healthcare providers, among others. Katie is well-versed in the preparation and filing of PERM Labor Certification applications, non-immigrant petitions such as H-1B, L-1, O-1, E1/E2, E-3, and TN as well as immigrant visas for individuals of extraordinary ability, outstanding researchers, multinational managers and executives, investors, and Schedule A healthcare workers. Katie is also experienced in the preparation of family-based petitions and applications for citizenship.

More about Katie
In addition, Katie has extensive experience providing strategic guidance and training on employment eligibility verification and compliance issues, including I-9 review and audit as well as LCA audit and training. Katie has represented clients in complex cases before the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York.

Professional Memberships

Northern Virginia Technology Council (since 2013) American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) (since 2012)

Education

State University of New York at Genenseo, 2003 (International Relations- Global Political Economy) Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Juris Doctorate, 2006.

Admitted for Practice

New York State

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Jerry Erickson | Principal

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Jerry is the managing partner and senior immigration attorney at EIG. He started with the firm in 1987 and quickly established a reputation and practice that attracted some of the most desirable and well-known clients. He manages a team of talented professionals who are exceptionally focused on and dedicated to going “above and beyond” the expectations of each client every single day. Jerry has instilled in his team the understanding that their job is to “uncomplicate the complicated” for every client they serve—a motto that has become the EIG brand.

More about Jerry

Jerry has extensive experience with complex U.S. and global immigration matters. He has established a reputable firm that works with businesses of all sizes, ranging from start-up companies to multinational Fortune 500 corporations, on both inbound and outbound corporate immigration matters. Jerry’s team offers immigration services in several areas, such as guidance and counsel on I-9 compliance issues and assistance with securing U.S. permanent resident status for employees. The goal at EIG is to provide a perfect process—without any surprises—on each case, for every person.

Jerry was born in Wichita, Kansas and is a graduate of George Mason University School of Law. He is a frequent speaker on immigration issues and has presented at various conferences and institutions, including Worldwide ERC, Bay Area Mobility Management, and GMU School of Public Policy. Jerry is also an avid fan of the Maryland Terps (though he, too, is a bit confused about the school playing its “Victory song” even after defeat).

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Xavier Francis | Law Clerk

Xavier is a second year law student at The George Washington University Law School and a law clerk in the firm’s Global Immigration Team. At GW Law, Xavier is a member of the law school’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Board. In 2014, Xavier was placed first runner up in the GW Law ADR Competition. He is also a member of the Immigration Law Association and 1L mentor in the Black Law Student’s Association (BLSA). Before law school, he received his Bachelor’s Degree, Magna Cum Laude, in Politics and International Studies from Fairfield University.

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Cheryl Gardner | Associate Attorney

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Cheryl Gardner joined EIG as an Associate Attorney in 2015. She focuses on securing employment-based visas for foreign nationals seeking temporary and permanent employment in the United States. Prior to joining EIG, Cheryl gained extensive immigration experience working in-house at a Fortune 500 company located in the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina. She is proficient in the preparation and filing of L-1A, L-1B, H-1B, TN, E-3 nonimmigrant visa petitions, and dependent visa petitions. She also has experience filing EB-1 immigrant petitions for multinational managers and executives and Adjustment of Status applications.

More about Cheryl
Cheryl hails from North Carolina where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Juris Doctor degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law. She is admitted to the North Carolina State Bar.

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Christina Holtz | Associate Attorney

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Christina is an associate in Erickson Immigration Group’s Washington, D.C. office. Christina’s legal career began in Los Angeles, California at a boutique business immigration firm where she represented individuals and small businesses in filing employment-based and family-based petitions. Her experience includes immigrant and non-immigrant visa petitions, such as H-1B, L-1, O-1, and TN petitions, as well as naturalization applications. She specialized in visas for individuals of extraordinary ability for engineers, physicians, actors, musicians and entertainment industry professionals. Christina joined EIG in June 2015. She is a member of EIG’s Labs team where she prepares and reviews O-1A, O-1B, EB-11, EB-12, and EB-13 petitions. Christina is also well-versed in H-1B petitions, adjustment of status applications, and consular processing.

More about Christina
Christina earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago with minors in Spanish, Psychology of Peace & Crime, and Criminal Justice. In college she worked as an intern at the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago, Illinois as a liaison to Mexican nationals charged or convicted with homicide crimes in Cook County. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles in 2012. She was a member of the Scott Moot Court Honors Board and the Traynor Competition Team. Christina also volunteered at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles Veterans Justice Clinic helping homeless veterans in Los Angeles apply for and obtain medical benefits from the VA. She is admitted to the State Bar of California and the State Bar of Illinois.

Christina is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and was recognized by Pasadena Magazine as a Top Attorney of 2014. She is the daughter of a Peruvian immigrant and speaks intermediate Spanish.

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Svetlana Irasek | Paralegal

In 2010 Svetlana began working for a boutique immigration practice in downtown Washington, DC with a focus on business and family immigration. Prior to coming to the United States in 2010 she lived in Bulgaria working as an attorney.

More about Svetlana
At EIG, Svetlana assists with the preparation and filing of L-1 non-immigrant visas, AP and EAD applications, and employment-based immigrant visa petitions, such as I-140 and Adjustment of Status.
She earned her JD from the University of Economics Law School in Varna, Bulgaria and a Master’s degree in German Language and Literature from Sofia University in Sofia, Bulgaria. Svetlana is fluent in Bulgarian, German and Russian.

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Jowanda E.C. Jones | Associate Attorney

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Jowanda’s interest in immigration law developed as a child. She was born in Monrovia, Liberia and she came to the United States during Liberia’s Civil War. After navigating through the immigration process, she became a U.S. citizen in 2010. Prior to coming to EIG, Jowanda gained several years of corporate immigration experience working in-house at a large IT company in Research Triangle Park.

More about Jowanda

Her experience primarily consists of preparing various non-immigrant-based visa petitions such as L-1, H-1B, and TN. During her law school career, Jowanda gained experience preparing non-immigrant U-visa petitions for victims of violent crimes, as well as, family-based petitions. Jowanda completed her undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 2009 with a degree in American History and received her Juris Doctor from North Carolina Central University in 2012.

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Aneta Karbowski | Case Manager/Paralegal

Aneta moved to United States in 2003 right after receiving her Master of Business Management from Warminsko – Mazurskie University in Olsztyn, Poland. She began her work in the legal field as a legal assistant for a small firm in Connecticut focused on family-based immigration law, personal injury, real estate, and civil law. In 2012, she moved to Virginia and began her employment with EIG. As an immigrant herself, she comprehends the life of an immigrant. Aneta is fluent in Polish and conversational in the Russian and German languages.

More about Aneta
At EIG, Aneta assists with the preparation and filing of H-1B, H-4, and L-1 non-immigrant visas, AP and EAD applications, and employment-based immigrant visa petitions, such as PERM, I-140, I-130, and Adjustment of Status.

Education

Warminsko-Mazurskie University in Olsztyn, Poland (Masters in Business Management) College of Computer Science and Economy in Olsztyn, Poland (Bachelors in Finance and Accounting)

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Muanasia (“Mimi”) Lumeh | Paralegal

Mimi joined the firm in July 2014. She was born and raised in the U.S. However, her parents immigrated from the country of Sierra Leone in West Africa. Her love of immigration law stems from her personal involvement as a sponsor for her mother’s Adjustment of Status application. At EIG, Mimi currently prepares Adjustment of Status (I-485) applications; Employment Authorization (I-765) applications; Travel Authorization or Advance Parole (I-131) applications; I-140 petitions; I-130 petitions; and PERM application drafts. Mimi also has previous experience preparing non-immigrant petitions such as H-1B, L-1 and R-1 filings.

More about Mimi

Mimi’s experience in immigration matters began in 2010 and since then she has worked for family and business immigration firms in Rockville, MD, Silver Spring, MD, and Washington D.C.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice with minors in Political Science and Business Administration from the University of Richmond in 2003 and her Master of Arts degree in Legal & Ethical Studies in 2009 from the University of Baltimore.

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Reema Mishra-Rijal | Paralegal

Reema is working as a Paralegal at EIG since February 2014, specializing in the immigration Section. She graduated from Lady Sri Ram College, Delhi University majoring in psychology.

Prior to joining EIG, she gained experience as a Paralegal at a Law office at Arlington, VA. Prior to coming to the United States she was in England working in the telecommunication sector. Reema has experience in preparing Adjustment of Status (I-485) applications; Employment Authorization (I-765) applications; Travel Authorization or Advance Parole (I-131) applications; I-140 petitions; I-130 petitions and PERM. Reema is originally from Nepal. She also has experience in the banking sector, specializing in the operations, and customer service.

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Anh Dao Nguyen | Paralegal

Anh Dao has 15 years of experience in immigration law. She is experienced in immigrant and nonimmigrant visas petitions/applications including Labor Certification/PERM, H-1B, I-140, I-485, and Consular Processing. Anh Dao also has experience with a wide variety of family based immigration legal matters including applications for naturalization. She also has extensive experience with EB-5 investor visa petitions.

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Education

Anh Dao earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Economics in Vietnam.

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Taira Oravetz | Lead Paralegal

Taira began her work in the legal field as a legal assistant for a small personal injury firm in Manassas. After the completion of her college degree in 2008, Taira transitioned her field of work to immigration. Despite starting her career with no immigration experience, Taira has steadfastly worked her way to becoming one of the senior immigration paralegals within EIG.

More about Taira
Taira has experience in all ranges of business immigration law, including but not limited to H-1B, L-1B, L-1A, E-3, TN, PERM, Visa Packages, Work Permits, Adjustment of Status applications, I-140, I-130, L-2, EAD, AP, and various other petitions. She has become well-versed in the immigration field and is now a mentor and trainer to other paralegals at EIG. In addition to her immigration experience, Taira has studied and become the in-house expert on the immigration software INSzoom. She has utilized the software for countless petitions as well as for creating reports for internal use and at the request of our client.

Education

George Mason University – Integrative Studies with a concentration in Legal Studies, with a minor in Administrative Justice, 2008

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Justin D. Parsons | Lead Attorney

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Justin began his legal career in New York City where he represented Fortune 500 companies, billion dollar financial firms and hedge funds, and large international law firms with their business immigration needs. In his practice, he has become well-versed in the preparation and filing of non-immigrant visas such as E-2, E-3, H-1B, L-1, O-1, and TN as well as the employment-based immigrant visa process (PERM). He has counseled multinational corporate clients on workforce compliance issues including the I-9 and E-Verify process. He has worked with all types of corporate clients, from HR professionals to foreign CEOs, financial analysts, quantitative analysts, software engineers, lawyers, doctors, and accountants.

More about Justin
In addition to his experience in business immigration law, Justin is well-versed in family immigration law. He has represented individuals with family-based immigrant petition filings as well as naturalizations before USCIS. He has litigated complex immigration cases before the Executive Office for Immigration Review, Board of Immigration Appeals, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, and Seventh Circuits, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Justin joined EIG in 2010 and has worked in the field of immigration law since 2005.

Professional Memberships

Northern Virginia Technology Council (since 2013) American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) (since 2006)–Served on NY chapter programming and legal action committees such as: Continuing Legal Education, New Members Division, Pro Bono, and Litigation.

Pro Bono

Participated in legal assistance programs in connection with Citizenship Now! clinic in New York City and the AILA DACA clinic in Fairfax, Virginia. Lectures (Subject: business immigration law) George Washington University School of Law (Washington, DC)(2011) City University of New York, John Jay College (New York, New York)(2008 and 2009)

Education

Sarah Lawrence College, Bachelor of Arts, 2001 (Political Science and History) Brooklyn Law School, Juris Doctorate, 2004 (Academic Merit Scholar & Member of the Moot Court Honor Society)

Admitted for Practice

New York State (2005) United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (2006) United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (2007)

Tim Parsons | Lead Paralegal

Tim earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English (concentration in Journalism) and History from the University of Delaware in 2006. He went on to work at the U.S. Senate and for a Federal Medicare Contractor before earning his Paralegal Certification from Villanova University in 2010.

More about Tim
Tim joined an immigration law firm in Richmond, Virginia where he gained experience in many forms of family-based and employment-based immigration, including Adjustment of Status, Naturalization, H-1B, E-2, and removal proceedings. He joined EIG in 2012.

Divya Patel | Associate Attorney

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Divya Patel is an Associate Attorney with Erickson Immigration Group. Of Indian descent, Divya is fluent in English, Hindi, Gujarati, Urdu, Marathi and Spanish. In 2006, Divya attended the University of Minnesota and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish. Furthermore, she received her Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 2010. Throughout her law school career, she always had a special interest in immigration law, which led to her varied experience from boutique law firms to global immigration law firms along the East Coast. Her experience includes various visa processing, such as, H-1B, L-1, R, TN, E-3, EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, and EB-4.

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Jeff Quilhot | Associate Attorney

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Prior to joining EIG, Jeff began his legal career in Dallas where he advised a diverse array of corporate clients on US immigration law, from small businesses to multinational manufacturing, pharmaceutical and energy companies. Jeff is experienced in the preparation and filing of non-immigrant visas such as E-2, H-1B, L-1, R-1, and TN. He has counseled clients through the employment based immigration process, and is well versed in PERM, I-140 petitions, and I-485 Adjustment of Status applications. He has assisted individuals of extraordinary ability, outstanding researchers and professors, and multinational executives obtain permanent residence.

More about Jeff

In addition to his business immigration experience, Jeff is well versed in family based adjustment of status and naturalization applications. He attended the 2014 American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) EB-5 Investors & Regional Centers Conference and has counseled real estate developers seeking regional center designation.

Jeff represented clients in cases before the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals, and the Administrative Appeals Office.

Born and raised in Indianapolis, Jeff graduated from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. In 2012, he earned his Juris Doctorate from the Dedman School of Law at South Methodist University. He is admitted to practice law in the State of Texas.

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Maryanne Remington | Paralegal

Maryanne started her career in the immigration field as an Immigration Intern with with the firm in 1999. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Government Administration with a concentration in Legal Studies from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia and became the first Immigration Paralegal at the firm in 2000.

More about Maryanne
Over the last 13 years, Maryanne gained considerable experience in business immigration law, assisting attorneys in the preparation and filing of all types of non-immigrant (L-1, H-1B, TN, O-1, J-1, and E-3) and immigrant visas (PERM, I-140 immigrant petitions, and adjustment of status applications) for both corporate and individual clients. Maryanne has served as a mentor and trainer to junior paralegals in the firm.

Naïanka Rigaud | Associate Attorney

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Naïanka Rigaud is an associate attorney at EIG, primarily assisting with immigrant cases. Naïanka recently graduated from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in May 2014, and obtained a Juris Doctor. Throughout her legal education, she focused mainly on international human rights and immigration law and policy. Prior to joining the firm, Naïanka interned at the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. where she assisted with the filling of visa petition for religious workers, and at Hogar Hispano, where she worked on various immigration matters.

More about Naïanka

Although born in the U.S. Naïanka lived in her parent’s native country of Haïti until the age of sixteen, when she moved to the U.S. to pursue a higher education. Her interest and passion for immigration stem from seeing people from her country struggle with immigration issues.

Languages:

French, Haitian Kreyol, Spanish (proficient)

Professional Memberships:

Student Member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

Elizabeth Robles | Case Manager/Paralegal

Elizabeth has been employed with the firm for seven years as a Corporate Immigration Paralegal. Prior to joining EIG, she was employed as a Corporate Immigration Paralegal at Barst, Mukamal & Kleiner, LLP in New York City for six years.

More about Elizabeth
Elizabeth has experience in all types of Family and Corporate Immigration Law, including but not limited to H-1B’s, I-140’s, I-130’s, Adjustment of Status applications, E-3, TN, Visa Packages, Work Permits, N-400, and other petitions and works closely with all Immigration Attorneys. In addition to her immigration experience, Elizabeth has led the training of Immigration Paralegals and maintains internal Excel logs.

Education

Attended Long Island University majored in Biology and Psychology

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Melissa Saldivar | Associate Attorney

Melissa is an associate attorney in the firm’s Immigrant Visa group, where she primarily focuses on the PERM process for foreign workers in the EB-2 and EB-3 categories who are seeking to obtain permanent resident status in the United States.

More about Melissa
Prior to joining the firm, Melissa served at various public defender’s offices throughout the Washington, DC area, where she assisted in the representation of immigrant members of the community facing deportation consequences. Additionally, Melissa previously worked at an immigration law firm in Bethesda, Maryland, where she worked on employment-based immigration visas for post-doctoral researchers. There, she was responsible for completing I-140 immigrant petitions for foreign workers in the EB-1 category, and the subsequent filing of I-485 applications for adjustment of status.

Through her volunteer work, Melissa has assisted in the processing of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications for eligible Hispanic immigrants who could not afford legal counsel. She also volunteers at Hogar Immigrant Services, a program of the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington, in which she provides translations of immigration documents for indigent clients applying for naturalization; relatedly, she has also helped prepare indigent clients for their Citizenship Interview and Exam.

In 2009, Melissa received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish from Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, TN. In 2015, she earned a Juris Doctor from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where she was the recipient of the Michael F. Curtin Pro Bono Award for exemplifying the highest ideals of public service among her graduating class. Melissa is a member of the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia.

Marisa Santana | Associate Attorney

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Marisa has been a member of the EIG Global Immigration Management team since 2014, joining EIG as a Law Clerk and now working as an associate attorney. She graduated from The George Washington Law School in May 2015. At GW Law Marisa was a member of the Immigration Law Association, the Mock Trial Board, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board, the Hispanic Law Student Association and the Education Law and Advocacy Network.

More about Marisa
She has gained experience with immigration by volunteering with Catholic Charities and interning with the Office of Diversity and Civil Rights, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Prior to law school, Marisa received her Bachelors of Arts with Highest Honors in Psychology and was a Teach for America Corps member, teaching elementary school, English immersion and special education inclusion, for four years in West Houston.

Marisa was also actively involved at GW Law, previously serving as both a student senator and as Executive Vice President of the Student Bar Association She is now a member of the American Bar Association, the Virginia Bar Association, and the Hispanic National Bar Association. Marisa is a native of New Mexico with ancestors of Spanish and Native American descent.

Carmina San Gabriel | Financial Operations Asst

Carmina joined the Financial Team of EIG in April 2014. As an immigrant, her personal experience with immigration procedures has given her a deep appreciation for the immigration law firm industry. She is currently responsible for company billing, maintaining client accounts, processing and issuing payment of international counsel fees as well as immigration fees.

More about Carmina

Originally from the Philippines, Carmina graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in Communication Arts. Professionally, Carmina has over ten years of office management experience with her previous employer. At the Elderlaw firm, she managed the office as well as client finances, provided case management support, created and issued the billing, and more.

Carmina spends her free time traveling and event planning with her very large, close-knit family.

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Stephanie Tan | Associate Attorney

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Stephanie is an associate attorney in the firm’s Global Immigration Section. She helps our multi-national clients manage the global immigration process and to obtain the necessary visa/work permit for employment in a foreign country. In addition, she assists with business visitor visa to the U.S. (B-1/B-2) and abroad as well as non-immigrant visas such as H-1Bs and L-1s.

More about Stephanie

Stephanie was born in Melaka, Malaysia, but grew up in Manassas, Virginia. In 2010, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Modern Foreign Languages (French) from James Madison University. In 2014, Stephanie received her Juris Doctorate from George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, VA. She was a Research Editor for the National Security Law Journal and focused her studies on Homeland and National Security Law.

She is currently a member of the Virginia State Bar. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys traveling abroad, cooking, and baking.

Rob Taylor | Lead Attorney

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Rob is a senior attorney at EIG. He joined the firm in 2006 and focuses on U.S. non-immigrant visas and global immigration management. Rob has extensive experience preparing nearly every type of U.S. non-immigrant visa, including B-1/B-2, E-2, E-3, H-1B, L-1, O-1, and TN. Additionally, he is the firm’s primary point of contact with the Department of State and with U.S. Consulates around the world to assist clients with obtaining visas and resolving complex visa issues.

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Rob also oversees the firm’s global immigration service, known as the “Alliance,” which is a network of more than 100 professionals in over 40 countries. Rob is responsible for ensuring global immigration/visa compliance for the firm’s multinational corporate clients. The firm’s global immigration service includes managing the global immigration process, identifying potential issues that might impact travel and/or employment, providing creative solutions to challenging cases and, ultimately, obtaining the necessary visa/work permits for employment in a foreign country. Prior to joining EIG, Rob worked with a prominent law firm in Virginia Beach, Virginia where he gained practical experience in family-based petitions, naturalization, and immigrant and non-immigrant petitions. In addition to practicing law in Virginia Beach, he was also a board member of the Hampton Roads Refugee and Immigration Services where he assisted refugees in their assimilation and settlement to the United States. Rob was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. In 2001, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Wright State University. In 2004, Rob received his Juris Doctorate from Regent University School of Law. When he is not busy working, Rob loves to spend time with his family or in the outdoors. He is currently a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

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Martin Uribe | Associate Attorney

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Martin is an Associate Attorney with EIG. He is a member of our Non-Immigrant Visa team and one of the attorneys handling U.S. visas at U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad.

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Martin graduated from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and is barred in the state of Maryland. Before law school, Martin graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and a minor in French. Martin was born in Peru, where his family is from and moved to the United States in 2000. He lived in Alpharetta, GA until 2011 when he moved to Washington, D.C. for law school. Martin participated as a student attorney in CUA’s Immigration Litigation Clinic where he handled an asylum case before the Baltimore Immigration Court. Prior to joining EIG, Martin worked at a boutique law firm in Georgia focusing primarily on family-based visas and at the GAVI Alliance as a legal researcher. He has also interned a the World Bank Integrity Vice-Presidency and US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. Martin is fluent in Spanish.

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Sylvia Zamora | Paralegal

Originally from Guatemala, Sylvia attended the Washington Business School and is fluent in the Spanish language. She was employed at Liberian Ship and Corporate Registry for 12 years before eventually making her way to EIG in 2010 as the office receptionist. After 5 months in that position, Sylvia was promoted to immigration paralegal.

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Despite having no immigration experience before joining EIG, Sylvia has become very proficient in the preparation and filing of non-immigrant visas such as H-1B, E-3, Visa Packages, Adjustment of Status applications, I-140, I-130, AP and EAD petitions.

Alejandra G. Zapatero | Business Lead

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Alejandra’s legal career began in Richmond, Virginia where her practice focused mainly on corporate immigration. She has represented both large corporations and small businesses in filing employment-based petitions for foreign workers seeking temporary and permanent employment in the U.S. Her experience includes immigrant and non-immigrant visa petitions as well as green card and naturalization applications.

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She has counseled clients on workforce compliance including I-9 issues and public access file audits. Alejandra is proficient in the preparation and filing of non-immigrant visas such as E-3, H-1B, H-1B1, L-1, O-1, and TN. She is also adept in immigrant visa processes, including the preparation and filing of PERM, I-140 petitions, and I-485 Adjustment of Status applications. In addition to her experience with corporate immigration law, Alejandra is also well-versed in family immigration law. She has represented individuals seeking family-based green cards, deferred action of childhood arrival (DACA) work authorization, and naturalization applications. Alejandra joined EIG in 2011. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the College of William & Mary in 2006 where she was the recipient of a 4-year academic merit scholarship. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from The University of Richmond School of Law in 2010. Alejandra is admitted to the Virginia State Bar and is a member of the Virginia State Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia. Alejandra has a native fluency in Spanish.

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