L. Batya Schwartz Ehrens


L. Batya Schwartz EhrensL. Batya Schwartz Ehrens is an immigration attorney practicing in New York City, specializing in employment-based immigration. She advises large and small corporations on visa strategies and immigration compliance. She also represents investors, executives, and artists seeking green cards and visas.

Ms. Schwartz Ehrens has authored articles and spoken before immigration attorneys as well as corporations on a wide range of specialized topics including employment-based immigration options, E-Verify, and I-9 Compliance. In 2009, she co-edited Immigration Compliance Book, a reference book on all aspects of work site enforcement and E-Verify.

Ms. Schwartz Ehrens currently serves as the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) New York Chapter New Members Division co-chair, and is a member of the Corporate Practice committee. An active voice for immigrant rights, she has also published articles on grassroots advocacy.

She began her immigration career as a volunteer with HIAS, eventually serving as the chair of the HIAS Young Leaders New York Chapter Education and Advocacy committee, and the New York Chapter co-chair. Ms. Schwartz Ehrens was named an AILA Pro-Bono benefactor and was selected as a ChangeMaker by Inside the Activist Studio for her contributions to immigrant and refugee communities. She received a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Emory University (1999), and both a Juris Doctorate (2003) and MBA (2004) from The American University.