Reina Boaz

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Top Rated Immigration Attorney in New York, NY

Reina Boaz Law, PLLC (RBL Partners)
 | 225 Broadway, Suite 3005
New York, NY 10007
Phone: 212-960-3593
Fax: 866-224-7311
Selected To Rising Stars: 2017 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2009
Practice Areas:
  • Immigration: Business (60%),
  • Business/Corporate (20%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employer (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Japanese
Attorney Profile

Focusing her practice primarily on immigration law, Reina Boaz is the managing attorney at RBL Partners. Located in New York City, she provides advice and counsel to companies throughout the metropolitan area on a variety of related matters, including H-1B and H-3 visas, employment-based green cards, foreign investor visas, intra-company transfers, specialty occupation workers and international performing artists and athletes.

Ms. Boaz helps companies develop programs and guidelines in connection with workplace enforcement regulations, and she trains clients on various aspects of immigration law compliance, including E-Verify and other employment verification and authorization processes. She also assists individuals and families who are seeking permanent residency in the United States, and she provides general employment and corporate advice to her business clients.

Born and raised in Tokyo and educated in the United States, Ms. Boaz attended New York University as an undergraduate and received a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in economics. She pursued her legal education at Fordham University School of Law and was awarded her Juris Doctor in 2008. While in law school, she worked for a New York City boutique immigration law firm. After graduation, Ms. Boaz spent several years as an associate with one of the world's leading immigration firms, where she assisted Japanese corporations on a wide variety of business immigration matters. She founded her current firm in 2010.

Ms. Boaz is admitted to practice before all New York state courts. She is an active participant in several professional organizations, including the US-Japan Council, Japanese American Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the New York County Lawyers Association.



Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Immigration (60%): Naturalization & Citizenship

Business/Corporate (20%): Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Contracts, Business Organizations

Employment & Labor (20%): Employment Law - Employee

Focus Areas

Naturalization & Citizenship, Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Contracts, Business Organizations, Employment Law - Employee


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Rising Stars: 2017 - 2019

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About Reina Boaz

Admitted: 2009, New York

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Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Japanese American Association of New York (JAANY), Business Women's Committee, Board Member
  • USJC (US-Japan Council)
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Japanese American Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization)
  • Japanese American Lawyers Network (JALN), Founding Member


  • Impact of the Hire American Policy under Trump Administration Since the Trump administration took office this year, the US employment-based immigration landscape has shifted dramatically. Below are some highlights of recent changes impacting employment-based immigration that employers should be aware of: New Interview requirement for Green card applicants: Starting October 1, USCIS announced a new policy to require all employment-based adjustment of status applicants to attend in-person interviews. This new interview requirement is anticipated to cause significant delays in green card processing times; H-1B visa workers and wages: Since the early summer, there has been a surge of Request for Evidence (RFE) on H-1B petitions where the USCIS is questioning the long-standing practice of using the entry-level wage (Level 1 Wage) for H-1B specialty occupation positions; Heightened Scrutiny of H, L, O, P, and E visas: On August 9, 2017, the US Department of State made changes to its Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) which includes new language "to profect the interests of US workers" in the adjudication of H, L, O, P, and E visas. The US consular posts will use this new FAM guidance when internviewing visa workers. The source of many of these recent changes is the Buy American and Hire American Executive Order(EO 13788) which was signed by President Trump on April 18, 2017. In the "Hire American" portion of the Executive Order, President Trump calls for the rigorous enforcement and administration of laws governing entry into the US of foreign workers for the purpose of creating higher wages and employment rates for US workers. President Trump directs various US government agencies to propose new immigration rules and guidance to protect the interests of US workers. Traditionally, America's employment-based immigration system, and its history of bringing foreign workers from abroad has been vital to filling shortages and gaps in the US workforce, generating innovation and fostering economic growth. However, this "Hire American" policy is transforming the country's immigration systems, interfering with a US employer's ability to hire and retain foreign workers who are critical to keeping the US economy thriving and competitive. While we have already seen significant changes take place, moving forward, we anticipate more new rules and guidance changing the US employment-based immigration system. In this drastically evolving landscape, it is critical that employers stay informed of the latest developments in immigration law and policy. (Fall 2017 RBL Partners Newsletter) , Impact of the Hire American Policy under Trump Administration
  • Employment Law: New York Paid Family Leave ~ What Employers need to know ~ In 2016, Governor Cuomo signed into law what is known to become the most progressive and most comprehensive Paid Family Leave policy in the nation. Starting January 1, 2018, the New York Paid Family Leave Benefits Law requires New York employers to provide Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits for their employees.   Eligibility? Virtually all private employers with at least one employee will be required to provide PFL benefits to their employees beginning January 1, 2018. Full-time employees (20 or more hours per week) are eligible after working for 26 consecutive weeks; part-time employees (less than 20 hours per week) are eligible after working 175 days.   What kind of Leave? Employees will be entitled to take paid family leave for (1) Maternity/Paternity Leave (first 12 months following birth, adoption, or fostering of a child); (2) Caring for a Close Relative with a Serious Health Condition; or (3) Relative's US Military Duty Deployment.   Benefits Offered? In summary, employees are guaranteed: (1) 50% of wage for 8 weeks in 2018, annually increasing to 55% for 10 weeks in 2019, 60% of wage for 10 weeks in 2020, and 67% of wage for 12 weeks in 2021, (capped in certain circumstances.); (2) Job protection upon return from leave; and (3) Continuation of health insurance while out on leave. An employer may not discriminate or retaliate against employees for taking or inquiring about Paid Family Leave.   What Must Employers Do? New York Employers must obtain PFL coverage through their carrier by the January 1st deadline, which can be included under their existing Disability Policy. Employers must set up payroll deductions to reflect the appropriate deductions from employees' paychecks.   Employers must also ensure that their employees are aware of the PFL program and that their policies comply with the law. Specifically, employers should (1) include PFL information in their Employee Handbooks or similar employee materials; and (2) display a posting regarding the new PFL coverage at their place of business by January 1, 2018.   Our Recommendations To comply with the new law, Employers are recommended to: Consult with the Disability insurance carrier about obtaining the required PFL coverage; Obtain and post the required paid family leave notice; Prepare their payroll operation to begin making payroll deductions by January 1, 2018; Update Employee handbooks or other materials for distribution before January 1, 2018, informing employees of their new rights and obligations; Consult with your employment counsel for guidance in amending current leave policies to ensure compliance with legal requrements under the NY PFL and other leave laws, including FMLA. (Fall 2017 RBL Partners Newsletter)

Educational Background:

  • American School in Japan (ASIJ)
  • New York University, B.A., Honors: cum laude
  • Nishimachi International School (NIS)
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225 Broadway
Suite 3005
New York, NY 10007

Phone: 212-960-3593

Fax: 866-224-7311

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Last Updated: 6/20/2019

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