Gina Sales-Cengiz

Supervising Attorney, Pearl Law Group

Gina brings more than a decade of experience in business immigration to Pearl Law Group, having served as a senior paralegal for leading immigration law firms before dedicating herself to law school. Gina is experienced in handling all types of non-immigrant and immigrant visa petitions and applications, and in supervising case assignments, production, document review, and status reporting. Gina enjoys building strong and sustainable relationships with global mobility teams through annual town hall forums and quarterly onsite presentations to HR professionals, managers, recruiters, and foreign nationals. As a respected leader in corporate immigration, Gina also frequently speaks at industry events. She recently presented with a webcast with The Knowledge Group titled A Comprehensive Guide to ICE I-9 Audits: What Employers Need to Know and Do.

While in law school, Gina worked as a legal intern/clerk for two nonprofit community service agencies. She also served as a legal intern for the Executive Office for Immigration Review of the San Francisco Immigration Court. For her outstanding achievements, Gina received the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Immigration Law from Golden Gate University.

Connection to Immigration

My father is a U.S. citizen born abroad; my mother immigrated to the U.S. in her late teens; and my husband came to the U.S. as an F-1 student. I was born in San Francisco, one of the first sanctuary cities in the nation and home to a large immigrant population. I can’t help but be connected to immigration!

Who’s Who Corporate Immigration: 2019
Rising Stars Honoree, Super Lawyers: 2018 & 2019

Education

J.D., Golden Gate University School of Law
B.A., University of California, Davis (Sociology)
Worldwide ERC – Global Mobility Specialist (GMS)

What is a fun fact about you?

I still have my very first passport. It was issued when I was 7 months old, and I haven’t stopped traveling since!

Languages

English

My Family's Journey

Philippines Spain Turkey