As a full service immigration law firm with decades of collective experience, Daryanani Law Group, PC (formerly Daryanani & Bland PC) provides a level of first class personal service tailored to the immigration requirements of foreign nationals and their employers.

Daryanani Law Group, PC is a boutique immigration law firm located in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. We work with clients in entertainment, fashion, the arts, design, and technology. We are a small but diverse firm dedicated to friendly and personal service. This blog covers US immigration law, immigrant rights, and all things immigration/immigrant-related (from films to books to restaurants and more). We also cover life and culture in New York City, where we live and work, and travel reports to all parts of the world.


Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Protima was raised in London and moved to the United States to attend Brown University. She received her J.D. from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta and is admitted to the State Bar of New York. Co-founder of the firm, she manages the practice and oversees the blog. Proficient in French and Italian, Protima also has a cursory understanding of Spanish, Hindi, and Sindhi. Protima is a British national who became a US citizen in 2012. She enjoys international travel and tennis (especially when Roger Federer is playing). >  All posts by Protima.

Joseph was born in Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Thomas Aquinas College in California. He worked as an immigration paralegal in New York City for many years, and joined Daryanani Law Group in 2010. He enjoys reading the short stories of Raymond Carver, riding his bike, and looking for good Mexican food in New York City and beyond. > All posts by Joseph.


Elizabeth obtained her bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College and her J.D. from the University of Connecticut School Of Law. She is admitted to practice law in New York and Connecticut. Elizabeth is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and a former Chair of the New York City Chapter's Executive Committee. She served on AILA’s National Texas Service Center Liaison Committee from 2014-2017, including as Vice-Chair of the committee in 2017. Outside of the office Elizabeth is an avid runner, having completed four New York City marathons. She has an ambition to visit every corner of the globe. > All posts by Elizabeth.

Carolyn Szaiff Alvarez originally joined the Daryanani Law Group following the completion of her bachelor's degree in American government at Wesleyan University. A native New Yorker, Carolyn was born to Hungarian immigrant parents. She is fluent in Hungarian, and has studied French and Spanish. Carolyn enjoys cooking, traveling, and photographing her dog Pumpkin. She attended the Michigan State University College of Law, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. As an attorney at the firm, she is admitted to practice in New York State. > All posts by Carolyn.

A native of Atlanta, Olivia attended New York University for her undergraduate degree, where she majored in history and received minors in creative writing and Irish studies. She received her J.D. cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law. Outside of the office, she enjoys watching movies, is a regular viewer of Jeopardy, and loves estate sales and flea markets. Olivia is currently an associate attorney at the firm, and is admitted to practice law in New York. > All posts by Olivia.

Matthew has been active in the fight for human and immigrant rights for many years, having worked with numerous activist and advocacy groups in New York, California, and overseas. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from New York University and his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law. He is admitted to the State Bar of New York. Matt has particular experience in deportation defense and evaluating the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. He is an Irish language enthusiast and also speaks Spanish, French, and German. > All posts by Matthew.