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Shereen C. Chen

Shereen C. Chen

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Phone: 856.355.2900
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Shereen C. Chen, a partner with the firm, concentrates her practice exclusively in the area of immigration and nationality law. Her clients include professional athletes, opera stars, religious leaders, high net worth investors, health care employees, corporations, golf courses and resorts along with nonprofit organizations, including temples and shrines across the U.S.

Shereen focuses on corporate immigration matters, including employer corporate and I-9 compliance. She often works with corporations in the midst of a merger or acquisition, advising on the immigration concerns in corporate restructuring and development of immigration procedures. She advises human resource management on compliance and conducts audits for companies to insure immigration compliance. She also handles individual cases including family-based petitions and naturalization.

She has also covered the gamut of other immigration issues, including non-immigrant visas (E, H, I, L, O, P, Q and R). She has experience with adjustment of status cases; extraordinary individuals with abilities in the arts, sciences, athletics or business; multinational executives; labor certification/PERM cases; naturalization; waivers; and exchange visitors.

Shereen speaks frequently on business immigration issues before bar associations, trade groups and HR departments. In addition, she is frequently quoted in the media including the Philadelphia Inquirer and KYW Radio, Philadelphia. Every year since 2008, Shereen has been the speaker at the Burlington County Law Day Ceremony where new U.S. citizens are recognized. In 2011, Shereen was named one of the “Outstanding Women of Burlington County” and honored for her immigration work. She has appeared as an immigration expert for NBC 10 News in Philadelphia and on the South Jersey television show "Legal Lines." Shereen has served as the keynote speaker in partnership with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (Mount Laurel, NJ office) for the Naturalization Ceremonies at the Mitchell Cohen Federal Courthouse in Camden, New Jersey.

Shereen was named a "40 under 40" by the New Jersey Law Journal (2004).  She is the recipient of the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association (APALA) of New Jersey Distinguished Excellence recognition (2006) and the recipient of the New State Bar Association Pro Bono Award of the Year (2006).  She is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).  Shereen received a Professional Lawyer of the Year award from APALA in 2016.

Shereen is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University (B.A. 1993) and the Rutgers University School of Law-Camden (J.D. 1996).

Born in Taipei, Taiwan, and immigrated to the U.S., she is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Outside of the office, Shereen, who played lacrosse at Johns Hopkins, is a devoted hockey mom.

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Speaking Engagements

USCIS Naturalization Ceremony, Marlton Middle School, Citizenship Week Celebration, March 16, 2016

Burlington County League of Women Voters, Annual Meeting, Guest Speaker, May 30, 2015

The Legal Intelligencer, ALM Litigation Summit, Translation Panel, September 12, 2014

Rutgers University School of Law, Camden, Women’s Law Caucus Panel, November 14, 2013

"The Privilege of Citizenship," Citizen and Naturalization Event, Burlington County, September 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

"Higher Education Benefits and Compensation," Ballard Spahr Symposium, April 2009

"Health Care System Employee Benefits and Compensation," Ballard Spahr Symposium, September 2008

"Recent Developments in NJ Law," NJICLE Seminar, New Brunswick, August 2008

"Immigration Issues," Panel Discussion, New Jersey Builders League, April 2008

"Doing Business in the Current Immigration Environment," CLE for Free, Philadelphia, February 2008

"What Employers Want to Know about Employment Authorization," Panel Discussion, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, November 2007

"The Patriot Act: The Criminal Implications in Immigration Law," APALA/NJ Professional Development Seminar, Princeton, 2007

"Paving the Way for Immigration through Human Relations," Panel Discussion, New Jersey Human Relations Commission Leadership Conference, Trenton, November 2006

"Immigration Issues and Public Benefits for Foreign Nationals and Immigrants," New Jersey Governor's Conference for Women, Trenton, October 2006

"Forging Alliances IV/Mastering the Local Global Economy," Panel Speaker, Center City Proprietors Organization, June 2001

"Minority and Diversity Issues," Panel Member, Family Law Bench Bar Luncheon, New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Meeting, Atlantic City, May 2006

"Labor, Employment and Immigration Issues in the Hospitality Industry," Ballard Spahr Breakfast Briefing, April 2006

"The Current Status of Immigration Issues," Legal Lines television show on Cable Channel 2, January 2006

"Immigration Concerns in the Franchise Field," American Bar Association Franchise Forum, Florida, October 2005

"Immigration Law and the Building Industry," Builders League of South Jersey, June 2005

"Immigration Issues," Tri-State Human Resources Organization, May 2005

"Immigration Issues in the Construction Industry," Atlantic Builders Convention, Atlantic City, April 2005

"Navigating the Immigration System for Manpower - Temporary Working Visas and Green Cards - with Special Up-to-the-Moment Immigration Update," New Jersey Amusement Association, Trump Marina, March 2005

"Immigration Backgrounder: Visas, H-1bs and I-9 forms," Southern Shore Human Resource Management Association, February 2005

"General Overview of Immigration Law and I-9 Requirements," MidAtlantic Employers' Association, January 2005

"Immigration and Labor Coincide," Law Talk television program, Camden County Bar Association, November 2004, February 2005

"Trafficking, Slave Trade and Anti-trafficking Movements," Panel Discussion presented by the Women Lawyers of Ballard Spahr, May 2004

"Immigration, Subcontractors & Employment Verification: When is the Builder Liable?" South Jersey Builders League, May 2004

"Payroll Basics in Pennsylvania," Lorman Education Serves, Philadelphia, May 2004

"Immigration Basics," Tri-State Human Resources Organization, Sheraton Hotel, Cherry Hill, NJ, May 2004

"Immigration for Your Amusement," The New Jersey Amusement Association, Trump Marina, Atlantic City, NJ, March 2004

"Immigration Issues," NBC 10 Live, Philadelphia, July 2003


"It's Not that Easy to Become Legal Through Marriage," Camden County Woman, October, November 2006

"The Interplay Between the IRS and the USCIS," Co-author, New Jersey Law Journal, March 28, 2005

"The Affidavit of Support and its Impact on Nuptial Agreements," New Jersey Lawyer, April 2004

"How to Obtain Legal Permanent Residence," Casino Industry Political Action Report, September 2000