According to the Census Bureau, since the 1970s, the number of Turkish immigrants has risen to more than 2,000 per year. Members of this most recent immigrant group vary widely. Many opened small businesses in the United States and created Turkish American organizations, thus developing Turkish enclaves, particularly in New York and New Jersey City. Still others came for educational purposes.
Increasing of Turkish-American population in New York and New Jersey area, attract more professional to serve the community. Vanessa Seckin, wife of well-known Turkish interventional pain doctor Ali Inanc Seckin who works for Hackensack University Medical Center, has practiced immigration law for the last 10 years and now she opens her own law firm.
Seckin has a diverse knowledge in immigration law that it is comprised of individual, start-up, mid size, and large multinational companies and organizations encompassing of broad range of industry sectors.
Seckin says: “There are a lot of immigration attorneys out there, but very few whom not only understand the laws and procedures, but also the predicament and the frustration that a person is facing in the U.S.” Vanessa Seckin answered TurkofAmerica’s questions.
Could you tell us little bit about your professional background? How did you decide to become a lawyer?
After graduating from Law School, I acted in the capacity of an in-house/outside counsel /immigration specialist for a pharmaceutical and IT company in NYC. For the last 6 years, I practiced with a New York-based immigration law firm where I provided counsel to physicians and scientists on employment based immigrant and nonimmigrant matters; including but not limited to labor certification/PERM applications, H-1Bs, J-1 Waivers (Sate 30/Flex 5), NIW, I-140 employment based petitions, "greencard" applications, etc. My work on behalf of clients also included managing and advising on PERM compliance strategies, the immigration consequences of Mergers & Acquisitions and other corporate restructurings.
How long have you been in this business?
I have been in business for 10 years. Since graduation (2000) I have focused my practice to immigration law.
Could you explain your knowledge in immigration and what are your practice focus subjects?
I have a diverse knowledge in immigration law that it is comprised of individual, start-up, mid size, and large multinational companies and organizations encompassing of broad range of industry sectors.
I can order my practice focus as below.
* Work visas such as H-1B visas, L-1, O-1, P-1, P-2, R-1, TN
* J-1 waivers for foreign physicians
* Investor visas
* Family immigration for spouses, fiancées, parents and siblings
* Immigrant visas (“green card”)
* Labor certifications
* Adjustment of status
* I-9 compliance issues and audits
Which business and industry sectors do you represent?
I represent in Health care, Information Technology, Retail, Engineering, Arts, Education, Jewelry, Advertising, Small business and entrepreneurs.
Each year about 3,000 Turkish people come to the U.S. with green card, and about 2,000 people get H1 B visas. Do you think the Turkish market is big enough for lawyers who interested in this market?
I do not look at the number of entries or nationality to the U.S. to determine profitability for this business. I based the need for an immigration attorney on my daily life, as I will always encounter someone, who needs immigration advise.
I realized that in the end, whether you are Turkish, Indian, Pakistani, etc., as an attorney, I need to develop cultural understanding and a great deal of patience if I want to succeed in this specialty. There are a lot of immigration attorneys out there, but very few whom not only understand the laws and procedures, but also the predicament and the frustration that a person is facing in the U.S. Especially since there is a federal bureaucracy, combined with a negative shift in attitude towards immigration to the United States, these factors can make the practice frustrating - but all the more rewarding when you succeed.
Can you tell us being prepared to meet with attorney what people can do?
When meeting with an attorney I suggest to always indicate your goals. It is up to the attorney to ask the questions to determine which way, if any, would be the best route for a person to immigrate to the U.S. Once they route has been selected, then the attorney will ask for the pertinent information/documentation to commence the case.
TO CONTACT VANESSA SECKIN
1515 Broadway, 11th Fl.
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 520-1663
Fax: (425) 871-5874