Christine V. Troy

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Immigration Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Law Office of Troy & Neils, LLLP
870 Market Street, Suite 570
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-399-9490
Fax: 415-655-1199
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2012, 2015 - 2021
Selected to Rising Stars: 2009 - 2010
Licensed Since: 2000
Practice Areas: Immigration: Business (50%), Immigration: Consumer (50%)
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
Attorney Profile

With more than 20 years of immigration experience, the Law Office of Troy & Neils LLLP has a proven track record of developing honest and effective solutions to complex immigration situations. We thrive in creative and agile problem-solving and embrace the intricacy of legal cases when other attorneys have told clients there was no hope. 

Troy & Neils Law has extensive experience obtaining a wide variety of work visas and green cards with a specialty in business immigration, from fledgling start-ups to established, multinational companies. We also excel in family-based immigration cases, including fiancée and marriage visas, green cards, extreme hardship waivers, asylum, DACA, relief under the Violence Against Women Act and U.S. citizenship.

Regardless of your immigration needs, we provide high quality legal service and careful attention to all clients. Our clients will tell you first, we pride ourselves with warm, personable service, thoughtful comprehensive analysis, and fine attention to detail. 

Partner Christine Troy has more than twenty years of experience practicing exclusively in the area of Immigration and Naturalization Law. She has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal Digital Network and KQED regarding immigration law; collaborated with President Obama’s Agency of Science and Technology on streamlining entrepreneurial visas; presented numerous seminars on business immigration; and is recognized as a "Super Attorney", an honor given to under 5% of attorneys in Northern California. Ms. Troy finds it particularly rewarding when a long term client gains a green card or US Citizenship; a start-up company flourishes through having access to foreign workers; international couples are reunited; or she can find a solution that transports a client from where they are now, to where they want to be. She graduated from University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1999 and holds an undergraduate degree in Government and a minor in Women’s Studies from Beloit College.

About Christine V. Troy

Admitted: 2000, California

Professional Webpage:


  • On our new website, launched in Winter 2020, we are posting a series of educational and newsworthy announcements for clients and the public. , Series of Blog Posts, Business, Family And Humanitarian Immigration
  • Interviewed by University of Hastings for an article regarding the Hastings Civil Justice Clinic and Professor Shawna Marshall. 
  • I use Twitter to draw attention to fairly balanced immigration articles, in response to the steady stream of non-fact based articles that were being released in the main stream press. This feed is also on my homepage at    

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • In the past two years, I have successfully won several very complex PERM/Green Card, E-2 and H-1B cases. Based on the AILA message board, many other attorneys were either losing these cases or recommending that these cases could not be won.  Examples include- H-1B cases: Cost Accountant and  Construction Manager for a Construction Company; E-2 start up business for a Life Coach; PERM case for a Winery Director (where his experience was based on a three year, non-equivalent degree); several green card cases for L-1A executives at small companies.  
  • I continue to win in areas where other AILA attorneys report only denials.  Practicing immigration law in the past 2 years has been the most difficult of my 20 year career, so I take pride in this accomplishment. Approvals include: an H1B for a company that had one employee, E2 approvals for small companies will less than $100k investment, and I-140 approval after an ICE investigation that claimed fraud, where the company was legitimate and following all US and state laws. , 2019

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • I have been a panel member for the Hastlings Civil Justice Center numerous times since 2010; and for the Hastings International and Comparative Law Society in October 2012.  
  • Along with six other AILA immigration attorneys who work routinely with foreign entrepreneurs and start-up companies, drafted a memorandum for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, at this agency's request. Our memorandum provided an outline of the different non-immigrant visa categories available to these applicants, the specific ways in which DHS is currently hindering their ability to invest in the US economy and specific ways in which these barriers could be resolved., Co-Author, StartUP America: Immigration Lawyer's Memo
  • Wrote an article presenting alternatives to the H-1B visa for the Melita Group's Spring 2015 publication.  They are an organization that works with HR teams for start-ups to large sized corporations., Writer, Visa Options for Foreign Workers, 2015


  • This video was made for my yelp page and is also available on my website. ,
  • Over the next six months, we will post approx 6 educational videos regarding family and business immigration.  This will be conducted through our Facebook business page. , Educational Videos, Family And Business, 2019

Pro bono/Community Service

  • One of my colleagues takes on a great number of low fee cases. She often consults with me regarding best practices/solution for particular cases. While I am not actively taking on the work, I handle the consults for free.
  • My version of pro-bono work is to provide discounts to individuals and families who need immigration representation but cannot afford my normal fees.  In particular, these discounts are often provided to those employed in the social services whose contributions to their communities is far above their wage level. Examples include social workers, teachers, and those runnning or working at non-profits that work to help low income communities in the SF Bay Area.  I also provide discounts to schools and non-profit entities working in the social service industries.  , 2021
  • Answer questions regarding a wide variety of immigration issues for Law Q&A on a daily or weekly basis. 


  • Included in the 2016 "20 Best San Francisco Immigration Attorneys/Firms" by private survey company Expertise.  Selections are based on the following criteria: reputation, credibility, experience, availabilty, professionalism and engagement.     Here is a company synopsis:, Top 20 Immigration Attorneys in SF,, 2016
  • "Rising Star", 2010 and 2009
  • Since 2011, have had a Better Business Bureau Rating of A+, 2014
  • Since 2011, have had "excellent/very good" rating. 

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Formed a law partership with Raemi Neils (rising star) under the name Law Office of Troy & Neils, LLLP.  On behalf of the partnership, we are in process of doing a complete overhaul of our website; and Ms. Neils is presenting an overview of asylum law (past, present and future and the impacts of changing law and regulations) to the San Francisco Lawyer's Network on August 28, 2019, which offers MCLE credit to all attendees. Our firm will also begin blogging to address pertinent immigration issues to our clients and the general public. , 2019
  • My partner Raemi Neils and myself are presenting to the San Francisco Lawyers Network in August 2021, regarding changes to immigration law.  SFLN is a San Francisco based lawyer networking group who's purpose is to increase a lawyer's exposure to their legal community by establishing and maintaining relationships, expanding professional resources and thereby enhancing revenue opportunities., 2021
  • Panel presenter for  “Immigration Aspects - How to do business in Silicon Valley” at week long event sponsored by Apex-Brasil América do Norte. Held at the Fairmont Hotel, SF in December 2015. , 2015
  • California Supreme Court and the Federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • California State Bar, Member
  • I was invited to attend and participate in the The Startup America: Reducing Barriers event, which was sponsored by the White House and the Small Business Administration. As stated in their invitation, "The Startup America: Reducing Barriers event is a regional platform that allows federal agencies to hear directly, from entrepreneurs and local leaders like you, how we can achieve our goal of reducing the barriers faced by America’s entrepreneurs. Senior Obama administration officials need input on what changes are needed to build a more supportive environment for entrepreneurship." As I was out of town for that event, I met separately with Doug Rand, of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, to provide my feedback on issues facing foreign entrepreneurs wanting to open start up businesses and hire US workers.  
  • I am an active member of the American Immigraton Lawyer's Association, routinely attend conferences and am active on the AILA message boards.
  • Ini October 2016, did presentation on Immigration and Family Law crossover issues for the Family Law Section of the Barristers Club (BASF).  This provides MCLE credit to attendees.  Topics included green card options for separated spouses including self-filed I-751 peittions and other non-marriage based options (U visa, VAWA, etc.); affidavit of support issues; and general questions.  My co-panelist is Paula Lawhon, a Family Law Mediator., 2016
  • Consulted for popular blog,  "Engineer's Guide to US Visas".  At the author's request, I reviewed his article and corrected several legal errors. I did this because he seemed like a nice guy who was interested in helping fellow professionals understand their options.  The article is here:  I should note that he lists me as a recommended attorney at the end, but that I had no idea he was going to do this.
  • Member of the Women's Business Immigration Group, a San Francisco based organization comprised of seasoned immigration attorneys. The purpose is to work through and solve complex legal questions which arise in the business arena.   I am an active member of AILA, the American Immigration Lawyer's Association.   I attend trainings/seminars and also remain updated on all bulletins published.
  • Interviewed and quoted in article regarding H-1B visas in the Wall Street Journal, online edition. 
  • Based on some of my AILA message board postings, I have been contacted numerous times in the past two years by other AILA attorneys, seeking advice about that particular issue. I was able to provide critical insight, information and redacted documents which were used by my colleagues to improve their cases. 
  • Webinar on the "ABC's of Immigration" for the Melita Group.  This was for 80+ business members and was for one hour on August 16, 2017.  I covered terminogy, agencies, H-1B visas (including LCA/reporting requirements); numerous employent based visa categories and other materials relevant to business owners and HR staff. , 2017

Representative Clients

  • Despite the challenges faced during the past four years, every H1B, O1, L1 and green card cases I have filed has been approved.  This includes complex extraordinary ability green cards for scientists and business people, arguably the highest legal standard in employment-based immigration law. We have helped numerous clients start businesses in the US and hire US workers.  On the family side, many of my long time clients have become US citizens, and many others are on their way, having secured a green card through marriage or via other means. Time and time again, clients from the business and family sides have told me what a relief it is to work with my firm; that they feel safe and relatively calm despite the turmoil, uncertainly and upheaval. As we look forward, I am hopeful that more immigration opportunities will open up for immigrants.  For verification of our success in these areas, I refer you to the testimonials page of my website at https://www.;  yelp https://, where you can find numerous statements from business and individual clients. I would also refer you to my linked in and avvo pages that also contain testimonials from colleagues and clients. , 2021

Educational Background

  • Graduated from University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1999

Industry Groups

  • Automotive
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Entrepreneurial/Start-Up and Stealth Companies
  • Etc.
  • Healthcare
  • IT Consultants
  • Non-Profit
  • Science And Technology
  • Software Development
  • Treaty Traders
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Office Location for Christine V. Troy

870 Market Street
Suite 570
San Francisco, CA 94102

Last Updated: 2/5/2021

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