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Lindsey M. Medina

Senior Attorney
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Detroit

500 Woodward Ave
Suite 3500
Detroit, MI 48226
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Education
J.D., magna cum laude, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan, 2012
B.A., with Honors, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, 2009
State Bar Licenses
Michigan

Lindsey M. Medina

Senior Attorney

Lindsey Medina counsels clients ranging from multinational corporations to start-up companies on corporate immigration law, including employment-based temporary visas (B-1, E, F, H, J, L, 0, R, and TN), permanent residency (PERM, I-140, EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, and EB-4), and employment compliance. Lindsey advises clients across a variety of industries including academic, automotive, engineering, financial services, staffing, technology, and religious institutions. Once a client has identified foreign talent, Lindsey works with her client and the foreign national employee (and their family) to devise a strategy to align with short-term and long-term immigration needs.

Lindsey works with clients to understand their industry, motivation, and business needs to develop policies and practices to secure and retain foreign talent while protecting the US employer from exposure to liability for non-compliance. 

Many of Lindsey’s clients maintain alternative working arrangements: teleworking, visiting client locations, and third-party placements. These alternative working arrangements are the way of the future but can present challenges to the non-immigrant and immigrant visa processes. Lindsey has extensive experience in counseling clients in this area and developing best practices to maintain compliance.

Memberships
State Bar of Michigan
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Michigan and National Sections
Experiences

In 2000, N.M. and her family, permanent residents of the United States, were victims of a terrifying human trafficking scheme in India, in which N.M.’s children were held hostage at gunpoint for three days while N.M. and her husband were forced to bring three teenagers to the U.S. and to pass them off as their own children.  Many years later, through a combination of poor counsel and miscommunication with U.S. immigration authorities, N.M. was forced to surrender her permanent residence, and was subject to a 20-year bar from returning to the United States.

Today, N.M.’s son is a physician and a U.S. citizen. N.M. requires a lung transplant that she cannot obtain in India.  Jennifer Cook, Lindsey Medina, and Thomas Ragland successfully argued that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security should approve N.M.’s application for Humanitarian Parole, which permits otherwise “inadmissible” foreign nationals to enter the U.S. for compelling humanitarian reasons. Last week, shortly after obtaining this very difficult to receive approval, N.M. flew to the U.S. and is currently preparing for her lung transplant surgery and recovery under the care of her son and extended family. 

Practice Areas
Immigration Law