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Nikova, Nelli
Nelli Nikova
Senior Counsel
P: +1.713.221.3326
F: +1.713.222.3253

Angela Bradford


Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law, Nelli Nikova specializes in employment-based non-immigrant and immigrant visas. Nelli works closely with corporate clients providing guidance on emerging immigration policies and I-9 compliance issues.

In the course of her daily practice, she advises employers and their employees through the green card process, EB-3 skilled workers and EB-2 workers with advanced degrees, as well as the EB-1 category for individuals with extraordinary ability and multinational executives and managers. Nelli’s experience with non-immigrant employment visas includes H-1B specialty occupation, O-1 exceptional abilities, H-2B temporary non-qualified workers, L-1A/L-1B intracompany transferees, TN professionals from Mexico and Canada, as well as more specialized visa categories, such as investors, religious workers, healthcare professionals, and cultural exchange workers.

She has successfully handled complex naturalization issues and asylum cases and enjoys assisting with family-based petitions for green card. Nelli works closely with clients to develop the long-term strategy for each immigration case. Efficiency and a positive outcome for the client are her top priorities.

Publications and Speeches

"Employment Immigration Issues," Presentation to the International Students and Scholars at University of Houston, 2013, 2014

"Healthcare Immigration Issues," Presentation to the International Residents at Driscoll Children’s Hospital, 2014

"Developments in Immigration Law," Advanced Employment Law Seminar, 2008.

"Immigration Issues in the Employment Context," Employment Law Seminar, Amarillo, Texas, 2007.

"I-9 Compliance Issues," Employment Law Seminar, Lubbock, Texas, 2006.

"Immigration Issues in Hiring Foreign Students," West Texas University Job Fair, 2005.


J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 2002
M.S., Baylor University, 1993
B.A., University of Sofia, Bulgaria, 1991

Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit


Board Certified, Immigration and Nationality Law - Texas Board of Legal Specialization


American Immigration Lawyers Association
State Bar of Texas


Legalease, The Legal 500 United States, Immigration, 2016
Thomson Reuters, Texas Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2006, 2007
Award for dedication to the Equal Justice Volunteer Program of Legal Aid of Northwest Texas