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Julie Emerick focuses on helping clients streamline the global migration process and develop strategic plans for employment-based nonimmigrant (“temporary work”) and immigrant (“Green Card”) matters. She has represented clients in various professional, consulting, manufacturing, energy, IT, educational, and entertainment fields. Julie is committed to knowing her client’s short- and long-term objectives and helping them navigate the immigration stage of their journey. She has been instrumental in effectively negotiating immigration matters for her clients in an ever-changing environment, from travel restrictions to “work from anywhere” concerns.

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Julie provides counsel to employers on the unique immigration issues affecting corporate start-ups, mergers and acquisitions and employee transfers, as well as work stoppages, and employee layoffs. She works with clients on the full immigration life cycle, from determining the appropriate visa classification for initial hire, through the sponsorship for Permanent Resident status and eventually, if desired, U.S. citizenship. Julie brings creativity to the immigration legal process by knowing her clients and communicating their mission and story in the immigration petitions submitted. Practicing immigration and nationality law for nearly three decades, she is appreciated by her clients for her personal commitment and level of care for their specific needs.  

She advises corporate clients on the creation of Form I-9 and E-Verify compliance policies and instructional programs; and defends employers in worksite, wage and sick leave, document abuse and discrimination investigations conducted by U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of Labor (DOL), the Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER) of the Department of Justice and local governments.

Julie represents individuals helping them achieve their dream of American citizenship and in reuniting families through family-based immigration. She provides pro-bono counsel to members of the U.S. military and victims of crimes. Prior to joining Masuda Funai, Julie was a solo practitioner of immigration and nationality law in Chicago.

Julie has served the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) in several roles for AILA’s USCIS Case Assistance Committee, USCIS Benefits Policy Committee, USCIS Service Operations Committee, USCIS Field Operations Committee, various USCIS Service Centers Committees and as liaison to the Administrative Appeals Office.

Practice Areas


  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, J.D., Law, 1992
  • John Carroll University, B.A., International Relations, Foreign Policy, 1988


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


American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
Federal Bar Association
Professional Activities
Legal Updates/Client Advisories
Business Immigration Monthly - May 2023
TERMINATION OF COVID-19 EMERGENCY AND THE IMPACT ON IMMIGRATION Thirty-eight months after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared…
Business Immigration Monthly - April 2023
EMPLOYMENT-BASED GREEN CARD PROCESS TO CHANGE The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) recently…
Business Immigration Monthly - March 2023
USCIS Completes Fiscal Year 2024 H-1B Quota Lottery The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has completed the Fiscal Year…
Reminder: The USCIS FY-2024 H-1B Quota Registration Period Now Open
The H-1B quota registration period for Fiscal Year 2024 is now open through Friday, March 17, 2023 (Noon Eastern time). The H-1B quota…
Business Immigration Monthly - February 2023
H-1B Quota Registration Opens in One Week The H-1B quota registration for FY2024 (October 1, 2023 to September 30, 2024) will open on March…
Business Immigration Monthly - January 2023
H-1B QUOTA REGISTRATION OPENS IN APPROXIMATELY 1 MONTH - IS YOUR COMPANY READY? The H-1B quota registration for FY2024 (October 1, 2023 to…
Pre-U.S. Travel COVID Testing Returns for Travelers from China, Macau and Hong Kong
Due to a surge in the number of COVID cases and new viral variant cases in China, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced the…
Business Immigration Monthly - December 2022
Co-Author: Hirokazu Kishinami, Associate DOS Temporarily Extends In-Person Interview Waivers for Certain Nonimmigrant Visa Applicants The…
Business Immigration Monthly - November 2022
Co-Author: Hirokazu Kishinami, Law Clerk Termination of Employment from an Immigration Perspective: Consequences for Not Perfecting a Bona…
Business Immigration Monthly - October 2022
Co-Author: Hirokazu Kishinami, Law Clerk Form I-9 Employee Eligibility Verification Update The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)…
Business Immigration Monthly - September 2022
October 2022 Visa Bulletin Assessment COVID processing delays have created an abundance of employment-based immigrant visas (aka Green…
Business Immigration Monthly - August 2022
Effects of Government Immigration Backlogs and Delays All government agencies involved in immigration processing continue to struggle with…
Top 3 Immigration Issues to Consider for 2022
Mid-Year Elections – Progress or a Stalemate? November 8, 2022, brings the mid-term elections when Americans will vote on all 435 seats in…
U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) Update – The End of the Paper Form I-94
In a move towards the digital age, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) will no longer issue a paper Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record…
Updated Guidance from USCIS about Employment Eligibility for E or L Dependent Spouses
The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) is working to provide updated documentation to spouses having E or L nonimmigrant visa…
Extension and Expansion of Waivers of Certain Nonimmigrant Visa Interviews by U.S. Consular Posts
In light of the fact that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to create challenges for visa processing at U.S. consulates around the…
U.S. Reintroduces COVID Travel Restrictions
As COVID variants continue to develop and spread around the world, the U.S. Government’s policy on international travel to the United…
U.S. Eases Travel Restrictions
As announced earlier in our advisory Goodbye NIE, Hello Vaccinations, on November 8, 2021, the United States took another step towards…
Masuda Funai Expands its Immigration Practice
Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd. is pleased to announce the addition of Julie T. Emerick and Derek W. Strain to the Immigration Group…