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Diana Okoeva

Diana OkoevaHead of US Immigration Practice

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I head the US immigration practice at Lews Silkin, representing a wide range of clients from start-ups to large multinational companies, as well as individuals such as artists, entertainers, investors, entrepreneurs and many others.

I am dual qualified as an Attorney in New York and a Solicitor of England and Wales. I am fluent in Russian and Armenian and aspire to be fluent in French one day. Before joining Lewis Silkin I practiced US immigration law at firms in London and in the US. Prior to my career as a US immigration lawyer, I worked for a number of years as an international lawyer for the Armenian government.

Outside of work I enjoy arts, travelling, and gastronomic experiences. I am a loyal Friend of the Royal Opera House, so you can often find me there enjoying an opera or a ballet.

Immigration & Global Mobility

I advise on all areas of US immigration and nationality law. My focus is on business and entrepreneurial immigration, art and entertainment sector, high-net-worth immigration, acquisition and loss of US citizenship, and consular practice.

I work with companies across a variety of industries including IT, Advertising and Marketing, Media and Entertainment, TV Production, Oil and Gas, Manufacturing, Retail, Financial and Investment Services, Law Firms and other Professional Services. I help them expand into the US, take talent and groups to the US for filming or performing, transfer personnel from their non-US offices to the US, or employ workers in the US in nonimmigrant status or as permanent residents.

I act for entrepreneurs seeing to start businesses in the US, investors seeking “green cards” under the EB-5 scheme, and individuals seeking to self-petition for permanent residency in the US based on extraordinary abilities or national interest waivers. I also advise clients wishing to acquire or lose US citizenship, clients with complex waivers of inadmissibility cases, as well as clients seeking family based immigrant and non-immigrant visas and other immigration benefits.

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