agnna varinia guzman
senior Attorney

Varinia Guzman’s experience in business immigration includes representation of Fortune 500 and multinational corporations in various industries, emerging start-ups, mid-size companies and immigrant entrepreneurs. She provides expertise across a wide variety of employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant petitions, and PERM labor certification, adjustment of status, consular processing and naturalization applications. Ms. Guzman also advises U.S. employers on corporate compliance, I-9 audits and employer sanctions. Her human resources and in-house immigration experience allows her insight into the business needs of global companies while connecting the bridge between immigration law and the greater business environment. 

Ms. Guzman is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). She was a contributing author to an AILA publication – AILA’s Guide to Immigration Law for Paralegals. Ms. Guzman has previously served as a Liaison to the U.S. Consulate in Vancouver on behalf of AILA’s Canada Chapter and as a Law Student Division Liaison with AILA’s Southern California Chapter. She is also an invited speaker at AILA’s annual conferences and volunteers at naturalization clinics offered to local immigrant communities throughout California.

Before joining Finnan, Fleischut & Associates, Ms. Guzman served as a Senior Attorney for the largest immigration law firm in the world with a focus on representation of global high-technology companies. She also worked in Canada specializing in U.S. immigration law for businesses and multi-national companies. In particular, she represented Deloitte and its global companies with the management and delivery of business immigration services for all aspects of nonimmigrant and immigrant cases within a high-volume environment.

Ms. Guzman’s immigration services for clients includes:

EMPLOYMENT-BASED IMMIGRATION

· Nonimmigrant visas for foreign national employees of U.S. companies and entities, specifically B-1 business visitors, E-1/E-2 treaty traders/investors, E-3 visa for Australian nationals, H-1B specialty occupation workers, H-3 trainees, H-1B1 visa for nationals of Chile and Singapore, L-1A/L-1B intracompany transferees as manager/executive or specialized knowledge professional, O-1 individuals with extraordinary ability or achievement, and TN professionals under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

· PERM labor certification applications through the U.S. Department of Labor.

· Immigrant petitions for employment-based categories, including individuals with extraordinary ability, outstanding researchers or professors, multinational managers or executives, advanced degree holders, professionals or skilled workers.

· Employment-based adjustment of status or consular processing applications, including employment authorization and advance parole.

· Provisions under the American Competitiveness of the 21st Century Act of 2000 (AC21).

 FAMILY-BASED IMMIGRATION

· Immigrant visas for immediate relatives and qualifying family members.

· K-1 fiancée visas through the U.S. Department of State.

· Conditional lawful permanent residents.

· Marriage and family-based adjustment of status or consular processing applications.

· Re-entry permits for lawful permanent residents.

 NATURALIZATION/CITIZENSHIP

· Naturalization applications.

· Renunciation of U.S. citizenship.

 IMMIGRATION COMPLIANCE

· Review and preparation of immigration policies, practices, processes and manuals.

· Training in immigration compliance geared towards human resources professionals, managers, executives and stakeholders.

· I-9 employment eligibility verification, including internal voluntary audits, employer sanctions, and investigations by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

· FDNS and U.S. Department of Labor audits.

EDUCATION

 · J.D. Thomas Jefferson School of Law (2009)

· B.S., Cornell University, School of Industrial & Labor Relations (1994)

 ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

· California

· U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

· U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

· U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

 AFFILIATIONS

· State Bar of California

· California Lawyers Association – International and Immigration Law Section

· American Immigration Lawyers Association

 SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

· Panelist, NIV Options for Non-Degreed Professionals, 2016 AILA Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 22, 2016

· Co-speaker, Skilled Temporary Foreign Worker Programs in Canada and the U.S., IMEDA Seminar, Vancouver, British Columbia, April 16, 2015

Languages – Spanish and German