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|MN||Authorized to practice||2005||04/04/2017|
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|Clients' Choice Award 2016||Avvo||2016|
|Clients' Choice Award 2015||Avvo||2015|
|Clients' Choice Award 2014||Avvo||2014|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers||Member - Board of Directors||2010 - 2013|
|Ginters v. Frazier, 614 F.3d 822 (8th Cir. 2010)||reverse and remand to the district court for further review|
|Sugule v. Frazier, 639 F.3d 406 (8th Cir. 2011)||sustained appeal; reversed the judgment of the district court|
|Ndonyi v. Mukasey, 541 F.3d 702 (7th Cir. 2008)||petition granted|
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|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||Adjusting to Permanent Resident Status Under INA 245(a): Bars, Exceptions and Exemptions||2017|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||Who is Eligible (and Not Eligible) for Adjustment to Permanent Resident Status?||2017|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||B-2 Visitor Visa: Traveling to the U.S. for Tourism or a Temporary Visit||2017|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||B-1 Visitor Visa: Traveling to the U.S. for Business||2017|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||B-1 Visitor Visa: Traveling to the U.S. for Work as a Personal or Domestic Employee||2017|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||Potential Solutions for Visa Refusal or Visa Denial||2017|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||Common Reasons for Visa Refusal or Visa Denial||2017|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||Grant of Motion to Vacate Inadmissibility (Misrepresentation) Finding + Issuance of F-1 Student Visa = A True Success Story||2017|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||Effects & Impact of Trump’s Executive Order on Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements||2017|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||Effects & Impact of Trump’s Executive Order on Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States||2017|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||Effects & Impact of Trump’s Executive Order on Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States||2017|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||Approval of Form I-212 + Grant of 212(d)(3) Nonimmigrant Waiver = A True Success Story||2017|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||Approval of Form I-212 + Grant of Immigrant Visa= A True Success Story||2017|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||Why hire an immigration lawyer when immigration consultants and online immigration services offer lower rates?||2016|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||Grant of Motion to Vacate Expedited Removal Order + Rescission of Misrepresentation Charge = A True Success Story||2016|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||The Trump Factor on Immigration: To Fear or Not to Fear?||2016|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||Immigrant Visa Process: Delays and Setbacks||2016|
|Dyan Williams Law - Legal Ethics Blog||Neglect and Non-Communication: Reducing Mistakes that Lead to These Common Ethics Violations||2016|
|Dyan Williams Law - Legal Ethics Blog||5 Must-Dos When Responding to an Ethics Complaint||2016|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||When do you need an I-601 Waiver due to immigration fraud or misrepresentation (and how do you get it)?||2016|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||When do you need an I-601 Waiver due to criminal grounds (and how do you get it)?||2016|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||Notice of Intent to Deny I-130 or I-129F Petition: Huge Hurdle to Clear in Marriage-Based Green Card Case||2016|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||Expansion of I-601A Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver: What Changed?||2016|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||Expansion of I-601A Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver: What Stayed the Same?||2016|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||Form I-864: Key to Meeting the Financial Requirement for Permanent Residence and Avoiding a Public Charge Determination||2016|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||Form I-864: Alternatives to Meeting the Financial Requirement for Permanent Residence and Avoiding a Public Charge Determination||2016|
|Dyan Williams Law - Legal Ethics Blog||5 Must-Knows When Responding to an Ethics Complaint||2016|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||212(d)(3)(A) Nonimmigrant Waiver: Advantages and Disadvantages||2016|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You File for Naturalization (U.S. Citizenship)||2016|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||When do you need an I-601 Waiver due unlawful presence (and how do you get it)?||2016|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||I-601 waiver or I-601A waiver for unlawful presence?||2016|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||What Triggers a Notice of Intent to Revoke an I-130 or I-129F Petition and What Can You Do About It?||2016|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||Notice of Intent to Revoke I-130 or I-129F Petition: Big Stumbling Block to Overcome in Marriage-Based Green Card Case||2016|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||Expedited Removal: When Does it Apply and What Are the Consequences?||2016|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||Expedited Removal: How Does the Process Work at the U.S. Port of Entry and What Are the Main Concerns?||2016|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||Expedited Removal: How Do You Avoid, Challenge or Overcome It?||2016|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||When do you need an I-212 Waiver (and how do you get it)?||2015|
|Dyan Williams Law - Legal Ethics Blog||Avoid Ethics and Malpractice Pitfalls With Sound Business Practices||2015|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||I-212 Waiver + Diversity Immigrant Visa = A True Success Story||2015|
|Dyan Williams Law - Legal Ethics Blog||Responding to Requests for Client Files: Do's and Don'ts||2015|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||Diversity Immigrant Visa – November 3rd Entry Deadline (Plus Other Things to Consider)||2015|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||Changes to the Visa Bulletin: Understanding the Two Filing Charts||2015|
|Dyan Williams Law - Legal Ethics Blog||Managing Client Expectations - Part II (after representation begins)||2015|
|Dyan Williams Law - Legal Ethics Blog||Managing Client Expectations - Part I (before representation begins)||2015|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||Same-Sex Married Couples: Unique Challenges in Marriage-Based Immigration||2015|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||Watch Out for Potential Delays and Snafus in H-1B Cap Filing||2015|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||How to Avoid Unintentionally Abandoning Your U.S. Residency: 6 Critical Steps||2015|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||Why 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 Blog||H-1B Filing Season Begins April 1||2015|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||5 Things to Do to Get Your Marriage-Based Green Card||2015|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||Applying for DACA? Here are the pros and cons||2015|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||The Joys and Benefits of Becoming a U.S. Citizen||2015|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||Coming to America to Get Married and Get a Green Card: B-2 or K-1 Visa?||2015|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||K-3 Nonimmigrant Visa for Spouse: Pros and Cons||2015|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||I-601A, Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver: Expansion Possible||2015|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||I-601A, Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver: Advantages and Limitations||2015|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||K-1 fiancé(e) visas aren’t just for mail-order brides (but still carry strict requirements)||2015|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||From K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa to Green Card||2015|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||Temporary Protected Status (TPS): who can apply, when to apply, and what it provides||2015|
|Dyan Williams Law - Legal Ethics Blog||5 Must-Do's When Responding to an Ethics Complaint||2015|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||Form I-751: Removing Conditions on Permanent Residence When Marriage is on the Rocks||2015|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||Applying for a Marriage-Based Green Card Following Entry Into the U.S. as a Visitor||2015|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||Immigration Consequences of Criminal Offenses: Myths & Facts||2015|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||Fraud, Lies & USCIS: Pitfalls in Naturalization||2014|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||What to expect at your marriage-based green card interview||2014|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||Priority Date: Current, Retrogressed, or Doesn't Matter?||2014|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||5 ways Obama's executive actions benefit immigrants||2014|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||5 myths about Obama's executive actions on immigration||2014|
|Dyan Williams Law - Immigration Blog||Risks of H-1B layoff or job loss (and how to overcome them)||2014|
|Bench & Bar of MInnesota||Befriending Time: Breaking Free From Busyness or Stuckness||2011|
|Bench & Bar of Minnesota||The Practice of Being: Mastering Stress and Finding Meaning as a Lawyer||2010|
|Nexus - A Journal of Opinion, Chapman University School of Law||Comprehensive Immigration Reform - Inevitable Solution or Unlikely Possibility?||2008|
|William Mitchell College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
|University of Minnesota, Twin Cities||Journalism, Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||N/A|
|University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management||Human Resources & Industrial Relations||MA - Master of Arts||N/A|
|Minnesota CLE - Business Law Institute||From Procrastination to Action: How to Stop Using Busyness as a Proxy for True Productivity||2017|
|2017 Upper Midwest Immigration Law Conference||The Trump Factor: Tackling Ethical Pitfalls and Stress in Unchartered Immigration Territory||2017|
|Minnesota CLE Live Webcast||Responding to Ethics Complaints: 5 Must-Dos and 5 Must-Knows||2016|
|William Mitchell-Hamline Alumni Events||Ethics in Practice: Exploring Ethics from Different Practice Perspectives||2015|
|Upper Midwest AILA Conference||Work/Life Balance: The Key to Being a Competent, Diligent and Trusted Lawyer||2015|
|Minnesota CLE Live Webcast||5 Ethics Mistakes that Solos and Small Law Firms Make (and the Ethical Solutions to Avoid and Overcome Them)||2015|
|CLE, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers||5 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 Discussion||Managing Client Expectations (before and after representation begins)||2015|
|Mediation Center CLE||The Mindful Mediator: How to Stay Neutral in Conflict Resolution||2014|
|Minnesota CLE Live Webcast||Focus and Flow: Accomplishing More by Decluttering and Single-Tasking||2013|
|William Mitchell College of Law - Alumni CLE Series||Immigration in the Workplace||2012|
|William Mitchell College of Law - Alumni CLE Series||Failures, Screw-ups and Unknowns (and why they can be good for you)||2012|
|Hennepin County Bar Association CLE||This Time It's About Us: Risk Management for Lawyers||2012|
|Hennepin County Bar Association CLE||Opening Up to Difficulties & Disappointment: How to Get Unstruck and Recover from Setback||2012|
|CLE, University of St. Thomas - School of Law||Managing Stress and Avoiding Burnout||2012|
|CLE, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers||Embracing Change: Overcoming Resistance & Getting Unstuck||2012|
|Minnesota Legal Services Coalition, Statewide Virtual Conference||The Engaged Lawyer: Paying Attention & Thriving in the Midst of Chaos and Uncertainty||2011|
|Minnesota CLE webcast||The Practice of Being: Mastering Stress and Finding Meaning as a Lawyer||2011|
|Minnesota CLE||The Principles of Recovery and the Practice of Law||2011|
|New Lawyer Experience - Minnesota State Bar Association||Maintaining the Work-Life Balance: How Busy Lawyers Stay Sane||2010|
|National Bar Related Insurance Companies (NABRICO) Annual Conference||Stress Mastery - Mindfulness for Lawyers||2010|
|Board Certified Civil Trial Law Specialists, 6th Annual Member Rewards Seminar||Stress Mastery - Mindfulness for Lawyers||2010|
Posted by Gus
My mom was found to be inadmissible under section 212(A)(9)(C)(i) during her immigration visa interview at the American consulate in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This came as a complete shock to our family, which desperately needed her assistance in the United Stated, and to her, who dearly missed her son, daughter, and grandchildren. We had worked very hard and waited 10 years for that interview. The denial left us in a state of complete confusion and sadness.
At the time, the consulate did tell us that we could submit form I-212 for her case, However, as we started researching this possibility and talking with different lawyers, it became clear that this was a very complex process. The internet and the lawyers themselves had very contradicting information. No one seemed to know an exact procedure and strategy for accomplishing the goal.
Fortunately, we ran upon Dyan. From the beginning, she distinguished herself from the other lawyers. For one, she clearly had far more knowledge and experience with this type of complex case than anyone else we had talked with. More importantly, she really took the time to understand every detail of the case, and to clearly explain to us, in common English, what had happened, why, and what could be done about it. She showed a sincere interest to understand and to help.
After some conversations with Dyan, we hired her. That was the best decision we could possibly have made. Her attention to detail and her honest interest in helping my mom continuously impressed us. Contrary to most lawyers, she would not limit how much time she spent with us. We had many very long meetings where she carefully analyzed the situation, answered our questions, discussed the possibilities, and helped us agree on a strategy.
In summary, Dyan exceeded all of our expectations by a long shot. She went far above and beyond through the entire process. In the end, our I-212 petition was approved and my mom received her immigration visa. We could not have done it without Dyan's help and we are infinitely grateful to her.
Posted by anonymous
I strongly recommend Dyan to anyone planning to find a competent immigration attorney. Two years ago, I was found inadmissible in error by the local US Embassy when I applied for a student visa. I immediately hired an attorney to file a motion to reconsider, but he failed to make any meaningful progress for the two-year period.
I cannot afford to wait any longer, I consulted numerous immigration attorneys. And finally I found Dyan.
Dyan and I talked over Skype. She differentiated herself from all the other attorneys by her amicable personality and crystal-clear reasoning. She is very knowledgeable of the legal issue, empathetic of my circumstance and analytical of my solutions. She answered almost all my concerns within that single phone call, something all the other immigration attorneys I consulted failed to do.
So I decided to hire her without hesitation. She first crafted a clear and thorough roadmap to overturn the determination. Then she guided me to gather lots of supporting documents and solicited the crucial facts from me. Most importantly, when it comes to writing the pivotal legal briefs, she treasured my edits, ideas, and thinking: she skilfully combined legal discussion with my personal voice and stories ( presented in a sworn affidavit). This makes my argument legally robust and personally relevant. When I received the finished legal brief, I know I can definitely get my visa because it could not have been written any better.
In the end, the local Embassy not only revoked my inadmissibility determination but also granted me my long-awaited student visa. It takes the embassy only three weeks to make the decision. I can now arrive at the US and start my education.
Reflecting upon the past two years, the sense of uncertainty hovering over my head was very burdening: I would check my emails regularly, just to see if I receive any updates from the US immigration agencies but found nothing. I think lots of individuals and families waiting to come to the US share my feeling and experience. What Dyan offers goes beyond legal advice. She has a quality more penertrating than pursuasive legal arguments. She cares about us.
Her empathy and rapport allow her to understand our predicaments and make asking questions feel like talking with a good friend. She treats me- and I believe other clients- with dignity, care and a sense of partnership. This egalitarianism is the core foundation to a good attorney-client relationship and a sucessful case.
Therefore, I have no reservation to recommend Dyan to anyone in immigration needs. Thank you Dyan for letting my dream come true!
Posted by Imran
I am very happy to recommend Dyan Williams Law for any immigration needs. Dyan assisted me with a very complex situation I was facing pertaining to my wife's situation. We had recently got married and my wife while traveling to US for a temporary visit was detained by CBP at the port of entry and was issued an expedited removal with a lifetime inadmissibility ban from entering the USA. I found Dyan through the internet and arranged a consultation with her first over Skype from India. I was impressed with her approach she was detail oriented and appeared to be the first attorney out of the few I had already spoken to who was compassionate, very thorough, not greedy and having a good fund of knowledge and understanding of the law.
We hired Dyan’s services. She was able to clearly describe us in a very stressful situation which we were dealing with on what needs to be done and advised us on filing a Motion with CBP to vacate the charges. She asked us all relevant information, read my wife's sworn statement over and over, asked several questions and helped us with what it would take to build a strong case for a motion. Dyan worked on a very short notice and deadline to successfully submit our motion in time to the CBP. She was readily available to answer all the questions we had in time and prepared a very thorough and detailed brief and guided us with the submission of each and every relevant documents and proofs pertaining to our case. I was impressed by the clarity and thoroughness of the legal brief she prepared as well as her arguments.
She diligently followed up with the CBP on the status of our case after the submission and due to her excellent preparation of the motion and proofs she advised us to submit we were able to obtain a favorable decision in our case. The CBP vacated the expedited removal order and the misrepresentation charge on my wife within 14 days of filing the motion.
This was a huge relief to my wife as then we would have required to go through a very lengthy and uncertain waiver process. She is now assisting us with our I-130 petition and immigrant visa process. Throughout this difficult time not only she was a great lawyer and advocate for us but went out of the way to even understand our weak financial situation and provided us some relief in her legal fees and with payment arrangements. She is an honest, hardworking, extremely thorough and detail oriented lawyer who is an expert in the field of immigration and all complicated scenarios surrounding it.
Dyan not only supported us in providing timely relief and help. She was sympathetic and compassionate and took time out of her busy schedule to answer every question we asked and counseled us on what is best for us in this situation without being selfish. This is rare and unheard of.
Me and my wife will recommend Dyan’s services without any hesitation. She is a brilliant attorney who is very professional, and is expert at immigration law, who cares for her clients and is very knowledgeable. Thanks a lot Dyan! I cannot express my gratitude and respect for you enough with just my words. My wife and I are very thankful for your effort and hard work. We can dream of being together and starting our family soon in USA because of Dyan's effort. There is no doubt in our minds that we made the best decision for ourselves by hiring Dyan for our complicated situation. Thanks again and I look forward to continue seeking your guidance for our I-130 process and immigrant visa process. - Imran and Musarat
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