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Attorney Jae Francis Lee

Immigration Law Firm

Jae Francis Lee

Principal Attorney

Francis Law Center provides immigration law services nationwide and has offices in Chicago, Illinois, Schaumburg, Illinois, Naperville, Illinois, and Madison, Wisconsin. We provide exceptional legal representation through top-notch research, meticulous documentation, and courteous client consultation. We are devoted to easing family separations and assisting family unity and happiness, specializing in K-1 fiancé(e) visas, green cards through marriage, and 601/ 601A waiver green card services.

Attorney Jae Francis taught U.S. History at the University of Wisconsin for 22 years since he completed Ph.D. in History from New York University in 2000. He has written several textbook and journal articles and lectured on legal topics relating to U.S. Immigration History. His experience and background as a researcher and professor have well prepared him to help professors, researchers, professionals, skilled workers, artists, and managers promptly obtain green cards through successful applications of EB1, NIW, and EB2/EB3 visas and H-1B, L, O, TN, and H-2B work visas.

Dr. Lee earned his J.D. in 2012 from the University of Wisconsin, Ph.D. in 2000 from New York University, B.A. in 1994 from Korea University, and B.S. in 1993 from Iowa State University. He is admitted to the bars of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, Western and Eastern Districts of Wisconsin, Northern District of Illinois, and the State of Wisconsin.

Areas of Practice

  • Immigration 100%

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin, 2012
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 2012
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2022
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2022
  • U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2022


  • University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wisconsin
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Labor and Employment Certificate with Honors
  • New York University, New York, New York
    • Ph.D. – 2000
    • Honors: Graduate Teaching Fellowships 1998-2000
    • Major: History
  • Korea University, Seoul
    • B.A. – 1994
    • Major: Western History
  • Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
    • B.S. – 1993
    • Major: History

Published Works

  • History of the United States Since 1865, Great River Learning, 2016
  • Nativism, Gale Cengage Publishing, 2016
  • The Dawes Act, Gale Cengage Publishing, 2016
  • “Feasibility of applying for a non-immigrant visa while family-based immigration petition is pending”, 2015
  • “Citizenship proof challenges for naturalized U.S. Citizens”, 2015

Representative Clients

  • Century Pacific 
  • Aries
  • Panther Wholesale
  • Softnyx
  • AKCare Staffing


  • U.S. History Professor at the University of Wisconsin
  • Transformations of the Trans-Pacific World after World War II: Cultural, Social and Economic Exchanges and Changes in the United States and People’s Republic of China, Confucius Institute, 2015 to 2015
  • Transnational Re-mapping of the “Yellow Peril, Association of Asian American Studies Conference, 2015 to 2015
  • The De-Constitutionalization of Employee Free Speech Protection: Rise and Fall of Mythical Contrasts between the Public and Private Sector Employee Free Speech Protection, National Social Sciences Association Conference, 2014 to 2014
  • U.S. Legal History, University of Wisconsin, 2014 to 2014
  • Emergency Assistance: Who may qualify and how to apply? , Dane Country Circuit Court Information Session, 2012 to 2012

Honors and Awards

  • Expert Network, Distinguished Lawyer in Immigration Law, 2017
  • Lead Counsel, Lead Counsel Rating in Immigration Law, 2017
  • Selected by Expertise as Top 20 Best Immigration Lawyers in Milwaukee – 2016
  • Top 10 Best Immigration Attorney, American Institute of Legal Counsel – 2016
  • Pro Bono Honor Society, Wisconsin Bar Association – 2015-2016
  • Labor and Employment Law Certificate with Honors, University of Wisconsin Law School – 2012
  • Super Lawyers, 2019-Present
  • Expertise,  Best Abogados de Inmigración in Madison, 2022
  • Avvo, 10 Avvo Rating for Top Attorney, 2019-Present
  • Avvo, Clients’ Choice Award, 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Immigration Project, National Lawyers Guild, Member, 2015 to Present
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Member, 2015 to Present
  • Dane County Bar Association, Member, 2012 to Present
  • Korean American Bar Association of Chicago, Member, 2015 to Present
  • Wisconsin Bar Association, Member, 2012 to Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Member, 2012 to Present
  • Good Shepherd House, President and in-House Counsel, 2016 to Present
  • Softnyx, Ltd., In-house counsel, 2012 to 2020
  • AILA Chicago Chapter, CVLS Committee member, 2016 to Present
  • AILA Chicago Chapter, New Member Committee member, 2016 to Present
  • American Catholic Lawyers Association, Volunteer attorney, 2016 to Present
  • American Bar Association, 2022-Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Friedman & Anspach (NYC) , Law Clerk
  • National Labor Relations Board, Legal Intern
  • Sally Stix Law Office, Law Clerk
  • Neighborhood Law Project, University of Wisconsin Law School, Student Attorney
  • University of Wisconsin, Associate Professor of History

Pro Bono Activities

  • Pro Bono Attorney, St. Mary Magdalene Congregation, Milwaukee, WI, 2015 to Present
  • Pro Bono Attorney, St. Francis Law Center, Madison, WI, 2012 to 2014
  • Volunteer Attorney, Tenant Resources Center, Madison, WI, 2012 to Present
  • Volunteer Attorney, Legal Action of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 2012 to Present


  • English
  • Korean

Serving clients across Chicago, Schaumburg, Naperville, Madison, and beyond, Francis Law Center brings families together, advocates for humanitarian relief, and helps professionals and businesses with complex immigration issues, including Family-Based Immigrations, Humanitarian & Citizenship, and Employment-Based Immigration.

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