Practice Summary

Immigration & Nationality Law

Sharon J. Phillips advises clients on the legal and practical aspects of obtaining employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant status in the United States. Through the magic of e-mail, Zoom and Federal Express (not to mention the telephone), Sharon serves a wide array of companies, organizations and individuals across the United States from her office in New York City, where she also enjoys meeting with clients face-to-face.

Sharon’s clients include employers, employees, investors and other individuals working in finance, technology, manufacturing, education and other sectors. She has a special interest and extensive experience in immigration matters relating to the arts, and works regularly with leading fine art galleries, museums, arts and cultural organizations, architecture and design firms, fine artists, curators, conservators, musicians, designers, illustrators, etc. Sharon's practice encompasses immigrant and nonimmigrant visas including E1/E-2 (“Treaty Trader,” “Treaty Investor”), E-3, H-1b, H-3, J-1 Trainee/Intern, L-1 (“Multinational Managers/Executives,” “Specialized Knowledge”), O-1 (“Artist Visa”), P-1, P-3, TN, Q-1, PERM, EB1 (“Extraordinary Ability,” “Multinational Managers/Executives,” “Outstanding Professors”), National Interest Waiver, etc. She also assists clients with family-based immigration and naturalization matters.

Sharon’s pro bono activities in immigration law have included providing "credible fear" counseling to women and child asylum seekers from Central America, preparing applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Special Immigrant Juvenile status and Temporary Protected Status (Haiti, Liberia) and representing refugees in asylum cases (Liberians, Coptic Christians). She organized and served as a member of the petitioners’ steering committee in Yang You Yi v. Janet Reno (a class action involving Chinese refugees who arrived on the Golden Venture, 1993). Sharon is fluent in Hebrew and has a working knowledge of Spanish and French. She is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

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