Virginia, US

Rebecca joined Fragomen as a Summer Associate in 2006, and as an Attorney in 2007. She provides counsel on all aspects of corporate U.S. immigration, including nonimmigrant visas and permanent residence. Rebecca’s clients include telecommunications, pharmaceutical, publishing, IT consulting, and financial services companies, as well as advertising and marketing agencies.

Since 2010, Rebecca has coordinated and managed the Chicago office’s pro bono efforts. She oversees multiple ongoing pro bono projects to assist individuals from the greater Chicago community file U-Visa and asylum applications with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). She has also coordinated multiple onsite clinics to assist immigrant youth to apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Additionally, she regularly provides Know Your Rights presentations to detained immigrant children currently in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

In 2011, Rebecca joined the firm's Appearance Team handling all appearance issues at local USCIS offices in Chicago and throughout the Midwest region, as well as at various USCIS offices around the country. This work has included attending numerous permanent residence and citizenship interviews, often on complicated matters and for VIP clients. Her work at the regional USCIS offices often involves obtaining emergency travel authorization, and inquiring on and closing out long-pending cases.

During law school, Rebecca was a Judicial Law Clerk Intern with the U.S. Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review. Additionally, she was Managing Editor of the St. John's Law Review and the Journal of Catholic Legal Studies.

As the Fragomen Chicago office’s Pro Bono Coordinator, Rebecca oversees the following projects: U Visa Pro Bono Program (2010-present), Asylum Pro Bono Program (2012-present), DACA Pro Bono Program (2012-present). Since the fall of 2014, she has also led the firm's efforts to provide pro bono attorney representation to refugee women and children detained by U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement along the Southern border of the United States.

Rebecca speaks English and Spanish.


St. John's University, School of Law | J.D., 2007
Brigham Young University | B.A., 2002, summa cum laude


Michael Maggio Pro Bono Award, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2015

Pro Bono Award, Super Lawyers, 2014

Rising Star Award, National Immigrant Justice Center, 2014

Gold Pro Bono Service Award, St. John’s University, 2007

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

Bar Admissions: Illinois, New York

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association

Member, Illinois State Bar Association

Co-Chair, National Immigrant Justice Center, Junior Leadership Board

Selected for the Emerging Leaders Program, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Class of 2017

Publications and Lectures

Van Uitert, Rebecca, "Undocumented Immigrants In The United States: A Discussion Of Catholic Social Thought And 'Mormon Social Thought' Principles," 46 J. CATH. L. STUDIES 277 (2007).

Patrick, Michael, Morowitz, Nancy & van Uitert, Rebecca, "H-1B Season Approaches," New York Law Journal, Volume 239, No. 19 (2008).

Rebecca has also been invited to speak for the American Immigration Lawyers Association's NY Chapter on the topic of representing juveniles before the immigration court.