Penni A. Frank is a Senior Associate Attorney at Webber Law Firm, LLC. She telecommutes from her home in Charlottesville, VA, where her husband is a graduate student. Penni graduated from Bethel University (St. Paul, MN) with a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology and earned her law degree at Hamline University School of Law (St. Paul, MN). She is licensed to practice law by the Supreme Court of Minnesota and because immigration law is federal law, she is permitted to represent clients throughout the United States and worldwide on U.S. immigration law matters. In fact, many of Penni’s clients live and work outside the United States.
While at Bethel, Penni spent a semester studying abroad in the Middle East, and while in law school, she spent a summer studying in Galway, Ireland.
While in law school, Penni gained experience in immigration law at a small St. Paul immigration law firm (Guyton Law Office) and a large downtown Minneapolis law firm (Fredrikson & Byron). Penni also volunteered for Centro Legal and Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights.
Prior to joining Webber Law Firm, Penni served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Richard A. Zimmerman of the 9th Judicial District in Brainerd, Minnesota.
At Webber Law Firm, Penni handles many of the firm’s family-based immigration law matters, including K-1 fiancé visa petitions, I-130 petitions for spouses and other relatives, and N-400 naturalization applications. She also has extensive experience with R-1 and I-360/EB-4 religious worker cases. Penni’s clients include individuals and couples, local churches and congregations, small religious groups, as well as large national denominations and major interdenominational mission organizations. Throughout her career Penni has represented dozens of individuals in consular processing immigrant visa cases as well as INA Section 319(b) N-400 naturalization cases, using special provisions of the U.S. immigration law which provide for ‘fast track’ U.S. citizenship processing for certain qualified individuals, including spouses of U.S. citizen missionaries serving outside the United States. Penni also has experience with I-131 re-entry permit applications and related strategies to retain U.S. permanent resident status. Penni has published an article on 319(b) naturalization, which appears in a national publication on immigration law options for religious workers.
Penni is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
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I have worked with Penni since January 2006. I have a very high level of confidence for her work product and her integrity. She is an excellent mentor to staff. Since 2006, Penni has gained considerable experience in family-based immigration, particularly immigrant visa processing for spouses, fiances, and other family members but also in the relatively obscure area of 319(b) naturalization cases for spouses of U.S. citizen missionaries serving abroad. She generally has 10+ cases under 319(b) for missionaries going at any time which probably puts her in the top 1% of attorneys in terms of experience on these issues. She represents clients at U.S. consulates worldwide. She has also worked on a wide variety of religious worker cases, both R-1 and I-360 immigrant petitions. She has written and spoken on U.S. immigration issues and challenges faced by churches, religious workers, and missionaries. She is thorough and responsive to clients. It has been great to work with Penni.
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|MN||Authorized to practice||2004||08/14/2016|
|Senior Associate Attorney||Webber Law Firm, LLC||2011 - Present|
|Associate Attorney||Webber Law Firm, LLC||2006 - 2010|
|Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Richard A. Zimmerman||the 9th Judicial District||2004 - 2005|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association (Minnesota/Dakotas chapter)||Member||N/A|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association (Greater Chicago chapter)||Member||N/A|
|Immigration Options for Religious Workers (2nd ed.)||Behold! The Miracle of INA §319(b): Naturalization for Missionaries||2010|
|Hamline University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
|Bethel University and Seminary||Anthropology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||N/A|