Nadia Yakoob, Partner

Admitted in New York
2014, Joined SWLG


2000, Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.

1998, London School of Economics, M.Sc.

1995, University of California, Los Angeles, B.A.


Fulbright Scholarship to the European Court of Human Rights, France
Deborah Hauger International Public Law Fellowship
Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal
Deputy Editor of Millennium: Journal of International Studies
U.C. Regents Scholarship


Fluent in French, Proficient in Urdu and Hindi

Interesting Facts:

Nadia enjoys running and has completed the New York, Berlin, Dublin, and Honolulu Marathons.


Nadia specializes in individual and complex immigration matters. She assists individuals and companies with obtaining employment-based immigration benefits, such as nonimmigrant visas (B, E, H, L, O, P, TNs), labor certification, and permanent residence. She also advises on issues relating to DOL audits, I-9 compliance, inadmissibility, waivers, and removability. She has extensive experience with family-based immigration and citizenship.

Prior Experience:

Before joining SWLG, Nadia spent five years as a staff attorney at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, working exclusively on immigration matters. During this time, she developed an expertise on grounds for removability and inadmissibility, and options for relief. She also worked on citizenship matters, stays of removal, mediation initiatives in light of the Morton Memo on Prosecutorial Discretion, and DACA cases. Before the Ninth Circuit, Nadia spent over seven years with the world’s largest immigration law firm in their New York, Brussels, and San Francisco offices. She assisted individuals with diverse immigration needs, managed corporate clients, and worked on I-9 compliance and enforcement issues. Nadia has written and lectured extensively on immigration and nationality law. She spoke at the United Nations on trends in labor migration. She was a visiting professor at the Pakistan College of Law in Lahore, Pakistan, and gave guest lectures on migration issues at universities in Germany, Italy, Belgium, India and the U.S.

Interest in Immigration:

Nadia immigrated to the United States when she was ten years old, having lived in Singapore, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, and France before coming to the U.S. As an adult, Nadia studied and worked in Tunisia, the U.K., France, and Belgium. She understands the various challenges of the migration experience, and enjoys helping others through it.

Contact Nadia:

Phone: (408) 329-9184 ext. 104




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