Mahsa Khanbabai

Of Counsel

Office: Boston

Direct: 413-221-6565

Fax: 617-843-6810

  • Professional Overview

    Attorney Mahsa Khanbabai has dedicated her legal career to immigration and naturalization issues, representing individual, nonprofit, educational and business clients. She assists clients with employment visas, family petitions, and citizenship applications, as well as other immigration related matters. A significant part of Mahsa's practice is devoted to assisting foreign dental students, international medical graduates with J-1 Waiver issues, as well as other employment related work visa matters.  Mahsa also serves as an expert to the MIT Sandbox Entrepreneur Lab advising international students on immigration issues as they seek to launch their companies.

    Mahsa has been an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) for over 20 years and is an elected Director of AILA’s Board of Governors. She serves on several committees and was appointed as Co-Chair of the AILA Afghan Response Taskforce in 2021 to help oversee the legal related issues that have arisen as a result of the crisis in Afghanistan. She is a regular presenter at AILA conferences on physician immigration, humanitarian visas, and consular related matters. In her capacity as a member of the AILA New England Congressional Liaison committee she works closely with congressional offices to advise on legislative policy and in her previous role as a CBP Liaison worked with CBP officials on issues related to visa entry at airport and border posts. Attorney Khanbabai is an active member of the International Medical Graduate Taskforce, an association of immigration attorneys specializing in physician related immigration and played an instrumental role in helping expand the HHS J1 waiver program in 2021.

    Attorney Khanbabai is a frequent lecturer on issues involving immigrants and the immigration process and has presented seminars for companies, organizations and community organization.  She is regularly interviewed by news agencies such as NPR, Wall Street Journal, NYT, MSNBC, and others. Her legal advocacy and strategic use of the media spotlight has led to numerous high impact immigration changes including the reinstatement of Deferred Action. She travels to the Middle East and Europe working with law firms that need specialized immigration counsel.

    Attorney Khanbabai writes an extensive article on international medical graduates and the J-1 Waiver process for the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education annual publication on Immigration Law. She is a contributing editor to Ms. Magazine writing on immigration issues and on the Board of Editors for the AILA Law Journal.

    An avid supporter of her community, Attorney Khanbabai currently serves on SAVE the Children Boston Leadership Council and on the Town of Easton's Human Resources Board.  She is a former board member of the MetroSouth Chamber of Commerce, her alma mater Wilbraham and Monson Academy and previously served on the Massachusetts Governor's Advisory Council on Refugees and Immigrants. Attorney Khanbabai was born in Iran and raised in Western Massachusetts. As a 1st generation immigrant whose father was a J1 physician, she is personally familiar with the hardships the immigration process can present.  In addition to her native language of English, she speaks Farsi and learned conversational Turkish while spending a year working in Turkey.

  • Practice Areas
  • Education and Admissions


    • B.A from Union College
    • J.D. from Albany Law School



    States Licensed

    • Massachusetts
  • Professional Organization Memberships
    • American Immigration Lawyers Association
      • State Department Liaison, Waiver Review Division Liaison
      • DEI Committee member
      • Afghan Response Taskforce Co-chair
      • Past Chapter Chair, AILA New England
    • International Medical Graduate Taskforce
    • Boston Bar Association
    • New England Muslim Bar Association
    • National Association of Muslim Lawyers (Former At Large Board member)
    • Iranian American Bar Association
  • Languages
    • Farsi