“It’s not business, it’s personal.” Coming from an immigration attorney, that statement may seem unusual, but Ellen Freeman believes that having a personal relationship with her clients makes all the difference in the world.
“People see opportunities in the United States and they are excited to come here.” An immigrant herself (she immigrated to the U.S. from the Ukraine in 1993), Ellen is committed to helping immigrants come here legally and experience the United States, just as she did.
Most of the media is focused on illegal immigrants as a drain on society. Ellen believes that we don’t hear enough about great immigration stories, like Johnny Hurard, the French Canadian from Montreal, who is researching muscle regeneration through stem cells and who Ellen nominated this year for the “Outstanding Citizen by Choice” Award issued by the immigration service.
When it comes to the immigration practice in corporate America, we don’t have enough skilled workers or doctors. We need the best and brightest here in the United States, but many of those are forced to leave the country after they receive their degrees from American schools. Ellen strives to keep the best and brightest here by helping them to obtain a green card, giving them not only the confidence to do well, but the promise of a bright future, not only for themselves but for the advancement of the United States.
Genevieve has over 15 years of experience in higher education institutions advising academic institutions and international students in matters related to immigration, academic policy, and compliance. She is skilled at efficiently handling immigration petitions for international scholars, staff, and faculty, including H-1B, J-1, O-1, and TN.
Genevieve also handles employment-based immigration matters, such as Eb-1 and Eb-2, special handling recruitment, and has handled numerous permanent residency petitions. She is uniquely positioned to assist businesses and higher education institutions with their immigration casework having held management and supervisory roles in the Office of International Services (OIS) at prominent universities.
Genevieve holds a Master’s degree in Public Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from University of Pittsburgh.