Tara Veerathanongdech (Vee-rah-thaw-nong-deck)

Tara practices in all areas of U.S. Immigration law and has over a decade of experience representing clients in both employment and family-based immigration matters.

In the employment-based setting, Tara represents a broad range of clients, from start-ups to large multinational corporations in all aspects of corporate immigration law, including non-immigrant visas and permanent residence. Tara assists employers in identifying immigration strategies for new hires and valuable employees, and regularly counsels human resource professionals regarding workplace compliance. Tara has represented clients spanning a wide range of industries including technology, computer software, finance, education, healthcare, non-profit, fashion, marketing, interior design and architecture.

Tara also assists individuals and families from around the world with family-based immigration, including petitions for family members, Marriage to U.S. Citizen cases, K-1 fiancé(e) visas and Citizenship applications. Tara thoroughly prepares her clients and regularly represents them at Marriage to U.S. Citizen, Marriage Fraud and Naturalization interviews before San Francisco USCIS and other local USCIS offices.

Prior to founding Veera Law, Tara practiced immigration law for 7 years at a prominent immigration law firm in San Francisco, where she gained extensive knowledge and experience in both employment and family-based immigration. Tara has also worked at various non-profit organizations serving low-income immigrant communities, a boutique immigration law firm in Colorado specializing in family-based immigration and clerked at the U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration, in San Francisco.

Tara’s commitment to the immigrant community stems from growing up in a family of immigrants from around the world. Tara’s mother, father and step-father immigrated to the U.S. from Cuba, Thailand and Ireland, respectively, and growing up she witnessed many family members struggle to navigate the complexities of the U.S. Immigration system. This inspired Tara to pursue a profession where she could help to reunite families and help deserving people pursue a better life. Tara understands the struggles immigrants face, and is committed to helping these individuals navigate what is often a stressful and confusing process.

Tara is dedicated to giving back to the immigrant community and has volunteered at Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal), a non-profit organization in San Francisco. At BayLegal, Tara assisted low-income immigrants who were victims of crimes in preparing VAWA self-petitions and U-Visa petitions.

Tara obtained her Juris Doctorate from the University of Colorado Law School in 2008, where she served as an Associate Editor of the University of Colorado Law Review. Tara is currently an active member of the California State Bar and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).