Joy E. Sanders

Joy Sanders

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Joy Sanders concentrates her practice in the area of immigration law, advising and representing U.S. businesses and multinational corporations of all sizes. Her clients include companies in the energy, finance, real estate and information technology industries, with a particular focus on new and emerging industries such as ‘greentech’. She has extensive experience in preparing PERM labor certification applications and immigrant visa petitions for multinational managers, outstanding researchers, foreign nationals of exceptional and extraordinary ability, and National Interest Waivers. Her expertise includes nonimmigrant petitions and applications for intracompany managers and specialized knowledge professionals, specialty occupations and business visitors.

Joy provides legal advice in planning, implementing and managing immigration strategies and policies, and in all facets of nonimmigrant and immigrant visas before the Department of Labor, the Department of State, and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. In recent years, Joy has assisted employers in navigating complex immigration compliance issues relating to employment eligibility and verification, audits and employment discrimination.

In addition to employment-based matters, Joy counsels individuals and their families in obtaining temporary visas, U.S. permanent residence and citizenship.


Member, State Bar of Texas
Charter Member, Immigration and Nationality Law Section
Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association
Member, Houston Bar Association
Member, The Houston Lawyer Editorial Board
H.A.Y. Center Committee – Co-Chair Holiday Party Subcommittee (2011)
Member, Houston Young Lawyers Association
Member, The College of the State Bar of Texas



Immigration-Related Worksite Enforcement Actions: I-9s & Beyond (Page 32), The Houston Lawyer, Jan/Feb 2012

A Place to Call Home: Protecting the Right of Unaccompanied Immigrant Children (Page 23), The Houston Lawyer, Nov/Dec 2010

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Noncitizens with Two or More Misdemeanor Possession Convictions are not Automatic Aggravated Felons, The Houston Lawyer, 2010


J.D., Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, 2007
B.A. Economics, Cum Laude, University of North Texas, 2003