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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. 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


  1. Immigration: 100%



Fixed (always), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

2 total 

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  • 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.


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

  • Christian K. Lassen II

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


    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


MNAuthorized to practice200507/31/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Clients' Choice Award 2015Avvo2015
Clients' Choice Award 2014Avvo2014
Association namePosition nameDuration
Lawyers Concerned for LawyersMember - Board of Directors2010 - 2013
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2006 - Present
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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Publication nameTitleDate
Dyan Williams Law - Immigration BlogWhen do you need an I-212 Waiver (and how do you get it)?2015
Dyan Williams Law - Legal Ethics BlogAvoid Ethics and Malpractice Pitfalls With Sound Business Practices2015
Dyan Williams Law - Immigration BlogI-212 Waiver + Diversity Immigrant Visa = A True Success Story2015
Dyan Williams Law - Legal Ethics BlogResponding to Requests for Client Files: Do's and Don'ts2015
Dyan Williams Law - Immigration BlogDiversity Immigrant Visa – November 3rd Entry Deadline (Plus Other Things to Consider)2015
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 BlogThe Joys and Benefits of Becoming a U.S. Citizen2015
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 - Legal Ethics Blog5 Must-Do's When Responding to an Ethics Complaint2015
Dyan Williams Law - Immigration BlogForm I-751: Removing Conditions on Permanent Residence When Marriage is on the Rocks2015
Dyan Williams Law - Immigration BlogApplying for a Marriage-Based Green Card Following Entry Into the U.S. as a Visitor2015
Dyan Williams Law - Immigration BlogImmigration Consequences of Criminal Offenses: Myths & Facts2015
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
Bench & Bar of MInnesotaBefriending Time: Breaking Free From Busyness or Stuckness2011
Bench & Bar of MinnesotaThe Practice of Being: Mastering Stress and Finding Meaning as a Lawyer2010
Nexus - A Journal of Opinion, Chapman University School of LawComprehensive Immigration Reform - Inevitable Solution or Unlikely Possibility?2008
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
William Mitchell-Hamline Alumni EventsEthics in Practice: Exploring Ethics from Different Practice Perspectives2015
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