Jennifer Shanley

Jennifer L. Shanley


Jennifer L. Shanley


  • Overview


    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.


    Jennifer 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. Jennifer 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, Jennifer 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

    Jennifer 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.

    Pro Bono

    Jennifer 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.

    Jennifer regularly writes about immigration-related topics. Her 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, Jennifer 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. 

  • Experience
    • Experience


      • Successfully assisted pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies with securing green cards for outstanding researchers and individuals with extraordinary abilities.

      • In 2016 alone, helped file and secure approval for over 200 L-1 petitions on behalf of a Fortune 100 aircraft manufacturing company, which allowed for intracompany transfers of managers, executives, and individuals with specialized knowledge.

      • Successfully registered multiple companies for E-2 treaty trader status with the U.S. Consulates in Italy, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. 

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      American Bar Association (2013 - Present)

      Connecticut Bar Association (2013 - Present)

      American Immigration Lawyers Association (2015 - Present)
    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Special Olympics Connecticut (2013 - Present)

      Special Olympics Young Professionals Group (2014 - Present)
    • Publications


      "US Employers: Work-authorized Visa Options for Hiring a Foreign National Worker," published in Connecticut Lawyer, co-authored with Joshua S. Mirer (March/April 2018)
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      "H1B Work Visas Under Attack," published in Business New Haven E-News, co-authored with Joshua S. Mirer and Megan R. Naughton (1/31/2018)
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      "Hiring a Foreign National Worker: What U.S. Employers Need to Know," published in Mobility Magazine, co-authored with Joshua S. Mirer (May 2017)
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    • News

      R+C in the News

      • April 19, 2018

        Josh Mirer and Jen Shanley Co-author Article Published in Connecticut Lawyer

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      • February 6, 2018

        Josh Mirer, Megan Naughton, and Jen Shanley Author Article Published in Business New Haven E-News

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      • May 5, 2017

        Immigration Group Lawyers Publish Article for Mobility Magazine

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      R+C News Releases

      • October 16, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Welcomes New Lawyers

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