Sowmiya, the founder of Sikal & Associates, LLC, has been practicing immigration law since 1998 and has assisted clients in a wide range of complex business and family based immigrant and nonimmigrant matters. As an immigrant to the U.S. herself, Sowmiya takes a personal interest in all the cases that she handles and offers practical advice based on the latest changes and developments in the US immigration law. Over the last sixteen years she has worked extensively with clients in the fields of Information Technology, Medicine, Teaching, Sciences, Religious Arena and Performing Arts. She is an expert in representing U.S. and international companies in obtaining work visas (H-1B, L-1, TN, J-1) to the U.S., green cards and other general immigration matters. She also uses her immigration attorney expertise to assist U.S. companies with I-9 and immigration compliance. Sowmiya has served on AILA's DOL and USCIS liaison committees.Sowmiya is a Member of the Tennessee Bar, American Bar Association (ABA), the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and Bar Council of Tamil Nadu, India.
Ramesh, founding member of Sikal & Associates, provides counsel on all aspects of corporate U.S. immigration, including nonimmigrant visas, permanent residence, citizenship, compliance, department of labor and consular processing. He has worked extensively both with startup organizations as well as multi-national clients across industries. Ramesh counsels corporate clients in setting up best practices/governance structure to comply with the ever-changing USCIS and Department of Labor laws and regulations. Prior to establishing a career in law, he worked as a management consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. During his time with Coopers & Lybrand and later PricewaterhouseCoopers he consulted with senior management of Fortune 500 companies in aviation, insurance & telecommunication industries. He also was involved in several critical engagements with various state governments. Ramesh is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and American Bar Association. Ramesh is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court Northern District of Georgia, Supreme Court of Georgia, Georgia Court of Appeals, and Georgia Superior Courts.
Sandeep, an Associate of Sikal & Associates, practices all aspects of immigration law with special focus on corporate US immigration. He provides counsel for employers and beneficiaries to successfully negotiate complex rules and regulations involved in filing employment based immigrant and non-immigrant petitions. He strives to provide legal solutions to meet the unique immigration needs of each client. Sandeep's focus area is employment based immigration including PERM Labor Certification Applications, Immigrant Petitions (Extra-ordinary Ability, Outstanding Researchers, Multinational Managers and Executives, NIW, EB-2, EB-3), Adjustment of Status Applications (I-485) and AC21 filings. He has wide range of experience in assisting clients in employment based Non-Immigrant petitions (H1B, L1), Naturalization applications, Family based Immigrant Petitions (I-130) and Naturalization/Green Card Interviews. In addition to his expertise in US Immigration Law, Sandeep has knowledge and experience in various Indian corporate and civil litigation matters. Sandeep is a Member of the Tennessee Bar and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
Christina (Tina) Rowles
Tina, an Associate of Sikal & Associates, provides legal advice to clients on issues related to U.S. immigration and naturalization laws, regulations, requirements, and processing procedures. Tina provides advice to corporate clients in regards to courses of action and requirements for potential and existing nonimmigrant employees, Green Card sponsorship, and employer compliance issues as well as individual clients seeking immigration advice regarding current and future family members. Prior to joining Sikal & Associates, Tina worked as a Tax Professional with H&R Block where she advised clients on tax theory, tax requirements and changes to tax law to assist clients reach optimal outcomes based on their individual financial situation. Tina is a Member of the State Bar of Georgia, American Bar Association (ABA), and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). She is admitted to practice before the United States District Court Northern District of Georgia, Supreme Court of Georgia, Georgia Court of Appeals, and Georgia Superior Courts.