Virginia, US

Brenda Oliver joined the Firm in April 2011, having worked for 11 years with a large Am Law 100 firm.

Brenda provides advice and counsel to U.S. based and foreign employers to facilitate transfers of high level and special skilled employees to the United States.

She has been assisting clients in obtaining nonimmigrant visas, as well as immigrant visas and permanent residency based on employment and/or family sponsorship. She assists clients with preparation of and guidance in the process of nonimmigrant visa petitions, employment-based permanent residency petitions and labor certification applications.

She provides advice on I-9 compliance and assisting with company audits to ensure compliance with U.S. employment authorization practices.

Additional representations have included assisting clients with outbound visa matters, citizenship and naturalization issues, obtaining OCS exemptions, preparation for consular processing and general advice and counsel regarding immigration law.

Brenda works pro bono with the Polaris Project to assist trafficking victims to obtain T visas and adjustment of status.

Brenda speaks English and Spanish.

Education


William & Mary School of Law | J.D., 1997
University of California, Berkeley | B.A., 1994

Awards

Listed in Who's Who Legal: Corporate Immigration, 2015 to 2018

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

Bar Admissions: Maryland, District of Columbia

Court Admissions: U.S. District Court, District of Maryland, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

Chair-Elect for the AILA DC Chapter, 2010-2011

Vice-Chair for the AILA DC Chapter, 2009-2010

Secretary for the AILA DC Chapter, 2008-2009

Treasurer for the AILA-DC Chapter, 2007-2008

Assisted clients with obtaining OCS exemptions from the US Coast Guard and helping their employees obtain B-1 OCS visas

Assisted clients with resolving name check issues and security issues with US Customs and Border Protection

Publications and Lectures

Author, “TN Visas May Help Employers Fill Professional Labor Gap”, San Antonio Business Journal, June 1, 2001.

Quoted in Reuters News Service article “Special Workers Visas Will be Cut”, September 22, 2003.

Panel Lecturer, “ABCs of Business Immigration Law (Immigrant) for Newer Practitioners (Web Seminar)”, AILA Teleconference Series, American Immigration Lawyers Association, August 22, 2006.

Panel Lecturer, “Economic Implications of International Migration”, American University International Law Review Symposium - Washington College of Law, “A World on the Move: Legal Perspectives on a New Era of International Migration”, Washington, DC, February 15, 2007.

Panel Lecturer, “Ethics and Practical Considerations of Business Immigration”, Washington, D.C. Chapter of American Immigration Lawyers Association 2007 Annual Spring Conference “Navigating the Complex Waters of Immigration Today”, Washington, DC, April 20, 2007.

Panel Lecturer, “ABCs of Immigration Law”, American Immigration Lawyers Association (National) 2007 Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, June 13, 2007.

Author, “Overview of ICE Final Regulation Regarding Social Security No Match Letter”, ABA Homeland Security and National Defense Newsletter, Winter 2007.

Panel Lecturer, “ABCs of Immigration Law for Newer Practitioners: General Overview (Web Seminar)”, AILA Teleconference Series, American Immigration Lawyers Association, January 17, 2008.

Author, “Overview of ICE Final Regulation Regarding Social Security No Match Letter”, Developments in Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice 2006-2007, ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, February 2008.

Author, “The I-9 Form: Implications and Impacts”, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Embassy Row Update, February 2008.

Panel Lecturer, “Business Immigration 101 – General Overview + FY 2009 H-1B Cap: Yes, It Is That Time of Year Again – Issues & Strategies”, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Immigration Law Seminar “Global Movement: A Look at Business Immigration in 2008”, Dallas and Houston, TX, March 4 and 7, 2008.

Panel Lecturer, “Work Visa Classifications: Making Sense of the Alphabet Soup”, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Immigration Web Seminar Series, Part 1, April 24, 2008.

Lecturer, “Naturalization Overview”, Baker & McKenzie Pro Bono Week Naturalization Workshop and Training, Washington, DC, June 10, 2008.

Panel Lecturer, “Fundamentals of Naturalization”, American Immigration Lawyers Association (National) 2008 Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada, June 28, 2008.

Panel Lecturer, “US Immigration Policy and law – Overview of New CBP Initiatives”, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Embassy Row Series, Washington, DC, July 15, 2008.

Panel Lecturer, “Business Immigration 101 – General Overview + FY 2009 H-1B Update”, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Immigration Law Seminar “Global Movement: A Look at Business Immigration in 2008”, Austin, TX, September 18, 2008.

Panel Lecturer, “Global Movement: A Look at Business Immigration in 2008”, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Immigration Law Seminar, Washington, DC, September 25, 2008.

Lecturer, “Employment-Based Immigration: Non-Immigrant Visas”, What Every Lawyer Should know About Immigration Law Series, Part 2, DC Bar Continuing Legal Education Program, Washington, DC, April, 13, 2010.

Panel Speaker, George Mason University Law School Civil Right Law Journal Symposium on Immigration, Washington, DC, November 4, 2010.