Kehrela M. Hodkinson

Kehrela M. Hodkinson

Principal/Immigration Lawyer

Main: 44 (0) 20 7299 2490
Fax: 44 (0) 20 7299 2499


Since 1994, Ms. Hodkinson has exclusively practiced U.S. immigration law in London. She represents a broad range of corporate and individual clients in connection with nonimmigrant visa matters, immigrant visa petitions (including E-2 visas), extraordinary ability petitions and family-based immigrant petitions. She also provides advice relating to maintaining permanent resident status and expatriation issues.

Career Highlights

  • Ms. Hodkinson established her first law office in Los Angeles, California in 1982, where her practice concentrated on nonimmigrant visas, employment and family-based immigration matters.
  • She established a second law office in San Francisco, California, in 1987, where she concentrated in temporary and permanent visas for business personnel and family-based immigration.

Representative Matters

  • Often testifies before U.K. courts with respect to U.S. immigration ramifications related to child custody matters and issues regarding treaty investor/treaty trader status.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founding member, Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers. ABIL, which is comprised of 19 of the top U.S. business immigration law firms, has over 140 attorneys devoted to business immigration in 21 major U.S. cities, plus Cologne, Hong Kong, London, Monterrey, Mumbai, Shanghai, Tokyo, Toronto and Vancouver.
  • Multiple leadership roles in the American Immigration Lawyers Association, including:
    • 2010-2011 Department of State Liaison Committee
    • 2010-2011 Distance Learning Committee
    • 2009-2010 Midyear Conference Committee
    • 2009-2010 Department of State Liaison Committee
    • 2008-2009 Chair Rome District Chapter
    • 2007-2008 Interim Chair Rome District Chapter
  • Nominated by peers to the International Who’s Who of Business Immigration Lawyers.
  • American Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • American Women Lawyers in London
  • Society of English and American Lawyers

Speaking Engagements

Ms. Hodkinson is a frequent speaker on immigration and visa topics at professional conferences regarding U.S. visa processing in London, the United States, and other countries. Recent speeches include:

"Waivers around the World" American Immigration Lawyers Association, Washington DC, July 2010

"Stuck Outside: Consular and CBP JAMS in the Revolving Door" American Immigration Lawyers Association, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, January 2010

American Immigration Lawyers Association, Rome District Chapter Autumn Conference, London November 2009

"Investors and Entrepreneurs," International Bar Association, London, UK, November 2009

"Family Immigration Law," Immigration Lawyers on the Web, September 2009

"At the Casino with L-1s and Other Gamblers," American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV, June 2009

"The Ice Office of International Affairs in Rome, Italy - Overseas Immigration Enforcement: Current Issues"
"Managing a Consular Section – Resources, Regulations and Relationships"
American Immigration Lawyers Association, Rome District Chapter Spring Conference, Tel Aviv– Moderator, April 2009

"Consular Practice Workshop for Business Visas," American Immigration Lawyers Association, California Chapters Conference, November 2008

"J-1 consular processing," American Immigration Law Foundation telephone Seminar. October 2008

"E-1 and E-2 Visas: How to Avoid Being Intimidated by Obscure Terminology and Cumbersome Procedures and Maintain a Satisfying E Visa Practice," Immigration Lawyers on the Web, October 2008

"Consular Processing/Embassy Update," American Immigration Lawyers Association, Rome District Chapter Autumn Conference Moderator, October 2008

"Latest in Consular Processing," Immigration Lawyers on the Web telephone Seminar May 2008

American Immigration Lawyers Association, Rome District Chapter Spring Conference, Istanbul, April 2008

"An American in London – Living Between Two Cultures," Firm Elite, February 2008


  • "Preparing your clients for their nonimmigrant visa interview," by Hodkinson, Kehrela and Nobel, Sharon, a chapter in the book "The Consular Practice Handbook," published by The American Immigration Lawyers Assocation, 2010-2011.
  • "Waivers Around the World: Practice Tips for Inadmissibility Determinations at U.S. Consular Posts and Waiver Adjudication at USCIS International Offices," by Andrew J. Stevenson, Kehrela Hodkinson, and Maria Lianides. AILA, June 2010.
  • "E-1/E-2 Visas – An Overview of the London Treaty Visa Office," The Visa Processing Guide and Consular Posts Handbook," 2006-2007 Edition, American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • "Visa Processing in London", The Visa Processing Guide and Consular Posts Handbook, 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 Editions, American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Bar Admissions

California State Bar, 1980


JD Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (1980)
BA in Psychology from University of California Los Angeles (1974)
MA in Educational Psychology from California State University, Northridge (1976)

U.S. immigration attorneys at Hodkinson Law Group, based in London, England, UK, help individuals and corporate investors apply for a US visa. Our U.S. immigration lawyers assist with E2 visa applications (E-2 visas), EB5 immigration (including EB-5 US visas and EB5 green cards), nonimmigrant visa petitions, U.S. citizenship, work permits, naturalization, permanent residency, and expatriation issues. Contact a US immigration lawyer at our London office today.