Marina focuses her practice on immigration law. As a Ukrainian immigrant who has gone through the complex U.S. immigration process herself, Marina treats every immigration case she handles with exceptional care, priority, and diligence as if it were her own. She understands the high stakes and urgency of each client matter and is committed to providing thorough representation, reaching creative solutions, and achieving the best results for companies and individuals.
Marina strongly believes in providing superior quality legal work and individualized attention to every single client. Meeting the immediate and long-term immigration needs of her clients in a proactive and efficient way is very important to her. She takes pride in being knowledgeable and organized and in taking personalized and scrupulous approach to each client matter. Marina ensures that her clients are fully content with understanding the applicable law and how it affects their individual case. She makes it a priority to keep clients updated on their case progress and informs them on periodic changes in the law.
Marina began her career in Seattle, working for a nationally recognized law firm specializing in complex immigration matters, where she developed comprehensive expertise in immigration law. Prior to joining Belin McCormick, Marina spent over two years at a large law firm in Des Moines, specializing in employment-based immigration and I-9 regulatory compliance.
Marina is passionate about increasing diversity in the workplace and helping employers hire and retain the best talent from around the globe. She represents employers across the spectrum, from multinational corporations to start-up companies, in a broad range of sectors, including high-tech, biotechnology, finance, marketing, industrial manufacturing, engineering, healthcare, and agriculture. In addition to corporate entities, she represents hospitals, educational institutions, and religious organizations in bringing workers to the U.S. on a temporary and permanent basis.
Her specialty includes non-immigrant and immigrant visas, PERM, I-140, and Adjustment of Status applications. She has successfully prepared H-1B, TN, L-1, E-1, E-2, O-1 and other visa petitions for professionals, intracompany transferees, investors, researchers, physicians, scientists, professors, artists, and individuals with an extraordinary ability in their field. Marina assists companies in sponsoring their employees for a permanent resident status through the PERM labor certification process, Schedule A pre-certification, EB-1 petitions, and National Interest Waivers.
Marina also has extensive appellate experience and has successfully represented matters before the Administrative Appeals Office and the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals.
Family-Based and Individual Immigration
Marina represents individuals in consular process matters, family-based petitions, applications for adjustment of status, and naturalization. She helps individuals bring their family members to the U.S. on a temporary and permanent basis. She has successfully assisted in applying and obtaining tourist and fiancé visas, asylum, family-sponsored green cards, and U.S. citizenship. She has also successfully represented clients in removal proceedings before the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the U.S. District Court, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
I-9 Regulatory Compliance
In her practice, Marina provides counsel and training to employers on workplace compliance, including Form I-9 employment eligibility verification process, internal company practices, procedures, policies, and hiring manuals, E-Verify program, and self-audits. She represents employers in external I-9 audit responses and related worksite enforcement issues.
Marina was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and grew up in the Pacific Northwest. She is fluent in Russian and Ukrainian. Marina is a huge Seattle Seahawks fan. When not working, she enjoys watching boxing with her husband and spending time outdoors with their French bulldog Marta.
Marina received her Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2011, where she served as the Notes Editor for the Hastings Women’s Law Journal and was honored with a Public Interest Recognition Award. During law school, Marina participated in the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic and the Refugee and Human Rights Clinic, where she represented victims of domestic violence in asylum applications. She also interned at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center in San Francisco, where she researched family-based immigration and asylum law.
As a visiting student at the Seattle University School of Law during her second year, Marina was involved with the Ronald A. Peterson Immigration Law Clinic, representing detained individuals with criminal convictions and participated in the Access to Justice Institute Immigrant Detainee Justice Project. In the summer of 2009, Marina clerked at the Northwest Justice Project in Seattle, where she represented individuals in landlord-tenant disputes and civil litigation claims involving civil rights, disability, and housing law issues.
Marina received her Bachelor’s Double Degree in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Washington in 2006. As an undergrad, she was a legislative intern with Seattle City Council and was selected as a Global Immigration Delegate for the Harvard University Project for the Asian and International Relations Conference in Tokyo, Japan.