Fazila Vaid

Principal, Schaumburg
Phone: 847.734.8811
fvaid@masudafunai.com

Ms. Vaid is Vice Chair of the Immigration Practice Group. She assists multinational corporations and business professionals with temporary and permanent residence matters, including a full range of nonimmigrant and immigrant visas and PERM applications. Ms. Vaid'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, Ms. Vaid 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. Ms. Vaid also addresses issues related to family-based immigration and citizenship and naturalization matters.

Ms. Vaid represents clients in 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. She 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. Ms. Vaid has been practicing immigration law exclusively since 2000. After graduating from law school, Ms. Vaid was employed as an associate 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.

Ms. Vaid is actively involved with the Chicago Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) where she currently serves on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Liaison Committee. In the past, she has served as Co-Chair of the Social Security Administration Liaison Committee and Vice Chair of the Illinois Secretary of State & Attorney General Liaison Committee. Ms. Vaid also serves as Chair of the Muslim Bar Association of Chicago's Immigration Committee. Ms. Vaid lectures on immigration issues at community organizations, conferences, universities and professional schools. In the past, Ms. Vaid served as pro bono counsel to low-income individuals in asylum matters for the National Immigrant Justice Center.

Representative Matters


  • 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.

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

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

Practice Areas

Language

  • Urdu
  • Gujarati
  • Spanish

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 for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Professional Activities

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Chicago Chapter - Member, Advocacy Committee
  • Muslim Bar Association - Chair, Immigration Committee