The VISANOW Legal Team
Experienced, Reliable Attorneys Committed to Your Success
VISANOW’s legal immigration team draws on a strong foundation of legal and international experience as well as a passion for immigration as its exclusive field of practice. As members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and speakers at industry events of organizations ranging from the Society of Human Resource Professionals (SHRM) to the Worldwide Employee Relocation Council (ERC), our attorneys have decades of extensive immigration experience, including representation of clients before the United States Supreme Court.
Legal excellence aside, our immigration attorneys further distinguish themselves by explaining complex subjects in an easy-to-understand language and by making practical recommendations. This allows everyone to easily understand what is going on and take appropriate action.
Featured Legal Team Members
Robert C. Meltzer, CEO
As Chief Executive Officer of VISANOW, Robert Meltzer leads his company in the pursuit of revolutionizing immigration and employment compliance process management and improving the legal services experience. After practicing law for 15 years, he realized the potential to streamline the immigration process by using technology and founded VISANOW. For over a decade, VISANOW has helped guide thousands of clients navigate the immigration process in the U.S. and abroad in more than 95 countries.
Robert began his career at the legal office of the United Nations World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, concentrating on public international law, international contracts, and international copyright. Upon returning to the U.S. he entered private practice, continuing to focus on international business law, and then expanding his practice to include immigration law, representing clients on a broad range of immigration issues. Robert has experience in all appellate processes of immigration law and has represented clients before the United States Supreme Court on immigration law issues.
Robert was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) from Northern Illinois University College of Law. He furthered his international legal education by receiving certificates and diplomas from the Henri Dunant Institute in Geneva, Switzerland; The Institute de Internationale Droits de L’homme in Strasbourg, France; and the University of Salzburg/McGeorge School of Law in Salzburg, Austria.
Robert is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the International and Immigration Law Section of the Illinois State Bar Association (of which he has served as Chair). He is also an author, lecturer and a recent Adjunct Professor of International Law at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Matthew P. Hellrung, Esq.
Matthew Hellrung’s practice focuses on non-immigrant and immigrant business visa issues, as well as advising companies in immigration practice and policy concerns. Matthew’s practice also focuses on advising and representing clients in a variety of industries, including technology, engineering, and manufacturing industries. Matthew has experience counseling multinational corporations on immigration issues arising from corporate reorganizations, mergers, and layoffs; obtaining E, H, L, O, and TN nonimmigrant visas; obtaining green cards under all employment-based categories; and advising on immigration compliance.
Matthew graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Pittsburgh and a juris doctor from Duquesne University School of Law, where he served as President of the International Law Society and completed coursework at the Chinese University of Political Science and Law in Beijing. Prior to joining VISANOW, Matthew worked for the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and interned with the Honorable Judge Joy Flowers Conti at the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
Matthew is admitted to practice in Illinois.
Agnes C. Rudinsky, Esq.
Agnes Rudinsky’s practice focuses on advising and representing clients in the technology, engineering, telecommunications, and electronics industries. Agnes has extensive experience advising corporate clients on a full range of immigration matters, including developing, implementing, and managing PERM labor certification programs for organizations of all sizes, including Fortune 500 companies. Agnes has strong expertise with counseling multinational corporations, especially technology companies, on immigration policy issues arising from corporate restructuring, mergers, and layoffs. Her areas of expertise include H-1, L-1, E, TN, O-1, F-1, and J-1 nonimmigrant visas, all types of employment-based and family-based permanent residence applications, immigration compliance, and best practices in handling government audits.
Agnes earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and fine art from Wellesley College and a juris doctor from the University of Notre Dame Law School in South Bend, Indiana. During law school, she contributed extensively to the Notre Dame Immigration Clinic, conducting intake interviews and assisting low income individuals in filing adjustment of status and citizenship applications.
Agnes is admitted to practice in Illinois. She also speaks, reads, and writes Korean fluently.
Gordie Rosoklija, Esq.
Gordie Rosoklija specializes in advising his clients on a wide range of employment and family-based immigration matters. Gordie is highly skilled in developing business immigration strategies to handle workforce enhancements and reductions, as well as with due diligence and management of the immigration process before and after mergers and acquisitions. Gordie advises clients on I-9 program improvement and compliance and represents companies in audits by the Department of Labor.
Gordie earned a bachelor’s degree cum laude in government and sociology from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and a juris doctor cum laude from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. During law school, Gordie served as Articles Editor of the Wisconsin Law Review, earned several high academic achievement awards, and competed in the Jessup International Law Competition. Prior to joining VISANOW, Gordie worked for Chief U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb of the Western District of Wisconsin.
Gordie is admitted to practice in the states of Illinois and Wisconsin.
Kristin E. Kelley, Esq.
Kristin Kelley focuses her practice on employment-based immigration, counseling Fortune 500 clients on obtaining approval for all types of nonimmigrant and immigrant visas. She has extensive experience reviewing business immigration filings, responding to requests for further evidence at all government levels, and researching and analyzing immigration statutes. Prior to her legal career, Kristin worked extensively in the field of health care and policy research, solving high level strategic problems for key health care clients.
Kristin graduated with a bachelor’s degree cum laude in sociology and anthropology from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, and a juris doctor with honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law. During law school, she served as a staff member on the North Carolina Law Review and worked as a research assistant for Professor Joan Krause. As a Certified Student Practitioner with the University of North Carolina’s Immigration and Human Rights Policy Clinic, Kristin filed successful U visa applications and advised her clients on key immigration matters, including international travel and family issues.
Kristin is admitted to practice in Illinois.
Anne K. Walsh, Esq.
Anne Walsh’s passion for immigration law and advocacy evolved from the relationships she developed when creating a program for English and Spanish language learners. Her immigration practice now focuses on non-immigrant and immigrant family-based issues, including visitor visas, immediate relative visas, fiancée visas, adjustment of status, citizenship, and waiver applications. Anne also advises businesses in obtaining H, L, and TN non-immigrant visas; obtaining green cards under all employment-based categories; and immigration compliance.
Anne graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin and a juris doctor from Marquette University Law School. During law school, she served on the Board of the Marquette Immigration Law Association, earned distinguished merit from the Pro Bono Society for her work with the immigrant community, interned for the Honorable Judge Aaron Goodstein at the United States District Court’s Eastern District of Wisconsin, and volunteered extensively with the Catholic Charities Immigration Project.
Prior to joining VISANOW, Anne worked for boutique immigration law firms in Milwaukee and Chicago.
Anne is admitted to practice in Illinois and Wisconsin.
Emily C. Shircel, Esq.
Emily Shircel specializes in business immigration, working on both immigrant and non-immigrant matters for corporate clients. During her time with VISANOW, she has assisted a diverse array of companies and individuals in securing nonimmigrant visas and employment-based green cards.
Emily graduated with a bachelor’s degree cum laude in history and interdisciplinary fine arts from Saint Olaf College, and a juris doctor cum laude from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. During law school, she studied immigration law and completed an externship with the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement division. She also competed on the Houston Invitational Moot Court Team and the Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Team.
Emily is admitted to practice in Illinois and Wisconsin.
Matthew B. Meltzer, Esq.
Matt’s practice focuses on non-immigrant and immigrant business visa issues, as well as advising companies in immigration practice and policy concerns. Matt represents small and large business clients in a variety of industries, including: technology, consulting, engineering, hospitality, and manufacturing industries. Matthew has experience counseling corporations and start-up businesses on immigration issues; obtaining B, E, H, I, L, O, and TN non-immigrant visas; obtaining green cards under all employment-based categories, including for EB-5 investors; responding to requests for further evidence from the USCIS and DOL audits; and advising on immigration compliance.
Matt earned a bachelor’s degree cum laude in political science from the University of Pennsylvania, and a juris doctor from Boston College Law School, where he served as the school’s Moot Court problem writer and received a certificate for his pro bono service. Prior to joining VISANOW, Matt worked with the Chicago Transit Authority and a boutique law firm in Boston.
Matt is admitted to practice in Illinois.
Marina G. Falkina, Senior Global Immigration Specialist (RCIC)
As a Senior Global Immigration Specialist, Marina is in charge of providing VISANOW Canadian immigration services. Marina brings to VISANOW over ten years of experience in Canadian immigration field, inclusive of her previous experience working as an immigration assistant to the Visa Officers at the Canadian Consulate General in Detroit, Michigan (1996-1997).
Prior to joining VISANOW, Marina worked for over nine years with several attorneys who specialized in Canadian and U.S. immigration matters.
Marina earned a bachelor’s degree in modern languages from the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada, as well as an associate’s degree in humanities and social sciences from Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is fluent in Russian and Ukrainian and has a working knowledge of the Spanish language. Marina is a member in good standing with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), Membership No. R410495.
Marina has considerable experience interacting with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Service Canada (SC), as well as Canadian, U.S., and global immigration attorneys and other governmental agencies. Drawing from her personal experience as an immigrant to Canada, Marina strives to provide the best possible customer care, support, and legal advice to our clients in these fast-changing and challenging times.
Dominic Hewitt, Global Immigration Manager
Dominic came to VISANOW after 16 years working at the Chicago-based British Consulate General. He completed his career there as a Senior Entry Clearance Officer dealing with UK immigration work as well as providing consular advice and assistance to UK citizens.
Dominic has considerable experience interfacing with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, UK Border Agency, global immigration attorneys and other governmental agencies.
John Menchey, Immigration Specialist
John brings to VISANOW his experience and training in litigation support, debt collection, real estate transactions and contract disputes.
John joined the VISANOW legal team after an eleven-year career with the world’s largest airline. His extensive experience with the pleasures and pitfalls of international travel, and those of temporary assignments abroad, serves as a practical and applicable background for work in the field of immigration law.
John earned a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature and German studies from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and a paralegal certificate from DePaul University in Chicago.
John is a member of the Illinois Paralegal Association, and fluent speaker of the German language.
Candace Savino, Immigration Specialist
Candace brings avidity and a keen sense of awareness to the role of Immigration Specialist on VISANOW’s legal team.
While studying, she worked as the general manager of her college radio station, a role that made her comfortable with leadership and organization. After graduating, Candace joined the fast-paced video gaming industry where she wrote content and managed a popular blog.
Candace received a bachelor’s degree in history from Boston College.