Biography

MONICA BATHIJA is an Associate in the Immigration Law Group, in the San Francisco office of Epstein Becker Green.

Ms. Bathija:

  • Represents clients in a variety of business immigration matters, including PERM labor certification applications, immigrant visa petitions (employment and family-based), consular processing, adjustment of status applications, reentry permits, naturalization applications, and non-immigrant visa issues
  • Counsels clients on Form I-9 compliance
  • Advises employers on the development and management of highly scalable global mobility policies and programs, compliance matters, and immigration due diligence
  • Provides advice to key stakeholders on immigration and global mobility best practices to minimize risk
  • Partners with employees and management to communicate and administer various immigration-related human resources policies, procedures, laws, standards, and government regulations
  • Renders immigration advice to employers on mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate transactions
  • Advocates for clients before various immigration agencies: the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Labor, Department of State, and Executive Office for Immigration Review

On April 17, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a policy memorandum based on the decision by the Administrative Appeals Office in a case brought by Ms. Bathija on behalf of a computer software business. The memorandum sets USCIS policy on the use of provisional degree certificates for post-graduate experience cases and is now binding on all USCIS employees.

Ms. Bathija has participated in numerous speaking engagements and will be a speaker at the 2017 American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) annual conference.

Ms. Bathija also serves as a pro bono immigration attorney for Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), a nonprofit providing representation to unaccompanied minors in the immigration process, and the South Asian Bar Association. She is presently in training to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children for San Francisco County.

Before joining Epstein Becker Green, Ms. Bathija was Senior Immigration Counsel in the San Francisco office of a U.S. law firm. Prior to that position, she was an attorney at a corporate immigration law firm.

While attending law school, Ms. Bathija served as a clinical intern at Legal Services for Children, where she assisted in asylum and protection-based immigration claims. Throughout law school, she clerked at an international corporate immigration firm.

Education

  • University of San Francisco School of Law (J.D., 2009)
    • Articles Editor, Journal of Law and Social Challenges
    • International and Comparative Law Certificate
  • University of California, Los Angeles (B.S., 2003)

Bar Admissions

  • California

Memberships

  • American Immigration Council
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, AILA Task Force (Online Resources) for 2017-2018 Term

Languages

  • Hindi
  • Spanish