While other young girls played with dolls, I was digging to China in my back yard.
I taught myself the Chinese alphabet before I learned the American English alphabet.
I yearned to be part of an international community bringing the world’s people together. Cornell law school and Air Force JAG (Judge Advocate General) helped to get me there.
Fast forward to present day and I live the professional life I’ve dreamed of, bringing couples and families together.
My clients are those who have been separated by immigration laws and thousands of miles.
The wait and the separation are painful, I know.
You may wonder:
How can this American lawyer have any insight? How can I understand the pain of separation from those you love?
I will tell you.
I’ve been where you are now.
I experienced first-hand the pain of separation from someone I loved due to immigration issues.
While serving in the Air Force JAG in Iraq, I fell in love with an Iraqi member of my security detail. We planned to marry and spend the rest of lives together.
When I returned to the United States in 2008, I successfully acquired a fiancé visa for him. However, it was not to be as the Iraqi government recalled him to active duty to fight terrorism.
Three years after I returned to the United States, my fiancé and I called off our engagement, as the Iraqi government would continue to need his services. They will never let him go.
This is the first time I have ever publicly discussed my very painful experience, but I think it’s important for you to know who I am and why I care about you and your family.
Are you afraid to call an immigration lawyer? I was.
When I returned from my deployment to Iraq, I immediately started looking for ways to bring my fiancé to the United States. Even though I had been a lawyer for several years, I did not have the answers.
I looked online and talked to friends and colleagues who worked with the immigration and consular services. I received a lot of conflicting information. Well-meaning friends and mentors told me I should give up.
I didn’t know if I should call an immigration attorney. And I was afraid to. I wasn’t afraid a lawyer would cost too much. I would have paid anything to get the help I needed.
But I was afraid the lawyer would tell me no, that what I wanted to do was impossible. I refused to take no for an answer.
I dug in. I had a law degree and years of experience navigating the United States government buearcracy.
I devoted all my after working hours to learning how our immigration system works. I learned what forms to fill out and what evidence I needed to file.
Finally, I filed my fiancé visa petition on my own. After months of anxious waiting, the approval came.
This is not the experience I want for you.
To be responsible for the future of your loved one knowing the smallest mistake could cause your case to be rejected is a terrible burden.
If I had known there were caring immigration attorneys out there willing to fight for me, I would have hired one.
My own experience fueled my passion for helping you.
When I left military service one thing was clear. I was going to devote the next chapter of my life to help other families separated by outside forces.
I opened my immigration law practice in 2010. Since then, I’ve reunited hundreds of families separated not just by miles but by significant legal barriers.
I will help you too.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Army Commendation Medal||United States Army||2009|
|Iraqi Campaign Medal||United States Air Force||2009|
|Air Force Commendation Medal||United States Air Force||2005|
|Korean Service Medal||United States Air Force||2004|
|Company Grade Officer of the Quarter||U.S. Air Force||2002|
|Global War on Terrorism Medal||U.S. Air Force||2001|
|Principal||Whitt Law Ofices PLLC||2010 - Present|
|Deputy Staff Judge Advocate||Air Force Reserve||2005 - 2011|
|Associate||Baker & Whitt, PLLC||2005 - 2007|
|Assistant Staff Judge Advocate||United States Air Force||2001 - 2005|
|Summer Associate||Nixon Peabody, LLP Attorneys At Law||1999 - 1999|
|Law Clerk||Baker & Whitt PLLC||1998 - 2001|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Collin County Bar Association, Texas||Member||2013 - Present|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association, Middle East Committee||Member||2013 - Present|
|Frisco Chamber of Commerce||Member||2013 - Present|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|American Bar Association, International Law Section, Middle East Committee||Member||2010 - Present|
|Texas Business Women of Frisco||Vice President of Programs||2013 - 2014|
|Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy||Articles Editor||1999 - 2001|
|Cornell Legal Information Institute||Editor||1999 - 2001|
|Immigration Insiders||Champagne and Cowboy Boots: An Immigration Love Story||2015|
|Book||No H-1B, No Problem||2015|
|Book||Happily Ever After: A Guide to Securing Your Fiance Visa||2015|
|Immigration Insiders||Will Immigration Reform Provide More H1B Visas?||2015|
|Immigration Insiders||How to Create the Marriage and the Life You Want||2014|
|Immigration Insiders||What's Your Family's Immigration Story?||2014|
|Immigration Insiders||Fall Print Newsletter||2013|
|Immigration Insiders||Employer Alert: 2014 H-1B Visas Severely Limited||2013|
|Immigration Insiders Newsletter||You Are Not Alone||2013|
|Immigration Insiders E-Books||How to Select an Immigration Attorney in 5 Easy Steps||2013|
|Immigration Insiders Newsletter||How to Prepare for (and Get the Most Out of) Your First Meeting With an Immigration Attorney||2013|
|Immigration Insiders Newsletter||Inside is your Immigration Insiders Ebook||2013|
|Immigration Insiders Newsletter||237 Years Ago, Immigrants….||2013|
|Immigration Insiders Newsletter||We’ve Created More Time for You||2013|
|E-book||Happily Ever After, A Guide to Securing Your Fiance Visa||2013|
|The Whitt Law Firm||Fiance Visa Guide||2010|
|Cornell Law School||JD - Juris Doctor||2001|
|Lyon College||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1998|
|Immigration Q&A||Dealing with Immigration Delays||2020|
|Lunch Meeting||Immigration Policy and Reform||2018|
|Know Your Rights Seminar||Defenses to Deportation||2018|
|Know Your Rights||Travel Ban Update||2018|
|Immigration Q&A Chat||Immigration||2018|
|Immigration Q&A||H-1B Lottery and Travel Ban Update||2018|
|Immigration Q&A||FY 2019 H-1B Filing Season Week 1 Recap||2018|
|Immigration Information Forum - Foro Informativo de Inmigracion||Know Your Rights - Conozca Sus Derechos||2018|
|Immigration Chat||Travel Update - Bans, Advance Parole and Refugee Documents||2018|
|Naturalization and Citizenship Seminar||Child Citizenship||2017|
|Facebook Q&A||Deferred Action||2016|
|May 23 Live Q&A||Immigration Reform||2015|
|Employing Foreign Workers||H-2B Visa Basics||2013|
|Employing Foreign Workers||H-1B Visa Basics||2013|
|List Project Washington, DC Chapter||Family Immigration for Iraqi Refugees||2010|
|Refugee Travel Document for Iraqi Refugee||Refugee Travel Document Granted|
|In the Matter of (Name withheld for privacy)||Permanent Residency Approved|
|In the Matter of (Name Withheld for Security Reasons)||Client was granted permanent residence in the U.S.|
|Adjustment of Status for Iraqi Refugee||Green card granted|
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