Attorney Profile

Melissa Chavin is an attorney at law and the sole practitioner at Chavin Immigration Law Office, located in London.

She is an active member of the state bars of New York and Connecticut. She is also a member of the Texas bar.

She is an active member of both the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the EMEA Chapter of AILA (AILA RDC EMEA). She is a current member of the AILA national Ethics Committee (2013-2018).   She speaks regularly on attorney ethics and practice management for immigration lawyers, including a panel at the AILA Annual Conference in New Orleans in June 2017. She was an organizer for the Fall Conference in Amsterdam October 2016 and spoke on the E Visas (Treaty Trader/ Investor) panel and spoke on the non-immigrant visa application Form DS-160 in Brussels, Belgium at the Spring Conference May 2017. A long standing member of the Chicago chapter of AILA, she chaired the Ethics & Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee from 2009 to 2012, and presented in March 2017 on unauthorized practice of Law in Chicago at the AILA Midwest Regional Conference.

She previously practiced corporate law in New York City and San Antonio, Texas at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP.

Prior to that she practiced corporate and real estate law at Clifford Chance, the London based Magic Circle firm in Moscow, Russia.

She graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1994 (JD).

She finished bachelor and master degrees in Russian Literature and Language (MA) and Russian Language and Civilization (BA) from the University of Pennsylvania in 1990.

She is fluent in Russian and reads French. She has a working usage of German.

Attorney Profile

Steven D. Heller, highly regarded US immigration lawyer in the UK, is Of Counsel and directs SDH US Immigration Law Ltd. 

US Embassy in London Construction Wandsworth

Mr. Heller focuses on inadmissibility and waivers for immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, as well as citizenship and other matters arising under the US Immigration and Nationality Act.  Mr. Heller has over 20 years of US immigration law experience, including positions with nonprofits, law firms, and the USCIS in New York, Washington DC, and London. 1991 JD Georgetown University Law Center. New York licensed. Member AILA (EMEA and NY chapters) and New York City Bar Association.

Photo: Looking forward August 2016: Attorneys Steven D. Heller and Melissa Chavin visit the London US Embassy’s future location.

Pleased Clients

London professional, Moving to San Francisco (United Kingdom)

“Melissa assisted me with getting a spousal visa and did a fantastic job. She was very thorough reviewing my documents and gave great advice. She also suggested a few extra documents to bring to the interview at the embassy which were not included on their Required Documents list, which were in fact asked for! Would not have the visa without her assistance.

Highly recommended.” July 17, 2017

Military Spouse, US Army (Germany)

“Ms. Chavin greatly helped me get through a tough situation regarding my immigration status. She made everything simple and explained the necessary steps I had to take in order to obtain my visa. She assisted in every step and answered every question I had, no matter how small. She was amazing and I recommend her for whatever immigration needs people might have.” October 10, 2015

Owner, Web Design Company (Texas)

“I was getting married and needed help with my semi-complex Canada – US immigration process. Melissa was exceptionally helpful, knowledgeable and friendly throughout the entire process. She prepared a veritably bullet-proof claim for my wife and I which resulted in what was likely one of the smoothest final interviews in the history of US immigration. We were very pleased. I truly doubt we could have had this happen without Melissa’s detailed preparation of our application. I highly recommend her firm’s services for anyone seeking peace of mind during their immigration. Great Results, Good Value, High Integrity” February 22, 2011.

Tech Business CEO (New Jersey)

“Great service at reasonable cost: [That says] it all. I strongly recommend [Melissa Chavin] to any business that has immigration issues. She did two assignments: in one my company needed to find a way to legally bring a person to work for us, and the second was to get a visa for a person already in the country. Both times we were successful.” Spring, 2009.

Employee of Fortune 500 High Tech Company (California)

“Melissa is very professional, deeply knowledgeable in expertise, and very empathetic. Her service is excellent at an affordable and reasonable price. Personable, expert, good value.” May 8, 2009.

Private Equity Fund Manager (Illinois)

“Great immigration advice. Recommend Melissa! Knowledgeable and trustworthy, she will make time to listen to you and will come up with great solutions tailored to your particular situation. Would definitely use her again. [She] kept me informed.” Fall, 2008.

Researcher, Pharmaceutical Fortune 500 Company (Illinois)

“Melissa is an extremely knowledgeable and helpful attorney, and most importantly, a great communicator…which is very important for an attorney. I have consulted her regarding a difficult immigration issue and she very clearly outlined possible solutions, which was very helpful. Her Russian is impeccable, which really helps, as slight subtleties in translation can change the background in an immigration case. She has an extremely pleasant and friendly personality…I have never met a lawyer so friendly and helpful before – I would highly recommend Melissa if you have an immigration question or a problem.” July 22, 2008.


Business Brokerage

Melissa Chavin, Business & Investment Immigration Attorney, is recommended by the professional business brokers at Sunbelt Investment Brokers, specializing in the sale of privately held businesses of all sizes.

She is also recommended by Norman Fineman at United Realty Group who works with UK residents to buy and finance homes and businesses in South Florida.