Sameera Sani is Senior Associate Attorney in the Business Immigration Practice Group at Darren Silver & Associates. As an immigrant herself who has undergone the convoluted U.S. immigration process starting from her childhood leading all the way up to her citizenship as an adult, Ms. Sani can relate to her clients. Specifically, Ms. Sani strategizes immigrant and nonimmigrant visa options for foreign nationals of multinational corporate clients and startup companies within the Data Science, Information Technology, Veterinary, Hospitality, and Entertainment industries as well as top U.S. academic institutions and non-profits. Ms. Sani provides guidance in employment-based immigration matters ranging from nonimmigrant visas (H-1B, L-1, TN), permanent residency (EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, PERM), and U.S. citizenship. She has successfully filed EB-1A Extraordinary Ability petitions for Storyboard Artist/Illustrators, and EB-1B Outstanding Researcher or Professor petitions for Ophthalmologists, and National Interest Waiver petitions for Pharmacologists.
Poker Players, Noodle Chefs, Wrestlers, Dressage Trainers, Ballpark Announcers, Movie Directors, Executive Movie Producers are some of her successful O-1 and P-1 filings to date.
Having worked with clients from all over the world, in her free time Ms. Sani enjoys staying active and discovering new destinations to explore, especially the international destinations that her clients are from.
California State University, Los Angeles: Bachelor of Arts in Economics with English Minor. Summa Cum Laude
Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego: Juris Doctor
State Bar License(s)
Ms. Sani is admitted to practice law in California.
Ms. Sani is fluent in Hindi and Urdu and can read Arabic.
Ms. Sani is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) where she serves as the Southern California Chapter’s Pro Bono Liaison.
She also serves on the Board of the South Asian Bar Association (SABA) of Southern California where she is appointed the Social Justice Chair.
Pro Bono Work
An immigrant herself, Ms. Sani regularly volunteers her time at Citizenship/Naturalization clinics and DACA renewal clinics. As part of Annual Citizenship Day, every year Ms. Sani helps to organize large-scale Naturalization Workshops where low-income applicants receive free assistance with filing their Naturalization Applications.
She is also a member of the LA Rapid Raids Response Network (LA RRRN), which is a coalition of pro bono attorneys who have committed to providing free or low-cost immigration services to those affected by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids, detention, and bond hearings.
As the AILA SoCal Pro Bono Liaison, Ms. Sani partners with several local non-profit legal services providers to recruit volunteer immigration attorneys for children in removal proceedings. These non-profits include CHIRLA, Catholic Charities of LA, Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project, NALEO, CAIR, LA Law Library, and others.
Speaker, “Introduction to Work Visas (H-1B, L-1, TN, and E),” Cerritos College Immigration Law course (September 2017)
Speaker, “Immigration Law: What Every Immigration Paralegal Needs to Know to Not Go Insane in the Membrane,” Orange County Paralegal’s Association 30th Annual Educational Conference, Costa Mesa, CA (September 2016)
Speaker, “Never a Dull Day: A Day in the Life of an Immigration Attorney“, Orange County Paralegal’s Association in conjunction with Santa Ana College, Santa Ana, CA (March 2016)
Discussion Leader, “Extended DACA and DAPA“, Dreamers Resource Center Discussion, Fullerton, CA (February 2015)
Speaker, “Immigration Q&A With a Lawyer“, Business Symposium of North American Telugu Society; Know Your Job Rights, Los Angeles, CA (July 2015)
Panelist, “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals; Panelist”, Immigration Law Society, Chapman University School of Law, Orange County, CA (2013)