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Catherine H. Betts

Senior Immigration Attorney


Catherine Betts counsels corporate clients worldwide on employment-based immigration needs and strategies. She prepares and files employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant petitions for multinational corporations in the information technology, health care, manufacturing, and food and beverage sectors. She advises employers on various compliance issues, including I-9 and E-Verify obligations. Catherine is also experienced in representing clients in family-based immigrant visa petitions, adjustment of status, and naturalization and certificate of citizenship applications.

Previous Experience

Before joining the firm, Catherine was an associate with a boutique immigration law firm in Arlington, Virginia. During law school, she gained immigration experience as a law clerk with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of Justice in the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) and Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).

Personal Interests

Catherine stays active running and taking barre classes. She enjoys traveling and wine tasting. An alumna of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Catherine is an avid Wisconsin athletics fan.


Bar Admissions

District of Columbia


George Mason University School of Law
J.D. George Mason Civil Rights Law Journal (articles editor) (2014)

University of Wisconsin - Madison
B.A. in History and Political Science, with distinction (2010)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • E-1 and E-2 Visas
    Guest lecturer, George Washington University School of Law, February 2019
  • Form I-9 in the Digital Age: Employer Compliance and Enforcement Challenges
    Co-author, The American University Business Law Review, Vol. 7, 2018
  • Hot Topics in Immigration: What Employers Need to Know
    Panelist, National Association of Women Lawyers webinar, November 2017
  • The "New Normal" – The Trump Administration's Effect on Labor & Employment 
    Co-presenter, Faegre Baker Daniels, April 2017
  • Hot Topics in U.S. Business Immigration
    Co-presenter, Faegre Baker Daniels Webinar, May 2016
  • Can I Get a Witness: A Case for Asylum for Prosecutorial Witnesses Who Testify Against Gangs and Other Gang-Related Claims
    40 T. Marshall L. Rev. 5, 2015

Firm Blog Contributions

  • LaborSphere – a resource providing coverage and insights on breaking cases, recently enacted legislation and a broad range of labor issues

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • National Association of Women Lawyers


  • Best Lawyers® — "Ones to Watch," Immigration Law, 2023-24; Labor and Employment Law - Management, 2021-24
  • George Mason University School of Law — Immigration Law Society, President
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020
  • Faegre Baker Daniels – Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2018-19
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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