Virginia, US

Stephanie is an Associate at Fragomen’s Boston office. She assists large Fortune 500 corporate clients as well as small companies and individuals with complex immigration processes, with an emphasis L and O nonimmigrant visas for business and scientific leaders.

Her practice encompasses all phases of employment-based immigration, with particular emphasis on multinational manager, outstanding researcher, extraordinary ability and national interest waiver petitions. Stephanie's focus also extends to nonimmigrant visa applications including H-1Bs, E-2 company registration, L-1As and L-1Bs with various consulates around the world. Stephanie is also experienced with family-based immigration and securing permanent residence for individuals who previously held G, E and J status.

Since joining the Boston office of Fragomen in January 2012, Stephanie has represented survivors of domestic abuse in securing legal status and reuniting with their children through U visa applications as well as Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)-based immigrant visa petitions. She has also assisted with providing pro bono services to Partners in Health (PIH), a Harvard-affiliated world health nonprofit organization.

Stephanie also volunteered with the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS), assisting U.S. permanent residents with preparing their citizenship applications.

Stephanie participated in BU Law's Immigrant Rights' Clinic, where she helped indigent immigrants to secure various immigration benefits. She assisted individuals with preparing asylum applications and represented individuals in asylum interviews; represented individuals applying for Temporary Protected Status; and assisted minors in removal proceedings with securing Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. She also successfully filed a habeas corpus petition to secure the release of a legal permanent resident who was held in ICE detention for over two years without a hearing.

She speaks English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Education


Boston University School of Law | J.D., 2014, cum laude
The George Washington University | B.A., 2007

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

Bar Admissions: Massachusetts

Court Admissions: Massachusetts Supreme Court

New Members Division Liaison to the Immigration Section, Boston Bar Association

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

Secured E-2 company registration and E-2 status for small and large companies at various consulates worldwide, as well as through USCIS.

Strategized, reviewed, and finalized EB-1 immigrant and O-1 nonimmigrant visa petitions for individuals of extraordinary ability, including in the biological sciences, pharmaceutical, communications and marketing fields, as well as for outstanding researchers.

Advised companies on nonimmigrant visa options and permanent residence options for employees.

Publications and Lectures

Co-Author, “Ruling Entitles Same-Sex Spouses to Immigration Benefits.” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, August 2013: n.pag. Web.