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Bruce I. Yamashita

Immigration Attorney at Washington, DC

5.0   49 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
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  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 32 years
    Hawaii - HI 34 years
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1991
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State HI
    Acquired 1989
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Bruce

Learn Bruce’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Immigration
    I have successfully handled countless cases related to Family and Business Immigration, Citizenship, and Green Card Marriages.

    22 years

  2. Marriage and prenuptials
    I specialize in marriage-based immigrant visas or green cards.

    22 years


Bruce I Yamashita, ESQ

Mr. Yamashita is the principal of the Law Office of Bruce I. Yamashita, PLLC, and practices Immigration & Nationality Law.  Born and raised in Hawaii, he came to Washington D.C. to complete a joint degree program: master’s in international affairs from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Before that, during college at the University of Hawaii, he spent a year abroad at International Christian University (ICU) in Japan.  After graduating from college, he returned to Tokyo for an additional four years where he had a variety of experiences:  teaching English, working at an import/export company; serving as the chief editor for a community newspaper; and working as a disc jockey for a national radio station. Mr. Yamashita is also a former captain in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.

An experienced litigator, Mr. Yamashita represented indigent criminal defendants for 20 years at D.C. Superior Court.  Every four years, a committee of judges selected him to be a part of the U.S. Panel, an association of dedicated attorneys certified to represent indigent defendants. From misdemeanors to felonies, he was committed to protecting the constitution: the right of all to a fair and speedy trial.  Moreover, as many of his clients were non-citizens, he worked diligently to avoid or reduce any potential immigration consequences due to their contact with the criminal justice system. His priority: competent and compassionate representation. Mr. Yamashita now focuses solely on Immigration and Nationality law. 

Mr. Yamashita is licensed in Hawaii and the District of Columbia.  He is a member of the D.C. Superior Court Trial Lawyers Association, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. He is the recipient of the Japanese American Citizens League Civil Rights Award, and the Georgetown University Law Center Asian Pacific American Students Association Alumnus of the Year Award.  More recently, in 2014, he received the Trailblazer Award from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. He has been the subject of a PBS Hawaii documentary, A Most Unlikely Hero. His book, Fighting Tradition: A Marine’s Journey to Justice, is published by the University of Hawaii Press.  In his free time, he enjoys weightlifting, power walking, travel and mindfulness meditation.


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Law Off. of Bruce I. Yamashita, PLLC
1025 Connecticut Ave NW Ste 1012
Washington, DC, 20036-5417


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  49 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2023
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Posted by Alejandra | May 17, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Bruce Yamashita helped us get my green card!
My husband and I are beyond grateful to Bruce for his services and help through our immigration journey. Bruce guided us every step of the way and when immigration's waiting periods seemed endless he was always just a phone call away to reassure and keep our hopes up. I have recommended Bruce's immigration services to my family and friends and I recommend his services as well to any reader how is looking for help and guidance with any immigration situation.
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Posted by Johnny | January 23, 2024
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Bruce Yamashita was AMAZING!
All in all from start to finish, this was more than a two year process, and we feel so fortunate to have had Bruce as our lawyer to guide us along the way. Not only is he extremely well versed in law, but also very responsive & communicative, no matter when step we were at. We would not have been able to help my wife get her green card without Bruce’s assistance. 10/10 all around!
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Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2024
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Great Service!
Bruce was excellent in explaining legal options available to us. His advice was clear and even his predictions on responses were pretty accurate. The document gathering process was efficient. He was quick to respond to our many questions and very understanding through the wait which also helped. I would definitely recommend his service.
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Posted by Jenny | November 14, 2023
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A great service
Bruce is always friendly and supportive. He replies my emails very quickly. He is organized and makes things clear, easy to understand. With his support, I got my immigration visa without any difficulties. I would like to recommend him to other friends. Thanks a lot Bruce!
Posted by Sako | October 1, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Greencard - National Interest Waiver
I have been in the United States since 2000. When I met Bruce in 2019, I exhausted all of my visa options. I had met a couple of immigration lawyers before I contacted Bruce, but none of them could give me any hope. When I talked to Bruce for the very first time at his office, he listened to my life story. He was a great listener. I remember I said to him that I had nothing to lose, so I want to take a chance and apply for a green card, via a National Interest Waiver. At the very end of our conversation, he said "We are riding in the same's a team effort." No one but Bruce said that to me, and he gave me confidence that he would work with me no matter what. Our process was not easy, but he was by my side through the ups and downs and winding road. He was always honest during the entire process. His favorite phrase was "I want to win!" and we did. I was truly lucky that I just happened to find him on the internet. I contacted him just because his last name was Japanese. But I did the right thing. I cannot thank you Bruce enough.
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Posted by Sayed | September 28, 2023
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Excellent Lawyer and Human
Bruce was very sympathetic to my legal situation and provided a very thorough and respectful counsel service. He goes beyond the usual to make sure your case is handled and covered by all corners. He is a good man.
Posted by Harneet | August 29, 2023
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Very polite and patient
Bruce worked with us for over two years to get my wife’s green card. He was prompt to answer any questions and kept us updated throughout the process. Highly recommended for spouse visas.
Posted by Sara | July 21, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Attentive and patient lawyer
Bruce helped my husband and me as we went through the immigration process. It all worked well, praise the Lord. I appreciate your help Bruce, thank you!! どもありがとうございます!
Posted by Esther | July 17, 2023
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My noble lawyer
He patiently advised and took me through till the end.I’m grateful we made it till the end.For all your USA immigration issues don’t hesitate to contact him.
Posted by Tibah | June 1, 2023
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The Best in Town
Bruce came into my life at the most vulnerable and trying times and stuck with me through thick and thin. He was extremely knowledgeable on the process and along with his help, patience and diligence I was able to receive my daughter’s citizenship in less than the time allotted for it to be done all thanks to Bruce. WE DID IT! God will truly bless you and I will tell everyone about you everywhere I go because now with your help and support my daughter can be someone great here in America. Once again I thank you with ALL my heart and soul Bruce you truly made our dreams come true.
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Posted by Anjila | February 19, 2023
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US Naturalization
I can’t thank Bruce enough for what he has done for me. He was very professional helped me step by step explained me things I didn’t understand. He always returned my calls or emails. Within 8 months, I was a U.S. citizen.
Posted by Chai | January 25, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
A great attorney. Highly recommended!
Bruce is a great attorney. Like everybody else, we were very frustrated with the USCIS processing time during the Covid years, and when we expressed our frustration, he calmed us down with his expert legal knowledge. He is also very dedicated with his clients. Whenever we ask him a question, he always gets back to us very shortly. He is a great lawyer and a great person. We are very lucky to have him as our lawyer. Thank you Bruce for all of your help.
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Posted by Habi&Chad | October 3, 2022
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Green Card Application - EXCELLENT Service! Highly Recommend!!
If I can give 10 stars I would. I am very lucky our paths crossed. I spoke to a few lawyers, but Bruce's energy is different, I felt very calm & comfortable. I had a feeling right at the first time we met that I was in good hands. Bruce is a wonderful person: good listener, humble, truthful, honest, positive and respectful. His expertise in immigration law really helped me to get my green card status approved really fast. He always has answers for everything. He took care of my case really carefully and responsibly. A professional who would go an extra mile to get the best possible outcome for his clients. Thank you for delivering such excellent work. A daily mantra I leaned from Bruce that I am using in my daily life: "Choose Love not fear".
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Posted by Gregorio | September 15, 2022
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An outstanding attorney.
I was searching for an immigration attorney after having a bad experience trying to file for a green card myself and not knowing what I was doing. Then I found Bruce Yamashita and he took it from there and did a wonderful job filing all documents and made it seem easy although it wasn't. We got our green card and will always use Mr. Yamashita in anything he can help us with. .
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Posted by Andrea | September 4, 2022
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Got my Green Card in less than a year
He was a nice, attentive professional. He helped us in the whole process to get my green card through marriage. It was successful, I couldn't have done it without him. Thank you Bruce.
Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2022
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Excellent and very supportive – Highly recommended
Bruce is a brilliant and very professional lawyer. We made a great choice that we’ll never regret having him as our immigration attorney. Immigration process is so long and stressful, yet, he could always provide guidance and advice to us, making things less stressful and look easier than they are. He is so supportive of his clients. He is also on top of all communications, is very reliable, courteous and at the same time friendly. We recommend him highly. A plus for him is that his office is specialized in immigration making him very experienced in the area, and he takes care of everything himself instead of assigning some of your files to a paralegal. You cannot find better in the DMV area! We can never thank him enough!
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Posted by Dina | August 13, 2022
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#1 Lawyer in the world!!!!
Bruce is the best lawyer ever. He woks diligently, accurately and passionately with the case. He is honest, gentle, expert and extremely professional in every step he takes! He cares so much to the extent that he can even contact you on weekends if needed! He was able to convert a denied case to an approved one with his experience and professional statements. He is the best of the best! He is a life saver! I am so grateful to him and will always pray for him. God bless him.
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Posted by Rawan Abdelatif | May 9, 2022
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Highly recommend- Amazing Lawyer
Bruce helped me with the petition to bring my fiancé application (form I-129F) and the adjustment of status (form I-485) once my fiancé came to the US and we got married. It was truly a pleasure working with him!! He made both the processes very easy, prepared us very well for all the interviews, and made sure we had all the proper documentation. He was vey responsive and was always there to answer any questions we had.
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Posted by Alan | March 23, 2022
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Accurate, Clear and Concise responses
I called Bruce to talk about my problem and he clearly replied and answered all my questions. I am really happy that I had this conversation with Bruce, otherwise, I might have gone in the wrong direction.
Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Bruce is an excellent lawyer; he was detailed and involved all through my filling for a spousal visa. The process went by so smoothly, with no hiccups. He was very professional and friendly and was always available to answer our questions.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney-at-Law
  • Law Office of Bruce I Yamashita PLLC Washington D.C.
  • 1994 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Paul H. Toyozaki Honolulu, HI
  • 1991 - 1994
  • Summer Associate
  • Yanagida Law Offices Tokyo Japan
  • 1986 - 1987


  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • J.D.
  • 1988
  • Georgetown University School of Foreign Service
  • M.S.F.S.
  • 1988
  • University of Hawaii
  • B.A.
  • 1979

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Political Asylum
  • Granted Political Asylum
  • H-1B Work Visa
  • H-1B Visa Approved
  • Motion to Suppress Evidence
  • Case Dismissed
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  • NAPABA Solo & Small Firm Network
  • Co-chair
  • 2019 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • D.C. Superior Court Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • NAPABA Solo & Small Firm Boot Camp
  • Co-chair
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Asian Pacifc Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project
  • Advisory Board
  • 2015 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • Japanese
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Trailblazer Award
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • 2014
  • Alumnus of Year Award
  • Georgetown Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
  • 1995
  • Civil Rights Award
  • Japanese American Citizens League
  • 1994


Speaking Engagements

  • Solo & Small Firm Boot Camp
  • Solo & Small Firm Boot Camp
  • 2019
  • Panel Discussion
  • Veterans & Diversity in the Legal Profession
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (2)
Endorse Bruce
Immigration Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Yamashita is an expert in immigration law and an outstanding advocate for his clients. Many lawyers are good at the nuts and bolts practice of law but few really care about their clients to the point of treating them like family rather than simply numbers or case files. Attorney Yamashita is masterful at both the practice of law and the art of really caring and looking out for his clients. Clients deal directly with him (not some invisible assistant) and are always kept informed of any case updates. His personable and compassionate approach leaves his clients knowing that he is truly looking out for them as individuals and not just another case. I strongly recommend Bruce Yamashita to anyone looking for a great immigration lawyer who will go the extra mile on behalf of his clients. You won't find a better one."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bruce is an excellent lawyer who knows the ins and outs of immigration law. He's my go-to person for immigration law questions. He's also very friendly, knowledgeable, and easy to talk to."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I'm pleased to endorse Bruce. He is a top-notch immigration lawyer and a zealous advocate for his clients. A highly recommended attorney."
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Washington Immigration Lawyer Bruce I. Yamashita
Bruce I. Yamashita
Immigration Attorney
Washington, DC
Licensed for 34 years
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