Amanda Rizzo is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois and before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Amanda’s interest in immigration law began while working at her father’s immigration law firm, which was originally founded by her grandfather in the 1960’s in Chicago.
Amanda has been helping immigrants achieve their American dream since 2011. Her practice has been focused on both family and employment based immigration law. She also represents her clients before the Immigration Court and Board of Immigration Appeals, practicing in deportation defense. She supports her clients with immigrant petitions, applications for permanent residence, inadmissibility waivers and appeals to the Administrative Appeals Office. She represents clients seeking asylum and other humanitarian relief, including U-visa and T-visa petitions, TPS, humanitarian parole, special immigrant juvenile petitions, VAWA petitions and DACA.
Amanda has also represented employers seeking work authorization and employment visas for their employees, including through PERM Labor Certification applications, immigrant petitions and applications for permanent residence within the U.S. and at U.S. Consulates abroad. Her experience includes B-1 (domestic employment), B-2, H-1B, TN, E-1, E-2, E-3, J-1, L-1, O-1 and P-1 visas.
Amanda has been a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 2012 and presently serves on the AILA Chicago Chapter’s Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee. She has also served on the AILA Detainee Legal Services Committee to connect volunteer attorneys with detained immigrants subjected to unnecessary separation from their families. Amanda was previously a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children with neglect and abuse cases in the Cook County court system.
During law school, she interned as a clerk at private immigration law firms, as well as at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Child Protection Division, and the Public Defender’s Office of DuPage County. She also served on the student board of the Schiller, DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center and as an associate editor of the Journal of Women, Gender and the Law.