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Kathleen M. Peregoy



Kathleen M. Peregoy is a highly accomplished immigration attorney in Connell Foley LLP's Corporate Immigration and Global Mobility practice. Prior to joining the firm, Kathleen was a partner at Dornbaum & Peregoy, where for the past 28 years, she focused her practice on immigration and nationality matters, particularly employment-based immigration and international transfers. She has been particularly successful in global mobility matters during the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in international travel bans imposed by the Administration, and Embassy/Consular office closures that prevented the transfer to the U.S. of professionals at all levels and all industries, which constrained U.S. employer operations for most of this period. During the pandemic, she has performed particularly complex work to secure national interest exceptions/waivers of the travel bans/visas for high-level executives in the food supply, pharmaceutical, and construction/infrastructure industries with noted achievements in securing entry for executives and managers responsible for COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing from U.S. Embassies/Consular offices worldwide.

On the domestic U.S. side, while significantly expanding the practice since joining Connell Foley, Kathleen concentrates her work in PERM Labor Certification, priority worker filings in the Extraordinary Ability, National Interest Waiver, Outstanding Researcher and Professor, and Corporate Transferee categories and other business classifications. She provides advice and consultation for numerous Fortune 500 and emerging technology companies in the following sectors: biotechnology, chemical, higher education, engineering (environmental/power), alternative energy, construction, financial services (accounting/auditing, insurance, and investment banks), health care, pharmaceuticals, information technology, telecommunications, and semiconductors. In each case, Kathleen assists employers with the domestic and international transfer of foreign personnel, including executives, managers, and other highly skilled professionals, and individuals of extraordinary and exceptional ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, and athletics.

Kathleen has lectured and published extensively on commercial and immigration law topics. In addition, she has been recognized by several well-respected publications for his accomplishments in the areas of global mobility and immigration law.

Kathleen is a past Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association's Immigration, Naturalization and Americanism Section. She has also been an active member of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation Co-Sponsorship Oversight Committee (Grants) since the 1990s, as well as the Committee Chair (Customs and Border Protection) for the New Jersey Chapter of AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association).

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Professional and Community Affiliations

  • New Jersey State Bar Association
    • Past Chair, Immigration, Naturalization and Americanism Section
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA ), New Jersey Chapter
    • Committee Chair (Customs and Border Protection)
  • New Jersey State Bar Foundation
    • Member, Co-Sponsorship Committee (Grant Programs and Administration) for 25+ years
  • American Bar Association
  • Berkley College
    • Member, New York/New Jersey Legal Studies Advisory Board (1999-present)
  • New Jersey Women Lawyers Association (NJWLA)
  • Pennsylvania State Bar Association
  • Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM)
    • Member and Regular Lecturer and Presenter, Garden State Chapter


For the past 28 years, Kathleen has lectured regularly in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania on complex immigration matters.

  • Co-presenter, "Diversity in Engineering: Navigating Immigration and Industry," Diversity Dialogue Newark College of Engineering and School of Computing, New Jersey Institute of Technology, (November 2023)
  • Co-presenter, "What Employers Should Know About the Updated Form I-9," (NJBIA) (October 2023)
  • Co-presenter, ”Ever-Changing Employment Terms and the Impact on Hiring Foreign National Employees." New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) (December 2022)
  • Moderator, “Annual Immigration Conference”
  • Speaker, “Identify H-1B Cap Candidates to Supplement Your Workforce With Qualified Professional Employees” (January 2022)
  • Speaker, "Overcoming Recruiting Challenges in the Post COVID-19 World," New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) webinar (December 2021)
  • Speaker, "What I Wish I Knew or that Someone Had Told Me!" New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) webinar (November 2021)
  • Speaker, "Global Talent Migration to the United States," Annual Conference and Expo Virtual Experience, GSC-SHRM (October 2021)
  • Speaker, Annual Immigration Conference, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) (2021)
  • Speaker, "2021 Business Immigration Update: The New Hiring Climate Under the Biden Administration," NJBIA Human Resource Council Meeting (February 2021)
  • Panelist, "Business for Breakfast Program: 2021 Employment Law Update and To-Do Checklist," Connell Foley LLP; Roseland, NJ (January 2021)
  • Moderator/Speaker, Semi Annual NJICLE Symposium on Advanced Immigration Issues, NJSBA and NJ AILA (2014 to Present)
  • Moderator/Speaker, American Immigration Lawyers Association; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2017; 2019)
  • Moderator/Speaker, Advanced Labor Certification Issues: "Advanced Immigration Issues for Attorneys, In-House Counsel, and Human Resource Personnel," New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE); Newark, NJ (November 2013-2007)
  • Speaker, "The Top Ten Things We Hate Most About PERM: SVP, Drafting Job Descriptions, Recruitment, and Frustration Galore!" AILA Philadelphia Chapter 2013 CLE Conference; Philadelphia, PA (March 2013)
  • Speaker, "Immigration Issues for Human Resource Representatives," SHRM (October 2012)
  • Moderator/Speaker, "Advanced Issues in Voluntary Compliance Models: Consistent Hiring Practices & Antidiscrimination Issues," 10th Annual Immigration Conference (NJICLE); Newark New Jersey; (March 2010)

News & Insights



Blog Posts


Chambers USA (2022-2024)

  • Immigration Law - New Jersey

Best Lawyers in America (2003-2024)

  • Immigration Law
  • "Women in the Law"

Martindale-Hubbell - Preeminent Lawyers 

  • The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers; Immigration law

Law Business Research, "Who’s Who Corporate Immigration"

New Jersey Super Lawyers (2022, 2023)

  • "Top Lawyers" – Immigration Law (Published in New Jersey Monthly Magazine)

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  • Hon. William G. Bischoff, PJAD, Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division


Temple University School of Law (J.D., Phi Alpha Delta, 1983)

Temple University (B.B.A., magna cum laude, Beta Gamma Sigma, 1980)


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