Mary Kate Church, an Attorney on Ellis Porter’s Healthcare Immigration team, helps healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and medical researchers, navigate the complex immigration issues specific to the healthcare field. Mary Kate advises healthcare professionals and employers on a wide variety of work visa matters (including H-1B, TN, O-1, and F-1/OPT), green card matters, J-1 waiver issues and immigration compliance. Clients appreciate Mary Kate’s solid grasp of healthcare immigration issues, and her very efficient, yet personal approach to managing their applications and providing counsel. Prior to joining Ellis Porter, Mary Kate worked as an attorney with a law firm specializing in work visas and green cards in the high-skilled categories (O-1, EB-1 and NIW), and she developed a particular expertise managing immigrant visa applications filed at U.S. consulates abroad. She also worked previously as a law clerk with the University of Michigan Health System, exposing her to a variety of healthcare legal issues.
Mary Kate has a personal connection to the healthcare field, too. Her spouse is a physician, which has provided her with an even deeper level of insight into the immigration challenges that physicians and other healthcare professionals face as they navigate their career paths in the U.S.
On the personal side, Mary Kate is a proud native of New York. Also, as a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, she is a huge fan of all of the Fighting Irish sports teams. In fact, she was the Captain of the Notre Dame Women’s Ski Team while in college, and she continues to enjoy getting out on the slopes with her family whenever she can.
Mary Kate’s Irish roots go deeper than just her time at Notre Dame. Her father’s grandparents immigrated to the U.S. from Ireland and went through Ellis Island (their names are on the American Immigrant Wall of Honor at Ellis Island), and both of her mother’s parents also immigrated to the U.S. from Ireland. True to her roots, she’s no stranger to ceili dancing (Irish folk dancing), and she makes a mean Irish soda bread. And if you ever find yourself in New York City in search of the best Irish pubs to visit, just ask Mary Kate and she’ll point you in the right direction. Sláinte!EDUCATION
University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 2012)
University of Notre Dame (B.A., cum laude, Political Science and Economics, 2008)
Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association
State Bar of Michigan