Amy R. Novick

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Amy R. Novick

Amy Novick focuses her practice on obtaining visas for highly skilled professionals, waivers of the two-year home residency requirement for J visa holders, issues of concern to G-4 international workers and to diplomats, E investors, extraordinary ability visas, visas for multinational executives and managers, foreign adoptions, naturalization and citizenship, and family- and marriage-based immigration matters. Amy also conducts I-9 audits on behalf of corporate clients. She is a frequent speaker at international institutions (World Bank, IMF, IDB) and embassies in Washington DC.

Amy has been involved with immigration and nationality law and policy for more than 25 years.  She served as Deputy Director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) where she directed the Association’s extensive immigration education program, including publishing, legal education conferences, and marketing.

Named to International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, and International Who’s Who of Thought Leaders Corporate Immigration.

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ImmigrationClients' Choice Award

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court 2018.
  • District of Columbia 1989.
  • Pennsylvania 1984.

Education (United States and Internationally)

  • 1984 Antioch School of Law, J.D. (Special emphasis on international refugee law) and jurisprudence; completed L.L.M.-level internship and research at the UNHCR in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • 1978 Clark University B.A. (government with special emphasis on international relations; Completed year abroad at London School of Economics-affiliated program and international relations curriculum at the University of Haifa.


  • Serving People and the Public Interest, UDC Law School Feature (2011).
  • Center for Immigration Law and Policy, UDC Law School, Special Recognition (2007).
  • AILA Special Commendation for Leadership and Service (2001, 2004).
  • National Immigration Project Special Recognition Award. (2004).
  • AILA Presidential Commendation for Outstanding Service (1999).
  • AILA Edward L. Dubroff Memorial Writing Competition Award (1984).
  • Editor, Antioch Law Review (1983-84).

Past Positions

  • Maggio & Kattar, P.C.
    Shareholder and Partner. (2006-2008)
    • Represent individuals before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and Department of State; employment-based immigration, J waivers, investors, inadmissibility issues, family-based immigration, adoption, and immigration problems that related to public policy and immigration agency interpretation of law; manage law firm’s website, electronic newsletter, and marketing activities
  • Office of the Special Arbiter.
    Consulting Attorney. (2005)
    • Legal and fact-based research related to the development of a plan to implement the Jerry M. (juvenile justice class action) consent decree and court orders; prepare memoranda on qualitative and quantitative compliance standards and on standards related to termination and dismissal in institutional reform litigation; provided other litigation mediation support.
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
    Acting Executive Director. (1996)
    Deputy Director, Programs. (1999-2004)
    Senior Director, Education. (1996-1999)
    Associate Director. (1985-1996)

Professional Activities

  • Board member, Immigrants’ List (2011-2015). (Served as Executive Director, 2009-2010)
  • Board of Trustees, American Immigration Council (2006-2012).
  • Founding Member, Board of Directors, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law Center for Immigration Law and Practice (2004-07).

Recent Presentations

  • World Bank Family Network Seminar on Immigration (2012-present).
  • Various Embassies (2011- present)
  • myLawCLE and the Federal Bar Association (2019).
  • Democrats Abroad Costa Rica (2017).
  • AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law (2009, 2010, 2017).
  • AILA DC Chapter Conference on Immigration Law (2014, 2016).
  • Inter-American Development Bank Family Association (2016).
  • IMF Family Association (2016).
  • DC Bar CLE on Immigration Law (2008-2012, 2014).
  • AILA Texas Chapter Conference: Alternatives to Labor Certification: Extraordinary Ability / National Interest Waivers (2010).

Select Publications

  • Author, O-1 Individuals of Extraordinary Ability or Achievement, Nonimmigrant Visa Practice Manual, DC Bar Continuing Legal Education.
  • Columnist, Food Service Monthly.
  • Editor, AILA Immigration Forms Toolbox.
  • Assistant Editor, AILA’s Guide to PERM Labor Certification (AILA).
  • Assistant Editor, Immigration Options for Investors and Entrepreneurs (AILA).
  • Update author, Chapter 22, J Visas, Immigration and Law Practice (Thompson/West).
  • Editor, AILA Midyear Conference Handbook.
  • Author, with Michael Maggio, “Visas for Foreign Talent and Their Agencies.”
  • Executive Editor, Immigration Law Today (AILA).
  • Managing Editor, Immigration and National Law Handbook (AILA).
  • Managing Editor, The Visa Processing Guide (AILA).
  • Managing Editor, U.S. Consular Posts Handbook (AILA).
  • Executive Editor, Selected Fundamentals of Immigration Law and Practice (AILA).
  • Managing Editor, AILA’s Family Immigration Law Handbook (AILA).
  • Managing Editor, Immigration Option for Academics and Researcher (AILA).