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Joy Alegría Haynes

Joy Alegría Haynes, Immigration Attorney

Now based in Salt Lake City, Utah, Joy has been practicing immigration law exclusively since 2007. She focuses on employment-based immigration and has particular experience obtaining visas for E Treaty Traders and Investors, H-1B Specialty Workers, L-1A Multinational Managers and L-1B Specialized Knowledge Employees, O Extraordinary Ability Foreign Nationals, and P Entertainers. She also has deep experience with the employment-based permanent-residency process, including PERM (labor certification) and I-140 immigrant petitions. A particular niche area of hers is advising and representing those in the field of Montessori education.

On the family side, she represents couples in consular processing and adjustment applications on marriage- and other family-based petitions. She is particularly known for her representation of bi-national LGBT couples, having counseled countless couples on legal options to remain together in the United States before the fall of DOMA to filing scores of marriage-based adjustment applications post-DOMA. She also has a successful track record securing marriage-based permanent residency where both spouses are transgender. Her practice also includes removal of conditions for conditional residents as well as naturalization.

Prior to practicing immigration, Joy gained experience in employment, civil rights, and product liability class action litigation at California-based law firms.

Joy is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

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Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia 2007
  • California 2005

Education

  • 2005 – Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude
  • 2002-2003 – Golden Gate University School of Law
  • 1993 – Stephens College, B.F.A., summa cum laude

International Education

  • 2006-2007 – Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 2004 – University College London, study abroad summer law program

Honors

  • Cum Laude; member, Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law; International Law Best Exam (Georgetown University School of Law)
  • Merit Scholarship; Dean’s List; Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Property; CALI Award for Writing and Research (Golden Gate University School of Law)
  • Summa Cum Laude; Dean’s List with High Honors all semesters; Secretary of Athena Chapter of Mortar Board; Member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Sophomore Academic Honorary Society (Stephens College)
  • 2013 recipient of the District of Columbia Service Star Award (For Community Service)

Past Positions

  • Associate Attorney – Fenwick & West, Mountain View, CA

Publications

  • Same Sex Marriage and Domestic Partnerships, V Geo. J. Gender & L. 545 (2004)

Volunteer

  • Volunteer filmmaker for Saint Elizabeths Hospital
  • Volunteer attorney for the Whitman Walker Name and Gender Change Clinic

Immigration Newsletter

We are pleased to offer a monthly e-newsletter Haynes Novick Immigration Update, keeping you abreast of immigration-related news and information. Click here view past issues from the archive.
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