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 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.

Representative Matters


  • Assisted multinational corporations, mid-size and small business clients to obtain a wide range of temporary nonimmigrant employment visas, including E, H-1B, L-1, TN, among others.

  • Assisted and counseled companies to secure appropriate temporary nonimmigrant employment visas when the H-1B visa became unavailable.

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

  • 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.

  • 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
  • Muslim Bar Association