Bushra Malik, Butzel Long Photo

Bushra A. Malik is a Shareholder practicing in Butzel's Troy Office.  Ms. Malik practices in the area of immigration law, focusing her practice on the representation of multinational and domestic clients' inbound and global migration needs.


Bushra A. Malik is a Shareholder practicing in Butzel's Troy Office. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1998) and Michigan State University's James Madison College (B.A. in International Relations with High Honors, 1996 and an additional major in Japanese and Certificate of Asian Studies). Ms. Malik was named "Lawyer of the Year" (2022) and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Immigration Law), was named one of DBusiness magazine’s Top Lawyers in the field of immigration law, and is recognized as a Who's Who Legal Thought Leader for Corporate Immigration 2021.

Ms. Malik practices in the area of immigration law, focusing her practice on the representation of multinational and domestic clients' inbound and global migration needs. Ms. Malik's experience includes Employment based (Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Researcher, Multinational Manager, and PERMs) and Family based Permanent Residence Petitions Non-Immigrant Petitions (H-1B/Specialty Occupation, J-1/ Exchange Visitor, L-1/Intracompany Transfers, O-1/Extraordinary Ability, TN/ NAFTA); Employer Compliance (I-9 Audits and H-1B Public Access File Audits); J-1 waivers; Compliance under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI); U.S. Passports; complex naturalization matters; and currency seizures. Ms. Malik has extensive experience in securing work and residence permits for numerous countries around the globe, including: China, India, Canada, Japan, Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Russia, Malaysia, Hungary, Poland, Italy, and Belgium. Ms. Malik also routinely represents clients at U.S. Ports of Entry, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services District Office, U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad, as well as various Foreign Embassies and Consulates.

Prior to joining Butzel, Ms. Malik was a Vice Consul for the United States Foreign Service, Department of State in Seoul, South Korea. She also worked with the Executive Office of Immigration Review at the Chicago Immigration Court and had externships with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in New Delhi, India, and the legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service, Office of the General Counsel in Washington, DC.

Ms. Malik is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the American Bar Association, the South Asian Bar Association, the Michigan Muslim Bar Association, and the Japanese Business Society of Detroit. Ms. Malik is currently serving on the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Department of State National Liaison Committee. She previously served as chair of the AILA Michigan Chapter; on the AILA Board of Governors; chair of AILA’s Global Migration Section; and speaks regularly at AILA national and international conferences. Ms. Malik speaks Hindi, Japanese and Urdu.

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University of Michigan Law School 1998, J.D.

James Madison College at Michigan State University Graduate 1996, B.A. International Relations



  • AILA – Member of the Department of State National Liaison Committee
  • AILA – Board of Governors (Previous Board Member)
  • AILA – Past Member of the  Executive Committee for the Michigan Chapter (Previous Chapter Chair)
  • AILA – Past Conference and Events Committee of the Global Migration Section (Previous Chair)
  • AILA - United States Citizenship and Immigration Service Liaison Committee for the Michigan Chapter (Previous Chair)
  • American Bar Association
  • South Asian Bar Association
  • Michigan Muslim Bar Association
  • Japanese Business Society of Detroit

Awards & Recognitions

Awards & Recognitions

The Best Lawyers in America: Lawyer of the Year, Immigration Law, 2022

The Best Lawyers in America - Immigration Law, 2015-2024

DBusiness Top Lawyers, Immigration Law, 2015-2018, 2020-2023

Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Immigration, 2021-2023


  • Represented clients in obtaining visas at various US Embassies and Consulates abroad
  • Analyzed eligibility for naturalization through parents or grandparents and prepare necessary documentation
  • Obtained approval of Immigration Petition for Alien of Extraordinary Ability for various professionals including engineers, scientists, corporate executives, professional athletes, entertainers, coaches, and trainers.
  • Assisted employers in obtaining appropriate nonimmigrant classification (TN, H-1B, H-3, L-1A, L-1B, O-1, E-1/E-2, P) and immigrant classification (EB-1, EB-2, EB-3 and EB-5).
  • Obtained permanent resident status pursuant to registry provisions based on residence in U.S. since January 1972
  • Conducted internal audits of I-9 forms for clients
  • Advised employers regarding maintenance of employer/employee relationship when foreign national is placed offsite
  • Provided preventative counseling on Department of Homeland Security and Department of Labor investigations and employer sanctions.
  • Preparation of J-1 Exchange Visitor and H-3 Trainee applications and petitions for employees of foreign companies with U.S. facilities
  • Represented employers during investigations conducted by USICE and USDOL regarding employment verification issues
  • Assisted with preservation of residency for naturalization purposes for individuals transferred overseas
  • Obtained removal of conditions on permanent residency
  • Managed multi-country projects and obtained work authorizations in multiple jurisdictions for individuals of various nationalities.
  • Assisted family members in obtaining appropriate fianc
  • Represented clients in complex naturalization matters including restoration of U.S. citizenship, appeals for denied naturalization applications, and evaluate strategies for overcoming grounds of ineligibility.
  • Conducted in-house training on I-9 form compliance and retention, including electronic completion and storage of I-9 forms
  • Obtained re-entry permits to maintain permanent residence status in the United States for individuals transferred abroad
  • Represented clients at Port of Entry to process admission to US under NAFTA
  • Analyzed effect of corporate changes, including mergers and acquisitions, on foreign national’s immigration status.
  • Conducted in-house training regarding preparing and maintaining H-1B public access files and Labor Certification Applications
  • Prepared J-1 waivers of 2 year foreign residency requirement based on no-objection letters, interested government agencies, hardship and other grounds
  • Evaluated retention of dual citizenship for U.S. and other countries such as Germany, Italy, Australia, Canada, etc.
  • Consulted with clients regarding special permanent resident card interviews

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