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Chad Ellsworth


"Immigration law affords me the unique and exciting opportunity to bring fellow global citizens together—to enhance the world economy, promote cultural understanding of one another and shape our world for the better."


"…shape our world…"

Chad joined Fragomen as an Associate in 2002 from Tulane Law School cum laude. While at Tulane, he served as Associate Executive Editor for The Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law.

His practice focuses on the representation of individual and business clients on a wide variety of corporate immigration and related employment matters.

Chad has advised human resource personnel, managers, executives and professionals and multinational corporations on a variety of global immigration matters with an emphasis on the establishment and/or improvement of immigration compliant global mobility programs including jurisdictions with less formalized immigration processes and procedures.

Chad also advises many high net worth individuals in their immigration related investments. As Chinese citizens are the largest users of the U.S. EB-5 Investor Category, he regularly liaises with Chinese and other foreign investors to address their immigration needs.

He is a member of the firm’s Corporate Compliance and Private Client Practice Groups and a regular speaker at national and international immigration conferences including the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Council for Global Immigration (formerly ACIP), the China-US Business Alliance, EB-5 Investors, the Invest in America Shanghai Summit and Exhibition, and Immigration Lawyers on the Web (ILW). He is also the author of immigration related articles.

  • Tulane University School of Law

    Juris Doctor, 2002

  • University of Southern California

    Bachelor of Arts, 1998

  • Bar Admissions: New York, New Jersey

  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association

  • Author, “Emphasis on Compliance and SEC Interagency Cooperation a Year after the Appointment of Chief Nicholas Colucci to the USCIS Immigrant Investor Program (EB-5).” The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, Volume 22, No. 12 (December 2014): 18. Print.

  • Author, “Looking Elsewhere: Options for Investors in the Wake of Canada’s Termination of Two Key Visa Programs.” World of Expats, 2014. Web.