Thanks for being WLD’s Member of the Month! Can you tell us about your practice?
I work at Ice Miller where I practice employment-based immigration. I counsel clients from various industries to hire and retain foreign national talent, which includes counseling them on the strategy for the best type of employment visa. I also assist clients with sending key employees abroad on short and long-term assignments. I’m an immigrant myself and had an opportunity to move to the U.S. due to my father obtaining his permanent residency by qualifying for an EB-1 extra-ordinary ability visa, sometimes also known as the Einstein visa. I now get to assist clients in the same realm of immigration. It has been a perfect fit at Ice Miller.
Am I catching you during a busy season?
This is traditionally our busiest time of the year, due to the H-1B Cap lottery. Although last year was an ongoing busy season for our team! Due to the travel bans, we counseled clients regarding travel needs for their employees. We also counseled our clients on how to ensure compliance in a remote setting. The closure of Embassies/Consulates at the start of COVID-19 added an extra challenge for foreign nationals requiring visa stamping in order to enter the U.S. The Presidential Proclamation banning various employment visas was an added challenge as we determined which foreign nationals qualified for exemptions. We are now closely monitoring the Biden Administration on the visa bans.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I love to travel, mostly international, but domestic as well. I was born in Pakistan and moved around growing up. I have lived in Qatar, New Jersey, and Texas before moving to Indianapolis for law school.
Where have you traveled?
2019 was a big year for travel. I went to Spain and went to Barcelona, Seville, Granada and Madrid. I also went to Paris, Dubai, Mecca and Medina. During law school I went to Fiji for my honeymoon and Vienna for a moot court competition.
Wow! What will be your first destination when we can travel safely again?
I’d love to go to Japan, especially during cherry blossom season.
Do you have anything you want to share with our members?
One of the things I learned in 2020 was how important it is to reach out to one another, even for a quick check-in. We’ve all had our struggles last year and it helps to be there for one another, even for a quick coffee zoom call. I also think it is more important than ever to devote some time towards our well-being. I recently started bullet journaling and it’s easy to keep up with day-to-day and allows me to use it for whatever I need on that particular day, whether its writing down my gratitude, doodling, or tracking my goals progress. We can’t take care of our loved ones unless we take care of ourselves first.
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