Overview

Punam is an experienced business immigration attorney who counsels U.S. employers of all sizes, from start-ups to established multinationals, on immigration matters for a wide range of industries and activities, including: information technology, telecommunications, biotechnology, electronic component technology, insurance, financial and management consulting, hospitality, general manufacturing, and education.

Punam is acutely aware of how important key employees are to an enterprise.  That is why she works directly with her clients to design and implement immigration strategies that help them navigate through an ever changing, complex legal framework of immigration and nationality law.  Punam identifies and implements successful programs US employers to hire and retain international personnel, including senior leadership all the way to critical professional positions.  

Punam also develops cost and time efficient strategies to pursue high volume processing of immigration petitions and applications for employers who have a large number of foreign national employees. In addition to overseeing the preparation of non-immigrant and immigrant visa petition filings of all types, Punam regularly provides employment-related immigration compliance training to human resources and legal staff for employer clients. She also effectively counsels clients through government investigation of enforcement proceedings, including Labor Condition Application Audits conducted by the Department of Labor and I-9 Audits with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. And, often these days, Punam provides clients with Congressional advocacy advice for changes in the law, which includes regular travel to Washington, DC for meetings with elected representatives and government agencies. 

Punam is a frequent speaker on immigration matters and has published immigration articles on a foray of immigration topics that include multinational transfers, compliance, cross-border issues, layoffs, and general visas strategies. 

Professional & Civic Associations

  • Boston Bar Association Diversity & Inclusion Section 
    • Steering Committee, September 2019 to present
  • New England Chapter of American Immigration Lawyers Association
    • Customs Border Patrol Logan Airport Co-Chair (June 2007 to present)
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association Business Committee
    • Member, June 2013 to June 2015
    • American Immigration Lawyers Association National Field Operations Committee Member, June 2011 to 2012
    • American Immigration Lawyers Association National Department of Labor (DOL) Committee Member, June 2007 to 2010
    • American Immigration Lawyers Association National United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) Committee Member, June 2008 to 2009
  • New England Chapter of American Immigration Lawyers Association
    • Rapid Raid Response Team for New England States (March 2017 to present)
    • Executive Office of Immigration Appeals ProBono Liaison Chair (June 2007 to June 2015)
    • Elected Executive Board Member, Immediate Past Chapter Chair-President (2007 to 2008)
    • Elected Chapter Chair-President (2006-2007)
    • Chair Elect (2005-2006)
    • Elected Board Member Vice Chair (2004-2005)
    • Elected Board Member, Treasurer (2003-2004)
    • Elected Board Member, Secretary (2002-2003)

News & Analysis

Speaking Engagements & Industry Publications

  • "How Does the New H-1B Cap Rule Impact This Year’s Filings?," February 2019
  • "USCIS Proposed Changes to the H-1B Cap Filing Process: What You Need to Know,"December 2018

  • "The Changing Tides of the H-1B Visa Adjudication,"July 2018

  • "H-1B Compliance: What to Do When You Terminate Your H-1B Employee," July 2018"

  • Speaker at the American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference in New Orleans on “Business Immigration 101,” June 2017

  • Speaker/Moderator at the AILA New England Immigration Chapter Meeting on “CBP Panel Discussion,” January 2017

  • Speaker at the American Immigration Lawyers Association 2016 Annual Conference in Las Vegas on “Playing Russian Roulette in the Newly Defined Domain of L Visas,” June 2016

  • Speaker at the American Immigration Lawyers Association New England Immigration Spring Conference, on CBP Issues, March 2016

  • Speaker at the American Immigration Lawyers Association 2015 Annual Conference in Washington DC on “Other Employment Based Options,” June 2015

  • Speaker at the American Immigration Lawyers Association New England Immigration Spring Conference on “How does the President Obama’s Executive Actions Affect our Clients?,” March 2015

  • Speaker at the American Immigration Lawyers Association 2014 Annual Conference in Boston, MA on “PERM Fundamentals,” June 2014

  • Speaker at the American Immigration Lawyers Association 2013 Annual Conference in San Francisco on “Employment Based Permanent Residence categories,” June 2013

  • Speaker/Moderator at the AILA New England Chapter, “CBP Issues,” April 2013

  • "H-1B Specialty Occupations-Practical Issues in Qualifying For and Obtaining H-1B Status," 3rd Annual AILA New England Immigration Law Symposium, April 2006

Education

Seton Hall University School of Law

  • J.D., 1997

Douglass College, Rutgers University

  • B.A. in Economics and Psychology, 1993

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey

Languages

  • Hindi
  • Spanish
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