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 involved with the Chicago Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). 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. She lectures on immigration issues at conferences, colleges, 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.