Jay Bagia

Attorney Jay Bagia

Founding Partner

Philadelphia Immigration Attorney, Founder, Bagia & Associates, P.C.

Jay Bagia – Born Fiji Islands, June 24, 1948; admitted to bar, 1980, New Zealand and Supreme Court of Fiji, 1984, Pennsylvania; 1985, U. S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Prior to his own firm, Mr. Bagia has been associated with Samuel & Ballard, P. C., Philadelphia and Berger & Montague, P. C., Philadelphia from 1981 to 1984. In addition, Mr. Bagia was associated with Chauhan & Co., Attorneys at Law, Suva, Fiji, April 1980 and May 1981; Tappoo, Krishna & Co., Attorneys at Law, Lautoka, Fiji, May – June 1981, as Attorney in general legal practice under British Common Law and Commonwealth Legal System. Conducted criminal, civil, and divorce trials in Magistrates Court. Presented Civil Litigation arguments in Supreme Court of Fiji. In 1985, Mr. Bagia established his own Immigration Law practice before forming the partnership of Bagia & Morley from July 1998 to April 2003.

Professional Background

Author: “Legal Practice in Fiji,” The Shingle, Philadelphia Bar Association Quarterly, Spring 1984. Mr. Bagia has been a speaker on various aspects of immigration law sponsored by Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Asian American Bar Associations and Community organizations. He has lectured at Rutgers University and the University of Pennsylvania on Immigration Law. Mr. Bagia has been a speaker on numerous occasions including the following examples: “Legal Practice in Fiji,” International Law Committee, Philadelphia Bar Association; American Nurses’ Association of Accreditation, “Credentialing and Licensing Foreign Nurses in America”, Pace University; Immigration, Asylum and U. S. Law, Eighth Annual Paul Robeson Festival; AILA Philadelphia Chapter, “Business as Usual?” speaker on “H-1B Strategies when Facing Reductions in Work Force,” Marriott, Philadelphia.


Philadelphia Bar Associations; Fiji Law Society; Asian American Bar Association (Member, Philadelphia Chapter); American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Past Memberships:

Vice President, Philadelphia Chapter, Association of Indians in America; Legal Counsel, Council for Indian Organizations, Greater Delaware Valley; Indo American Club; past Board Member, Coalition Against Abuse by Professionals.


University of Bombay (B. A., 1972);
University of Auckland (LL. B., 1979);
Rutgers School of Law, Camden.

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