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Mahsa Aliaskari

Senior Counsel

Los Angeles - Downtown
Direct: (213) 270-9679
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Mahsa Aliaskari is senior counsel in the Immigration Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Los Angeles office. Since 2000, Ms. Aliaskari has partnered and guided companies and individuals across the U.S. and abroad in various circumstances, including:

  • Temporary residence and employment visas for professionals, extraordinary ability workers, entertainers and athletes in the H-1B, E-3, TN, O and P visa categories.
  • Entrepreneur and Investor visas and permanent residence in the E visa category for treaty traders and investors, as well as the L-1 visa category for intracompany executives, managers and employees.
  • Immigrant visa sponsorships across employment based categories including for those with extraordinary abilities, multinational executives, professionals and skilled workers under the PERM labor certification program.

Ms. Aliaskari’s practice also focuses on advice and counsel in the EB-5 Immigrant Investor program.  She works with high net worth foreign nationals pursuing legal permanent resident status in the U.S.  through both direct investment as well as investment in regional center projects.  In addition, Ms. Aliaskari works with clients seeking to utilize the EB-5 Regional Center program to raise capital for projects in the U.S.  Working with clients across a variety of industries, she counsels them on ensuring compliance with EB-5 regulations, the creation of new regional centers, amendments of regional center designations and partnering with existing regional centers for EB-5 capital raises.

Compliance is another component of Ms. Aliaskari’s practice, representing companies facing U.S. government investigations or audits for immigration violations.  Her practice includes performing I-9 and H-1B compliance counseling during routine internal reviews, or while performing due diligence (in the context of a merger, acquisition or sale). Working with small and large organizations in developing comprehensive immigration and compliance policies, Ms. Aliaskari guides clients in  designing policies that minimize exposure and liability.

Mahsa Aliaskari is senior counsel in the Immigration Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Los Angeles office. Since 2000, Ms. Aliaskari has partnered and guided companies and individuals across the U.S. and abroad in various circumstances, including:

  • Temporary residence and employment visas for professionals, extraordinary ability workers, entertainers and athletes in the H-1B, E-3, TN, O and P visa categories.
  • Entrepreneur and Investor visas and permanent residence in the E visa category for treaty traders and investors, as well as the L-1 visa category for intracompany executives, managers and employees.
  • Immigrant visa sponsorships across employment based categories including for those with extraordinary abilities, multinational executives, professionals and skilled workers under the PERM labor certification program.

Ms. Aliaskari’s practice also focuses on advice and counsel in the EB-5 Immigrant Investor program.  She works with high net worth foreign nationals pursuing legal permanent resident status in the U.S.  through both direct investment as well as investment in regional center projects.  In addition, Ms. Aliaskari works with clients seeking to utilize the EB-5 Regional Center program to raise capital for projects in the U.S.  Working with clients across a variety of industries, she counsels them on ensuring compliance with EB-5 regulations, the creation of new regional centers, amendments of regional center designations and partnering with existing regional centers for EB-5 capital raises.

Compliance is another component of Ms. Aliaskari’s practice, representing companies facing U.S. government investigations or audits for immigration violations.  Her practice includes performing I-9 and H-1B compliance counseling during routine internal reviews, or while performing due diligence (in the context of a merger, acquisition or sale). Working with small and large organizations in developing comprehensive immigration and compliance policies, Ms. Aliaskari guides clients in  designing policies that minimize exposure and liability.

Education

  • J.D., American University Washington College of Law (2000)
    Assistant Publications Editor, Law Journal
  • B.A. in Government and Politics, George Mason University (1997)

Admissions

  • Licensed in Virginia Only. Practice Limited to Immigration and Nationality Law

Courts

  • Virginia Supreme Court

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Invest In the USA
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association

Presentations

  • “How to Prepare Your Clients for Potential Raids,” Webinar, presented by American Immigration Lawyers Association (July 18, 2017)
  • Speaker, “Visas 101: The Process, Procedures and Law,” Pincus Professional Education, Los Angeles, CA (February 16, 2017)
  • Speaker, “2017 AILA Employer Compliance and Worksite Enforcement Conference” American Immigration Lawyers Association, Scottsdale, AZ (February 10-11, 2017)
  • Panelist, “EB-5 Program Overview,” NES Financial Innovation Summit, Los Angeles, CA (February 2, 2017)
  • Panelist, “Capital Inflow: Bridging the Cultural Gap,” Los Angeles Annual Foreign Investment Forum (BISNOW) (July 14, 2016)
  • Panelist, “Issues, Challenges, and Trends in the EB-5 Program,” The EB-5 Summit For Attorneys and Developers, Los Angeles, CA (ILW)  (February 26, 2016)
  • "Current EB-5 Climate & Trends," EB-5 Investment Visa Match-Making Forum (April 19, 2013)
  • "Orange County Capital Markets Program on EB-5," Urban Land Institute's Capital Markets Initiative Council Meeting (April 10, 2013)
  • Panelist, "Basics of EB-5: Preparing Individual Investor Petitions," EB-5 Conference with U.S. Congressman Lamar Smith, Newport Beach, CA (July 30, 2012)
  • Panelist, "Arizona Immigration Law Issues," Business Counsel, Inc. Member Conference, Scottsdale, AZ (April 30, 2011)
  • Speaker, "What's New in 2011? Discrimination, Including IRCA I-9 Provisions, Wageand Hour, Labor Law," Southern California Wine Country, Society for Human Resources Association (SHRM) (February 2011)
  • Speaker, "Act Now or Put Your Business at Risk: Latest Topics of Current Employer Liability," Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce (May 2010)
  • Speaker, "DHS Regulations," California Restaurant Association Board of Directors Meeting (August 2007)
  • Speaker, "The World of Immigration: From the Entertainment Perspective," ALI ABA Entertainment, Arts & Sport Law Conference (January 25, 2007)

Publications

Media Mentions

  • Quoted, “EB-5 investors take advantage of last-minute window to get in under old rules,” 89.3 KPCC (October 16, 2016)
  • Quoted, “Why Foreign Investment in LA is here to stay,” Bisnow (August 31, 2016)
  • Quoted, “EB-5 Program Extended With No Changes,” Bisnow (December 16, 2015)