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Dayna Wheatley

Immigration Attorney at New Orleans, LA

5.0   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2003
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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About Dayna

Learn Dayna’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Immigration
    Permanent residence Citizenship Visas Asylum Appeals Cancellation of Removal

    20 years, 1,250 cases

I have been an immigration lawyer for over 16 years and have experience with every facet of immigration law, from credible fear interviews to PERMs.  I practice before U.S. Citizenship & Imigration Services, U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Northern District of Illinois and the Fourth and Fifth Circuit Appellate Courts.  I have practiced law as a sole practitioner and as an attorney in prestigious, high-paced, high-volume firms.  I have also represented clients in several immigration courts throughout the South and Midwest. 

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Posted by Man | October 25, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Immigration Assistance: Attorney Dayna Wheatley Exemplify Professionalism and Efficiency
I recently had the pleasure of working with Attorney Dayna Wheatley and their paralegal, Ms. Janet for my immigration paperwork. Throughout the entire process, they exhibited remarkable quickness, professionalism, and efficiency. Attorney Dayna Wheatley and their paralegal, Ms. Janet were an incredible source of knowledge and provided me with seamless guidance. They were always prompt in addressing my inquiries and concerns, ensuring that I felt supported at every stage. Their meticulous attention to detail and thorough approach in handling my case left me truly impressed. I wholeheartedly recommend Attorney Attorney Dayna Wheatley and their paralegal, Ms. Janet to anyone seeking immigration assistance. Their unwavering dedication, expertise, and exceptional customer service made the entire experience effortless and stress-free. I am genuinely grateful for their hard work and would not hesitate to seek their assistance again in the future. Thank you, for your outstanding work!"
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Posted by James | February 25, 2021
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My ONLY regret is I didn't find her sooner. Very professional and caring. I originally hired a local Competitor. Upon my wife completing her interview At Embassy, it was discovered they'd committed Many errors in our paperwork, including simple Addresses. I immediately searched & found Wheatley Immigration & hired to RESUBMIT our Paperwork. I couldn't be more pleased. My wife Arrives here in US Friday. Finally. Many thanks To Dayna and her staff!!
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Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2016
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Very professional and attentive. I highly recommend her legal services
I was very apprehensive to hand over my case to someone new. However, I am glad Dayna Wheatley took my case, she was successful in getting my case approved. She helped me understand every step of the process and was very quick to respond to all my questions and concerns.
Posted by Nina | April 4, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
I highly recommend Dayna Wheatley
I was not looking forward to the bureaucratic process of becoming a USA citizen but Dayna was efficient and professional that it all seemed so simple. She is able to explain the law in terms I can understand. I am grateful for her thorough understanding of immigration law. She addressed all my concerns and questions in a timely manner which helped me feel less stressed. THANK YOU Dayna!!
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Posted by dj homie 64 | October 2, 2015
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thank you so much yall the best
Dayna wheatley she did what she said shes gone to do she is a professional lawyer and she works quick her and her team thank you so much for all hard work your do and God bless yall


  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.0 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Wheatley Immigration Law, LLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Rose Immigration Law Firm, PLC
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Attorney
  • Community Law Group, PLLC
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Paralegal Instructor
  • DePaul University
  • 2007 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • Dayna Wheatley, LLC
  • 2004 - 2013
  • Associate
  • Law Office of MaryLu Cianciolo
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Judicial Extern
  • Chicago Immigration Court
  • 2003 - 2003
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  • Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Wheaton College
  • MA - Masters
  • 1995
  • Wayne State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Legal Cases

  • Matter of L-B-C
  • Appeal Sustained
  • Asylum Appeal (Rwanda)
  • Obtained asylum for the wife and children of an accused war criminal (genocidaire) from Rwanda after a lengthy appeal and remand process.
  • Withholding of Removal (Burmese Refugee)
  • Obtained withholding of removal for a Burmese refugee woman, despite strong public opinion against her.
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  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Fifth Circuit Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Fourth Circuit Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Immigration Committee Law Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Liaison
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2013
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Very Good Rating
  • Avvo
  • 2020
  • CALI Award
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • 2003

Speaking Engagements

  • MidSouth Chapter Conference
  • What is a Bona Fide Marriage
  • 2019
  • Chapter meeting
  • Immigration in the News
  • 2019
  • West Chicago HR Roundtable
  • I-9 Compliance
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (7)
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Immigration Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have the good fortune of having become acquainted with Dayna Wheatley when she practiced in the Chicago area. Since that time, I've called her whenever an immigration matter arises. Her knowledge and experience in this area is phenomenal. I recently referred a close friend who was engaged to marry a woman from another country. My friend was grateful to me because he received such great advice and service from Dayna. I have also greatly admired the lengths she will go to fight for her clients' rights at all levels of the immigration court system. Dayna is not just a fantastic lawyer, she is a genuine human being with the highest of values."
Immigration Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I strongly endorse Dayna Wheatley in the area of immigration law. She is very knowledge in the topic of the immigration and cares about the clients she works with. Our office has worked with Dayna Wheatley on immigration cases with complicated issues that required a great deal time and research. She has great grasp of complicated issues and working through the issues to reach a strategy that got the best result for the client."
Immigration Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Dayna is a superb lawyer. She deeply cares about her clients. She thoroughly researches each issue. And last but not least, she consistently wins very difficult and challenging cases."
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