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Karen Gabriel Moss has practiced immigration law for more than twenty years, focusing on business and family based immigration.  She represents the full spectrum of businesses from Fortune 500 companies to family businesses.  Her diverse practice includes large manufacturers, technology companies, health care employers, large law firms, engineering firms and family businesses.  Prior to joining NGC, Karen was co-managing partner at Rosner, Ortman & Moss, routinely named one of the best immigration law firms in America by U.S. News & World Report.

Karen has consistently achieved positive results for her clients over time through her deep knowledge of the immigration bureaucracy, relationships with its players, and an understanding of what will and won’t work within the system. She has successfully filed petitions for visas and green cards for aliens of extraordinary ability, outstanding researchers, national interest waivers, and more.   Karen also has a robust family-based practice where she represents individuals applying for permanent residence for family members, applying for citizenship and maintaining permanent residence while abroad.

Karen was named “Immigration Lawyer of the Year” in 2016, and consistently has been selected by her peers as one of The Best Lawyers in the field.  She currently serves as AILA Ohio Chapter Liaison to USCIS and previously served in that capacity to the U.S. Department of Labor. Karen has been a speaker on employment-based immigration for the Federal Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, Cuyahoga Bar Association and American Immigration Lawyer Association (AILA) regional seminars, as well as at business conferences.  Karen has taught immigration and nationality law at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

Principal practice areas

  • Employment-based immigration law
    • Nonimmigrant visas (including H-1B, E, L, O, J, TN)
    • Labor certification/immigrant visas
    • J-1 waivers
    • Multinational managers nonimmigrant and immigrant visas
    • I-9 audits by U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement and state compliance audits
    • Treaty Trader visas
    • Investment visas
  • Family-based immigration law
    • Marriage
    • Family
    • Naturalization
    • Preserving permanent residence
    • Waivers

Representative experience

  • Represents Fortune 500, mid-sized and small businesses and nonprofit organizations in immigration matters U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS),  Department of Labor and U.S. consulates abroad including non-immigrant visas (H-1B, L-1, TN, E-3, O-1),  labor certifications and immigrant petitions for multinational managers, aliens of extraordinary ability, outstanding researchers and national interest waivers
  • Represents companies in I-9 audits by U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement and state compliance audits
  • Performs internal audits of companies’ I-9 files
  • Represents individuals in marriage and other family based applications at USCIS
  • Represents individuals in naturalization applications at USCIS

Bar admissions

Career and educational background

Professional and civic activities

Publications and interviews

Speaking engagements

  • Speaker, “Trump Executive Order and the Travel Ban,” Cuyahoga County Democratic Women’s Caucus (Feb. 8, 2017)
  • Speaker, “Helping the Best and the Brightest…Avoid Labor Certification: EB-1, EB-2 and NIW Filings,” AILA, Ohio Chapter, Fall CLE Conference (Oct. 7, 2016)
  • Speaker, “Labor Certification,”  Immigration and Naturalization Seminar, Federal Bar Association (Dec. 7, 2001)