Nera Shefer is a Shareholder in the firm's Immigration Group. Mrs. Shefer has successfully represented foreign citizens in their visa applications as investors, individuals with extraordinary and exceptional abilities in different disciplines and fields, talent, group performance and more. Likewise, Mrs. Shefer has represented US companies in their petitions for temporary and permanent professional and skilled workers, as well as affiliates and subsidiary of foreign companies in their transfers of their essential employees and special knowledge personnel to the US. As part of her immigration practice, Mrs. Shefer has also lobbied important issues for the community such, as temporary and permanent immigration benefits for the undocumented youth arriving to the US while being minors.
Presently, Mrs. Shefer represents clients in connection with a broad range of business immigration matters, including, but not limited, to: employment immigration, investment treaty E2 & E1 visas, transferee executive visa L1A, special knowledge employee visa LIB, professional or skilled worker visa H1B, religious personnel visa R, artists and performers visas 0 & P, trainee visas H3 & J1. Mrs. Shefer has also represented investors in EB5 visas ($1M and $500K regional centers), obtaining permanent residence for them through the investment of targeted employment areas and government-approved real estate projects developed by the private sector. In addition, she has been successful in obtaining green card through employment labor certification (PERM), EB1 extraordinary ability, EB2 exceptional ability or advanced degree, family immigration & petitions (spouses of US citizens and residents, children of US citizens and resident, parents of US citizens, and siblings of US citizens), green card through family (adjustment of status and consular processing), U & VAWA petitions, DACA and naturalizations. Mrs. Shefer’s practice also includes administrative appeals and federal litigation through writ of mandamus.
For her community involvement and achievements, Mrs. Shefer has been the recipient of a U.S. Congressional recognition. In the Spring of 2012, Mrs. Shefer won the first DACA benefit for an undocumented youth living in the US and her case became precedence for the Executive Action issued by President Obama in the summer of 2012, which adopted DACA as an exclusive immigration benefit for undocumented youth who arrived to the US while being minors. DACA allows them to stay legally in the U.S. while obtaining a work permit, a driver’s license and a social security number. The immigration benefits available through DACA, allow adolescents to attend college and procure a job; today, more than one million young adults have applied and obtained DACA. But perhaps, the most significant social impact of DACA is that it reignited public awareness of the need for an immigration reform.
The social impact of Mrs. Shefer’s achievements with DACA, awarded her the participation during the 112th Congress, in the drafting of the Stars Act, a legislative proposal that would have granted permanent status to undocumented youth benefiting already from DACA. As part of her lobbying activities on behalf of the DACA recipients, Mrs. Shefer attended meetings at the White House with Cecilia Munoz, former Director of Governmental Affairs and Domestic Policy for President Obama, as well as Members of Congress such as Majority Leader, Eric Cantor, Trey Gowdy, Frederica Wilson, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Luis Gutierrez, and Senators such as Dick Durbin, Chuck Schumer, Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson, Harry Reid and other leaders of the U.S. Government.
Mrs. Shefer is a contributor to the Huffington Post, (Huff Voces) and has been invited as a keynote speaker at prestigious U.S. colleges, such as Dartmouth College, as well as at universities in South America, to speak about international and immigration laws and policies. She is also often consulted by national, international and local TV networks, newspapers, and radio stations in regards to immigration issues and public policy. In addition, her landmark immigration case was widely covered by the major newspapers internationally, nationally and locally and she appeared in several occasions in CNN National with Erin Burnett, CNN International news and ABC local with Michael Putney and world news with David Muir among other TV programs covering national news.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- The Florida Bar Association
- The International Women’s Leadership Association
- The Colombian Bar Association