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As Co-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.

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


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


  • Urdu
  • Gujarati
  • Spanish


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.



American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Chicago Chapter - Chair, Social Security Administration (SSA) Liaison Committee
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Chicago Chapter - Member, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Liaison Committee
Muslim Bar Association - Secretary and Board Member
Previous AILA, Chicago Chapter - Co-Chair, SSA Liaison Committee; Vice Chair, Illinois Secretary of State & Attorney General Liaison Committee; Member, Advocacy Committee and Citizenship Liaison Committee
Professional Activities
Legal Updates/Client Advisories
Update on the June 22, 2020 Proclamation
On June 22, 2020, the President issued a Proclamation (Proc. 10052) which suspended the entry of certain H-1B, H-2B, J-1 and L-1…
Amended Proclamation Bars Visa Issuance to H-1B, H-2B, J-1 and L-1 Work Visa Categories
On June 22, 2020, the President extended and amended Proclamation 10014 (signed on April 22, 2020), which suspended the issuance of certain…
New Restrictive Immigration Order on the Horizon
There is speculation that within the next few days or weeks, the Trump Administration will issue a new Executive Order that will impact…
COVID-19 Immigration Alert Update
As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to spread across the globe, U.S. government agencies are implementing measures that impact U.S…
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…
Speaking Engagements
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Webinar – "Recent Trends in I-140 Requests for Evidence" - April 23, 2020
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Webinar – "Update on Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Interviews" Moderated Panel - August 15, 2019
HalfMoon Education Seminar – "Employment-Based Immigration Law & Practice" - July 31, 2019
2018 Annual Complimentary Immigration Law Update Seminar
8:00 am - Registration and Breakfast 8:30-11:30 am - Presentations Continental breakfast will be provided
Masuda Funai Hosts 2020 Immigration Seminar
Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd. hosted its annual Immigration Seminar on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at the DoubleTree Hotel in…
Fazila Vaid Spoke at The CONversation Fandom Conference
On January 5, Fazila Vaid, Principal in Masuda Funai’s Immigration Group, participated in a panel discussion at The CONversation Fandom…
Bryan Funai, Kathleen Gaber and Fazila Vaid Authored an Article in the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
The article "Employment-Based Permanent Resident Petitions" featured in the 2019 Immigration Law Edition of the Illinois Institute for…
Fazila Vaid Authored an Article in the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
The article "Family-Sponsored Immigration: Immediate Relatives and Family-Based Preferences" featured in the 2019 Immigration Law Edition…
Masuda Funai Hosts 2019 Immigration Seminar
Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd. hosted its annual Immigration Seminar on Friday, February 15, 2019 at the DoubleTree Hotel in…
Masuda Funai Hosts 2018 Immigration Seminar
Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd. hosted its annual Immigration Seminar on Friday, March 2, 2018. Approximately 100 executives…


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