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Jacqueline Lentini McCullough

Of Counsel

Education

Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D.

Brown University, M.A., Italian Studies

Boston University, B.A., cum laude

Admissions

Illinois

When businesses need to secure professional talent outside the U.S., Jacqueline is the attorney they call. She provides business employment immigration services to both corporations and individuals, including employer or family sponsorship and naturalization. She handles all manner of employment based immigration case management, including:  H-1B, Labor Certification (PERM), L-1A, L-1B, L-1 Blanket, E-1/E-2, TN, B-1, F-1, J-1 students, researchers and trainees, and I-140 (EB-1, EB-1a, EB-2, and EB-3). She counsels clients on consular processing and Client Adjustment interviews, and has filed Adjustment of Status applications, including Advance Parole and Employment Authorization.

Prior to joining SmithAmundsen, Jacqueline gained experience at a boutique immigration law firm and as an Immigration Specialist for World Relief, for which she obtained Board of Immigration Appeals accreditation, and filed VAWA petitions and Adjustment of Status and Citizenship applications. Prior to becoming an attorney, Jacqueline was employed by the University of Houston and Purdue University as an F-1 and J-1 student counselor. She possesses more than 20 years of experience with immigration issues as an attorney. Additionally, Jacqueline assists clients on I-9 compliance audits and counsel employers on work authorization obligations.

Jacqueline is fluent in Italian. Outside the office you can find her cheering on her twin boys; both competitive swimmers. 

Memberships & Involvement

  • Member: American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Liaison Committee for Customs Border Protection, 2018-present; AILA Midwest Regional Conference Planning Committee 2017, 2018; AILA Distance Learning Committee member 2014-2016; Illinois State Bar Association, Immigration and International Law Committee (2002-2003); Kane County Bar Association, Immigration Committee; National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)

Experience

  • Obtained Board of Immigration Appeals accreditation for a local non-profit to process immigration cases as a bona fide non-government organization (NGO) servicing the Latino community, refugees and domestic abuse victims. It’s still in existence after 22 years.
  • Re-certified a federal government agency’s J-1 Exchange Visitor program with the Department of State employing approximately three hundred J-1 foreign nationals
  • For over 21 years, handled US immigration matters for a large multinational company in the IT consulting industry, including through several acquisitions
  • Reduced settlement fine in a Department of Labor Wage & Hour audit for an H-1B Public Access case
  • Prepared companies in obtaining H-1B visas for qualified employees; Counseled companies in documenting the employer-employee relationship for H-1B visa issuance
  • Guided companies in seeking alternative visas when an individual did not qualify for H-1B such as E, J, L, R, TN, O, P visas, or after the H-1B cap is exhausted
  • Offered complete analysis of legal permanent residency process and other nonimmigrant processes on behalf of companies to understand the risks associated with sponsorship
  • Represented companies during Fraud Detection and National Security (“FDNS”) site visits for H-1B, R-1 and L-1 visa holders
  • Advised companies regarding legitimate recruitment for PERM processing and audit responses to the Department of Labor
  • Successfully prepared USCIS’ Response for Evidence (“RFE”) responses to ensure clients obtain the immigration status requested
  • Offered strategic immigration advising and aided companies in complying with USCIS and DOL regulations in connection with corporate restructuring, mergers, and acquisitions
  • Strategized with multi-national companies in applying for both new office(s) in the United States and transferring foreign employees to the United States

Blog

Contributing Author, SmithAmundsen's The Labor & Employment Law Update, a labor and employment advisory blog.

Contributing Author, Illinois Chamber of Commerce's Chamber Dispatch, an HR advisory blog.

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