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As Vice Chair of the firm’s Immigration practice, Fazila Vaid assists multinational corporations and business professionals with temporary and permanent residence matters, including a full range of nonimmigrant and immigrant visas and PERM applications. Clients appreciate Fazila’s ability to cut through the complex legalese of immigration law by streamlining and explaining the issues or problem at hand and providing a workable solution to realizing the right result.

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Fazila's practice focuses primarily on assisting companies to file H-1B petitions for foreign workers, TN applications for Canadian and Mexican nationals, B-1 and B-1 in lieu of H-1B visas for temporary visitors, and securing permanent residency for foreign nationals in the EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 preference categories. She also counsels companies engaged in trade and investment in the U.S. regarding the transfer of employees utilizing the E and L visa categories. In addition, Fazila provides strategic advice to employers on a wide range of immigration issues, including I-9 compliance and audits, corporate restructuring and mergers and acquisitions, complex Requests for Evidence, nonimmigrant visa waivers, and short and long-term immigration options for corporations and individuals. Fazila also addresses issues related to family-based immigration and citizenship and naturalization matters.

Moreover, Fazila represents clients before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Labor, and numerous U.S. consular posts worldwide. She has been practicing immigration law exclusively for nearly two decades, and represents clients from a wide variety of industries including energy, information technology, finance, engineering, food manufacturing, automotive parts manufacturing, construction equipment manufacturing, and high-speed railway and railway manufacturing.

Fazila lectures on immigration issues at professional and community organizations, conferences, universities and professional schools. In the past, she has served as pro bono counsel to low-income individuals in asylum matters for the National Immigrant Justice Center. Prior to joining Masuda Funai, Fazila worked in the immigration department of a mid-size law firm in downtown Chicago, where she represented corporations, universities, hospitals, medical institutions, foreign medical graduates and individual clients with temporary and permanent residence matters.

Practice Areas

Education

  • IIT-Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 2000
  • University of Illinois, Chicago, B.A. Criminal Justice and Spanish, 1996

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: 7th Circuit

Languages

  • Urdu
  • Gujarati
  • Spanish
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Experience

Experience

Assisted a multinational manufacturing corporation in seeking B-1 visas at "high fraud" consular posts for multiple overseas employees seeking to attend seminars in the U.S.

Counseled companies to seek alternative visas after the exhaustion of H-1B quota numbers.

Provided a comprehensive analysis of a permanent residency process and implemented the process on behalf of companies.

Assisted and counseled foreign medical graduates to seek permanent residency through the PERM and Physician National Interest Waiver process.

Provided strategic immigration counseling and assisted companies in complying with USCIS and DOL regulations in connection with corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions.

Assisted physicians seeking National Interest Waiver to submit adjustment of status applications and prepare and submit "preliminary" and "final" evidence to the USCIS.

Memberships

Memberships

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Chicago Chapter - Member, Advocacy Committee
Muslim Bar Association - Chair, Immigration Committee
Previous AILA, Chicago Chapter - Former Member, U.S. Customs & Border Protection Liaison Committee; Former Co-Chair, Social Security Administration Liaison Committee; Former Vice Chair, Illinois Secretary of State & Attorney General Liaison Committee
Professional Activities
Legal Updates/Client Advisories
USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY 2019
On April 11, 2018, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had completed its fiscal year 2019…
Business Immigration Weekly - March 5, 2018
Justice Department Settles Discrimination Claim Against Meat Processing Plant in Illinois On March 5, 2018, the Justice Department…
Business Immigration Weekly - February 28, 2018
USCIS Rewrites Mission Statement On February 22, 2018, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services (USCIS) rewrote its mission…
Business Immigration Weekly - February 23, 2018
ICE Arrests Hundreds in the Los Angeles Area In mid-February, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested 212 individuals…
Business Immigration Weekly - February 5, 2018
President Trump Establishes National Vetting Center On February 6, 2018, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen released a…
Business Immigration Weekly - January 29, 2018
The DOJ’s IER Settles Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim Against CVS Subsidiary The Department of Justice, through its Immigrant and…
Business Immigration Weekly - January 22, 2018
USCIS Confirms No Anticipated Procedural Changes for FY 2019 H-1B Cap Season The USCIS announced that that it intends to follow the same…
Business Immigration Weekly - January 15, 2018
CBP to Send Out I-94 Expiration Reminders to Visa Waiver Program Travelers On January 5, 2018, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)…
Business Immigration Weekly - January 8, 2018
USCIS Not Considering Changes to H-1B Extension Rules In late December 2017, news service McClatchy DC reported that the U.S. Department of…
Business Immigration Weekly for January 26, 2017
Employers Must Use New Form I-9 by January 22, 2017 The USCIS published a new version of the Form I-9 on November 14, 2016. Employers must…
Consulates Revoking/Cancelling Visas for Arrests
Nonimmigrant visa holders residing in the U.S. are reporting that they are being contacted by U.S. consulate officials and being informed…
Immigration Benefits for Same-Sex Couples Post DOMA
After the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional, the U.S. Department of Homeland…
New Certification Requirement on Form I-129 Regarding Employer Compliance with Export Control Laws
Export control laws are federal regulations that govern what commodities can be exported overseas and what technology and technology data…
Events
2017 Annual Complimentary Immigration Law Update Seminar
2.24.17
2017 ANNUAL COMPLIMENTARY IMMIGRATION LAW UPDATE SEMINAR Continental breakfast will be provided. Topics: The Past, Present and Future -…
News
Masuda Funai Hosts 2018 Immigration Seminar
Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd. hosted its annual Immigration Seminar on Friday, March 2, 2018. Approximately 100 executives…
Distinctions

Distinctions

  • Leading Lawyers, 2017-2018