Barbara Pestana- Immigration & Private Client at Paxlegal

Barbara Pestana - Immigration Counseler at PaxLegal

Of Counsel Portugal

Barbara is the Partner responsible for Immigration and Private Clients at PaxLegal. She is recognized and has an extensive experience in immigration law, namely Golden Visa status and citizenship procedures, before the Portuguese immigration authorities, as well as coordinating the applications for Entrepreneurs and High Value-Added Professionals.

Barbara also advises applicants for the non-habitual tax regime in Portugal, investment, and wealth management for private clients, including real estate operations and restructurings.

Alongside, Barbara has extensive experience in family law, succession law, including litigation.


After completing her Law Degree, Barbara concluded a traineeship at the European Parliament.

Barbara was the legal advisor of the Secretary of State of Justice in the XV Portuguese Constitutional Government, as well as the legal advisor of the Ministry of Culture.

Barbara is a regular contributor to several magazines and newspapers, writing in particular on immigration law, intellectual property, family, and succession law.

She is also regularly invited to participate as a commentator in national broadcasting TV and Radio.

Barbara has completed part of her studies in Switzerland, being fluent in French.



  • Law degree, University Lusíada of Lisbon, Faculty of Law.
  • Post-graduation, Tax, Instituto Superior de Gestão
  • Post-graduation, Copyright, Lisbon Faculty of Law


  • French
  • English
  • Spanish
Client Reviews
Mark is one of the best things happened to me in immigration. I was very skeptical as my last attempt to obtain an L1A was a negative one through another lawyer. Mark came in and… [made] sure that the case [was refiled] successfully. Rest assured, I can vouch for his services and will recommend him highly. Indian L1 Applicant previously denied using another law firm
I have been dealing with this firm for the last several years. They got my E2 visa approved followed by my E2 visa renewal as well. They are the best immigration lawyers I have ever met….. No one can give you better service than this firm. Australian E-2 visa applicant
Several lawyers told me I would not be able to get a TN visa. Two weeks after contacting Davies & Associates I was working in New York, visa in hand. I have recommended this firm to several friends and colleagues, they do an excellent job every time." Individual Seeking 'Impossible' TN Visa
Davies & Associates provided me with truly outstanding customer service 7 days a week. Technically brilliant, Davies & Associates not only successfully obtained E-2 visa status for myself and my Indian wife but also seamlessly coordinated my entire legal team, ensuring the timely completion of my acquisition." E2 Visa Applicant and Business Owner
I was qualified as a physician in a foreign country. Being on a J-1 visa I was facing having to leave the United States and return to my home country. Davies & Associates secured one of only 30 J-1 visa waivers available in my State, allowing me to work for a US hospital and remain in the United States." Doctor Seeking J-1 Visa Waiver
My exisiting immigration lawyer, who has a global reputation in immigration law, told me that "it couldn't be done". Someone suggested I speak to Davies & Associates and they obtained the immigration benefits I wanted. I will always use this firm in the future, they are miracle workers." Small Professional Business With International Offices
I am very satisfied with the services Mark Davies has provided me. He has a very extensive knowledge in immigration laws and has a thorough approach to any case." U Visa Applicant, A Victim of Crime
There is no question that Davies & Associates is clearly the leading E-2 visa law firm in the United States." E2 Visa Applicant and Business Owner
Extremely knowledgable, available, and reliable Mark was a god-send when dealing with USCIS. He is very experienced so he knows the ins and outs of the process, can predict response times and is very available to answer questions in a timely and friendly manner. Highly recommended to anyone trying to navigate a complicated immigration process at any stage." Syrian Marriage Based Immigrant Visa Applicant with Two Year J-1 Waiver
I highly recommend Davies & Associates LLC Mark Davies is a joy to work with. His extensive knowledge, speedy response and attentive service took away all my fears of dealing with immigration and visa applications. He is very generous with his time in explaining every step along the way and I have already and will in the future recommend him to anybody who is looking for an immigration lawyer." Small Business Owner and E-2 Visa Applicant