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Dyan Williams

Dyan Williams

Practice areas:

Immigration

About Me

I am your advocate and advisor in immigration matters related to living, studying and working lawfully in the U.S. and acquiring U.S. citizenship. If you are a business owner or employer, I can help you obtain work visas for hiring and retaining foreign national talent, as well as comply with I-9 requirements.  


 


I have a successful track record in overcoming marriage fraud findings, obtaining hardship waivers (for fraud/wilful misrepresentation and unlawful presence), and getting complex naturalization applications approved. 


 


I provide personalized service, tailored solutions, and attention to details that make or break your case. 


 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2005

  1. Immigration: 100%

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Always), Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total

  • Graham Blair Ojala-Barbour

    Dyan is a great attorney. She is an expert at helping people prove the validity of a real marriage when the government is alleging marriage fraud, and at helping people to become citizens in complex naturalization cases. She is a very good writer and has worked on many successful appeals. I would not hesitate to refer a friend or client to Dyan. I endorse this lawyer.

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    Graham Ojala-Barbour Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Christian K. Lassen II

    Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community.

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    Christian Lassen Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Dyan Williams Law PLLC

80 S. 8th Street
Suite 900
Minneapolis, MN, 55402

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MNAuthorized to practice200506/29/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Lawyers Concerned for LawyersMember - Board of Directors2010 - 2013
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Ndonyi v. Mukasey, 541 F.3d 702 (7th Cir. 2008)petition granted
Khrystotodorov v. Mukasey, 551 F.3d 775 (8th Cir. 2008)petition denied
Abdelwahab v. Frazier, 578 F.3d 817 (8th Cir. 2009)affirmed district court's decision

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Dyan Williams Law - Legal Ethics BlogManaging Client Expectations - Part II (after representation begins)2015
Dyan Williams Law - Legal Ethics BlogManaging Client Expectations - Part I (before representation begins)2015
Dyan Williams Law - Immigration BlogSame-Sex Married Couples: Unique Challenges in Marriage-Based Immigration2015
Dyan Williams Law - Immigration BlogWatch Out for Potential Delays and Snafus in H-1B Cap Filing2015
Dyan Williams Law - Immigration BlogHow to Avoid Unintentionally Abandoning Your U.S. Residency: 6 Critical Steps2015
Dyan Williams Law - Immigration BlogWhy Lying About Being a U.S. Citizen Can Stop You From Becoming a Permanent Resident (and what you can do to overcome this obstacle)2015
Dyan Williams Law - Immigration BlogH-1B Filing Season Begins April 12015
Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog5 Things to Do to Get Your Marriage-Based Green Card2015
Dyan Williams Law - Immigration BlogApplying for DACA? Here are the pros and cons2015
Dyan Williams Law - Immigration BlogK-3 Nonimmigrant Visa for Spouse: Pros and Cons2015
Dyan Williams Law - Immigration BlogI-601A, Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver: Expansion Possible2015
Dyan Williams Law - Immigration BlogI-601A, Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver: Advantages and Limitations2015
Dyan Williams Law - Immigration BlogK-1 fiancé(e) visas aren’t just for mail-order brides (but still carry strict requirements)2015
Dyan Williams Law - Immigration BlogFrom K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa to Green Card2015
Dyan Williams Law - Immigration BlogTemporary Protected Status (TPS): who can apply, when to apply, and what it provides2015
Dyan Williams Law - Immigration BlogFraud, Lies & USCIS: Pitfalls in Naturalization2014
Dyan Williams Law - Immigration BlogWhat to expect at your marriage-based green card interview2014
Dyan Williams Law - Immigration BlogPriority Date: Current, Retrogressed, or Doesn't Matter?2014
Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog5 ways Obama's executive actions benefit immigrants2014
Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog5 myths about Obama's executive actions on immigration2014
Dyan Williams Law - Immigration BlogRisks of H-1B layoff or job loss (and how to overcome them)2014
MshaleU.S. House Declines to Take Up Senate's Comprehensive Immigration Bill; Opts for "Step-by-Step" Approach2013
MshaleImmigration Reform: A Top Second-Term Priority for Obama2013
MshaleStateside Provisional Waiver Program Begins March 42013
MshaleSenate Set to Introduce Immigration Reform Bill2013
MshaleThings to Know About the Expedited Removal Order Process2012
MshaleMorton Memo: Viable Reprieve from Removal or Hollow Policy?2012
MshaleProvisional I-601 Waivers Likely to Streamline Visa Application Procedure and Reduce Separation of Families2012
MshaleUnintentional Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status: Causes, Consequences and Prevention2011
MshaleThe DREAM Act: A Proposed Bill for Motivated, Undocumented Youths to Become Legal Immigrants2011
MshaleMarriage Fraud: Definition, Consequences & Solutions2011
MshaleImmigration Court Backlog Rises; Obama Administration Instructs DHS to Focus on Terrorists, Serious Criminals and National Security Threats2011
MshaleEB-5 Immigrant Visa Program: An Option for Foreign Investors to Invest in the U.S. and Obtain Permanent Residence for Themselves and Their Immediate Relatives2011
Bench & Bar of MInnesotaBefriending Time: Breaking Free From Busyness or Stuckness2011
MshaleFalse Claims to U.S. Citizenship: Hidden Pitfalls and Potential Defenses2011
MshaleU.S. Supreme Court Preserves Judicial Review for Foreign Nationals Seeking to Reopen Removal Proceedings2010
MshaleU.S. Supreme Court Rules that Non-Citizen Defendants Must Be Advised of Immigration Consequences of Criminal Charges2010
Bench & Bar of MinnesotaThe Practice of Being: Mastering Stress and Finding Meaning as a Lawyer2010
MshaleFederal Court Litigation In the Aftermath of the Real ID Act2009
MshaleCriminal Convictions in the Immigration Context: What You Don't Know Might Hurt You2009
MshaleImmigration Debate Still Simmers Amid Economic Crisis2009
MshaleWhen Marital Bliss Becomes Domestic Abuse2009
The Edge - Soul of the CitiesCommon Ground: Resolving Conflict Without Violence2009
The Edge - Soul of the CitiesAvoiding and Transforming Addictions Through Yoga and Mindfulness2009
MshaleYou Need to be "Good" to Become a Naturalized U.S. Citizen2008
Nexus - A Journal of Opinion, Chapman University School of LawComprehensive Immigration Reform - Inevitable Solution or Unlikely Possibility?2008
MshaleICE Steps Up Worksite Enforcement Efforts2007
MshaleAnatomy of Marriage Fraud Cases: Fighting the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (CIS) to the Finish and Winning2007
MshaleExpedited Removal Process2007
MshalePriority Dates: What They Are and How They Determine When You Can Get Your Green Card2006
MshaleBacklogs in Immigration Security Checks Causing Delays2006

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
William Mitchell College of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
University of Minnesota, Twin CitiesJournalism, Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
University of Minnesota, Carlson School of ManagementHuman Resources & Industrial RelationsMA - Master of ArtsN/A

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Upper Midwest AILA ConferenceWork/Life Balance: The Key to Being a Competent, Diligent and Trusted Lawyer2015
Minnesota CLE Live Webcast5 Ethics Mistakes that Solos and Small Law Firms Make (and the Ethical Solutions to Avoid and Overcome Them)2015
CLE, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers5 Business Mistakes that Solos and Small Law Firms Make (and the Ethical Solutions They're Afraid to Try)2015
AILA MN/Dakotas Chapter Ethics CLE/Panel DiscussionManaging Client Expectations (before and after representation begins)2015
Mediation Center CLEThe Mindful Mediator: How to Stay Neutral in Conflict Resolution2014
Minnesota CLE Live WebcastFocus and Flow: Accomplishing More by Decluttering and Single-Tasking2013
William Mitchell College of Law - Alumni CLE SeriesImmigration in the Workplace2012
William Mitchell College of Law - Alumni CLE SeriesFailures, Screw-ups and Unknowns (and why they can be good for you)2012
Hennepin County Bar Association CLEThis Time It's About Us: Risk Management for Lawyers2012
Hennepin County Bar Association CLEOpening Up to Difficulties & Disappointment: How to Get Unstruck and Recover from Setback2012
CLE, University of St. Thomas - School of LawManaging Stress and Avoiding Burnout2012
CLE, Lawyers Concerned for LawyersEmbracing Change: Overcoming Resistance & Getting Unstuck2012
Minnesota Legal Services Coalition, Statewide Virtual ConferenceThe Engaged Lawyer: Paying Attention & Thriving in the Midst of Chaos and Uncertainty2011
Minnesota CLE webcastThe Practice of Being: Mastering Stress and Finding Meaning as a Lawyer2011
Minnesota CLEThe Principles of Recovery and the Practice of Law2011
New Lawyer Experience - Minnesota State Bar AssociationMaintaining the Work-Life Balance: How Busy Lawyers Stay Sane2010
National Bar Related Insurance Companies (NABRICO) Annual ConferenceStress Mastery - Mindfulness for Lawyers2010
Board Certified Civil Trial Law Specialists, 6th Annual Member Rewards SeminarStress Mastery - Mindfulness for Lawyers2010