Rabindra Singh

Rabindra K. Singh (Rabi) is an Attorney in the firm’s Chicago office where he focuses on complex employment- and family-based immigration matters. From individuals to startups to multinational corporations, he has advised clients in a variety of industries, with a primary focus on the high tech, engineering, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and financial services industries. He represents clients before various agencies of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and the U.S. Department of State (DOS).

Rabi’s areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, preparation and submission of: various employment-based Immigrant Visa (commonly referred to as ‘Green Card’) petitions such as EB-1, EB-2, EB-2 NIW, EB-3; PERM Labor Certification Applications; a range of Nonimmigrant Visa petitions such as H-1B, L-1, TN, O, P, U, etc.; Humanitarian Reinstatement Applications; Affirmative and Defensive Asylum Applications; and family- and marriage-based Green Cards. He also advises clients on Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) and DHS’ Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (DHS TRIP) matters. Additionally, Rabi has been very successful in fetching favorable results on Extreme Hardship Waiver Applications and Nonimmigrant Waiver Applications. More so, he frequently assists clients in obtaining Investor-based Visas such as New Company L-1s and E-2s. Rabi’s practice also focuses in the area of worksite enforcement and compliance which involves advising corporate clients on DOL/WHD audits and I-9 investigations. Further, he is adept in submitting Motion to Reopen and/or Reconsider to USCIS in order to review adverse decisions, and filing Appeals to the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) and Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).

Rabi holds the unique experience of working both as a client and service provider within the realm of immigration law practice. As a client, he has worked in the past with various immigration lawyers and law firms in the United States. On the other side, as a service provider, he has catered to the immigration needs of multinational corporations, startups and individuals. Rabi’s professional work experience entails working with one of world’s largest Information Technology (IT) Company, Capgemini. At Capgemini, he worked as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on U.S. Immigration matters. During his stint with Capgemini, he played a pivotal role in initiating the ‘In-House’ processing of nonimmigrant visas such as H-1B, L-1, etc.

An avid writer, Rabi frequently writes for both print and electronic media. His co-authored articles have appeared in the prestigious New Jersey Law Journal and Law360. In addition, he is a frequent contributor to the ILW.COM. Further, in the past, he wrote weekly articles for various ethnic Indian newspapers published in New York, New Jersey and Chicago.

Education and Certifications

  • The University of Kansas School of Law, JD, 2013
  • Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi, Delhi, India, LL.B, 2003
  • Indian Law Institute, Diploma in Corporate Laws and Management, Delhi, India, 2002
  • Hansraj College, University of Delhi, Delhi, India, Bachelor of Science, with Honors, 2000

Professional Memberships & Positions

  • American Immigration Lawyers’ Association (AILA)
  • New Jersey Bar Association

Honors and Awards

  • Selected to the 2016 New Jersey “Rising Stars” list by Super Lawyers
  • AVVO’s “Client Choice Award” for the year 2014 and 2015
  • Highest honor in Immigration/Asylum Clinic, University of Kansas School of Law

Selected Publications

  • USCIS to Hike Filing Fees and Impose A New Fee for the EB-5 Investor Visa Program, LinkedIn.com, May 2016. 
  • June 2016 Visa Bulletin Announces Significant Retrogression For India And China, LinkedIn.com, May 2016. 
  • Another H-1B Nonimmigrant Visa Lottery is Looming: Now is the Time to Start to Think about Your H-1B Back-Up Plan, ILW.COM, April 2016.
  • Can Submitting Multiple H-1B Petitions for a Foreign National will Increase Chances of Selection During the Looming H-1B Lottery in April 2016?, LinkedIn.com, January 2016.
  • Keep Hopes Alive: EADS & Accepting Job Promotions After An I-140 Approval Is Soon Going To Be A Reality, ILW.COM, August 27, 2015.
  • CIS Memo Could Relieve Some Immigrant Religious Workers, Law360, July 29, 2015. 
  • H-1B Amendments Post-Simeio Solutions: Why CIS Should Consider Taking Off The Retroactivity Aspect From The “Draft” Guidance? ILW.COM, June 17, 2015. 
  • Did Disney Or The H-1B Program Let US Tech Workers Down?, Law360, June 12, 2015. 
  • AAO to Employers: Submit an Amended H-1B if Moving an Employee, New Jersey Law Journal, May 27, 2015. 
  • H-1B Master’s Cap: NOT Every Master’s Degree from a United States College or University Qualifies a Foreign National, ILW.COM, January 29, 2015. 
  • Submitting an H-1B Petition on April 1st: What Prospective H-1B Employers and Employees Need To Know, ILW.COM, January 15, 2015. 
  • ‘Onboarding’ New H-1B Employees, New Jersey Law Journal, December 4, 2014. 
  • AAO to Employers: Submit an Amended H-1B if Moving an Employee, New Jersey Law Journal, May 27, 2015. 
  • Submitting an H-1B Petition on April 1st: What Prospective H-1B Employers and Employees Need To Know, ILW.COM, January 15, 2015. 
  • Can President Overhaul Immigration Without Congress’ Blessing?, New Jersey Law Journal, August 14, 2014. 
  • Exploring Visa Options beyond the H-1B Cap, New Jersey Law Journal, May 27, 2014. 
  • Fraud, Technical Violations, and/or Misrepresentation That Could Trigger H-1B Visa Refusal or Administrative Processing Under 221(g) At A Consular Post, ILW.COM, May 23, 2014. 
  • Now That the Cap Is Reached . . . Do I Still Have a Chance of Getting an H-1B Visa?, ILW.COM, April 11, 2014. 
  • Immigration-Related Audits: What Employers Need To Know, New Jersey Law Journal, April 3, 2014. 
  • The Whys and How’s of Education and/or Experience Evaluations in the Context of H-1B Visa Preparation and Filing, ILW.COM, March 14, 2014. 
  • ABCs of H-1Bs: How to Get Them Filed and Approved in April, New Jersey Law Journal, March 13, 2014.
  • What H-1B Employers Need To Know About the LCA to Avoid Potential DOL Compliance Pitfalls?, ILW.COM, March 5, 2014. 
  • White Collar Exemptions: Do Employers Need to Pay Overtime Compensation to H-1B Workers [Part III]?, ILW.com, February 24, 2014. 
  • How Much Prospective H-1B Employers Need to Pay to H-1B Employees and Why the Prevailing Wage is Important, ILW.com, February 24, 2014. 
  • White Collar Exemptions: Do Employers Need to Pay Overtime Compensation to H-1B Workers [Part II]?, ILW.com, February 20, 2014. 
  • White Collar Exemptions: Do Employers Need to Pay Overtime Compensation to H-1B Workers? [Part I], ILW.com, February 11, 2014. 
  • “Defining Partnership of 21st Century”: E Visa Possibility For Indian Citizens, ILW.com, January 15, 2014. 
  • Article: Is my marriage a “valid marriage” for U.S. immigration purposes?, ILW.com, January 13, 2014.

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, U.S. Immigration Law Basics, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE), June 2016. 
  • Speaker, Family Based Immigration, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE), March 2016.
  • Speaker, U.S. Immigration Law Basics, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE), June 2015. 
  • Speaker, Hot Topics In Family/Immigration Law Practice, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE), January 2015.

Foreign Language Proficiency

  • Hindi (written and verbal)
  • Punjabi (limited)
  • Urdu (limited)
  • Bengali (limited)

Admitted to Practice

  • New Jersey, 2013
  • The Bar Council of India, 2003

Favorite Quotation

“Dare to be free, dare to go as far as your thought leads, and dare to carry that out in your life.” Swami Vivekananda