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Geeta Shah is of counsel in Ice Miller’s Labor, Employment and Immigration Practice. She focuses her practice on immigration and counseling her clients through the acquisition of a variety of visas.

Before joining Ice Miller, Geeta was an associate at a New York-based law firm in Chicago, Illinois specializing in immigration law where she reviewed a wide variety of visa petitions, applications and requests. Geeta managed a team of paralegals to complete client work and facilitate independent case work. She supported clients through Adjustment of Status (AOS) interviews at various U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offices regionally and handled pro bono Asylum and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) cases through the firm’s pro bono initiatives. Geeta also gave presentations on various topics such as the EB-1 green card process, the AOS interview process and the PERM green card process.

Geeta was previously a senior immigration attorney at Global Immigration Associates, formerly VISANOW. In this role, she acted as lead attorney to many clients and prepared, reviewed and filed various visa petitions, applications and requests and responded to requests for evidence, requests for information, PERM audits, motions to reopen/reconsider, appeals and intents to revoke/deny notices for both employment and family-based immigration clients. She organized a GIA Pro Bono Clinic for students of the Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago and presented webinars to human resources representatives on various immigration concepts for certification purposes. Geeta also trained a legal team in India on case preparation and organization and collaborated with other attorneys to review, research and improve the firm’s processes and procedures to ensure consistency in employment-based immigration matters.

She also worked as an independent contractor where she drafted I-601 waiver briefs, appellate briefs for BIA, U-Visa Briefs and pre-hearing statements for cancellation of removal. In addition, she researched eligibility of permanent residency of clients in light of 3-year, 10-year and permanent bar.

Geeta earned her juris doctor in 2011 from DePaul University College of Law where she received a certificate in International and Comparative Law. During law school, Geeta served as symposium editor for the DePaul Rule of Law Journal and was a member of the International Law Society and the Society for Asylum and Immigration Law. She participated in several programs, including the Service Immersion Trip in Washington, D.C., the Cayman Islands Study Abroad Program: Offshore Financial Centers and the Sydney Study Abroad Program at University of New South Wales.

At DePaul, Geeta interned at the University’s Asylum & Immigration Law Clinic and International Human Rights Law Institute. She also gained experience outside of university through a variety of opportunities, such as legal intern for Life Span, legal extern for Zarzour, Khalil & Tabbara and Special Litigation Bureau Law Clerk in the Public Interest Division of the Office of the Attorney General in Illinois. Through these experiences, Geeta completed various projects, including interviewing clients for preparation of VAWA and U-Visa affidavits and case files for USCIS, representing and counseling a Conditional Resident client on a case pertaining to the removal of conditions and drafting and filing motions with Immigration Court among other responsibilities.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in political science and India studies from Indiana University Bloomington in 2007.

Geeta is licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois.
 
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