Kathleen Grzegorek


Email: kathy@sggimmigration.com

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Kathleen Grzegorek

Partner & Certified Specialist

Kathleen Grzegorek has been a California State Bar-Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law for over 20 years. She has over twenty-nine years of immigration experience serving a diverse client base with an emphasis on business immigration in the professional, high technology, academic, fine arts, scientific and entertainment fields. Clients range from start-up enterprises to multinational companies, nonprofit entities, government institutes and universities.

Ms. Grzegorek is very active in the immigration field and has lectured and published frequently on topics such as Representing Clients Who Do Fundamental Research; Immigration in a Fluctuating Economy; Immigration for Business Professionals in Finance, Marketing and Operations; This Isn’t Your Senior Attorney’s H-1B Environment:  The Employer Compliance and Document Retention for Foreign Nationals; and Tricky LCA and PERM Issues for a Mobile Workforce.

Activities in the immigration field also include liaison and policy formation on the regional and national level. She served with the American Immigration Lawyers Association as Chair of the Students & Scholars Committee and as Chair of the Liaison Committee for the USCIS California Service Center and currently serves with the Nebraska Service Center Committee. She also works with the National Association of Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA) and has spoken at the Annual Conference as well as Region XII.


Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, “Self-Sponsored Green Cards,” California Institute of Technology (2020)
  • Presenter, “Responding to Hawkish Requests for Evidence and Notices of Intent to Deny”, NAFSA Association of International Educators Region XII Conference (2019)
  • Speaker, California Institute of Technology, “Nonimmigrant Visa Options for Industry” (2019)
  • Presenter, “H-1B Alternatives for Students: Es, Os, and More,” NAFSA Region XII Southern California District Mini-Conference (2018)
  • Presenter, “Post-OPT Visas for the Private Sector, Standard Options, New Possibilities, and the Current Climate,” Caltech Immigration Roadmap Conference (2018)
  • Presenter, “Special Handling Labor Certifications for Colleges and University Professors/Scholars,” LACBA Immigration & Nationality Law Section (2017)
  • Chair, “Employer Compliance and Document Retention for Employment of Foreign Nationals,” National Association of Foreign Student Advisors [NAFSA] Annual Conference (2017)
  • Chair, “Immigration, Post-Election: Can Employers Do Right by Doing Right and Help Their Employees Too,” Professional Association of Human Resources Professionals [PIHRA] (2017)
  • Presenter, “Options for Filing a Self-Sponsored Petition,” Jet Propulsion Laboratory [JPL] (2016)
  • Presenter, “Making the Transition from Student to Employee in Silicon Valley,” National Association of Foreign Student Advisors [NAFSA] Regional Conference (2012)



  • Extraordinary, Exceptional or in the National Interest? A Deep Dive into the Stormy Waters of EB-1s and EB-2’s, American Immigration Lawyers Association 2020 ACES Conference Handbook
  • Tricky LCA and PERM Issues for a Mobile Workforce, American Immigration Lawyers Association [AILA] 2017 Annual Conference Handbook
  • Visa and Green Card Strategies for Entrepreneurs, Researchers and Extraordinary Individuals, American Immigration Lawyers Association [AILA] 2016 California Chapters Conference Handbook
  • The Visa Lifecycle for Researchers and Scientists, American Immigration Lawyers Association [AILA] 2015 Annual Conference Handbook
  • The J-1 Program Demystified: Answers to Your Top J-1 Visa Questions, Inside Immigration, April 2013
  • Entrepreneurial Immigrants Could Mean More Jobs for U.S. Citizens, San Diego Union-Tribune (Op-Ed, 26 January 2012)



  • Temple University School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Bachelor of Arts


Bar Admission

  • California (1990)