Nadia Zaidi, Immigration Lawyer
Almost 15 years have passed since my very first job out of college at one of the oldest department stores in the country, Lord & Taylor. After a couple of years on the store side, I landed an opportunity in the Corporate Office as an allocation analyst (a fancy title for planning the inventory flow so a buyer can make better decisions for the stores).
It is in this role that I met the gorgeous, authentic, kind and extremely funny Lady Boss Mama feature - Nadia Zaidi (formerly known as Nadia Jafri). Nadia and I became fast friends, bonding over things like good food, coffee, and fashion (of course)!
After a couple of years sitting next to each other in the same cubicle, our paths went different ways and sadly, we lost touch.
Until recently when Nadia's name surprisingly popped up in my inbox! As I read the email, I was impressed to learn about her life over the last few years and how she discovered her passion leading her own immigration practice, Roam Immigration, servicing professionals in creative fields, businesses (especially start ups) as well as families. A big change from our days in the retail industry crunching numbers!
Around her demanding job, Nadia challenges herself to stay balanced by spending time with her family and friends. She is married and has two daughters.
Given the frustrations and sadness around immigration since the Trump administration has been in place, I was excited to talk with Nadia about her job - and what perfect time to speak with her given this month's theme is focused on HOPE!
Personally, as a wife that has a child with a man who is from Finland, I worry how these immigration laws may one day impact our own family. I have seen so many heartbreaking stories in the news about families being separated, that it warms me to be able to share Nadia's story with all you Lady Boss Mamas out there! Maybe you are reading this story and you need to hire someone just like Nadia but don't know where to go or who to trust! I hope you will reach out to Nadia!
what to you attribute to your passion for immigration?
I was born in the United States and grew up in the U.S., the Middle East and South Asia. My passion for immigration attributes to my time traveling and living in different parts of the world and calling different countries her “home.”
As a first generation American, the narratives surrounding migration and immigrants resonated with me from early on in my legal career. While building my professional resume, I focused on gaining expertise in the field of immigration law.
Now with the establishment of my own private practice, my aim is to pass on my expertise in this specialized area of law to my clients. Individuals who want to roam and those who want to call this country home.
Even though I live in New York City, I can provide immigration legal support to companies, organizations and individuals around the country and the world.
In a few words describe what you love best about your job?
I love helping people find a way to pursue their dream of living/working in the US.
How would your ideal customer feel about your brand?
They would feel very secure that they are in good hands.
How would your brand smell?
Tough to pinpoint this for a law practice! Let's go with sandalwood
How would you describe the look of your brand?
Central park in spring. Favorite NYC haunts. All things that inspire young professionals.
How would your brand taste and why?
Bittersweet. Immigrants often feel displaced - A complex chain of events has led them to where they are.
How would your brand sound?
Icelandic music, some Sufi Qawalli and some British pop :)
What 2-3 tips would you give to other lady bosses?
- Do what feels good and natural
- Don't lose sight of your relationships with clients - provide high level, individualized services
- Don't be afraid to take on new, challenging tasks (or cases) - if it feels like a cause worth the initial discomfort, go for it! But only if it feels right and your intuition is pointing to it
What is your definition of hope?
Hope to me is a feeling of peace - that all is well and will be well.
Describe one family you have helped where you could see and feel the hope it created for them!
I help a number of creative professionals, some very young and talented. Once they secure their visa, their excitement, creativity and potential soars. It is truly rewarding!
If you had one hope for your own family right now - what would it be?
To enjoy this moment and not want for anything more!
What question would you ask me about hope?
Nadia: I'd love to know your definition of hope!
Laura: I would say that hope is a deep profound feeling that the universe has my back and that when the timing is right it will be all sorted out. As a result, I have been practicing 3 things: letting go of trying to control everything and trusting the process (very hard for this type A woman), living more in the moment and being grateful for all I have in front of me!
Thank you Nadia for taking the time to share your story and for the work you do to give people the chance to roam the world. When we travel, we realize we are one in the same, just with different circumstances. Travel changes us and our perspectives and enables a greater chance for peace.