Robert S. White

Principal, Schaumburg
Phone: 847.734.8811
rwhite@masudafunai.com

Bob White advises and works with companies from a variety of industries in obtaining all manner of business nonimmigrant and immigrant visas and green card status for their employees, managers and executives, including difficult to obtain working visas for professional service providers and medical practitioners. He represents and defends companies in U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) H-1B Labor Condition Application (LCA) audits, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Form I-9 audits, and counsels in avoiding the penalties often incurred in these actions.

Mr. White serves as immigration counsel for numerous colleges and universities and is a member of the leadership team of the NAFSA: Association of International Educators' Region V. He is an active advocate for the reform of the U.S. immigration laws and frequently travels to Washington to meet with Congressional representatives. He speaks regularly on the topic to international educators, business executives and religious leaders and was a member of the Immigration Reform Taskforce of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. White was an immigration assistant to the former U.S. Senator Alan J. Dixon, and established a business immigration practice in a suburban Chicago law firm.

Previously, Mr. White was Chair of the Chicago Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), member of the AILA Board of Governors, member of AILA National's ICE Worksite Enforcement Committee and a member of the AILA Chicago Chapter's Department of Labor Liaison Committee. He is currently a member of AILA National's Social Security Administration (SSA) Liaison Committee. He is also currently a member of AILA National's Department of Labor Headquarters Liaison Committee with a focus on the Department of Labor's PERM labor certification processes.

Mr. White is a frequent lecturer, moderator and panel participant on immigration issues affecting the business and academic communities. He has presented programs at several AILA conferences on how to structure and process applications to avoid problems with the DOL, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and SSA. He has also participated in an AILA webinar for other immigration attorneys on managing and avoiding various DOL PERM labor certification issues. Mr. White has lead seminars for the National Association of Computer Consultant Businesses and the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association, and routinely conducts immigration seminars for Human Resource Managers at manufacturing, technology and health care companies. He regularly speaks on immigration topics at colleges, universities, trade and professional schools on how international students and faculty can properly maintain their status and obtain employment authorization.

Representative Matters


  • Provided advice to companies in obtaining H-1B status for advanced practice nurses and other professions that do not clearly qualify for H-1B classification

  • Assisted companies in obtaining working visas (including but not limited to H-2B, O, P, L, E, Q, R and TN status) for individuals who did not qualify for H-1B status

  • Guided companies during H-1B and L-1 site visits as part of the USCIS' Fraud Detection and National Security Administrative Site Visit program; helped companies in responding to Notices of Intent to Revoke (NOIR) issued from the USCIS after the site visits

  • Advised consulting companies in documenting the employer-employee relationship in the H-1B program

  • Recommended to companies how to overcome challenges by the DOL during PERM audit and PERM supervised recruitment stage of the employment-based immigrant visa (green card) process

  • Counseled companies about the sufficiency of their recruiting efforts to qualify their labor certification applications for the PERM processing

  • Guided companies in documenting for the DOL that their labor certification applications qualify for PERM processing regardless of company and/or industry layoffs

  • Assisted individuals in evidencing for the USCIS that they are extraordinary in their fields and thus they avoided the labor certification stage of the employment-based immigrant visa (green card) process

  • Provided advice to companies in avoiding significant monetary penalties from the DOL as part of the H-1B Labor Condition Application process and during DOL enforcement actions

  • Advised individuals how to obtain family-based immigrant visas (green cards) based upon marriage to a U.S. citizen

  • Counseled individuals on the benefits of consular processing vs. adjustment of status during the last stage of the green card process

  • Overcame objections by consular officials in issuing visas to clients by appealing to the U.S. Department of State's Visa Office and by responding to NOIR from the USCIS

  • SPEAKING AND OTHER PROFESSIONAL ENGAGEMENTS

    January 27-29, 2017 – Attended the NAFSA: Association of International Educators' National World Leadership Meeting (WLM) in Washington, DC

    February 24, 2017 – Participated in two panels at the annual MFEM Immigration Seminar in Arlington Heights, IL, namely the Transition from 1. the Obama to the Trump Administration and its Effect on Immigration Policy and Procedures; and 2. Employment Issues Available for F-1 Students

    March 3, 2017 – Invited Panelist on a PERM Processing Trends and Transition Panel at the American Immigration Lawyers Association's (AILA) New England Chapter's Annual Immigration Conference in Boston, MA

    March 7, 2017 – As a member of the AILA Department of Labor (DOL) Liaison Committee, participated in the DOL Quarterly Stakeholder's Meeting and discussed PERM and Prevailing Wage (PW) issues in Atlanta, GA

    March 13, 2017 – Invited Panelist on an Labor Condition Application (LCA), I-9 and Immigration Verification Panel at the AILA Midwest Regional Conference in Chicago, IL

    April 6, 2017 – Participated in the AILA National Day of Action (Lobby Day) in Washington, DC and visited various Congressional Offices to educate and advocate for business immigration issues

    April 7, 2017 – Invited Leader on an Immigration Trivia Panel at the International Educators of Illinois (IEI) and taught international educators from numerous colleges and universities throughout Illinois on F-1, J-1 and H-1B issues

    April 12, 2017 – Keynote Lunch Speaker at Chicago International Student Career Fair held at Devry University Chicago Campus in Chicago, IL

    April 20, 2017 – Conducted an Immigration Seminar for the International Students and Faculty of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, IL

    April 28, 2017 – Conducted two Immigration Seminars for the International Students and Faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI

Practice Areas

Education

  • IIT-Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 1993
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A. Government, with honors, 1990

Admissions

  • Illinois

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • ICE Worksite Enforcement Committee, American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • National Association of Foreign Student Advisors

Distinctions

  • Recognized as a Leading Lawyer, 2003-2017