Barclay Damon
Barclay Damon

Jill A. Apa

Jill A. Apa

Special Counsel

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Buffalo Office

The Avant Building
200 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14202

Jill Apa counsels exclusively in the area of U.S. Immigration Law. Jill handles a wide variety of U.S. Immigration issues, including temporary (H-1B, L-1, O-1, TN, J-1, R-1) and permanent (“green card”) employment-based cases, as well as family-based immigration matters, waivers, complex border issues, agency and federal court appeals . Jill has focused her practice in the field of U.S. Immigration Law since 2001 and is licensed in the states of New York and Ohio.

Following her law school graduation, Jill served as a judicial clerk in the Third District Court of Appeals for the State of Ohio. At the same time, she taught Legal Research & Writing to first-year law students as an adjunct professor at Ohio Northern University. Jill relocated to her hometown of Buffalo, NY in 2001, which is when she began her career in U.S. Immigration Law.

Representative Experience

  • Obtained intracompany transfer approvals (L-1A and L-1B) at the Peace Bridge port-of-entry for several employees of a world renown tourist organization that underwent a major shift in corporate operations which required Canadian citizens to be transferred to the U.S. parent office.
  • Successfully obtained lawful permanent residency (“green card) for a fuel-cell scientist under the “extraordinary ability” provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act. 
  • Prepared and filed successful O-1 (“extraordinary ability”) nonimmigrant employment petitions for physicians who practice in the fields of radiation oncology and minimally-invasive colorectal surgery
  • Obtained an approved H-1B nonimmigrant petition for an Executive Chef on behalf of a leading restaurant/banquet facility in Niagara Falls, NY.
  • Successfully obtained J-1 waivers under the New York State “Conrad 30” program for a cardiologist and an endocrinologist so that they may provide critical medical care to individuals in medically underserved areas.
  • Obtained an approved TN nonimmigrant work permit for a Canadian citizen management consultant so that he may advise a local country club on the establishment of a successful youth golf program.

Practice Areas


  • University of New Hampshire, B.A., magna cum laude, 1993
  • Ohio University College of Law, J.D., with distinction, 1997

Admitted To Practice

  • New York
  • Ohio

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, National and Upstate Chapters
  • New York State Bar Association, Immigration Litigation Committee
  • Erie County Bar Association

Speaking & Publications

  • "Getting a US Work Permit," presented to the University of Waterloo, November 23, 2016
  • Author, Immigration Blog
  • "Innocent Until Proven Guilty? Not at the Border." Buffalo Law Journal, August 2015
  • Mata v. Lynch: The Fifth Circuit Can't Sidestep Jurisdiction To Avoid Review of BIA Denial of Late Motion to Reopen Based on Ineffective Assistance of Counsel, Research Solutions, June 2015
  • "Real Immigration Issues on The Real Housewives," Buffalo Law Journal, October 2014
  • "Equal Rights Under Federal Law for Same-Sex Bi-National Couples," Buffalo Law Journal, July 2013
  • "When a Departure is Not Really a Departure," The Daily Record, April 2012
  • "USCIS Takes a Step Toward Fairness for Foreign Nationals," The Daily Record, February 2012 
  • "The Implementation of Biometrics Collection for I-131 Refugee Travel and Reentry Permit Applications," Bender’s Immigration Bulletin, 2008 
  • "Verovkin v. Still," Bender’s Immigration Bulletin, 2008
  • "The U.S. Government’s Restrictive Policies Toward HIV-Infected Foreign National: Is a Change Finally on the Way?," Bender’s Immigration Bulletin, June 2007 
  • Co-Author, "Not Just a Matter of Time: The Concept of Abandonment of Permanent Residency Under Immigration and nationality Law," Bender’s Immigration Bulletin, May 2007 
  • Co-Author, "Two Steps Forward, One Step back: The Future of Credibility Findings by Circuit Courts in Asylum Cases Under the Real ID Act of 2005," Bender’s Immigration Bulletin, April, 2006 
  • "Bringing Fiancés and Fiancées into the United States," Bender’s Immigration Bulletin, February 2006
  • Associate Editor, "Immigration Practice Under NAFTA and Other Free Trade Agreements, 3rd Edition," published by The American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2007
  • "The Demise of DOMA," presented at the Avant Building to explain the legal issues related to the U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down a portion of The Defense of Marriage Act, July 2013 
  • "I-9 Compliance and the Age of Enforcement," presented to a Continued Legal Education seminar in Buffalo, NY , May 2013
  • "What is the Purpose of Your Visit?, "presented to the ALFA Eastern Great Lakes Regional Conference, Cleveland, OH, October 2012 
  • "Employment Law Update in New York, I-9 Issues," presented to Lorman Educational Services, October 2012 
  •  "To advise or not to advise, that is the issue: An overview of the current state of the law regarding the duty of criminal defense attorneys to advise non-citizen clients on U.S. Immigration consequences," presented to the Erie County Bar Association, December 2009 
  • Served each week as a moderator for an online immigration law chat. hosted by, so as to provide general information on U.S. Immigration Law in response to questions from law persons, 2005-2010


  • Business First of Buffalo, 2008, 2009, 2012, "Who's Who in Law List"
  • Erie County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Award, 2008 Recipient

Prior Experience

  • Damon Morey LLP, Special Counsel
  • Third District Court of Appeals for the State of Ohio, Judical Clerk
  • Ohio Northern University, Adjunct Professor