Reaz H. Jafri

Reaz H. Jafri: Attorney with Withers Bergman LLP
  • Partner, Head of Immigration (US and Asia) at Withers Bergman LLP (415 Attorneys)
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Reaz is a partner in the private client and tax team and focuses on immigration.

He has more than 20 years of experience advising large multi-facility healthcare providers, research foundations, American businesses, multi-national companies, foreign investors, entrepreneurs and ultra-high net worth individuals on all aspects of immigration and nationality law. Reaz has developed a sterling reputation as a knowledgeable, creative and solution-oriented attorney who fully understands the commercial benefit of predictable, efficient immigration counsel as well as the personal and professional implications of immigration upon the lives of executives, investors, business owners, professionals and their families.

Reaz concentrates on business, investment and employment cases and has successfully represented thousands of clients obtain nonimmigrant visas. On matters relating to immigrant visas or ‘green cards’ he has extensive experience with all types of employment and investment based cases including extraordinary ability, multinational executive, National Interest Waiver and EB-5. In addition, Reaz represents individuals on family-based immigration matters.

A trusted advisor to other law firms, Reaz serves as immigration counsel to companies and law firms on M&A transactions, advises clients on intergovernmental matters, represents foreign companies and investors in establishing US offices and counsels US companies in establishing foreign operations.

He is well versed on all aspects of US expatriation surrender and is deeply knowledgeable about the various citizenship and residence by investment programs, having personally visited and filed cases in nearly all of these jurisdictions.

He was named an ‘Immigration Trailblazer’ by the National Law Journal in 2018, which recognized a small group of individuals who have moved the needle in facilitating the ever-changing immigration policies and are making great strides in the fight for justice.





‘Risk Management & Immigration Strategies for the UHNW Families’, International Tax Conference (Miami), January 10, 2019

‘The intelligent investor’s guide to the US’, Investment Immigration Summit MENA (Dubai), February 25, 2018

‘Pod. Country. Notre Dame. Episode 1: DACA & Immigration’, of Notre Dame podcast - February 3, 2018

‘Becoming resident in the Cayman Islands, elsewhere in the Caribbean and the USA ’, STEP Cayman Conference - January 30, 2018

‘Emerging Numbers of US Investment Immigration with Mainland Chinese Applicants Being the Majority’, Phoenix TV (Chinese television broadcast) - October 2015, interview

Citizenship by Investment & International Residence - October 2015

22nd World Offshore Convention, Havana, Cuba - October 2015

‘We’re all in this together - why are we not working together?’, Legal Week Private Client Forum Americas 2015, Papagayo, Costa Rica - February 2015

‘Assessing Asian HNW migration to the US’, - June 2013.

‘The future of offshore financial centers’, - June 2013.

‘US Immigration Law Update’, Hong Kong - June 2013

‘Wealth Planning Strategies: What You Need to Know’, Shanghai - May 2013

‘Wealth Planning Strategies: What You Need to Know’, Beijing - May 2013

‘Not Your Average Employee: Hiring, Employing and Firing Domestic Workers’, Greenwich Connecticut - May 2013

‘Global Citizens Need Global Solutions - US/UK Immigration, Real Estates and Tax Issues_’,_ Withersworldwide, Singapore - January 2013

‘Global Citizens Need Global Solutions - US/UK Immigration, Real Estates and Tax Issues_’,_ Withersworldwide, Hong Kong - January 2013

‘Destination America: Navigating Opportunities_’,_ Mazars conference for high-net worth families and Russian-headquartered multinational companies, Moscow, Russia - April 2012

‘International Medical Graduates: Immigration Options_’,_ American Psychiatrists Association, New York, New York - March 1999

‘International Medical Graduates: Immigration Options_’,_ State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn, Brooklyn, New York - January 1999

‘International Medical Graduates & Immigration Law_’,_ Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine, New York Chapter, New York Hospital, Queens, New York - September 1996

‘Immigration Law & Foreign Medical Graduates_’,_ Nassau University Medical Center, Hempstead, New York - August 1994

Track record

Named ‘Immigration Trailblazer’ by The National Law Journal in 2018.

Assisted in the transfer of US employees to China for a global entertainment conglomerate.

Consolidated and took lead in managing immigration program for one of America’s largest healthcare systems.

Routinely represents individuals of extraordinary ability in business, sciences and art in obtaining employment visas and green cards.

Advocated on behalf of US citizenship renouncing persons and convinced US Department of State to amend the Foreign Affairs Manual to allow renouncing citizens to retain their US passports while waiting for Department of State to issue the Certificate of Loss Nationality, and thereby permit these persons to continue to be able to travel to the US.


‘Navigating Complex US Immigration Laws: US Visas & Taxation,’ ICLG Private Client 2019 - January 15, 2019, co-author

‘Post-Choksi, wealthy Indians rush to buy new passport,’ The Times of India - December 9, 2018, quoted

‘The New York Wheel’s Demise Marks One Of The Largest EB-5 Failures Ever,’ The Real Deal - October 23, 2018, quoted

‘DACA Recipients Should Hold The Applause On Recent Ruling,’ __ Law360 - September 5, 2018, quoted

‘Exclusive: How This Startup is Trying to Automate Work Visa Applications for People with Extraordinary Ability, ’ San Francisco Business Times - June 26, 2018, quoted

‘After Trump’s Travel Ban Win, a New Fight Over Child Separations,’ Bloomberg - June 26, 2018, quoted

‘What The Rich And Super-Rich Consider When Deciding On Citizenships And Residencies,’ __ Forbes - April 12, 2018, quoted

‘Which Foreign Countries will Grant me Citizenship if I Invest?’, Financial Times - February 2018, quoted

‘The Three Biggest Mistakes the U.S. Wealthy Make When Moving Abroad’, Forbes - February 13, 2018, quoted

‘Navigating Complex US Immigration Laws: US Visas & Taxation’, International Comparative Legal Guide to Private Client - 2018 Edition, co-author

‘Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Third Travel Ban,’ Bloomberg - October 17, 2017

‘Muslim nations targeted by Trump’s travel ban see steep visa drop,’ Politico - September 28, 2017, quoted

‘DACA invited immigrants to come out of the shadows - now Dreamers fear they’re more vulnerable than ever,’ Business Insider - 6 September, 2017, quoted

‘The Trump administration is ending DACA, Jeff Sessions announces’, Business Insider - 5 September, 2017, quoted

‘Challenging Trump’s dreamers decision will be an uphill battle,’ Bloomberg - 5 September, 2017, quoted

‘Trump immigration ban meets law of unintended consequences’, Bloomberg - 1 July, 2017, quoted

‘_ The next step for business visas ’, ComNews - 4 July, 2017, quoted

‘_ Trump immigration ban meets law of unintended consequences ’, Bloomberg - 1 July, 2017, quoted

‘_ Getting engaged won’t qualify you for a trump travel ban exemption ’, Bloomberg - 29 June, 2017, quoted

‘The Supreme Court’s decision on Trump’s travel ban raises more questions than answers’: “,”: Business Insider - 28 June, 2017, quoted

‘Why Trump and Modi talked tech visas’, POLITICO - 26 June, 2017, quoted

‘_ Supreme Court decision shifts momentum in Trump travel ban case ’, Fox News - 26 June, 2017, quoted

‘Supreme Court ruling on Trump’s bid to reinstate travel ban’, Bloomberg Live Blog - 26 June, 2017, quoted

‘For some U.S. visitors, ‘extreme vetting’ is here’, San Francisco Chronicle - 5 June, 2017, quoted

‘Extreme vetting’ immigration form causes delays, confusion’, Bloomberg Law Daily Labor Report - 5 June, 2017, quoted

‘New visa questionnaire raises concerns of business immigration lawyers’, Daily Journal - 5 June, 2017, quoted

‘High court will likely mull these 4th circ. travel ban issues’, Law360 - 1 June, 2017, quoted

‘U.S. now can ask travelers for Facebook, Twitter handles’, USA Today, 5 On Your Side and - 1 June, 2017, quoted

‘Trump travel ban on shaky ground’, The Hill - 28 May, 2017, quoted

‘US L1 visa favored by Chinese investors as EB5 immigrant investor green card faces Trump changes’, __ - 14 May, 2017, quoted

‘America’s immigrant visas: What future holds for Chinese investors’, South China Morning Post - 26 April, 2017, quoted

‘Trump’s H-1B executive order is PR, not policy’, InfoWorld - 21 April, 2017, quoted

‘How America has built a wall in just three months’, National - 9 April, 2017, quoted

‘Changes to H-1B visa policy could have a chilling effect on the tech industry’, LA Times - 4 April, 2017, quoted

‘Why a second passport is the latest must-have of the world’s wealthiest’, - 30 March, 2017, quoted

‘Tired of waitlists and uncertainty, some Chinese favor U.S. visa over green card’, Forbes - 28 March, 2017, quoted

‘Where millionaires are moving (and why)’, Viral News - 20 March, 2017, quoted

‘Trump’s words may haunt him as travel ban appeal promised’, Bloomberg - 16 March, 2017, quoted

‘Roter teppich for reiche’, FrankfurterRundschau - 13 March, 2017 (German only), quoted

‘Honor killings’ nod in travel ban further inflames critics’, Bloomberg - 7 March, 2017, quoted

‘Douglas Elliman and Knight Frank launch the 2017 edition of The Wealth Report at The New York Public Library’, __ Citybizlist - 3 March, 2017, quoted

‘_ Attention, brokers: Here’s what’s happening with the world’s ultra-wealthy ’, The Real Deal - 2 March 2017, quoted

‘_ Millionaires in record numbers head to Australia ’, Live Trading News - 1 March 2017, quoted

‘_ Millionaires leave France, China in record numbers, head down under ’, Newsmax - 1 March 2017, quoted

‘_ We will win: Trump considers writing ‘brand new’ immigration order ’, South China Morning Post - 11 February 2017, quoted

‘_ US President Donald Trump suggests new immigration order to come next week ’, International Business Times - 11 February 2017, quoted

Republican governor: Serious constitutional concerns about deploying the National Guard for immigration enforcement ’“for immigration enforcement”:“,’_ Business Insider / Stamford Advocate”“: - 17 February 2017, quoted

‘_ These economic migrants have absolutely no problem making it across borders ’, Fortune - 27 February 2017, quoted

‘_ Australia is the world’s top destination for millionaire migrants ’, Australia Financial Review - 26 February 2017, quoted

‘_ Dokad uciekaja miliony dolarow ’, RP - 26 February 2017 (Polish only), quoted

‘_ For millionaire immigrants, a global welcome mat ’, NY Times - 25 February 2017, quoted

‘_ Trump considers writing ‘brand new’ immigration order ’, over 20 publications, quoted including The Washington Post - 10 February 2017

‘_ Surprising if SCOTUS hears travel ban case: Expert ’, CNBC / NASDAQ / MSN - 9 February 2017 (TV interview), quoted

‘_ U.S. investment visa may jump to $1.35 million ’, Barron’s - 7 February 2017, quoted

‘_ Trump’s most forceful executive order on immigration isn’t the immigration ban ’, Business Insider / Yahoo Finance / Nigeria Today - 4 February 2017, quoted

‘_ If US travel ban crushes Silicon Valley, can China and Singapore pick up the pieces? ’ South China Morning Post - 3 February 2017, quoted

‘_ Interview with immigration attorney Reaz Jafri on Trump’s new executive order ’, The University Network - 1 February 2017

‘_ Veto de viajes deja en el aire a empresas y emprendedores ’, Eli Diario de El Paso - 1 February 2017 (Spanish only), quoted

‘_ Trump’s travel ban leaves global businesses and entrepreneurs hanging ’, Chicago Tribune - 31 January 2017, quoted

‘_ Trump’s travel ban leaves global businesses and entrepreneurs hanging ’, LA Times - 31 January 2017, quoted

‘Yes, the State Department can jump on a problem and fix in record time’, The Washington Post - March 2015, interview

‘Renunciation process eased for US passport holders looking to escape FATCA ’, - March 2015, interview

‘Veteran Fairfax Supervisor Gross Faces Challenger in Democratic primary’, - March 2015, quoted

‘Capital Public Law Report: Garner decision delays grand jury reforms; Lynch in Limbo’, - March 2015, interview

‘You can check out now’, The Times - March 2015, interview

‘Renouncing US Citizens Gets A Bit Easier with Passport Victory; Exodus Grows - Lawyers’, - March 2015, interview

‘Give Up Citizenship, Keep Your Passport’, - March 2015, quoted

‘U.S. Government Changes Citizen Renunciation Passport Policy After Criticism’, - March 2015, interview

‘Navigating Complex US Immigration Laws: US Visas & Taxation’, The International Comparative Legal Guide to Private Client - 2015 Edition, co-author

‘Hong Kong, U.S. Keep Visa Door Ajar’, Barron’s Asia - February 12 2015, interview

‘Wealth Management: A home away from home’, - December 15 2014, quoted

‘Wealthy Chinese Look Beyond The American Dream’, - November 18, 2014, quoted

‘Withers suggests alternatives routes for backlogged Chinese applicants immigrating to the US’, - November 7, 2014, interview

‘US tax law no red light for Chinese green card seekers’, South China Morning Post - September 12, 2013, quoted

‘Secrets to Getting the Green Light for US Visa’, South China Morning Post - May 2013

‘Immigration Reform: Can Mark Zuckerberg and Friends Deliver’, The Christian Science Monitor - April 2013, quoted

‘Why Some Chinese Should Rethink Value of Green Card’, The Wall Street Journal - March 2013, quoted

‘Entrepreneurs and Immigration: New Prospects and Challenges in the Land of Opportunities’, Thomson Reuters News & Insight - December 2012

‘International Medical Graduates - From Training to Working’, Medical Society of the State of New York, News of New York, Vol. 67, No. 1 - January 2011

‘Immigration Law’s Opportunities and Landmines’, Long Island Business News - January 2011

‘International Medical Graduates in U.S. Hospitals: A Guide for Program, Directors and Applicants’, in Foreign Medical Graduates & Immigration Law: A Primer for American College of Physicians - 1995

Me in a minute

I am fortunate to represent many of the world's greatest minds

I am a truly unique international immigration lawyer who sees immigration through a tax, risk management and business lens. American and global immigration laws offer a toolbox of planning strategies. I am fortunate to represent many of the world’s greatest minds, highly successful thought leaders and entrepreneurs and bring a wealth of experience to any engagement.

Areas of Practice (9)

  • Families and family offices
  • High-net-worth individuals
  • Owners and entrepreneurs
  • Middle East
  • Asia Pacific
  • Government
  • Leaders and senior executives
  • Private companies
  • Public companies

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
212 848 9853  Phone
212 824 4253  Fax
University Attended:
New York University, B.A., 1987
Law School Attended:
St. John's University School of Law, J.D., 1991
Year of First Admission:
US District Court of New Jersey; 1991, State of New Jersey; 1992, State of New York; US District Court Southern District of New York; US District Court Eastern District of New York


Swiss American Lawyers Association of New York

American Immigration Lawyers Association

American Bar Association

New York State Bar Association

New York City Bar Association

American College of Healthcare Executives

Urdu and Hindi

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Managing Partner on 02/06/14 in Immigration and Naturalization

    Mr. Jafri's expertise in immigration law also makes him an effective counselor to non-citizens of the United States who are seeking to invest in the United States and/or establish business in the United States.

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Member on 02/06/14 in Immigration and Naturalization

    I have worked with Reaz on many matters over more than 10 years and find him to be an outstanding professional. Reaz is worthy of your AV rating.

    I have worked with Reaz on many matters over more than 10 years and find him to be an outstanding professional. Reaz is worthy of your AV rating. Read less

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