At NoVa Law Firm we guarantee experience and professionalism. Our attorneys are always up to date in their legal field of expertise, and they will guarantee an optimal result in your case.

Our Legal Team is highly knowledgeable and up-to-date on all immigration policies in the US. Before NoVa, our team has successfully helped thousands of families process all kinds of immigration forms and have fought for the most difficult cases USCIS has presented our clients with.

Making a positive difference in the lives of our clients matters to us!

Philip J. Velez, Esq.

Philip J. Velez is a New York licensed attorney and executive immigration office (EOIR). Attorney Philip graduated from the prestigious University of Maryland in 2006 and attended the Hofstra University of New York School of Law in 2013. He has traveled to Peru, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Ecuador, where he did social work. He worked at the Hofstra Political Asylum Clinic in 2006, where he represented a client in deportation and asylum proceedings for reasons of domestic violence. He worked as a Paralegal and Lawyer in a prestigious immigration office from 2013 to 2016.
With his years of experience, social work, and love for his profession, he now has his own law firm where he will work hard for her clients’ immigration, family, and criminal cases.

Jian Cheng, Esq.

Jian Chen was born in Peple Republic of China and lives currently in New York City.
She graduated from Fujian Normal University, China with a Bachelor of Law degree. Following college, she went to Europe and attended Utrecht University, the Netherlands, graduating with her first degree of Master of Law. And she received her second master of law degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York. She is admitted to practice law in China and New York. Jian practices in the areas of real estate transaction and immigration law.

Prior to studying law in New York, Jian worked as a junior corporate lawyer in AllBright Law Offices (Fuzhou, China). After graduating from Cardozo Law School, Jian served as a paralegal in Law Office of Jiali Pan & Associates, PLLC (Queens, New York), focusing on immigrant petitions. Jian volunteered in Jewish Association Servicing The Aging to provide landlord-tenant legal service to the seniors in New York City.

Selenia destefani

Selenia Destefani was born in Venice, Italy and lives currently in the New York Metropolitan Area. She graduated from University of Verona, Italy with an MBA with specialization in International Business and a Bachelor in Foreign Languages.
Following college in Europe, she moved to the United States where she has been working as immigration Law Clerk for over seven years. Selenia has graduated cum laude from St. John’s Law School with a Juris Doctor in May 2022 and she is currently awaiting admission to the NJ bar. At Nova Law Firm Selenia is the liaison between the firm and its clients. She fluently speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and French. With her multicultural background and a focus on immigration law and civil rights she aims at helping undocumented immigrant in their path to legalization. Hence, Selenia is currently a dedicated intern at the New York Catholic Charity – Immigration department.

Our clients reviews

Very pleased with the service I got. I highly recommend NoVa Law Firm!
Emmanuelle M.
they helped me with my immigration process. attorney Velez and his staff are highly qualfied and professional.
Sara S.
New York
Actualmente me están ayudando con una petición familiar. Mi esposa fue una sola vez a la oficina y llevó todo lo que le pidieron por teléfono. Esa visita fue suficiente para tramitar todo y ahora tan sólo estamos en espera de la cita que pronto llega. Además, son los más económicos en el área tri-estatal. Los recomiendo, el Abogado Vélez y su personal son muy profesionales.
Jimmy P.
Ottimi avvocati ... Professionisti seri ,preparati ,affidabili coscienziosi per l’immigrazione ...
Clara E.

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