Najia S. Khalid


Najia S. Khalid
offices New Haven
New York
phone 203-498-4314
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Najia is a business immigration lawyer who has dedicated her career to helping U.S. and international employers hire individuals with specialized skills her clients need to grow and thrive.

An immigrant herself, Najia is Co-chair of Wiggin and Dana's Immigration and Nationality Law and Compliance Practice Group and was the firm's first attorney focusing entirely on immigration law. Employers often consult Najia to clarify complex business immigration requirements in a dynamic enforcement environment.

Najia represents a wide range of organizations in their business immigration and compliance efforts, including national and multinational companies, emerging companies, and franchisors, as well as research, educational, healthcare, and religious institutions. She serves clients in financial services, life sciences, technology, manufacturing, utilities, retail, defense, the arts, and more. Najia has recently helped several clients prove that their desired analysts, executives, marketing experts, and young careerists are essential, uniquely skilled "professionals" qualified for the positions for which they are being recruited.

Described as diligent, thorough, and responsive, Najia has a strong acumen for business immigration strategy, including issues around: the establishment of new companies; immigration sponsorship policies; the review of mergers, acquisitions, and other changes in corporate structure; and the international transfer of students, faculty, and employees. She represents clients in connection with nonimmigrant and immigrant visa petitions, labor certification applications, family-based petitions, adjustment of status and citizenship applications, and immigration interviews. She also regularly counsels employers with respect to I-9 compliance and global immigration procedures.

A sought-after speaker on business immigration topics, Najia has been a featured speaker at the American Immigration Lawyers Association annual conference. She has been asked to present client workshops and to participate in student outreach events through PowerBridgeNY and and at educational institutions such as New York University and Columbia University. She often speaks to minority law students about challenges in the legal profession and presents at Wiggin and Dana's in-house HR Circle events and its Lunch & Learn Visa Workshop Series.

Najia is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, has served as a speaker at its annual immigration law conference, and serves on various committees for its local New York and Connecticut Chapters, including being Founder and Chair of the Connecticut Corporate Practice Committee. She is also a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, serving on its Awards Committee, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and Immigration Law Committee; the South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut, where she is on the Board of Directors; the South Asian Bar Association of New York; and the Muslim Bar Association of New York.

Najia obtained her law degree from Pace University School of Law. While in law school, Najia devoted significant time to the Immigration Justice Clinic and represented indigent immigrants in complex removal proceedings, including immigration raid detainees, women with claims under the Violence Against Women Act, and asylees seeking immigration relief in the United States. She continues similar work on a pro bono basis. She was also employed by Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP prior to attending and during law school, where she gained significant experience in business immigration matters.

Najia obtained her degree from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. She is Co-chair of the firm's Diversity Committee and is fluent in Hindi and Urdu.


  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
    • New York Chapter
      • Advocacy & Media Committee member
      • Previously member of the Pro Bono, Corporate Practice, and Law Student Liaison Committees
    • Connecticut Chapter
      • Founder and Chair, Corporate Practice Committee
  • Connecticut Bar Association
    • Awards Committee, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and Immigration Law Committee
  • Practicing Attorneys for Law Students Program, Inc. (PALS)
    • Mentor
  • South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut (SABAC)
    • Board of Directors
  • South Asian Bar Association of New York (SABANY)
  • Muslim Bar Association of New York


08.31.2018Hiring U.S. Citizens Only for ITAR Compliance Can Violate the Immigration and Nationality Act
05.03.2017Immigration Briefing: What Educational Institutions, Faculty/Staff and Students Need to Know
04.24.2017Immigration Briefing: What Employers Need to Know Now
01.31.2017Immigration Briefing: What You Need to Know Now
12.20.2016Employment Law 2016 - Year In Review
11.23.2016Federal Court Issues Nationwide Injunction Putting New Overtime Regulations On Hold
09.07.2016Proposed Immigration Rule for Entrepreneurs with Emerging Companies
02.05.2016Important Regulatory Changes on the Horizon
01.29.2016U.S. Department of Labor Expansively Defines FLSA Joint Employment in New Guidance
01.04.2016IRS Extends the Due Dates for 2015 Information Reporting Under Sections 6055 and 6056 In IRS Notice 2016-4
12.28.2015Employment Law 2015 - Year In Review
03.10.2015Higher Ed Legal Update, March 2015
02.25.2015H-1B Visa Season (And Employment Authorization For Certain H-4 Spouses) Is Here!
11.24.2014Immigration and Nationality Law and Compliance Year-End Newsletter
02.03.20142014 - 2015 H-1B Visa Cap Season Soon Approaching
12.20.2013Holiday Season to 2014 - 2015 H-1B Visa Cap Season
10.30.2013U.S. Employers Beware: The Do's and Don'ts for Business Visitors
05.10.2013Possible Changes May Impact Indian Outsourcing Companies
03.20.2013U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services Issues Revised Form I-9
03.18.2013Fiscal Year 2014 H-1B Visa CAP Season Opens April 1, 2013

Published Works

06.01.2013Compilation of sample documents and resources for immigration practitionersAmerican Immigration Lawyers Association's Immigration Practice Toolbox, 4th Ed.

offices New Haven
New York
phone 203-498-4314
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  • Pace University School of Law, J.D., 2009, Honor Board; Honor Roll
  • University of Michigan, B.A., 2003, University Honors


  • Connecticut
  • New York

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