Gihan Thomas is a California State Bar Certified Specialist in Immigration & Nationality Law. She has obtained her bachelor degree in English and American Literature from Alexandria University. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree from University of West Los Angeles in 1998. She has been practicing law for the past twenty five (25) years. Her practice focuses exclusively since her admission on US Immigration Law.
Attorney Thomas experience over the years focused on both immigrant and nonimmigrant visa. She has handled family petitions, fiancée visas, consular processing, labor certifications, business visas, investment visas and employment-based petitions.
Attorney Thomas has also represented thousands of immigrants before the Immigration Courts in filing asylums, cancellation of removals, suspension of deportation, adjustment of status and waivers for grounds of inadmissibility applications. She has also represented her clients before the Board of Immigration Appeals in filing appeals and motions to reopen. She is respected as a well talented aggressive litigator, highly experienced with asylum cases. Her depth knowledge of the immigration field has brought this green card attorney to impressive results for her clients over the years.
Attorney Thomas has argued many cases before the Firth Circuit, Ninth Circuit and Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and has a winning record in her federal appellate review cases. Viridiana v. Holder 646 F.3d 1230 (9th Cir. 2011) sets a record in tolling the statute of limitation for asylum seekers victimized by immigration consultants that resulted in their failure to meet the one year statutorily deadline; Sumolang v. Holder, 723 F.3d 1080 (9th Cir. 2013), which extended asylum to a parent based on the harm occurring solely to the child and Chandra v. Holder 751 F.3d 1034 (9th Cir. 2014), wherein the Court held that personal change circumstances may warrant a reopening of a removal order, as it relates to change country conditions and Djie v. Garland, 39 F 4th 280 (5th Cir. 2022) wherein the Court found that there is a numerical limitations on motions to reopen.
Attorney Thomas continues to argue cases at the Ninth Circuit. She was the Liaison on Federal Litigation with the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Southern California Chapter. She was selected as a Super Lawyer for Immigration and Nationality Law for the years 2015 through 2022.
She was also voted as Top Women Attorneys in Southern California for 2015 through 2022 by the Los Angeles Magazine.
- Board of Legal Specialization – State Bar of California – 2014
- State Bar of California – 1998
- Federal District Court – Central – 1998
- Third, Fifth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals
- American Immigration Lawyer’s Association
- Los Angeles County Bar Association
- American Bar Association
Awards and Certificates
- Super Lawyers – 2015 – 2022
- Top Women Attorney – 2015 – 2022 Los Angeles Magazine
Attorney Thomas appeared and continues to appear on several satellite stations such as LOGOS TV, Hope TV, C-SAT, and France 24, to discuss and answers questions and provides updates on US Immigration Laws.