York University, Toronto
The Pennsylvania State University, The Dickinson School of Law, J.D.
New Jersey, 2014
Kimberly John brings a rich and diverse array of experiences to her practice at FGI. Not only did her parents immigrate from the Caribbean to Canada, but she facilitated her own immigration to the U.S. to attend law school. She also assisted many fellow Canadian students with their U.S. student visa applications. As a law student, she became fascinated with the nuances of laws and regulations while serving as an NCAA Compliance Officer at Penn State where she helped the university to respond effectively to the NCAA sanctions. “That experience showed me,” she says, “how to delve into the intricacies of regulations in order to secure desired result –to show the NCAA that we were fully compliant with the sanctions. It’s very similar to immigration law where we seek to prove to the USCIS that our foreign nationals not only qualify for visa but will make a positive contribution to American businesses and the broader economy.”
At FGI, Kimberly specializes in high-volume H-1B cases for our IT clients. She takes a contextual approach to her practice that has proven highly effective. “Ultimately, you have to go beyond just knowing laws and regulations,” she argues. “You also have to know the climate – what information the USCIS is looking for, and what kinds of questions they’re likely to ask.”
A graduate of York University in Toronto, Kimberly earned her J.D. at The Pennsylvania State University, The Dickinson School of Law. At Penn State, she studied asylum and immigration law both because they were little understood by the broader public and she believed that those were the fields where she could make the biggest difference in peoples’ lives. “I love people,” Kim says, “and I get a great satisfaction in helping them.” Her compassion for others is also shown by her sponsorship of two young African girls through the World Vision organization. Kim is also an accomplished ballerina, a former sportswriter, and enjoys reading and traveling (she’s been to Italy, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, and the Cayman Islands). “I believe in mobility,” she says, summarizing her professional philosophy. “There is just so much talent out there in the world and our country is all the better for welcoming so many ambitious and skilled people to our shores.”