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Melissa Werger Rosen, Esq.

Melissa Werger Rosen

Tel: 212-981-3966 x 22

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Melissa Werger Rosen leads the Immigration and Citizenship practice at RLG.  Ms. Werger Rosen practices exclusively in the field of immigration and nationality law.


Ms. Werger Rosen specializes in all areas of immigration and represents clients in a diverse array of immigration matters, including:

  • Family-based ‘green card’ petitions

  • Employment-based non-immigrant visas, including:​

    • L-1 intracompany transferees

    • O-1 individuals of extraordinary ability in science, the arts and education

    • E-1/E-2 Treaty Traders and Investors

    • J-1 trainees/interns 

  • H-1B professional workers

  • Employment-based permanent residence via PERM labor certification

  • Permanent Residence for Individuals of Extraordinary Ability  (EB1)

  • Permanent Residence for Multinational Managers and Executives

  • Permanent Residence for Outstanding Researchers and Professors

  • National Interest Waivers

  • International AdoptionCitizenship

  • VAWA and Battered Spouse Waivers

  • Diversity Visa Lottery winners


Ms. Werger Rosen began her career in the field of immigration in 1987, working with Central American asylum seekers and at Harvard Law School on a study of the political asylum system in the U.S.  


Following law school graduation in 1992, Ms. Werger Rosen clerked for Justice Denise Johnson of the Vermont Supreme Court. 


In 1995, Ms. Werger Rosen became one of two immigration staff attorneys at a nonprofit Legal Services Fund which served the 85,000+ members of a large maintenance workers union in downtown Manhattan.  In 1998 she was made Supervising Attorney of the Fund’s nascent Immigration Unit, and as such she grew the department to a staff of 13, and was personally responsible for supervision of all 2,500+ immigration cases open in the Unit at any given time.  In June of 2006, Ms. Werger Rosen left the Fund to go into private practice.


Ms. Werger Rosen also worked in the field of Latin American human rights both before and during law school.  In 1990 she worked with the Chief Prosecutor for the Federal Appeals Court of Buenos Aires, Argentina, on the prosecution of an ex-general who had been the military commander of Buenos Aires province during Argentina’s ‘dirty war’.  In 1991 she was awarded a fellowship from the Instituto Interamericano de Derechos Humanos in San Jose, Costa Rica, to participate in its Ninth Interdisciplinary Seminar on Human Rights. 


Ms. Werger Rosen is fluent in Spanish. 

Bar admissions:  New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts.

Education:  JD cum laude, Boston College Law School; Recipient White Inker & Aronson Award for Community and Public Service.  B.A. cum laude, Tufts University. 

Membership: American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).


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