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About Nelli

As someone who has experienced the immigration process first-hand (from F-1 student visa, to H-1B, and green card to naturalization), Nelli has in-depth experience with employment based visa issues. She helps corporate clients and their employees by making sure that foreign nationals have the proper visas to allow them to stay and conduct activities in the U.S. to achieve business and life objectives. Nelli guides clients through the petition process for H-1B specialty occupation, L-1 intracompany transferee, TN NAFTA professional, O-1 for individuals with extraordinary abilities, E-3 Australian specialty occupation non-immigrant visa, as well as more specialized visa categories, such as E-2 investor, R-1 religious workers, H-2B temporary workers, and J-1 cultural exchange visitors.

Board certified in Immigration and Nationality Law, Nelli also advises employers and their employees through the green card process, which includes EB-3 skilled workers and EB-2 workers with advanced degrees, as well as the EB-1 category for individuals with extraordinary ability and multinational executives and managers. In addition, Nelli works closely with corporate clients by providing guidance on emerging immigration policies and I-9 compliance issues. She works closely with clients to develop the long-term strategy for each immigration case.

Nelli values open and prompt communication with the client, efficiency and a timely attention to each case. She has successfully handled complex naturalization issues and asylum cases and enjoys assisting with family-based petitions for green cards. Nelli believes that clients should not have to adjust their objectives due to immigration limitations and remains committed to the successful resolution of every case regardless of the time and efforts involved.

Experience

Recent Notable Matters

R. Stahl — successfully obtaining employment based non-immigrant and immigrant visas on behalf of professional employees

Driscoll Children’s Hospital — compliance with H-1B prevailing wage requirements; managing the H-1B program for the residents’ class; and successfully handling concurrent cap exempt and cap subject H-1B petitions

Calpine Corporation — effect of corporate reorganization on visa status of current employees; and managing the H-1B/green card program for employees

Labatt Food — in connection with I-9 audit; no penalty fees assessed

Materials Marketing — managing the H-2B program for temporary workers

Petro Logistics — approval of O-1 non-immigrant visa and EB-1 green card for engineer with outstanding abilities

VocaLink — successful approval of multiple L-1A and L-1B visas for intracompany transferees in connection with a major service contract

Key Energy — TN status for scientific technicians and other professional categories from the NAFTA list

NeuroMedical Clinic of CENLA — obtaining Conrad 30 waiver in connection with J-1 medical doctors’ two-year home residence requirement, H-1B approval and green card

Texas Wesleyan University — cap exempt H-1B approval and EB-1 green card for outstanding professor

Publications and Speeches

“Legal Updates for Church Organizations,” Human Resource Conference North American Division SDA, 2016.

“Employment of International Students; Non-Immigrant Visa Challenges and Options,” Houston Area Consortium of Career Centers, 2016.

“Employment Based Visa Issues for Foreign Students,” University of Houston Employment Seminar, Fall 2016; Spring 2014, 2015 and 2016.

“Healthcare Immigration Issues,” International Residents at Driscoll Children’s Hospital, 2014.

Credentials

Education

University of Houston Law Center,
J.D.
2002
Baylor University,
M.S.
1993
University of Sofia, Bulgaria,
Bachelor of Arts
1991

Bar Admissions

Texas

Certifications

Board Certified, Immigration and Nationality Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Affiliations

American Immigration Lawyers Association
State Bar of Texas

News

Noteworthy

Noteworthy

The Legal 500 United States
Immigration, 2016
Thomson Reuters
Texas Super Lawyers
Rising Star, 2006 - 2007
Legal Aid of Northwest Texas
Award for dedication to the Equal Justice Volunteer Program