Virginia, US

Sameera provides cutting-edge immigration solutions to corporate clients, ranging from start-ups to industry leaders. She directly counsels multinational corporate clients on all aspects of employment-based U.S. immigration, regulation, policy changes and compliance. Sameera strategizes nonimmigrant visa (H-1B, L-1, O-1, TN) and immigrant visa options for clients from a broad array of industries, including Big Data analytics, cloud security, asset management, renewable energy, dental and medical device manufacturing as well as top U.S. academic institutions and non-profits. She assists foreign national employees with employment-based green cards and PERM labor certification, as well as multinational managers (EB-1C), professionals with advanced degrees (EB-2) and skilled workers (EB-3).

Sameera’s pro bono experience includes participating in monthly immigration clinics with Jewish Family Services, naturalization clinics with Ya Es Hora, and the Los Angeles Law Library’s Lawyers in the Library Clinic.

Sameera speaks English and Hindi.

Education


Thomas Jefferson Law School | J.D., 2008
California State University, Los Angeles | B.A., 2005, cum laude

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

Bar Admissions: California

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

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

Pro Bono and CLE Liaison, AILA Santa Clara Valley Chapter

Pro Bono Co-Liaison, AILA Southern California Chapter

Former Social Justice Chair, South Asian Bar Association of Southern California

Obtained a Special Immigrant Visa and permanent residency for an Iraqi national and his family of five.

Obtained a National Interest Waiver and permanent residency for a Canadian pharmaceutical sales representative working for a prominent pharmaceutical manufacturer.

Successfully obtained O-1 approvals for a team of Chinese noodle chefs for a prominent Las Vegas entertainment/gaming corporation; a wrestler from South America; a French video director; a professional baseball team’s ballpark announcer; and a dressage trainer.

Obtained P-1 approvals for a group of European poker players to compete in a poker tournament.

Obtained EB-1 and permanent residency approvals for ophthalmologists and researchers from prominent California and Florida universities and research institutions.

Drafted Motions to Reopen/Reconsider, which were granted for H-1Bs, L-1As and adjustments of status.  

Publications and Lectures

Guest Lecturer, “Immigration Law course taught by Heather Poole, Esq.” Cerritos College, Cerritos, CA, 2017.

Speaker, “Know Your Rights Presentation with Q/A on the Status and Impact of the ‘Muslim Ban’ Executive Order (delivered in English and Hindi).” South Asian Bar Association and South Asian Network Community Forum, Artesia, CA, 2017.

Speaker, “Immigration Law: What Every Immigration Paralegal Needs to Know to Not Go Insane in the Membrane.” Orange County Paralegal Association 30th Annual Educational Conference, Costa Mesa, CA, 2016.

Speaker, “Extended DACA and DAPA.” California State University, Fullerton, Dreamers Resource Center Event, Fullerton, CA, 2015.

Speaker, “F-1 Discussion and Q/A.” North American Telegu Society Business Symposium, Anaheim, CA, 2015.

Panelist, “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.” Chapman Law School Immigration Law Society, Orange, CA, 2013.