Alicia R. DiBacco
Alicia is a dedicated immigration attorney with a diverse professional background. She began her career practicing immigration law in New York City and developed extensive knowledge in employment-based immigration. She has spent over ten years advising and working with multinational companies, small employers and individuals to achieve their immigration goals. Her forte is writing and presenting voluminous petitions in a concise and compelling manner to the immigration authorities. She loves advocating for and presenting her client’s story whether it’s establishing a new business venture, demonstrating extraordinary professional accomplishments, or describing hardship situations for waivers. She thrives on challenging and unusual cases!
An avid traveler, Alicia has journeyed to all seven continents, and has studied, worked, volunteered and traveled extensively in Latin America. Some of her most interesting experiences include teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, studying Hatha yoga in Kerala, India, and translating legal reports on human rights in Mexico City. Chances are Alicia has spent time in a client’s country enabling her to relate to and understand their backgrounds and demands from a different perspective. Let her first-hand familiarity and multi-cultural awareness of the world’s countries better serve you.
Alicia’s experience and knowledge covers a range of immigration matters including:
- Immigrant Preference Petitions and Nonimmigrant intracompany transfers for Multinational companies
- Immigrant and Nonimmigrant (O-1) extraordinary ability petitions in the sciences, arts, business, and athletics
- Immigration and business strategy for investors, entrepreneurs and small companies
- Employer Immigration Compliance programs – best practices for I-9 employment verification procedures and record keeping, H-1B notice requirements and public access records, IRCA anti-discrimination provisions
- Advising on possible loss or abandonment of permanent resident status
- U.S. naturalization and dual citizenship and derivative citizenship
- Family-based immigration including waivers on applications to remove conditions on residence
Other Professional Experience
In addition to the law, Alicia has experience in the financial services industry. She was a compliance officer and held FINRA 7, 24, and 63 licenses. She worked with financial and investment professionals in Asset Management, Brokerage, Wealth Management, and Corporate Trust on internal audits, KYC due diligence, AML safeguards, federal reporting requirements, and corporate compliance policies.
Alicia also held an intelligence position with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Washington, DC where she studied and wrote assessments on migration patterns to the United States, global visa free travel policies, and credible fear protections at U.S. land borders. During her tenure at DHS, she spent time at the Human Smuggling and Trafficking Center (HSTC) analyzing transnational criminal networks.
Pro bono work and volunteer service have always been important to Alicia. She has provided pro bono representation to victims of domestic violence on immigration VAWA petitions and in divorce actions in New York. This pro bono work fostered a long-term commitment to fighting domestic violence. She completed over 40 hours of training with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence to become a Domestic Violence Advocate. Alicia has volunteer at organizations in Guatemala, Mexico, and Pennsylvania working on issues related to human trafficking, human rights issues, domestic violence awareness, and U.S. refugee services and immigration. She currently serves on the Board of the Multicultural Community Resource Center (MCRC) of Erie.