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Bracewell LLP

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Nelli Nikova

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Work +1.713.221.3326
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www.bracewell.com/people/nelli-nikova
Bracewell LLP

Work Department

Immigration

Position

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.

Education

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

Immigration

Within: Immigration

San Antonio-based managing partner Victoria Garcia leads Bracewell LLP’s ‘effective’ and ‘very knowledgeable’ immigration group, which is active for clients operating in the energy, technology and healthcare sectors. Garcia, who ‘is definitely the subject matter expert on immigration issues’ and is known for her ‘good bedside manner’, attracts praise for her ‘terrific knowledge of DHS regulations’. She delivers ongoing immigration advice on a variety of immigration matters to Valero Energy, Sirius Computer Solutions, CPS, Key Energy Services and ArjoHuntleigh, including non-immigrant visas, preparing applications for employment and family-based permanent resident and citizenship, compliance with I-9 and H-1B processes and E-Verify issues. In another matter for High Sierra Pools, in addition to preparing various applications, Houston-based senior counsel Nelli Nikova represented the client in objecting to an opinion letter by the Department of State that put pool management companies in the same category as staffing agencies, which negatively impacted the client’s ability to place summer workers through its J visa program.

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