Poonam Gupta

Counsel and Director of Immigration Services, New York



Ms. Gupta's practice is focused on corporate US immigration law dealing with all aspects of business-related immigrant and non-immigrant visas and proceedings before the US Departments of State, Homeland Security and Labor. She serves the Firm's corporate and private clients in obtaining visas for many business purposes, including (but not limited to) intracompany transfers of executives and specialists; specialty professionals under the H-1B program; treaty-based investor and traders; exchange visitors; special-purpose business visitors; and permanent residence in categories requiring Department of Labor certification as well as in those such as "multinational manager", "extraordinary ability" and "outstanding researcher". She also has experience in family-based immigration matters. Ms. Gupta coordinates with White & Case's many non-US offices to serve clients' needs in moving and hiring personnel from various countries around the world to the US. She also has experience in advising clients on TAL checks and other admissibility and processing issues.

Clients regularly turn to Ms. Gupta for ongoing advice and training with respect to E-Verify, Form I-9 compliance, maintenance, audits, and corrective measures to mitigate fines. Ms. Gupta also counsels and trains clients on compliance and maintenance of documentation as required by the Department of Labor for various non-immigrant visas.

Ms. Gupta has represented clients in the financial, pharmaceutical, food service, telecommunications and many other industries.

In addition, Ms. Gupta has represented companies in a wide variety of litigation matters including (but not limited to) class, securities, bankruptcy, patent and antitrust actions. Her responsibilities have included intensive discovery-related tasks. She has also assisted in pre-trial practice relating to the development of witness preparation, expert reports and testimony, drafting pleadings, as well as deposition defense and preparation.

As part of the pro bono practice, Ms. Gupta has advised clients on mortgage refinancing and non-profit incorporation and tax matters. She has also volunteered for the CUNY Citizenship Now annual event and assists the Special Immigrant Juvenile docket to identify individuals that qualify for deferred action under President Obama's recently announced immigration law measures.

Bars and Courts
Bar Council of India
New York State Bar
US District Court for the Eastern District of New York
US District Court for the Southern District of New York
(Trade Regulation)
New York University School of Law
Trinity College

University of Cambridge, UK

University of Delhi

Faculty of Law, India

University of Delhi




Speaking Engagements

Panelist, "How To Help Your Clients Navigate The Complex World Of Worksite Enforcement And Compliance", AILA NY Chapter Conference December 2019, New York

Panelist, "Hot Topics in Immigration and Compliance", National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) Webinar, December 2019

Panelist, "I-9 and E-verify Compliance", American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Worksite Enforcement Conference, September 2019, Park City, Utah

Panelist, "Through the Back Door: U.S. Immigration Policy and Practice Changes", AABANY/NAPABA Fall Conference, September 2019, New York

Panelist, "Immigration Strategies From Employer's Perspective", AILA Annual Conference, June 2017, New Orleans

Panelist, "The Future of Immigration Policy", AILA GMS Annual Conference, June 2017, New Orleans

Panelist, "Worksite Enforcement", NAWL Webinar, May 2017

Panelist, "DL for Immigration Policy Changes", AABANY Webinar, April 2017

Panelist, "Worksite Enforcement and ICE Raids", AILA NY, March 2017, New York

Panelist, "H-1B Case Strategies and Pointers", AILY NY, January 2016, New York

Panelist, "Hot Topics in Immigration", SABANY, November 2015, New York

Speaker, "PERM 101", AILY NY, November 2015, New York