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Nelli Nikova specializes in employment-based non-immigrant and immigrant visas. Nelli works closely with corporate clients providing guidance on emerging immigration policies and I-9 compliance issues. In the course of her daily practice, she advises employers and their employees through the green card process, EB-3 skilled workers and EB-2 workers with advanced degrees, as well as the EB-1 category for individuals with extraordinary ability and multinational executives and managers. Nelli’s experience with non-immigrant employment visas includes H-1B specialty occupation, O-1 exceptional abilities, H-2B temporary non-qualified workers, L-1A/L-1B intracompany transferees, TN professionals from Mexico and Canada, as well as more specialized visa categories, such as investors, religious workers, healthcare professionals, and cultural exchange workers.
J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 2002; M.S., Baylor University, 1993; B.A., University of Sofia, Bulgaria, 1991
United States: Labor and employment
San Antonio-based Victoria Garcia is the main contact in Bracewell LLP’s immigration practice, which provides clients with legal guidance regarding business immigration matters, such as responding to audits, inquiries and investigations by the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Labor and complying with US labor and immigration laws on the hiring, retention and management of workforces, as well as utilizing the E-2 and EB-5 investor options as a strategy for raising capital and obtaining permanent residency. Garcia represents Valero Energy, NuStar GP Holdings, CST Brands and CST Services in all matters related to immigration, including the preparation of H-1B, L-1A, L-1B, TN and other non-immigrant visas. Houston-based senior counsel Nelli Nikova has substantial experience with employment-based non-immigrant visas for alien employees, including O-1 exceptional abilities and H-1 specialty occupation.