Holly Hatton Kuzeyman

Holly Hatton Kuzeyman

Staff Attorney
Charlotte, North Carolina,
Holly Hatton Kuzeyman has been working in the field of immigration law since 1999. She has extensive experience in immigrant and non-immigrant visa matters and U.S. consular issues for large and small multinational corporate clients. For more than a decade, Ms. Hatton Kuzeyman has overseen U.S. immigration matters involving foreign investment and trade. During her tenure, she has also represented many employers and employees in a variety of industries to file petitions for extraordinary ability, outstanding researcher and multinational executive/manager. As a former Designated School Official for one of Virginia's largest public universities, she managed immigration and support services for thousands of international students, scholars, researchers and faculty. She also has experience as a successful manager of outbound (non-U.S.) visa work and foreign citizenship applications. Ms. Hatton Kuzeyman has spent significant time abroad living and working in Mexico, Costa Rica and Turkey.



  • Alumni Panelist for Spring Law Day at the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law, March 2015
  • Keynote Speaker, International Education Gala, Millersville University, April 2015-2016
  • Speaker on OPT/CPT, Millersville University, April 2016
  • Immigration Options Panelist, Salvadoran American Chamber of Commerce, Washington D.C., March 2018
  • Webinar Presentation: “Post-Completion OPT Options”, Millersville University, April 2018
  • Speaker, Webinar: The Unlawful Presence Memo: Impact on Students and Exchange Visitors, AILA D.C. Chapter, October 2018
  • Speaker, The Unlawful Presence Memo, OPT & CPT Options, Millersville University, November 2018
  • Moderator, Webinar: New Office L and E-1/E-2 visa applications, AILA D.C. Chapter, December 2018
  • Moderator, Webinar: How to Best Serve LGBTQI Immigrant Clients, AILA D.C. Chapter, April 2019

Honors and Awards

  • 56th Annual Conference of Bar Presidents and the Annual Young Lawyers Summit in Wilmington, Delaware, 2015
  • Legal Writing Award, Charlotte School of Law, 2009-2010

Published Works

  • Five Common Mistakes F-1 Students Should Avoid, August 2013
  • Making It Happen: Internships for F-1 Students Using Curricular Practical Training (CPT), October 2013
  • The Basics of Optional Practical Training (OPT), November 2013
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT): STEM Extension, December 2013
  • Global Talk – Is this a Business Visit to Canada?, March 2014
  • H-1B “Cap Gap” Protection, April 2014
  • O Canada! Our home and Native Land: Visiting Canada Just Isn’t the Same as It Used to Be for U.S. Citizens, July 2014
  • F-1 Student Visas and the Slippery Slope of an H-1B Visa Rejection, August 2014
  • Sharing Immigration Ideals and Human Capital with our Canadian Friends, January 2015
  • In Brief: What is the Visa Waiver Program & What does the H.R. 158 bill propose?, December 2015
  • F-1 STUDENT VISA UPDATE – STEM OPT, October 2015
  • Revised Procedures for Determining Visa Availability for Applicants Waiting to File for Adjustment of Status, September 2015
  • Back to the basics - obtaining U.S. Permanent Residence, August 2015

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland, 2014


  • University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 2013
    • Honors: Cum Laude
  • Millersville University, Millersville, Pennsylvania
    • B.S. (Cum Laude) - 1999
    • Major: International Studies and Spanish
  • Arcadia University
    • M.A. - 2004
    • Major: International Peace & Conflict Resolution

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), 2012 - Present
  • AILA Washington D.C. Chapter Professional Development Committee, 2018 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association, 2013 - Present
  • Woman's Bar Association of Maryland, 2014 - Present

Areas of Practice

  • Immigration

Past Employment Positions

  • Trow & Rahal P.C., Associate Attorney, 2012 - 2016


  • Spanish

Pro Bono Activities

  • Community Development Law Clinic (UDC), 2012
  • Government Accountability Law Clinic (UDC), 2013
  • Pro bono Committee of Woman’s Bar Association of Maryland, 2014 - 2016
  • AILA outreach to Eastern Shore (Maryland), 2015
  • Ayuda, a nonprofit providing legal, social, and language services to transform the lives of thousands of vulnerable immigrants in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia, 2017 - 2019