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KI Legal Merges with the Law Offices of Thais Saad to Establish New Immigration Division

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Through a strategic merger with the Law Offices of Thais Saad, KI Legal establishes its Immigration Division headed by its newest Partner, Thais Saad.

NEW YORK, NY – July 2023 – KI Legal has officially merged with the Law Offices of Thais Saad, effectively establishing a new Immigration Division and bringing Thais Saad on board as the firm’s seventh (7th) Partner.

Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thais came to the United States at the age of 15, giving her firsthand experience navigating the complex immigration system in the United States; over the years, Thais has held a variety of visas, including the G-4 visa, F-1 visa and H-1B visa. Thais graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Spanish and Economics and secured her Juris Doctor from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. As an immigrant herself, Thais is acutely aware of how important securing immigration status can be for a client’s future and livelihood; leading her to become significantly invested in each case that she represents.

Her passion for immigration law led her to open her immigration practice, where she has represented hundreds of clients in securing immigration benefits over the span of 10 years. Thais offers her clients a full scope of business and family immigration legal services. Over the past decade, she has successfully represented a wide range of clients, notably including – (i) professionals in the arts from Grammy-winning musicians to art curators and art directors for major galleries and brands, (ii) real estate investors seeking E-2 investor status and E-2 employee status, (iii) a major modeling agency seeking to bring in models from different countries to fulfill modeling contracts with major designers for New York Fashion Week, and (iv) healthcare clinics throughout the United States seeking to hire foreign nationals to work as healthcare professionals in the United States.

“The advent of the firm’s Corporate Immigration practice now led by Ms. Saad is fully in line with KI Legal’s core ethos of representing both companies established in the United States as well as those international companies looking to establish themselves here stateside.” says Michael Iakovou, Co-Founding Partner of KI Legal.

KI Legal’s Immigration Division is prepared to represent national and international companies in all types of business immigration matters, including: EB-1 petitions for multinational managers/executives, outstanding researchers, and extraordinary-ability aliens; EB-2 and EB-3 petitions for companies seeking to hire foreign nationals for full-time employment in the United States; PERM Labor Certification; EB-5 petitions for investors seeking permanent residence in the United States; E-2 visas for investors seeking temporary residence in the United States; L-1 for foreign companies seeking to transfer employees to a U.S. affiliate; H-1B and H-2B petitions for companies seeking to hire foreign nationals on a temporary basis; and O-1 petitions for those who can demonstrate significant achievements in the sciences, arts or business.

Additionally, the Immigration Division will offer a variety of services to individuals looking for representation with regards to family-based applications,  including petitions based on marriage to a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident, applications for naturalization and citizenship, applications for student visas and trainee visas, applications for victims of certain qualifying crimes, and waiver requests.

Thais is a member of the New York City Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Thais has been included in New York Super Lawyer’s Rising Star List for the past five (5) years. Thais is quoted as saying: “Joining KI Legal will vastly expand the services that I am able to offer immigration clients, improving efficiency and client satisfaction all around. In addition to the resources that KI Legal offers, the firm is highly knowledgeable in areas of the law which often overlap with immigration, which additionally offers immigration clients the possibility of addressing different legal issues under one firm. I am excited to work with an experienced group of lawyers and professionals who strive to offer the representation that clients deserve.” KI Legal looks forward to establishing and expanding its immigration practice with the addition of Thais Saad.  

KI Legal looks forward to establishing and expanding its immigration practice with the addition of Saad. 


To reach Thais Saad, please contact Zoe Darmon at (646) 766-8308 or

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