Heather Yamanoha focuses her practice on U.S. employment-based immigration law, representing individuals and corporate clients before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and U.S. Department of State. She specializes in responding to Requests for Evidence (RFEs) in light of evolving adjudication standards at the above-listed agencies as a member of the firm’s RFE Center of Excellence Team.
Heather has been admitted to practice law in California since December 2013, and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and Los Angeles County Bar Association. She graduated from the University of Southern California (B.S. in Public Policy and Management), and obtained her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. During law school, Heather was a member of the Tax Lawyer law journal and Street Law Mock Trial Program. Heather is also fluent in Spanish.
Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Heather worked as an immigration attorney for several California-based immigration law firms, where she developed expertise in filing a wide range of family-based and employment-based nonimmigrant visas, including H-1B visas (specialty occupations), L-1 visas (intracompany transferees), and O-1 visas (individuals with extraordinary ability or achievement). Heather also has significant experience litigating removal defense cases before the Immigration Courts.