Katheryn M. Wasylik

Associate

Overview

Katheryn (Kate) Wasylik provides strategic counsel for Fortune 500 multinational companies as well as medium- and small-sized public and private companies on all aspects of U.S. business immigration. She works closely with employers to provide strategies for developing an immigration program that allows employers to move the best and brightest employees across the globe. She also advises on the immigration consequences of criminal law violations and employing recipients with humanitarian-based status including DACA and TPS. Kate has experience advising a diverse range of clients in industries including technology, food and agribusiness, financial services, health care, education and more.

U.S. Immigration Advisor

With years of experience in the immigration field, Kate handles the full range of inbound U.S. employment and family-based immigration matters, including:
  • Preparing nonimmigrant petitions, including H-1Bs, L-1s, TNs, H-3s, O-1s, E-2s, E-3s, K-1s, R-1s and TNs
  • Advising employers on issues relating to other nonimmigrant visa statuses, including B-1, J-1 and F-1
  • Advising individuals of extraordinary ability in their field of endeavor
  • Guiding employers through the PERM process and developing best practices for compliance
  • Counseling employers and foreign nationals on global travel-related questions
  • Preparing permanent residence documents, including PERM applications, multinational manager immigrant visa petitions, adjustment of status applications, advance parole applications, employment authorization applications and re-entry permit applications
  • Assisting families and couples with the preparation of nonimmigrant K visas and applications for permanent residency
  • Advising permanent residents on relinquishment of permanent residency and preparation of re-entry permit applications
  • Advising employers and foreign national employees on consular processing and admissibility
  • Advising employers on compliance with state and federal laws related to I-9s and workplace discrimination
  • Counseling clients on naturalization and family-based immigration 
  • Removal defense, DACA and waivers of inadmissibility and deportability

Federal Agency Liaison

Kate represents businesses and individuals before federal agencies, including:
  • The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS)
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  • U.S. Department of State (DOS)
  • U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
  • U.S. Department of Justice Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR)

Past Experience

Before joining Faegre Baker Daniels, Kate practiced immigration law at boutique Chicago firms. Before that, she served as assistant general counsel at DePaul University, advising on employment-based immigration matters. Kate spent her earliest years as an attorney representing low-income immigrants and domestic abuse survivors at the Chicago Legal Aid Clinic and Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago.

Services & Industries

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Minnesota
Illinois

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Education

DePaul University College of Law
J.D. (2002)

University of Minnesota
B.A. (1995)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • H-1B Visas: Employment Considerations for the FY2019 Cap, Site Visits, RFE Responses and Continued USCIS Scrutiny
    Co-presenter, Faegre Baker Daniels Webinar, January 2018
  • Making PERM Great Again
    Co-presenter, 2017 Upper Midwest Immigration Law Conference, May 2017
  • Immigration Law Boot Camp
    Co-presenter, National Business Institute Webinar, July 2017
  • Immigration Law Basics
    Co-presenter, National Business Institute Webinar, December 2016
  • Inside USCIS' Much-Anticipated L-1B Visa Guidance
    Co-author, Law360, March 2015
  • How to Locate Your Electronic I-94 Record
    Society for Human Resource Management, shrm.org, August 28, 2013

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Special Immigrant Juvenile — Representing minors who have been abused, neglected or abandoned by their parents; assist in securing U.S. permanent residence
  • Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota's Pro Bono DACA Project — Assisting low income young adults apply for relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • Removal Defense — Representing families and individuals in Immigration Court on complex removal and inadmissability issues

Professional Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

Civic Activities

  • Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota — Board Member

Honors

  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Baker Benson Pro Bono Award, 2016
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2014-17
  • Minnesota State Bar Association — North Star Lawyer Pro Bono Award, 2014
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