Carla Villar

Senior Manager, Senior Associate Attorney

Carla is a senior manager and associate lawyer with EY Law LLP. She practices exclusively in the field of US immigration and nationality law, and has in-depth knowledge of US business immigration law and practice, including temporary work and business visas, permanent residence and citizenship, as well as various policy and compliance matters.

As an experienced attorney, and with EY Law LLP since 2017, Carla leads high-performing teams and oversees the provision of US business immigration services to corporate clients on a wide range of matters. She has provided advice and immigration services to companies ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies, and has provided immigration counsel to clients across a range of sectors, including retail, engineering, agriculture, education and information technology.

She has also advised corporate clients on complex immigration strategies that result from corporate restructuring, including mergers, acquisitions and reductions in force; the impact to talent acquisition and retention; and US immigration compliance, including I-9 and Department of Labor compliance. Her breadth of knowledge of US immigration law has benefited companies looking to expand into the US market in new ways and those seeking greater efficiencies in their established programs.


Prior to joining EY Law LLP, Carla was previously an in-house counsel for more than eight years at a large software plus services company, where she provided business immigration advice to staffing, HR, managers and employees, and managed cases and compliance for a major division of the company. She also has prior experience in boutique business immigration law firms in Maryland, with a focus on small to mid-sized companies.


Carla received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural History and Environmental Impact from the University of Alabama and her Juris Doctorate from Washington and Lee University School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in the United States and is a registered Practitioner of Foreign Law with the Law Society of British Columbia. She is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Maryland State Bar and the Washington State Bar.