Leigh N. Ganchan

Shareholder || Houston

Ms. Ganchan provides business immigration advice to employers and professionals in a variety of industries. Leigh is certified in Immigration and Nationality law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Ms. Ganchan has been consistently ranked in Chambers USA Immigration rankings since 2009. Chambers USA recently reported that “Leigh Ganchan is “a thought leader” who is praised by clients for her “depth of knowledge” in the immigration space. She is particularly highlighted for her handling of worksite investigations.”

From 1996 to 1999, Ms. Ganchan gained insight into the enforcement side of immigration law during her tenure as an Assistant District Counsel for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. She also performed immigration work at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Ms. Ganchan was one of the founding officers of the State Bar of Texas Immigration Law Section and served as the Chair for the section. Ms. Ganchan was Editor-in-Chief of the 2007 edition of AILA’s Handbook on Immigration for Entertainers, Artists, Athletes and served as Associate Editor for the Second Edition. Ms. Ganchan currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Mexico City Chapter of AILA which addresses legal issues relating to the Latin America jurisdiction.

Ms. Ganchan was recently elected to Chair AILA’s Latin America and Caribbean Chapter (LACC). She will serve a two-year term as Chapter Chair as well as serve on the Board of Governors for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). As LACC Chair she will grow Chapter resources focused on legal issues in the Latin America and the Caribbean jurisdiction. Both positions provide abundant opportunities to contribute to the advancement of the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice.

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Ms. Ganchan represents clients in such diverse industries as energy, technology, health care manufacturing, finance and construction, with matters including:

Ms. Ganchan’s International Medical Graduate practice supports foreign nationals seeking admission to the United States to practice medicine, both general and specialty. Foreign physicians and their employers receive legal guidance covering areas such as waivers of the 212(e) two year foreign residence requirement for J-1 physicians, Conrad 30 procedures and timing, H-1B status (including change of employer) and lawful permanent residence paths for physicians.


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Professional Activities

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association – Second Vice Chair – Latin America and Caribbean Chapters
  • HR Houston (Board of Directors, General Counsel 2012-2013)
  • Greater Houston Partnership (Committee Member; World Trade Supervisory Board)
  • Texas State Bar (Co-Founder and Chair, Immigration Section, 2012-2013)
  • American Bar Association Corporate Social Responsibility Committee


Ranked in Chambers USA
Best Lawyers Award Badge

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