Joy E. Sanders, Senior Attorney

Joy Sanders

Joy Sanders concentrates her practice in the area of immigration law, advising and representing entrepreneurs, U.S. businesses and multinational corporations of all sizes. Her clients include companies in the energy, manufacturing, 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. She has successfully assisted employers and foreign nationals in obtaining nonimmigrant employment authorization approval for L-1 intracompany managers and specialized knowledge workers, H-1B professionals, 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.

Professional & Community Involvement

Member, State Bar of Texas
⋅  Charter Member, Immigration and Nationality Law Section

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association
⋅  Co-Chair, Texas Chapter Conference Program, Fall 2013

Member, Houston Bar Association
⋅  Member, The Houston Lawyer Editorial Board 2010 – 2013
⋅  Guest Co-Editor, January/February 2012
⋅  H.A.Y. Center Committee 2011 – 2013
⋅  Co-Chair Holiday Party Subcommittee 2011, 2012

Member, The College of the State Bar of Texas

Member, Houston Young Lawyers Association


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

⋅  A Place to Call Home: Protecting the Rights of Unaccompanied Immigrant Children, 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, July/Aug 2010

Speaking Engagements

⋅  Employment-based Options for Professionals Seeking U.S. Permanent Residence: Navigating the “PERM” Process, Houston Bar Association CLE Seminar, August 1, 2014

⋅  Livin’ la vida gratis: How to conduct immigration-related legal research for free, AILA Texas Chapter Conference, November 14, 2013


⋅  J.D., Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, 2007

⋅  B.A. Economics, Cum Laude, University of North Texas, 2003

Admitted to Practice

⋅  Texas

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