Najia S. Khalid

Biography

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 panelist 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 FWD.org 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.

Education

  • Pace University School of Law  (J.D., 2009)
    • Honor Board; Honor Roll
  • University of Michigan  (B.A., 2003)
    • University Honors

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • New York

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
    • Annual Conference Speaker
  • AILA New York Chapter
    • I-9 and Workplace Compliance Committee (2018-2019)
    • Previously member of the Advocacy & Media, Corporate Practice, Law Student Liaison, and Pro Bono committees
  • AILA Connecticut Chapter
    • Founder and Chair, Corporate Practice Committee, serving since 2014
  • Connecticut Bar Association
    • Awards Committee since 2015, Diversity and Inclusion Committee since 2017, and Immigration Law Committee since 2017
  • Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity Mentor
  • Muslim Bar Association of New York
  • Practicing Attorneys for Law Students Program, Inc. (PALS)
    • Mentor
  • South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut (SABAC)
    • Board of Directors since 2015, Banquet Committee Co-chair 2016, Community Service Co-chair since 2017
  • South Asian Bar Association of New York (SABANY)
  • Women's Business Development Council Volunteer

Languages

  • Hindi
  • Urdu