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Matthew Meltzer

Partner and Co-Founder

Matt co-founded Meltzer Hellrung LLC in 2014 with the goal of providing exceptional client service and innovative strategies to companies and entrepreneurs. In a challenging regulatory climate, Matt is a creative and effective advocate, helping clients develop winning legal strategies for changing times.

For example, when one client recently exhausted its visa options for a co-founder, he helped pursue litigation to challenge the Trump administration on its implementation of the International Entrepreneur Rule. After a Federal Judge found in favor of that client, Matt submitted a parole application on behalf of the co-founder.

Matt's clients range from entrepreneurs to small and growth-phase companies to multi-national corporations. He focuses on employment-based immigration and has filed thousands of petitions. Additionally, Matt advises companies regarding employee hiring and I-9 compliance, immigration policy, reorganizations and mergers, and government inspections.

Matt has filed immigration petitions in the following categories:

  • Visas
    • B-1/B-2
    • E-2
    • F-1
    • H-1B
    • H-2A
    • H-2B
    • H-3
    • I
    • L-1
    • O-1
    • P-1
    • P-3
    • TN
  • Green Cards
    • EB-1A Extraordinary Ability
    • EB-1C Multinational Manager
    • PERM
    • Schedule A Nurses & Physical Therapists
    • Schedule A Exceptional Ability
    • EB-5 Investor
    • Marriage-Based Green Card
  • Miscellaneous
    • International Entrepreneur Rule Parole
    • Citizenship (N-400)
    • Dependent visas such as H-4 and L-2
    • EAD Cards
    • Advance Parole

Prior to co-founding Meltzer Hellrung LLC, Matt was a Supervising Attorney with VISANOW, PC.

Matt is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Illinois State Bar Association.

Matt graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, cum laude, with a B.A. in political science, and earned his J.D. from Boston College Law School.

Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • November 1, 2017: "Preparing for Increased Enforcement Activities". Human Resources Management Association of Chicago.
  • October 25, 2017: "Business Immigration Under the New Administration: Remarkable Trends, Development and Legal Issues in 2017 and Beyond." The Knowledge Group - Webcast.
  • October 10, 2017: "Visas, International Students and Starting a Company". University of Illinois - Technology Entrepreneur Center.
  • April 12, 2017: "Business Immigration - What Do I Need to Know?" Catapult Chicago.
  • December 1, 2016: "Visas, International Students and Starting a Company". University of Illinois - Technology Entrepreneur Center.
  • September 26, 2016: "Immigration Options for Start-Up Entrepreneurs and Employees". 1871
  • May 16, 2016: Quoted in ChicagoInno, "How America Disrupts Its Immigrant Entrepreneurs"
  • May 16, 2016: Presentation on accepting equity as payment. American Immigration Lawyer's Association - Chicago Chapter, 2016 Spring Ethics Conference.
  • January 14, 2016: "Nuts & Bolts of Immigration for Non-Resident Employees and Entrepreneurs". University of Chicago Booth School of Businees.
  • March 2, 2015: FWD.US press call with Rep. Bob Dold (IL-10).
  • February 26, 2015, June 16, 2015: Presentation on "Immigration for New Businesses and Entrepreneurs" at 1871.
  • August 20, 2014: "Immigration for Employment Lawyers: Pointers, Practices, and Practical Considerations". State Bar of Wisconsin: Health, Labor, and Employment Law Institute.