Kehrela Hodkinson

Kehrela Hodkinson, U.S. Immigration Lawyer in LondonKehrela M. Hodkinson
Principal/Immigration Lawyer

Main: 44 (0) 20 7299 2490
Fax: 44 (0) 20 7299 2499
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Since 1994, Mrs. Hodkinson has exclusively practiced U.S. immigration law in London. She represents a broad range of corporate and individual clients in connection with temporary (non-immigrant) visas and both employment and family-based permanent (immigrant) visa petitions.

She also provides advice relating to complex issues of waivers on grounds of inadmissibility, maintenance and abandonment of permanent resident status, and renunciation (expatriation) of U.S. citizenship.

Mrs. Hodkinson is recognized by International Who’s Who Legal as one of the “most highly regarded individuals” in Corporate Immigration law for 2011. According to Who’s Who:

The US immigration practice of Kehrela Hodkinson at Hodkinson Law Group is “second to none” in the eyes of admiring interviewees. She is praised for her work on behalf of corporate and individual clients across the full spectrum of corporate immigration matters, and her counsel on maintaining permanent resident status and expatriation is much in demand.

Prior to moving to the United Kingdom, Mrs. Hodkinson established two practices in California. She opened her first law office in Los Angeles, California in 1982, where her practice concentrated on non-immigrant visas, employment and family-based immigrant visa matters. In 1987, she established a second law office in San Francisco, where she concentrated in temporary and permanent visas for business personnel and family-based immigration. She is a US/UK dual national.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founding member, Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers. ABIL, which is comprised of 19 of the top U.S. business immigration law firms, has over 140 attorneys devoted to business immigration in 21 major U.S. cities, plus Cologne, Hong Kong, London, Monterrey, Mumbai, Shanghai, Tokyo, Toronto and Vancouver. Founding member and first Chair of Rome District Chapter of American Immigration Lawyers Association.
  • Multiple leadership roles in the American Immigration Lawyers Association, including:
    • 2011-2012 B-1 in lieu of H-1 Task Force
    • 2011-2012 Department of State Liaison Committee
    • 2011-2012 Military Assistance Program Task Force
    • 2011-2012 Rome District Chapter Pro Bono Committee Chair
    • 2010-2011 Department of State Liaison Committee
    • 2010-2011 Distance Learning Committee
    • 2010-2011 Rome District Chapter Pro Bono Committee Chair
    • 2009-2010 Midyear Conference Committee
    • 2009-2010 Department of State Liaison Committee
    • 2008-2009 Chair Rome District Chapter
    • 2007-2008 Interim Chair Rome District Chapter
  • American Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • American Women Lawyers in London
  • Society of English and American Lawyers
  • Nominated by peers to the International Who’s Who of Business Immigration Lawyers

Speaking Engagements

Mrs. Hodkinson is a frequent speaker on immigration and visa topics at professional conferences regarding U.S. visa processing in London, the United States, and other countries. Her speeches include:

“Investors and Entrepreneurs,” International Bar Association, Immigration Section Conference, London, United Kingdom, September 2011

Discussion Leader “Consular Processing” at Global Mobility Interest Group, American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, June 2011

“Consular Processing: Worldwide Hotspots,” American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, June 2011

“Department of State Roundtable,” American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA June 2011

Discussion Leader “Immigration Issues Related to the Military,” American Immigration Lawyers Association Rome District Chapter Spring Conference in Frankfurt, Germany, May 2011

“Where to go after Consular Denials” audio seminar, American Immigration Lawyers Association, February 24, 2011

“EB-5 and E-2s in a Down Economy,” American Immigration Lawyers Association, Puerto Vallarta, January 2011

“Nonimmigrant Inadmissibility and Waivers to the US,” American Immigration Lawyers Association, Paris, France, October 2010

“Waivers around the World,” American Immigration Lawyers Association, Washington DC, July 2010

“Stuck Outside: Consular and CBP JAMS in the Revolving Door,” American Immigration Lawyers Association, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, January 2010

American Immigration Lawyers Association, Rome District Chapter Autumn Conference, London November 2009

“Investors and Entrepreneurs,” International Bar Association, London, UK, November 2009

“Family Immigration Law,” Immigration Lawyers on the Web, September 2009

“At the Casino with L-1s and Other Gamblers,” American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV, June 2009

“The Ice Office of International Affairs in Rome, Italy – Overseas Immigration Enforcement: Current Issues” and
“Managing a Consular Section – Resources, Regulations and Relationships”
American Immigration Lawyers Association, Rome District Chapter Spring Conference, Tel Aviv– Moderator, April 2009

“Consular Practice Workshop for Business Visas,” American Immigration Lawyers Association, California Chapters Conference, November 2008

“J-1 consular processing,” American Immigration Law Foundation telephone Seminar, October 2008

“E-1 and E-2 Visas: How to Avoid Being Intimidated by Obscure Terminology and Cumbersome Procedures and Maintain a Satisfying E Visa Practice,” Immigration Lawyers on the Web, October 2008

“Consular Processing/Embassy Update,” American Immigration Lawyers Association, Rome District Chapter Autumn Conference Moderator, October 2008

“Latest in Consular Processing,” Immigration Lawyers on the Web telephone Seminar, May 2008

American Immigration Lawyers Association, Rome District Chapter Spring Conference, Istanbul, April 2008

“An American in London – Living Between Two Cultures,” Firm Elite, February 2008

Publications

  • “An Introduction to Waivers A-Z,” by Hodkinson, Kehrela and Noble, Sharon, a chapter in the book Waivers, published by American Immigration Lawyers Association 2011
  • “Preparing your clients for their non-immigrant visa interview,” by Hodkinson, Kehrela and Noble, Sharon, a chapter in the book “The Consular Practice Handbook,” published by The American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2010-2011.
  • “Waivers Around the World: Practice Tips for Inadmissibility Determinations at U.S. Consular Posts and Waiver Adjudication at USCIS International Offices,” by Andrew J. Stevenson, Kehrela Hodkinson, and Maria Lianides. AILA, June 2010.
  • “E-1/E-2 Visas – An Overview of the London Treaty Visa Office,” The Visa Processing Guide and Consular Posts Handbook,” 2006-2007 Edition, American Immigration Lawyers Association.
  • “Visa Processing in London,” The Visa Processing Guide and Consular Posts Handbook, 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 Editions, American Immigration Lawyers Association.
  • “Nuts and Bolts of Consular Processing for Artists, Entertainers, and Athletes,” Immigration Options for Artists and Entertainers, 2007.

Bar Admissions

California State Bar, 1980

Education

JD Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (1980)

BA in Psychology from University of California Los Angeles (1974)

MA in Educational Psychology from California State University, Northridge (1976)