Immigration Law

If you require an immigration law attorney in South King County, Auburn, Covington, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Kent, Renton or Tukwila, or Seattle, Bellevue or Tacoma, Hanis Irvine Prothero has an experienced team ready to help you.

"Immigration Law is a mystery and a mastery of obfuscation, and the lawyers who can figure it out are worth their weight in gold" - Former INS Spokesperson Karen Kraushaar

Immigration law has been described as a "labyrinth" and "second only to the Internal Revenue Code in complexity." The attorneys of the Immigration Department of Hanis Irvine Prothero are exclusively dedicated to the practice of immigration law in order to ensure that they provide up-to-date counsel in this complex and ever-changing area of law.

Attorneys Cynthia Irvine, Florian Purganan, and Mary Beth Sheehan represent a wide range of U.S. and international businesses, non-profit organizations, families and individuals in need of immigration services. We counsel individuals seeking to reunify with family members through the immigrant visa process. We are experienced in all types of family-based immigration applications including spousal, fiancé, parent, child, and sibling petitions. Our attorneys will carefully explain the various options, always considering the individual details of each client before recommending a course of action. When possible, we will apply for interim benefits our client may be eligible for while their applications are pending including work authorization and permission to travel outside the United States. We also represent lawful permanent residents in the process of naturalization to U.S. citizenship.

Our department also counsels local and national businesses with questions regarding employment-based visa options for employees both here and abroad and we work with international businesses seeking to expand into the U.S. We will review the standards and requirements of the various visa options, including professional workers, intra-company transferees, business visitors, international investors, and treaty traders. We also represent employers and employees in company sponsorship of foreign national employees for permanent resident status.

Our attorneys have many years of experience defending immigrants in all stages of removal proceedings. We represent clients in Immigration court, and we also have considerable experience with complex appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. We represent clients detained at the immigration detention facility in Tacoma in bond hearing and applications for relief from removal. We have a long history of handling difficult waiver applications for clients with criminal convictions and analyzing the complicated effects that prior criminal convictions may have on our client's immigration status. Our attorneys also represent crime victims who qualify for U visa status, and "Dreamers" who want to apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ("DACA").

The Immigration Department of Hanis Irvine Prothero provides professional immigration legal services to people all over the world. Because immigration is exclusively governed by federal law, many immigration matters can be successfully handled by our attorneys regardless of the physical location of the client. Our attorneys and legal assistants speak multiple languages to ensure the most competent representation of our clients.

Our attorneys have over 25 years of collective experience dedicated exclusively to immigration law. Our highly skilled immigration team makes us uniquely prepared to handle future changes in the law that may open new avenues to reunify families or provide employers with new opportunities to sponsor foreign national workers with skills important to their business. Your family or business is too important to get lost in the labyrinth of immigration law! Our Immigration Department is ready to guide you through the legal maze to join our country's tradition of welcoming immigrants.