Jay Terkiana is founder and managing immigration attorney at Terkiana, Inc, a law firm based in Silicon Valley, California, primarily focusing on employment, family, business, asylum/removal, and complex immigration matters. Terkiana, Inc handles some of the most difficult and challenging immigration cases across nation.
In the words of Jay Terkiana, “I never forget the fact that I am an immigrant, who came to the United States as an F-1 international student in 2007 to study law at Saint Louis University in Missouri, USA. I came to the US with only two suitcase of belongings and had to navigate the entire immigration process myself, while all the odds were stacked against me. After graduating I did not know what to do, who to call, where to go. I packed my two bags and moved to California with less than $100 left in my pocket. I worked very hard, secured a job, passed the bar, and became an immigration lawyer. However, because of long immigration waiting lines for Indian nationals and discriminatory per-country limitation rules, it would take me another 10-plus years to receive my US permanent residency. I had to go through student visa/OPT, work visa/H-1B, several visa extensions, visa transfers through different employers, green card filing, and several other struggles which are generally a part of an immigrant's journey. This immigrant’s journey taught me compassion, patience, hard work, and helped me grow as a person. I fell in love with this country (the United States) and all the opportunities it has provided me. After working for over 10 years at several law firms in the United States, I opened my own law firm in 2018 in Silicon Valley, California. For me, practising immigration law is not just a business. IT’S PERSONAL!”
So far over a period of 10-plus years, Jay Terkiana, has assisted several thousand clients (including individuals, start-ups, small businesses and large corporations) in almost every type of visa application. Jay has assisted corporate clients with employment-based immigration cases, especially H-1B, L-1A, L-1B, EB-1A, EB-1B and EB-1C visas; national interest waivers (NIW); O-1, EB-2/EB-3 PERM, EB-5, TN, E-1/E-2, R-1 and P visas; adjustment of status/green cards; assistance during Department of Labor/USCIS site visits; I-9 compliance; Department of Labor (DOL) and immigration audits; and lawsuits arising from benching/back-pay claims and other alleged immigration violations.
Jay has assisted individual clients facing very complex issues such as unlawful presence/out of status issues; inadmissibility; reinstatement of status; U-visas; VAWA; asylum; deportation; three- and ten-year bars; humanitarian reinstatements; answering requests for evidence (RFEs); assistance with 601/601A hardship and inadmissibility waivers; I-751 removal of conditions; filing motions to reopen (MTRs) or appeals against the denials; and criminal convictions with severe immigration consequences.
Over the years Jay Terkiana has developed strong expertise in successfully handling some of the most challenging immigration cases; conducting compliance consultations; defending government audits; and related litigation. After having personally gone through many of these critical processes and experiences himself, spending many years representing individual and corporate clients, and successfully handling thousands of immigration cases, Jay is very confident that if he is entrusted with the responsibility to handle any immigration case, he will deliver the best.