California, US

Aaron is a Partner at Fragomen’s Miami office, where he advises a diverse client base, including investors and entrepreneurs, colleges and universities and multinational companies, on U.S. immigration law.

Aaron has deep experience advising on the distinctive immigration requirements of colleges and universities. He works on behalf of professors and researchers to secure EB-1 Outstanding Professor/Researcher Visas and, when appropriate, National Interest Waivers. He also assists large state universities seeking to become designated as J-1 sponsor schools, and he works with colleges and universities that have established J-1 programs to ensure that they remain compliant. Aaron also advises international students on their visa options upon graduation. Additionally, Aaron represents and assists a growing number of small businesses, start-ups, investors and entrepreneurs who are working to expand their business footprint in the United States. In this capacity, he prepares and submits E-2 and EB-5 visa applications on behalf of clients.

Aaron initially joined Fragomen as a Summer Associate and returned to the firm following his graduation from law school. During law school, he founded the Immigration Law Society at the University of Miami and sat on the Editorial Board for the International and Comparative Law Review. Aaron also served as an immigration law clerk for a global multi-practice law firm in Atlanta, Georgia and was a summer intern for the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office.

Aaron's pro bono work includes representing individuals from Nepal filing for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and conducting a webinar titled “TPS: An In-Depth Look at Applying for Temporary Protected Status.” He has also assisted an undocumented minor from El Salvador who was in deportation proceedings in obtaining U.S. permanent residence as a Special Immigrant Juvenile and volunteered at a Miami TPS clinic by reviewing applications and conducting legal research on issues related to a number of TPS applications for Haitian individuals. Aaron assisted three Haitian children who are in the United States without parents and with no immigration status in applying for TPS, and assisted with their adoption by a U.S. citizen uncle to allow them to eventually become U.S. permanent residents. He provided visa assistance to the Holocaust Learning and Education Fund, enabling Holocaust educational services to be provided by a German expert to public schools in South Florida. Aaron volunteered at several Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) clinics in South Florida, and represented two local children in obtaining DACA relief and employment authorization


University of Miami School of Law | J.D., 2008, magna cum laude
Emory University | B.A., 2004


Recipient, “You Made a World of Difference” Award, Florida Association of International Educators, 2019

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

Bar Admissions: Florida

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association

Member, American Bar Association

Member, India-U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Board of Advisors, Interstride

While National Interest Waiver cases tend to be unique, Aaron worked on a significant case for an individual who was conducting ground-breaking research on a cure for paralysis. National Interest Waiver cases have become increasingly difficult to get approved since the standards were heightened in the Matter of New York State Department of Transportation. Nonetheless, Aaron was able to demonstrate the significance of this individual’s research and secure a visa so they could remain in the United States and continue the search for a cure.

Publications and Lectures

Contributor, “Immigrant business owners worry what going out of business means for legal status.” South Florida Business Journal, 29 July 2020.

Contributor, “ICE Crackdown On Student Visas Risks Foreign Talent Flow.” Law360, 7 July 2020.

Contributor, “U.S. Immigration Considerations for Colleges and Universities During the COVID-19 Crisis.” College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, 7 April 2020.

Speaker, “Immigration Updates.” Florida International University CUHRE/APAC 2019 Conference, Miami, FL, July 16, 2019.

Speaker, “Hot Immigration Topics: Managing Challenging Times and Questions at the ISSS Office.” Florida Association of International Educators Annual Conference, Miami, FL, February 22, 2019.

Speaker, “Coaching International Students through Transitional Times: A Guide to Advising International Students and Graduates.” 2018 SoACE Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, December 4, 2018.

Speaker, “U.S. Immigration Regulations: Teaching, Studying or Conducting Research in the U.S.” International Consortium for Global Legal Education's 2018 International Faculty Training Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL, July 25, 2018.

Speaker, “The Visa Process of an Architect.” AIA Orlando's International Committee Lunch and Learn, Orlando, FL, April 18, 2018.

Speaker, “Immigration Under the Current Administration.” Florida International University’s 16th Annual Diversity Day, Miami, FL, November 2, 2017.

Speaker, “Case Studies in F-1 Student Advising.” NAFSA Region VII Conference, Spartanburg, SC, October 24, 2017.

Speaker, “Prep Your International Students for Success: Navigating the Immigration and Border Entry Process.” American International Recruitment Council, webinar, August 10, 2017.

Speaker, “Understanding the Challenges Facing International Students.” Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE) Annual Conference, Niagara Falls, NY, June 21, 2017.

Speaker, “Debunking the Myths of International Student Hiring.” National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV, June 9, 2017.

Speaker, “Student Start-ups: Visa Options for International Student Entrepreneurs.” NAFSA Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA, June 2, 2017.

Speaker, “China and India.” International Business Symposium: Charting a Winning Course in the Uncertain Waters of Global Commerce, Tampa, FL, April 27, 2017.

Speaker, “Understanding the Challenges Facing International Students.” 2016 Southern Association of Colleges and Employers Annual Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL, December 6, 2016.

Speaker, “International Students: Pathways to Employment.” American International Recruitment Council’s 8th Annual Conference, Miami, FL, December 2, 2016.

Speaker, “Exploring the Complexities of Optional Practical Training.” NAFSA International Education Expo, Denver, CO, June 3, 2016.

Speaker, “Transitioning to Work Visa Status.” Florida State University Employment Workshop – Preparing to Gain Employment in the U.S., Tallahassee, FL, March 19, 2016.

Speaker, “Transitioning to Permanent Residency.” Florida State University Employment Workshop – Preparing to Gain Employment in the U.S., Tallahassee, FL, March 19, 2016.

Speaker, “U.S. Immigration Workshop.” The International Knowledge Center, Bengaluru, India, February 13, 2016.

Speaker, “U.S. Immigration Workshop.” Muthoot Institute of Technology and Science, Kochi, India, February 12, 2016.

Speaker, “An Overview of U.S. Immigration.” Fragomen Event, Kochi, India, February 11, 2016.

Speaker, “So You Think You’re Extraordinary? Examining What It Takes to Get Approved for an EB-1 or NIW.” Fragomen Webinar Event, December 9, 2015.

Speaker, “What Happens After I Graduate?” Fragomen Webinar Event, December 2, 2015.

Speaker, “To B-1/2 or Not to B-1/2.” NAFSA Region VII Regional Conference, Savannah, GA, October 27, 2015.

Speaker, “The Future Consequences of Unintended International Student Advising Decisions.” NAFSA Region VII Regional Conference, Savannah, GA, October 26, 2015.

Speaker, “The Future Consequences of Unintended Advising Decisions.” NAFSA 67th Annual Conference, Boston, MA, May 2015.

Speaker, “Hot Topics in U.S. Immigration.” Florida Association of International Educators 2015 State Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL, February 20, 2015.

Speaker, “What Happens After I Graduate?” Fragomen Webinar Event, February 3, 2015.

Speaker, “Recruiting Global Talent: Diversity in the Workforce and Steps for Global Recruiting.” UF Career Resource Center Fall 2014 Employer University Webinar Series, October 23, 2014.

Speaker, “A Guide to Hiring Foreign Nationals.” Innovation Coast, Pensacola, FL, August 14, 2014.

Speaker, “Using Your Office of General Counsel as a Valuable Resource.” NAFSA 2014 Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, May 2014.

Speaker, “Whatever Happened to Nonimmigrant Intent?? Advising Students on Post-Graduate Options.” Florida Association of International Educators 2014 State Conference, Winter Park, FL, February 24, 2014.

Speaker, “Latest & Greatest on the Immigration Front.” CUPA/CUHRE Conference, Miami, FL, February 23, 2012.

Organizer, “Immigration Law & Policy: A Spectrum of Issues Facing the Business & Legal Community One Day Seminar.” hosted by the Immigration Law Society of the University of Miami, the International and Comparative Law Review, and the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section: Immigration Committee, Coral Gables, FL, 2008.

Speaker, “Immigration Options for International Students & Recent Graduates.” Semi-annual Lecture, 2009 - 2014, at numerous universities including: University of Central Florida; University of West Florida; Florida Atlantic University; Nova Southeastern University; Florida Gulf Coast University; Lynn University; University of Florida; University of Miami; Johnson & Wales; St. Thomas University; Florida International University; The Scripps Research Institute; and Miami International University of Art & Design.