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Derek Strain has practiced exclusively in the area of United States immigration and nationality law since 1997. He represents clients in all areas of immigration and nationality law including naturalization, family-based immigrant petitions, and employment-based immigration. His practice includes H-1B, L, E, and TN non-immigrant visas, PERM labor certification, and I-9s/employer compliance issues.

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Derek is valued for his ability to anticipate client needs and navigate the complexities of immigration decisions and how that can impact the company and individual for decades into the future. He provides customized solutions specific to the business objectives of his clients.

Derek is involved in various legal and business associations and has been an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association (AILA) since 1997. He served as the Chicago Chapter President from 2013-2014 and has since served on numerous AILA committees. Derek is a former Peace Corps Volunteer (Guatemala) and is fluent in Spanish.

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  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., Law, 1996
  • University of Kansas, B.F.A., 1989


  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois


  • Spanish


American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
Professional Activities
Legal Updates/Client Advisories
Expedited EAD Processing for Healthcare Workers
On December 28, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that, effective immediately, healthcare workers with…
USCIS Issues Policy Alert on EAD Extensions for Certain H-4, E, and L Dependent Spouses
[Update to the November 10, 2021 Client Alert] On November 12, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a Policy…
DHS Enters into EAD Settlement Agreement with H-4 and L-2 Spouses
Spouses of H-1B and L nonimmigrants have long faced significant hardships due to extreme delays in processing times by the U.S. Citizenship…
Masuda Funai Expands its Immigration Practice
Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd. is pleased to announce the addition of Julie T. Emerick and Derek W. Strain to the Immigration Group…


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