District of Columbia, US

Sandra has practiced business immigration law exclusively since 1996. Prior to joining Fragomen in 2008, she was a shareholder at Littler Mendelson, and an associate at Bacon & Dear. Before that, Sandra directed the J-1 waiver practice for a physician immigration boutique firm in Northern Virginia. She has extensive experience in J-1 waivers and J-1 program administration, L-1 and O-1 visas, labor certification, permanent residency and consular matters, as well as orchestrating large-scale moves of temporary assignees for multinational companies.

Sandra speaks English and Spanish.

Education


King's College | B.Sc., 1991, Summa cum laude
George Washington University | J.D., 1994
Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Awards

Member of the Somali 92 Volunteer Team that was awarded the Arthur C. Helton Memorial Human Rights Award in recognition of outstanding service in advancing the cause of human rights, 2019

Arizona Business Leader for Immigration Law, Az Business Leaders, 2019

Listed in Southwest Super Lawyers, Arizona, 2012-2016

Top Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona, Foundation for Legal Services and Education of the Arizona Bar Foundation, 2015

Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar, Madrid, Spain, 1994-1995

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

Bar Admissions: Arizona, District of Columbia, Pennsylvania

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

Vice Chair, AILA State Department Liaison Committee, 2018-present

Member, AILA State Department Liaison Committee, 2012-2018

Adjunct Professor, Arizona State University Law School, Spring 2009; Guest lecturer for Immigration Law class on business immigration topics, 2010, 2013-2016

Adjunct Professor, Business Immigration Law Seminar Session, Arizona State University Law School, October 8, 2013

Represented multinational technology, engineering, semiconductor, pharmaceutical, chemical and entertainment companies, as well as universities, genomics organizations, hospitals and physicians.

Advocated on behalf of corporate and individual clients before several U.S. Consulates, including Guadalajara, Ciudad Juarez, Matamoros, Halifax, Toronto, Montreal, Tel Aviv, San Jose, Manila, Chengdu, Kuala Lumpur, Shenyang, Chennai and Beijing.       

Advocated on behalf of corporate clients before the U.S. State Department.

Orchestrated multiple temporary moves of 150-850+ employees to the U.S. for a Fortune 100 company.

Managed labor certification process for a Fortune 100 company.

Serves as an Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) for a Fortune 100 company’s J-1 programs.

Publications and Lectures

Panelist, “U.S. Department of State (DOS) Open Forum”, 2020 AILA Spring CLE Conference & Webcast, Washington, DC, 6 March 2020.

Panelist, “Ain’t Stopping’ Us Now – J-1 Waivers”, 41st Annual AILA South Florida Chapter Immigration Law Update, Miami, FL, 27 February 2020.

Panelist, “Simply the Best – The Extraordinary, Exceptional and in the National Interest”, 41st Annual AILA South Florida Chapter Immigration Law Update, Miami, FL, 27 February 2020.

Panelist, “Don’t Stop Me Now – Solutions for Entrepreneurs, 41st Annual AILA South Florida Chapter Immigration Law Update, Miami, FL, 27 February 2020.

Speaker, "State Department Affairs: An Insider's Perspective", 2020 AILA Midwinter CLE Conference, Curaçao, January 24, 2020.

Speaker, “J-1 Visa Waivers.” Catholic Legal Services Conference, Miami, FL, August 23, 2019.

Speaker, “Strategies and Possibilities After Wait, Denial at the Consulate or Notification of Revocation.” Catholic Legal Services Conference, Miami, FL, August 23, 2019.

Speaker, “J-1 Waivers for Newlyweds.” American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference on Immigration Law, Orlando, FL, June 22, 2019.

Speaker, “U.S. Department of State (DOS) Open Forum.” American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference on Immigration Law, Orlando, FL, June 21, 2019.

Panelist, “U.S. Department of State (DOS) Open Forum.” 2019 American Immigration Lawyers Association Spring CLE Conference, Washington, DC, April 12, 2019.

Moderator, Engaging with U.S. Consular Posts. Council for Global Immigration 2018 Symposium, Arlington, VA, June 12, 2018.

Presenter, “H-1B Strategies: Before and After the Cap.” Workshop, Council for Global Immigration 2017 Symposium, Arlington, VA, June 12, 2017.

Presenter, “Strategies for Oversubscribed Countries.” American Immigration Lawyers Association, webinar, February 23, 2017.

Moderator, “STEM OPT--The New Frontier.” Lecture, Council for Global Immigration Annual Symposium, Washington, D.C., June 21, 2016.

Moderator, “J-1 Mega Session, Part 2: Host Organizations and Sponsor Perspectives.” Panel presentation, Council for Global Immigration 2015 Symposium, Washington, D.C., June 11, 2015.

Moderator, “Have visa--will travel! Navigating the thorny area of business travel.” Panel presentation, Council for Global Immigration 2014 Annual Symposium, Alexandria, Virginia, June 5, 2014.

Presenter, “Best Approaches for Business Travel Compliance.” Council for Global Immigration, webinar, January 21, 2014.

Presenter, “J-1 Visa Training,” Arizona Chapter, American Immigration Lawyers Association, January 25, 2013.

Presenter, “Non-Immigrant Visas in the Non-Profit Sector.” ACIP Annual Symposium, June 2012.

Presenter, “Non-Immigrant Visas for Non-Profits.” ACIP Annual Symposium, June 2011.

Presenter, “J-1 Visa Waivers.” NAFSA Region II Conference, Albuquerque, NM, October 28, 2009.

Presenter, “Choosing the Best Training Visa: H-3 or J-1.” ILW Teleconference, July 15, 2009.

Presenter, “Immigration Implications of Corporate Reorganizations, Lay-offs and Mergers & Acquisitions.” Presentation, 2009 Arizona Bar Annual Convention, Phoenix, AZ, June 26, 2009.

Presenter, “Sending Employees to the U.S. for Training – Why H-3 & J-1 Visa Familiarity is Not Enough.” Workshop, 2009 American Council on International Personnel (ACIP) Annual Symposium, Arlington, VA, June 17, 2009.

Presenter, “Short Term Needs.” ILW Teleconference, May 14, 2009.

Presenter, “Travel Issues for Foreign Nationals.” Presentation, American Council on International Personnel (ACIP) Teleconference, October 2, 2008.

Round Table Coordinator, AILA 2008 Annual Conference, Vancouver, June 2008.

Presenter, “Trainees and Interns.” Workshop, 2008 ACIP Annual Symposium, Arlington, VA, June 12, 2008.

Presenter, “Late Breaking Updates from the U.S. Consulate in Juarez.” Presentation, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Teleconference, January 31, 2008.

Editor, “Business Immigration Law: Strategies for Employing Foreign Nationals.” J Visa Status Chapter, 2008.

Presenter, “Immigration Practice Management and Other Issues.” Arizona State Bar, Immigration Section and Law Office Management Assistance Program, February 22, 2007.

Presenter, “Immigration Compliance Topics.” Arizona Employer Conference, 2007.

Presenter, “Impact of U.S. Immigration Law on a Typical Labor and Employment Practice.” Presentation, Arizona State Bar, Labor and Employment Section, Sedona, AZ, September 29, 2006.

Presenter, Sterling Educational Services Immigration Law Update Seminar, September 15, 2005.

Presenter, Arizona State Bar Annual Conference, June 2004.

Presenter, “Staffing and Immigration.” American Health Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, July 3, 2002.