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Sonia Oliveri

Partner, Fort Lauderdale /

Sonia Oliveri is a Partner in the firm’s Miami and Fort Lauderdale offices where she leads the firm’s EB-5 Practice Group, focusing her practice on commercial client’s Business Immigration and International Business needs. As an immigration lawyer in Florida, Sonia assists corporate clients, foreign corporations and investors concerning complex corporate transactions and complex immigration matters, with an emphasis on the EB-5 program, the E-2 Treaty Investor Program, and L-1 Intracompany Transferee Visa Applications.

An Italian native and fluent in six (6) languages, Sonia represents international clientele and investors from all over the world and specifically from Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Dubai, and India. Sonia’s cultural experience and global international background and perspective make her uniquely qualified to work with international clientele on matters that require a specific cultural sensitivity. Sonia is able to leverage her international business abilities as well as interpersonal skills in complex international matters, both corporate and immigration-related. Sonia is able to present creative solutions and identify issues before they become problematic while delivering the highest levels of customer attention and care.

Sonia has consulted countless foreign national clients on obtaining green cards through either individual direct or pooled investments or Regional Centers EB-5 investments, nationwide. Sonia has also served clients worldwide including treaty investors (E-2), immigrant investors, regional centers, multi-national managers and corporations, small businesses, artists, entertainers, athletes, students, trainees, professionals, managers, executives, employers and individuals seeking solutions to complex immigration and business issues.

Sonia also works with employers and human resources departments on I-9 compliance as well as H-1B and LCA compliance. Sonia regularly counsels employers in connection with immigration-related regulatory compliance issues including employment eligibility verification issues, E-Verify and I-9 audits, internal audits and reviews.

The combination of her International Business and Multilingual background, allows Sonia to bring unique expertise to the EB-5 arena in general. As an immigration lawyer, Sonia’s thorough understanding of the broad issues associated with business migration to the U.S. permits Sonia to recognize and communicate to clients many of the complex issues of the U.S. Business Immigration outside of the traditional application filings with USCIS. Sonia has created professional relationships where she educates and advises on the complexities of these matters with the clients of numerous U.S. investment groups, Regional Centers, and Developers. Additionally, Sonia specifically advises these groups on the EB-5 program compliance, including developing new projects that qualify for EB-5 investments, preparing amendment filings, and applying for exemplar petitions. Sonia also works with securities lawyers, economists, business plan writers and other professionals in the preparation and filing of Regional Center designations and Regional Center amendment applications. From the beginning of her career, Sonia has been responsible for filing hundreds of EB-5 petitions and dealing with all legal issues they bring to all her clients.

Prior to joining the firm, Sonia worked as an Attorney for a major immigration investment law firm where she gained vast experience in business immigration, specifically advising high-net-worth foreign nationals and businesses in global immigration, employment-based applications, business and investor visas, business agreements, corporate formation, employment and commercial lease agreements and contract negotiations. She also advised individuals, businesses and Regional Centers on EB-5 compliance issues and complex U.S. immigration and nationality matters.

Sonia also represents clients with both domestic and international interests concerning international/cross-border transactions and international estate matters and is the strategic U.S. partner with a preeminent business advisory law firm based out of Rome, Italy.

Before moving to the United States, Sonia earned her Juris Doctor degree, Summa Cum Laude, from Roma Tre University in Rome, Italy. Sonia earned her second Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, from Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law in the United States. Sonia serves on the Business and Investment Committee of AILA – South Florida Chapter and is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and a frequent attendee of IIUSA’s events (Invest in the United States of America). Sonia is also a member of the Italian American Chamber of Commerce for the Southeast and frequent attendee of the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida events, the Brazilian Business Groups, the French Chamber of Commerce, the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, and the European Chambers of Commerce. Sonia is licensed to practice law in the states of Florida and District of Columbia, allowing her to service clients worldwide.

Sonia is fluent in Italian, Farsi, Spanish, French, Portuguese and English.

     

  • Fort Lauderdale Illustrated, “2020 Top Lawyer”, Immigration Law, 2020
  • Selected, “Top 25 Immigration Attorneys,” EB5 Investor Magazine, 2019
  •  Selected, “Top 5 Rising Stars,” EB5 Investor Magazine, 2018
  • Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT)
    • Board of Directors
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Member
  • South Florida AILA, Member
    • Business & Investment Committee
  • Latin American and Caribbean AILA, Member
  • National Italian American Bar Association (NIABA), Member
  • COMITES, Italian Consular Committee for Italians Abroad, Member
  • Italy American Chamber of Commerce Southeast (IACC), Member
  • Changes to the EB-5 Investor Program and the E-2 Treaty Investor Visa, NSU CLE New Immigration Challenges, Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Collge of Law, June 2019
  • H-1B to EB-5 Seminar Miami, ILW.COM, April 2019
  • Business Immigration, E-2 Treaty Investor Visa & Eb-5 Investor Program, NSU CLE New Considerations in Immigration Practice, Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law, February 2019
  • Practical Aspects of Preparing and Filing EB-5 Immigrant Visa Petitions, Business and Investment Committee, AILA South Florida, January 2019
  • EB-5 Investor Program Seminar & Roundtable, Nicastro Group, Milan, May 2018
  • Developed and conducted I-9 compliance and immigration compliance training programs for human resource managers, general counsels and supervisory-level employees for Fortune 200 company.
  • Counseled one of the nation’s largest hospitals on all immigration matters.
  • Counseled national dairy manufacturer on EB-5 investment program creation, structure and compliance.
  • Counseled national developer concerning the group’s $130 million EB-5 regional center project capital structure for a two-tower hotel project in western Florida.
  • Counseled private Canadian real estate investment and management company on all EB-5 and U.S. immigration-related matters including structure of new commercial enterprise, capital stack, business plan, economic forecasts, and compliance.
  • Counseled global yacht manufacturer company concerning all immigration matters, including L-1 visas, H-1Bs, TNs, C-1s, EB-1Cs and (PERM) labor certifications.
  • Counseled private equity company on all immigration matters, including E-2 visas, H-1Bs, O-1s, TNs, and (PERM) labor certifications.
  • Counseled the U.S. branch of a top UEFA Champion League Football team concerning visas for players and coaches.
  • Counseled $500 million U.S. company on all immigration needs for its specialized employees (H-1Bs, O-1s, L-1s, PERMS).
  • Obtained approvals for National Interest Exceptions to the Presidential Proclamations imposing travel restrictions (i.e. Schengen Ban).
  • Counseled and filed EB-5 direct visa applications for clients interested in creating stand-alone EB-5 projects.
  • Counseled Florida developer on EB-5 immigrant investor visa program and on the acquisition of Regional Centers in Massachusetts and California.
  • Counseled, structured and filed corporate structure for “E-2 to EB-5” visa upgrade.
  • Counseled a large number of Mexican Investors individually and pooled for their investment immigration corporate structures (E-2s, EB-5 & L-1 visa).
  • Counseled Argentinian Investors, individually and pooled for their business investment corporate structures (E-2s, EB-5 & L-1 visa).
  • Counseled U.S. groups developing a marketing structure to attract Brazilian and Latin American Investors.
  • Counseled large Indian companies creating a U.S. branch for purposes of L-1 visas and other business immigration matters.
  • Counseled and acted as general counsel for international corporate clients needing a point of contact in the U.S. fluent in their native language.
  • Counseled and acted as strategist for international clients creating a U.S. team of professionals for investment ventures: securities counsels, corporate counsels, business plan writers, and economists.
  • Obtained E-2 approval for a 5-year investor visa for Venezuelan/Spanish national who previously had received denials with prior counsel, two at U.S. consulates and two ESTA denial applications.
  • Obtained a 5-year E-2 visa approval for a Venezuelan client holding an expired passport in light of the Guaido Decree of May 21, 2019, which extended the validity of Venezuelan passports past their printed expiration.
  • Obtained approval without RFEs (“Requests for Further Evidence”) of all computer-related H-1B applications for one of the largest furniture retailers in Florida.
  • Obtained difficult-to-receive B-1/B-2 visa application approval under extreme circumstances for an VIP Italian client who had been denied U.S. visa with prior counsel. Client had an important contract with an international star performing on a U.S. tour. Due to the denial, the client had been barred from entering the U.S. Despite the urgency of the matter and other difficulties, we assisted our client in obtaining the same visa in less than a week. The client then joined the U.S. tour.
  • Obtained approval in a very short time and without RFEs for a difficult-to-receive E-2 visa renewal prepared and filed in less than a month. Client had been under E-2 visa for more than 15 years.
  • Filed four EB-5 visa applications in 10-15 days under incredible pressure to meet a deadline to invest at the $500,000 level and be grandfathered in under past EB-5 regulations.
  • Obtained approval of a National Interest Exception Waiver for the owner of a venture capital company involved in developing a treatment and vaccine for COVID-19.
  • Obtained approval of several Satisfactory Departure Applications for clients unable to leave the U.S. and travel due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
  • Acted as Expert Immigration Counsel during family law court proceedings, advising the court on immigration status of the parties, their ability to travel internationally, U.S. immigration timelines and the like.
  • Acted as EB-5 counsel for immigration attorneys interested in learning the EB-5 visa program.
  • Structured and obtained approvals of E-2 visas for real estate investment businesses.
  • Counseled a large Italian renewable-energy company creating a U.S. branch on all immigration matters.

Contact Information

Practice Areas

Admissions

  • Florida
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • District of Columbia

Education

  • Nova Southeastern, Shepard Broad College of Law, J.D., Cum Laude, 2015
  • Roma Tre University, J.D., Summa Cum Laude, 2013