Joel A. Wisniewski

Managing Attorney

Joel is a Managing Attorney at Global Immigration Associates. His practice focuses on supporting employers and foreign national beneficiaries secure lawful status and work authorization. He has extensive experience with H-1B, E-3, F-1, O-1, TN and R-1 nonimmigrant visa categories and EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 immigrant visa categories. Joel works with clients across industries including information and technology, academia, finance, healthcare, automotive, legal and accounting.

Prior to joining GIA, Joel worked as the in-house Immigration Counsel at Populus Group, LLC, where he focused on securing work authorization for foreign national employees, ensuring compliance with all Department of Labor regulations and supporting the business development team to secure opportunities supporting external customers. Joel also managed the immigration legal department in a high-volume business that supported customers in a wide range of industries.

When he is not in the office, Joel enjoys attending sporting events and concerts, traveling and spending time with his wife and two children.


  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

  • Western Michigan University, BA in Journalism

Bar Admissions

  • Joel is licensed to practice in Michigan


  • Joel is a member of AILA, the MI State Bar and the ABA.