Mina Kalra Attorney Profile on UpCounsel
Mina Kalra

Mina Kalra

Attorney at Law

San Francisco
California
Licensed in
CA
New England Law/Boston
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About
From working at a renowned immigration law firm in Boston, to heading the employment-based services at the University of California Berkeley, to advising startups on immigration and business-related matters, Mina has secured temporary visas and green cards for hundreds of software engineers, scientists, marketing and operations personnel, researchers and faculty, for nearly 10 years.
She is an expert on international student and scholars transitioning to a temporary work visa and permanent residence. Born in Bulgaria and educated in the U.S., Mina brings a personal immigration story, an entrepreneurial spirit, and the capacity to relate to
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"I would highly recommend Mina to any company or individual who needs expert immigration advice. Mina was in charge of our employment-based department at the Berkeley International Office. She filed hundreds of temporary visas (e.g. H-1B, TN, O-1 and E-3) and permanent immigrant visas (e.g. Labor Certification, Outstanding Professor or Researcher. Alien of Extraordinary Ability, and Alien of Exceptional Ability) on behalf of the University of California, Berkeley. Mina redesigned our visa forms and documents and was instrumental in the implementation of an electronic paperless visa request system, which reduced processing times, improved efficiency, and saved the University a lot of resources. Mina handled all cases professionally and efficiently and was able to think outside the box when a challenging situation arose. Personally, Mina is detail oriented, attentive, and easy to work with. She was very resourceful and knowledgeable about employment-based immigration, while she remained empathetic and kind to our client's needs. Your company would greatly benefit from her services. Ivor Emmanuel, Director, Berkeley International Office"

Heading the Employment-Based Services at UC Berkeley
Posted on Aug 17, 2017
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"Mina understands tech companies and immigration far better than several other attorneys and big law firms that we interviewed. She is terrific, knowledgable, and personable. She helped us to petition for an H-1B visa and O-1 visa for a couple of our employees. She also guided us throughout the Permanent Residence application process and delivered great results. Mina's knowledge in immigration law is outstanding and unlike some of the big firms we worked with in the past, we worked directly with her rather than being passed onto a paralegal or associate. Her flat rate fees are reasonable and helped us keep our budget under control. She has excellent customer service skills and was extremely responsive and efficient. We would recommend Mina to any other technology startup who needs fast, expert advice at a reasonable cost. Sumeet Maniar, COO/CTO Wellbrain"

Business Immigration Advice for a Startup
Posted on Aug 17, 2017

Work History

Berkeley International Office, UC Berkeley

Employment-Based Adviser

May 2017 - Present

Prepare and advise on employment-based nonimmigrant visa petitions sponsored by the University of California Berkeley, including H-1Bs, O-1s, and TNs, among others.

May 2017 - Present

New World Law, LLP

Partner

Jan 2017 - Present

Manage a boutique business immigration law practice, and provide legal advice focusing on employment-based and family-based immigrant visa petitions.

Jan 2017 - Present

Wellbrain

Head of Legal

Jan 2015 - Dec 2016

Consult and provide legal advice on issues including immigration, contract, employment, trademark and business-related matters. Assess and implement human resource options, including retirement, accounting, and healthcare benefits. Conduct legal research and draft business-related documents, immigration petitions, employment contracts,

Jan 2015 - Dec 2016

Berkeley International Office, UC Berkeley

Assistant Director for Employment-Based Services

Jun 2009 - Jun 2014

Managed all employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visa petitions sponsored by the University of California Berkeley, including H-1Bs, O-1s, TNs, OPRs, and PERM cases.

Jun 2009 - Jun 2014

Costa & Riccio, LLP

Law Clerk

May 2006 - Jul 2008

Assisted with full range of employment-based and family-based immigrant visa petitions, with emphasis on PERM, NIW, OR, EA, Schedule A, H-1B, L-1, TN, and O-1. Conducted immigration law research, drafted legal documents and clients’ explanatory letters on immigration and nationality law.

May 2006 - Jul 2008

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