Emily Singer Hurvitz
Emily Singer Hurvitz
Emily Singer Hurvitz

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Biography

Emily’s passion for international issues and human rights led her to a career in immigration law. As a U.S. citizen by birth, Emily had her first interaction with the U.S. immigration system when she sponsored her husband for U.S. permanent resident status and then helped him apply for U.S. citizenship. Having gone through the U.S. immigration system herself, Emily is keenly aware of the struggles that immigrants face in the United States and she is committed to helping new immigrants in their path to living and working in the United States.

Emily leads the firm’s business immigration practice and represents clients in immigrant and nonimmigrant visa applications for families and companies ranging in size from small and mid-size to large multi-national corporations. Emily has extensive experience working with corporate clients and individuals on a broad range of visa types in a variety of industry areas. Emily has assisted clients in obtaining permanent resident status through EB-1A/B/C, EB-2/3, PERM, and EB-5, and she has assisted clients in obtaining nonimmigrant visa status including B-1/2, E-2/3, F-1, G, H-1B/1, J-1, K-1, L-1A/B, O-1, and TN. Emily also assists clients with all types of family-based immigration cases and with naturalization, including 319(b) expedited naturalization.  She frequently advises her corporate clients about the immigration consequences of mergers, acquisitions, corporate restructuring, employer sanctions, and immigration law audits. 

Emily is particularly passionate about her work on extraordinary ability and national interest waiver (NIW) petitions, where she works with leaders in their fields, helping them achieve their U.S. immigration goals. She has worked with various artists, scientists, engineers, athletes, inventors, and entrepreneurs on their O-1, EB-1A/B, and NIW cases and strives to make a positive impact on the United States by bringing the best and the brightest to our nation. 

Emily has also obtained approvals on cases after filing I-290B Appeals or Motions to Reopen and Reconsider or by refiling cases with a new strategy after receiving unreasonable requests for evidence (RFE) from the government. She also assists clients in federal litigation in mandamus actions and actions to challenge unreasonable denials under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). 

Emily is currently the Chair-Elect of the Orange County Bar Association’s Immigration Law Section, where she organizes monthly continuing legal education seminars for the section members. 

Emily is licensed to practice law in both California and the District of Columbia. She is fluent in English and Hebrew.
 
Representative Experience:
  • Successfully responded to USCIS requests for additional evidence on the issues of eligibility for EB-1A/B/C, H-1B, and L-1A/B classification
  • Assisted several leaders in their fields to obtain “extraordinary ability” classification based on demonstrated international expertise and prominence in their fields
  • Oversaw the filing of high-volume employment-based immigrant petitions and nonimmigrant petitions
  • Assisted companies in registering for E-2 “treaty investor” visa status
  • Assisted clients in successfully responding to Department of Labor audits on the PERM labor certification application
 

Education

  • American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D.
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Civil Advocacy Law Clinic, Student Attorney
    • Honors: Earned highest grade designation in Legal Ethics
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    • M.A.
  • University of Wisconsin
    • B.A.

Classes & Seminars

  • Panel Presenter, “Employment Immigration: A Quick Overview,” CARECEN (Central American Resource Center), California State University Project, August 2019
  • Guest Mentor, Girls Inc. & Orange County Women Lawyers Association “Girls Esquire” Mentoring Event, May 2018
  • Panel Presenter, “Interviewing and Counseling Formal and Informal Organization Clients,” Lecture, Western State College of Law, Irvine, July 2017

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Emily has worked on a variety of pro bono cases with organizations and individuals, such as assisting qualifying individuals with DACA applications.

Languages

  • Hebrew
  • English

Published Works

  • Co-Author, “L&E Visas: Excellent Options for Foreign Businesses or Investors Looking to Open a U.S. Office,” Orange County Business Journal, 2017
  • Co-Author, “Human Rights Violations by Peacekeeping Forces in Somalia,” Human Rights Brief, Vol. 21, Issue 2, 2014
  • Author, “Future of the AUMF: Lessons from Israel’s Supreme Court,” National Security Law Brief, Vol. 4, Number 2, 2014

Professional Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Orange County Bar Association, Immigration Law Section, Chair-Elect, 2021
  • Orange County Bar Association, Mommy Esquire Committee, Co-Chair, 2019–2020
  • Orange County Women Lawyers Association, Member

Practice Areas

  • Corporate, Investment, and Family-Based Immigration Law

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of California