Overview

Myriam Jaidi is a Senior Counsel in the Firm’s Philadelphia office where she assists clients with all types of immigration matters. A dedicated advocate, Myriam is driven by a long-standing love of helping people thrive wherever they dream to do so.

Myriam has represented professionals, companies, non-profits, and individuals on a broad range of cases including permanent residence cases (based on labor certification, extraordinary ability and multinational transfers), nonimmigrant matters (B, E, F, H-1B, J, L, O, TN, etc.), family-based sponsorship, and citizenship matters. She is also experienced with defending individuals facing removal and successfully litigating before the Immigration Court and the Board of Immigration Appeals. 

Myriam has helped clients navigate the complexities of consular processing (including National Interest Exceptions and other travel ban issues during the coronavirus pandemic) and has assisted individuals with humanitarian forms of relief, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), T visas for trafficking victims, U visas for crime victims, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) relief for battered spouses, parents and children, as well as asylum, withholding of removal, waivers and requests for prosecutorial discretion. 

Myriam has been practicing immigration law since 2007 when she served as the first Fragomen Fellow to the New York City Bar Justice Center in 2007. Prior to that, she practiced criminal law, corporate law, and municipal law.  Throughout her career, Myriam has been committed to sharing and further sharpening her legal knowledge through presentations, writing, teaching, and mentoring.  In 2015, Myriam taught Family-based Immigration Law & Procedure at CUNY School for Professional Studies, and Immigration Law for Paralegals at City College in New York.  As a law student, Myriam served as Editor-in-Chief for Volume 3 of The Michigan Journal of Race & Law and received the Dores McCree Award for Service to the Law School Community (1998).  Myriam speaks English, is proficient in French, and is intermediate in spoken Moroccan Arabic.


Background

INDUSTRIES SERVED:

  • Financial Services
  • Information Technology
  • Hospitality
  • Entertainment/Arts
  • Advertising/Marketing
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Manufacturing

EDUCATION

  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D. (1998)
  • Stanford University, M.A. (1994)
  • Harvard University, B.A. (1991)

PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC ACTIVITIES

  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Former Co-Chair, NY USCIS District Director Committee
  • Former Member, New York City Bar Immigration Law Committee

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Admitted to practice in New York

PERSONAL INTERESTS

  • Reading
  • Travel
  • Dance
  • Running
  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Chasing her twins

PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS

  • Author, “Good Moral Character in Naturalization.” Guide to Citizenship & Naturalization Law, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2014 and 2021.
  • Co-Author, “Challenges with Switching from NIV to IV for the Foreign Worker.” Immigration Practice Pointers, Tips for Handling Complex Cases, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2015.
  • Panelist, “Challenges with Switching from NIV to IV.” AILA Annual Conference Panel Discussion, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 20 June 2015.
  • Co-Author, “Getting Naturalized: Avoiding the Moral, Criminal and Other Issues That Could Derail Your Application.” Immigration Practice Pointers, Tips for Handling Complex Cases, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2013.
  • Panelist, “Advanced Issues in Naturalization.” AILA Annual Conference Panel Discussion, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 29 June 2013.
  • Panelist, “All in the Family: Tricky Issues with Relative Petitions.” AILA Annual New York Chapter Immigration Symposium Panel Discussion, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 1 December 2010.