Overview

Piyumi works with large corporations seeking to attract highly educated foreign nationals. In this capacity, she ensures each matter is handled with the personal and professional integrity and legal expertise required to successfully relocate top talent to this country. Piyumi’s areas of focus include securing various nonimmigrant classifications, such as:

  • H-1B – professionals (including physicians)
  • L-1A – executives and managers, exchange program students, scholars, trainees, teachers, research assistants
  • J-1 Waiver – medical graduates
  • TN – Canadians and Mexicans entering under the North American Free Trade Agreement
  • R1 – religious workers (R1)
  • P – entertainers
  • O – individuals with extraordinary ability in the arts, sciences, business, athletics, movies, or television.

She also focuses on various immigrant classifications including:

  • Labor certification applications
  • National interest waivers
  • Multinational executives or managers
  • Immediate relative petitions
  • A range of other immigration categories, including citizenship

Honors & Recognitions

  • Award Recipient, 25 Women to Watch in the Twin Cities, The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, May 2012

Professional & Civic Associations

  • Greater Twin Cities United Way (GTCUW)

    • Board member
    • Executive committee member
    • Former Chair, Governance Committee
  • Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA)
    • Board member
  • Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity (TCHFH)
    • Board member
  • YWCA Minneapolis
    • Former board member
    • Former Chair, Nominations committee
    • Former Vice Chair, Public Policy committee
    • Former member – Strategic Planning committee

Practices

Education

Hamline University School of Law

  •  J.D., 2001

University of Cambridge

  • Master of Law (LL. M), 1995

Sri Lanka Law College

  • Attorney-at-Law (JD equivalent in Sri Lanka), First Class Honors, 1991

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2002
  • Sri Lanka

Languages

  • Singhalese
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