Melissa Manna

Immigration Practice Group Writer Raleigh

Melissa Manna is an Immigration Practice Group Writer. Her primary focus is writing and editing legal articles relating to immigration for the firm’s online and print publications, websites, and newsletters.

Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Melissa spent 9 years as in-house counsel at TowerCo, one of the largest independent wireless tower companies in the U.S., representing the company in all aspects of commercial real estate. During that time she managed due diligence, advised and implemented risk management solutions, and closed transactions valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Before TowerCo, she was an attorney with Alan Gordon Immigration and Naturalization Law in Charlotte, NC, representing large and small companies, investors, entrepreneurs, and families in all stages of the immigration process. She regularly appeared before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to advocate on behalf of clients, as well as the EOIR Immigration Court in Atlanta to defend clients against removal and deportation.

Melissa received her J.D. from Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law and her B.A. in Journalism from The College of New Jersey. She is licensed by the North Carolina Bar.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • North Carolina Bar Association


Published Works


Our Insights

E-Verify Suspended Due to the Government Shutdown

January 11, 2019

What To Expect in the Event of a Government Shutdown: An Immigration Perspective

December 21, 2018

H-2B Visas in High Demand for Fiscal Year 2019

December 19, 2018

Pack Your Bags and Your Documents—Holiday Travel Tips for Foreign Nationals

December 18, 2018

CBP Encourages Travelers to Apply for ESTA 72 Hours Before Travel

December 17, 2018

DHS Proposes H-1B Registration System and Creates Uncertainty Heading Into Cap Season

December 06, 2018

USCIS Indicates Changes to Advance Parole Policy

November 26, 2018

Déjà Vu—President Trump’s New Asylum Rule Raises Questions About Presidential Authority Similar to the Travel Ban

November 21, 2018

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of DACA

November 12, 2018

DHS Temporarily Extends Validity of TPS-Related Documents for Sudanese and Nicaraguan TPS Beneficiaries

November 08, 2018

Navigating Canada’s New Cannabis Law—Don’t Let an Employee’s Immigration Status Go Up in Smoke

November 01, 2018

DHS Releases Ambitious 2018 Regulatory Agenda

October 25, 2018

NAFTA May Have a New Name, but Visa Provisions Are Largely the Same

October 04, 2018

Employment-Based Petitions Exempt (at Least for Now) Under New NTA Policy

September 28, 2018

Immigration Policy Changes Leave Employers Wishing USCIS Took a Summer Vacation

September 20, 2018

CEOs Say Recent Policy Shifts by USCIS Undermine Economic Growth and Disrupt Business Operations

August 29, 2018

USCIS Expands Premium Processing Suspension for H-1B Petitions

August 29, 2018

DHS Reaffirms Commitment to Rescind H-4 Work Authorization

August 27, 2018

USCIS Reverses Course, Allows STEM OPT Students to Work at Third-Party Sites

August 23, 2018

USCIS Revises Guidance on Unlawful Presence Policy Focused on Students

August 15, 2018

Judge Orders Reinstatement of DACA Pending 20-Day Hold

August 09, 2018

USCIS Delays Implementation of New Notice to Appear Policy

August 03, 2018

Data Confirms Significant Uptick in H-1B and L-1 RFEs and Denials

August 03, 2018

ICE Ramps Up Worksite Enforcement Efforts: 6 FAQs on the Audit Process

August 02, 2018

Temporary Protected Status Extended for Somalia

July 25, 2018

USCIS Adjudicators Given the Go-Ahead to Deny Cases Without First Issuing a Request for Evidence

July 18, 2018

Federal Judge Determines that California’s Immigration Law Goes Too Far

July 16, 2018

Recent USCIS Changes Put Visa Applicants at Greater Risk of Deportation if Visas Denied

July 12, 2018

DHS Extends TPS for Yemen

July 09, 2018

Supreme Court Preserves Trump Travel Ban in Nod to Presidential Authority

June 28, 2018

TPS Reregistration Period Is Now Open for Honduras

June 11, 2018

United States Expected to Limit Visas to Certain Chinese Citizens

June 11, 2018

Ecuador’s Termination of Bilateral Investment Treaty With the United States Impacts E-2 Visa Holders

May 31, 2018

TPS Reregistration Period Is Now Open for Nepali TPS Beneficiaries

May 24, 2018

ICE Doubles Worksite Enforcement Investigations

May 22, 2018

USCIS and DOJ Partner to Share Data in an Effort to Protect U.S. Workers

May 16, 2018

USCIS Changes Policy on Accrual of Unlawful Presence for Nonimmigrant Students and Exchange Visitors

May 14, 2018

Department of Homeland Security Ends TPS for Honduras

May 09, 2018

DHS Moves One Step Closer to Rescinding International Entrepreneur Rule

May 08, 2018

Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument on Travel Ban

April 26, 2018