Mara S. Mijal is the Managing Partner at Serratelli Mijal PLLC.  Her practice focuses on employment-based and family-based immigration matters.  She advises companies of all types and sizes as well as individuals across the United States and around the world on all aspects of immigration strategy for temporary employment and permanent residence options in the United States.

Mara earned a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Minnesota and a J.D. from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary.  She is licensed to practice law by the Supreme Court of Virginia and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Virginia Bar Association.  Because U.S. immigration law is federal, she is permitted to advise clients anywhere in the world with regard to U.S. immigration matters and represents clients around the globe.

Prior to founding Serratelli Mijal PLLC, Mara worked as an immigration attorney with Vandeventer Black LLP for 12 years, where she successfully managed the high-volume immigration law practice for the firm.  Prior to earning her law degree, she also worked as an immigration paralegal for Vandeventer Black for five years.  In addition, Mara served as a summer associate at the Norfolk field office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in 2002.

Mara has been recognized for her immigration practice by Super Lawyers and has been an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) throughout her career as an immigration attorney.  She participates regularly in AILA conferences and seminars and presents immigration courses for the Virginia State Bar and the Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association.  She has also written numerous articles on various immigration law topics that have appeared in AILA national publications as well as client newsletters.  She is also the author of “U.S. Immigration Benefits for Same-Sex Couples: Green Cards for Gay Partners?” appearing in the William and Mary Journal of Law, Volume 9.

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