As a licensed attorney, I help people and companies apply for employment-based and/or family-based visas that will allow them to live and work in the United States. I enjoy helping people live where their opportunities are.
What steps did you take to get where you are now?
Before going to law school, I traveled around the world for three years and worked in several countries. I realized the difficulty in being an immigrant worker and found it nearly impossible to obtain the appropriate documents to allow me to work in many of the countries I visited. This prompted me to go to law school with the intention of eventually doing immigration law to help people be able to live and work in the United States. After law school, I worked in civil litigation for several years. After gaining the experience and knowledge on how to run a law firm, I decided to open my own immigration law firm. I love what I do and the people I get to help.
For other people in your field, what do they usually lack?
Approachability. Most attorneys are stuffy and arrogant. More often than not when people learn that I'm an attorney they are shocked because I don't come across as the typical stuffy lawyer. I am an extrovert through and through and love meeting new people.
I also think most attorneys overcharge, but it's mostly because their expenses are so high. I work out of a co-working space, so my expenses are low and that is reflected in my prices.
What are you working on right now?
I have a few clients who are transitioning from a non-immigrant visa to an immigrant visa (meaning, they will hopefully be getting green cards). I also am working on a few employment-based visa applications for techies and artists. And I always have a few clients who are adjusting status because they recently married a US citizen (which is exciting).
We are all Slashies with multiple skills, which one do you wish you could do more often?
I'm definitely a lawyer/traveler/business match-maker/kickboxer. I love traveling and taking people on guided tours to places I know really well. I'm actually planning on leading a group trip to Fiji in February of 2016. I lived in Fiji for a little while and recently took my boyfriend back to meet all of my friends and family there. We had such a perfect trip that I thought I'd start doing the same trip for other people so that the true Fiji can be experienced.
I also get really excited about connecting entrepreneurs and small business owners to each other. My network is huge and I love giving my friends work, so I've started a kind of referral network so that if anyone comes to me needing another service I can send them to a friend of mine.
And I love kickboxing. It's an incredible work-out and gives me so much confidence. I often dream about being a pro fighter when I'm sparring in class. The next day I'm usually so sore I decide to stick with being a lawyer.
What is frustrating you right now?
I have so much work! I'm in the process of hiring a paralegal or two just to help me get all of the work done.
What task keeps landing at the bottom of the To Do list?
Laundry. And cleaning my bathroom.
If you could hire someone for $20/hour, what would you have them do to make your day easier?
Compile clients' documents and assist me in preparing the clients' visa application. And maybe go grocery shopping for me.
Do you have any mentors or peers? What do you chat about? How do they help you?
Yes, I have several amazing mentors who are from all walks of life. We chat about everything- relationships, business management, investing, new restaurants, traveling. You name it, we talk about it. My mentors give me new perspectives and ideas. I appreciate their insight and feedback, even when it's about a new Thai restaurant.
If you could talk to an expert to gain more insight on something, what would it be about?
Business management. There is a lot to do when running a business (admin, client retention, and the actual WORK) and I'd love some guidance on how to do it all (or for someone to tell me I can't do it all and I need to delegate).
What kind of opportunities/projects are you looking for?
I'm always looking for new businesses who are looking to hire individuals from overseas, or people who are looking to come to the US to start a business.
What is your ideal client?
My ideal client is anyone with a dream. I love being a part of making dreams come true. So, for some people that means they are able to stay in the US because they finally married the man or woman of their dreams. For other people it means getting them the right visa for their business venture. It takes so much stress off of the client when I tell them there is a way for them to come to the US (or stay in the US). It's the best feeling.
Do you allow yourself to say No?
If I have to eat pineapple, I say no (I'm allergic).
What is your rate?
It depends on the visa application. Marriage adjustment of status is between $1,300 and $1,700. E-1/E-2 visa applications are between $3,000 and $4,500. L-1 visa applications are between $2,000 and $3,500. O-1 visa applications are between $3,500 and $4,500. There are many more visa applications and the prices all vary.
How should someone approach you about working together?
Let me know what they are looking for/what they need and if they have a budget.
Trello. I love it for organizing my cases.
This member profile was originally published in August 2015.