M. Alejandra Vargas


  • M. Alejandra Vargas
  • Phone: +1 212 404 8742

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  • Duane Morris LLP
    230 Park Avenue, Suite 1130
    New York, NY 10169-0079

M. Alejandra Vargas concentrates her practice in the area of immigration law. Ms. Vargas represents companies in a wide variety of industries seeking to employ foreign nationals in the United States on a temporary or permanent basis. She also assists individuals and families in connection with nonimmigrant and immigrant visa matters as well as naturalization. Ms. Vargas is also a volunteer attorney in the Firm's Pro Bono group.

 Ms. Vargas is a member of the Firm’s Associates Committee, the Hispanic/Latino ERG and the Marketing Committee of the New York office.

 Ms. Vargas is a graduate of University Pontificia Bolivariana in Colombia, and she was awarded an LL.M. by Brooklyn Law School and an LL.M. in Private Law from the University Panthéon- Assas (Paris II) in France, where she is also a Ph.D. candidate in International Law. She is fluent in French and Spanish.

Areas of Practice

  • Inbound and Outbound Temporary Visa Petitions: Inbound U.S. Business Visitors (B); Investors (E); Specialty Workers (H-1B); Temporary Workers (H-2B); Trainees (H-3); Intra-company Transferees (L); Extraordinary Ability (O); Canadian and Mexican Professionals (TN). In reference to Outbound Visas, Ms. Vargas works with expert local counsel in the outbound country to facilitate and streamline the visa process.
  • Permanent Residency Applications: Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Researchers and Professors; Multinational Managers (EB-1) Advanced Degree Professionals (EB-2); Skilled Workers and Professionals (EB-3) PERM Labor Certifications; Family Based Petitions in all categories, waivers and consular processing
  • Corporate Immigration Compliance: I-9 Policies, compliance programs, training, audits, ICE investigations; E-Verify advice and counsel, training, compliance programs and risk/benefit analysis; electronic I-9 vendor reviews, merger and acquisition immigration compliance review, remediation and risk analysis.


  • New York
  • Colombia


  • Brooklyn Law School, LL.M. , 2015
  • Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, J.D., 2011
  • Panthéon-Assas University Paris II, LL.M., 2009
  • Panthéon-Assas University Paris II, Maîtrise, 2008

Professional Activities

  • Bar Association of the City of New York
    - Immigration Committee
    -Mindfulness & Well-Being in Law Committee
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • French American Chamber of Commerce, New York Chapter

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in New York Metro Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2019-2022

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "Pathways to Bar Passage Program,"  American Bar Association International Law Section, March 29, 2023 
  • Speaker, "Workshop for Founders & Start-Ups: Legal 101," Latinas in Tech Webinar, February 15, 2022
  • Speaker, “Rein Them In or Let Them Fly? International and Hybrid Word: Legal Considerations and Employee Retention,” Duane Morris LLP, June 21, 2022
  • Speaker, "2022 Business Immigration Outlook: Navigating in Unprecedented Times," French American Chamber of Commerce and Duane Morris LLP Webinar, February 17, 2022
  • Speaker, Program and Reception For International LL.M. Candidates, New York City Bar Association, October 21, 2021
  • Speaker, "2022 Business Immigration Outlook: Navigating in Unprecedented Times," French American Chamber of Commerce and Duane Morris LLP Webinar, February 17, 2022
  • Speaker, "Immigration Updates," The New Reality of Workplace Law and Practice in the COVID-19 Era, Duane Morris LLP, Webinar, November 9, 2020
  • Speaker, "PERM Sponsorship in Our New Normal: Building Successful Applications in an Uncertain Job Market," Duane Morris Institute (DMi), July 16, 2020

Selected Publications