Virginia, US

Agnna Varinia (Varinia) is an Associate in Fragomen’s Silicon Valley office, where she focuses her practice on employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant matters, PERM labor certification, adjustment of status, consular processing and naturalization applications. She also advises U.S. employers on corporate compliance, I-9 audits and employer sanctions. She has extensive experience supporting clients ranging from Fortune 500 and large multinational corporations to mid-size companies, emerging start-ups and immigrant entrepreneurs from a variety of industries. Her strong background in human resources and in-house immigration gives her insight into the business needs of global companies and enables her to serve as a bridge between immigration law and the greater business environment.

Varinia’s pro bono experience includes volunteering at naturalization clinics offered to local immigrant communities throughout California. During law school, she completed a pro bono internship in immigration law with the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program.

Varinia speaks English, German and Spanish.

Education


Thomas Jefferson School of Law | J.D., 2009
Cornell University | B.S., 1994

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

Bar Admissions: California

Court Admissions: U.S. District Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California; U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association

Member, California Lawyers Association – International Law Section

Publications and Lectures

Author, “Degree Equivalency and Nonimmigrant Visas.” American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Practice Pointers, June 2016.

Panelist, “NIV Options for Non-Degreed Professionals.” AILA Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV, June 2016.

Speaker, “Skilled Temporary Foreign Worker Programs in Canada and the U.S.” Immigration Education Alliance (IMEDA) Seminar, Vancouver, BC, April 2015.

Author, “H-2B or Not to Be?” Orange County Lawyer, July 2014.

Author, “The 2013 Revised Form I-9: What is New?” Orange County Lawyer, December 2013.

Panelist, “AILA Law Student Panel.” AILA Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, June 2013.

Author, “What Does DACA Mean for Employers?” Today’s General Counsel, February/March 2013.

Speaker, “Successful Hiring: Strategies to Avoid Immigration Pitfalls.” Illinois Association of Park Districts/Illinois Parks and Recreation Association (IAPD/IPRA) Soaring to New Heights State Conference, Chicago, IL, January 2012.

Author, “The Present State of the I-9: Fundamental Components & Legal Considerations.” Illinois Parks & Recreation Magazine, July/August 2011.