Jennifer Shanley focuses her practice on U.S. immigration law, with an emphasis on business immigration matters. She is a member of the firm’s Immigration Group.
Ms. Shanley helps multinational companies, health care organizations, and schools staff their U.S. offices by obtaining appropriate immigration status for employees. Her efforts allow hospitals, academic institutions, and manufacturing, chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology companies, including some Fortune 100 companies, to retain key business people, scientists, researchers, and other professionals. She obtains both temporary and permanent immigration status for key workers. Her practice encompasses all business-related nonimmigrant and immigrant petitions. Ms. Shanley frequently handles multinational intracompany transfers, transfers for individuals with specialized knowledge, as well as petitions for outstanding researchers and individuals with extraordinary ability. She has helped secure immigration approvals for hundreds of employees, helping business clients attract and secure top talented individuals across a range of industries. While doing so, Ms. Shanley uses her Six Sigma Green Belt certification to streamline the immigration process for clients, in order to decrease process variation and increase value.
Employment Eligibility – Verification and Compliance
Ms. Shanley counsels employers on the Immigration Reform and Control Act and related issues, including employment verifications, I-9 matters, and E-Verify. She also provides guidance with export control regulations.
Ms. Shanley is committed to pro bono service. She recently assisted with the firm’s successful effort to secure the required immigration status for a dancer from Bolivia by demonstrating that he was one of the top ballet dancers in his field. The successful petition permitted the Bolivian dancer to join a ballet company in New York.
Ms. Shanley writes regularly about immigration-related topics. The article, "Hiring a Foreign National Worker: What U.S. Employers Need to Know," which discussed the most widely used work authorized categories for U.S. employers and the issues employers may face, appeared in Mobility magazine.
Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, Ms. Shanley served as a law clerk to the Honorable F. Herbert Gruendel of the Connecticut Appellate Court. While attending law school, she served as the business managing editor of the Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal. She also served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Janet C. Hall at the United States District Court, District of Connecticut.