I head the US immigration practice at Lewis 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 and take talent and groups to the US for filming or performing.
I act for entrepreneurs seeking 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.
Being based in central London, I am closely familiar with the US Embassy London’s processes and procedures and am steps away from clients from the City to the West End.