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Kimberley Schaefer

Immigration Attorney at Boise, ID

4.7   28 reviews

also known as Kim Schaefer


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I help future Americans become citizens. I do this through my offices in Idaho and Nevada by helping people navigate the process of obtaining green cards, fiance visas, immigrant visas and waivers so that they can become permanent residents.

 

As an immigration attorney at the Schaefer Law Firm, I help people navigate the immigration process. I am also an adjunct professor at Concordia University School of Law where I teach the immigration law clinic. Through this clinic I am able to provide pro bono legal services to my community. I am a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), a national association of over 11,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law.

 

I have completed intensive consular officer training offered by the Department of State at the National Foreign Affairs Training Center in Arlington, Virginia and have provided consular services in Lagos, Nigeria. I have an international background and have lived or worked in the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa.

 

Prior to law school I served as a communications officer in the United States Marine Corps and worked in both the private and public sectors. I previously worked as an associate attorney at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in Washington, DC.

 

I am a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center. I graduated magna cum laude and was granted Order of the Coif recognition for graduating in the top 10% of my class. During law school I was a member of the American Criminal Law Review and served as the Notes Development Editor.

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Licensed for 15 years
State VA
Status Active
Acquired 2012
Updated 12/27/2022
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2007
Updated 06/08/2022

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Schaefer Law Firm
8030 W Emerald St, Ste 185
Boise, ID, 83704
Schaefer Law Firm
701 N Green Valley Pkwy Ste 200
Henderson, NV, 89074
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Posted by Daniel | May 13, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
5 Stars ++
I should have reviewed Kimberly years ago when she helped my wife obtain her green card, (the path to her present US citizenship) explaining every option/risks for each, and all while making us feel at ease with her level of expertise other lawyers we had consulted prior could not match. A friend asked me this week if I knew of a good immigration attorney. I said, "she's not good, she's only the best", which prompted me to write this review. Other friends whom had used various other attorneys instead of Kimberly seriously regretted their choice based on the poor results they received despite having similar circumstances to ours. We would hire her again in a hear beat!
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Posted by Nick | October 20, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
KIM IS THE MOST KNOWLEDGEABLE IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY
you will speak to in Boise and all of Idaho (and even Nevada!). Kim has worked closely on my immigration case since 2018, and I always proudly announce that she is my attorney. Kim's work is passionate and purposeful; her efforts are relentless and extremely effective. Her knowledge of the current immigration laws is impressive. Not to mention, she has the kindest personality and an adventurous heart, which helped me feel at ease when I had to share all of the traumatic events from the past to help me build my political asylum case. The immigration process isn't necessarily a breeze for many people, including me, and in moments when my anxiety drives me crazy, Kim always has a detailed answer to every single one of my million questions. She is very responsive, and I know she is always there to help because of her commitment to making this world a better place. A couple of years after we submitted all the documents, my case got approved, and my green card application is coming up next. The last time I visited Kim's office, my immigration-related anxiety was completely gone. Kim has proved to be a fantastic immigration attorney over and over, which made me completely stop worrying about my future in this country. I will be forever thankful to Kim Schaefer at Schaefer Law Firm for all the effort she put in to help me live my wonderful life here in the United States.
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Posted by Mohammad | August 30, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Service
One of the best services I received. Easy outgoing very informative and gets the job done. Definitely would recommend it to anyone who needs help.
Posted by Dominique | October 20, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding services. Highly recommended
I’m very pleased with Schaefer Law firm. Kim and her team did an outstanding job representing me for my permanent green card application. Before I met Kim, I had interviewed several other immigration lawyers but as soon as I talked to her, I knew I had found the right one. It is difficult to tell a stranger about the abuse you have been victim of, yet Kim calm and quiet demeanor made me feel safe and secure. I trusted her immediately and it was a huge relief for me to know that I could rely 100% on her to work on my side. Kim guided me through the whole process of self petitioning and built a very strong case based on domestic violence. We had a lot of evidence to document the abuse but the way Kim presented the case made all the difference. The USCIS granted me the permanent green card under extreme cruelty. I would recommend Kim for her professional ethic, integrity, professionalism and responsiveness.
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Posted by Mariah | November 9, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Immigration
I consulted with Kimberly Schaefer a few weeks ago. Not only is she professional and polite, she is also very detailed when she is working for you. She makes sure you fully understand your options verbally and visually. She is one of the most honest attorneys I have met. I have spent over $8,000.00 on immigration attorneys and she is the only one that made sure what my options were and why. It took me a while to find her and a lot of research to know she was trustworthy. It is just that, with me experience with other attorneys it is difficult to really give another attorney an opportunity. With her it was different and she really cares about the people. I recommend to try her first.
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Posted by Katrin | August 15, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
5 Star Law Firm
My neighbor recommended Ms.Schaefer. Kimberley and Scott were very helpful, friendly and professional. They took their time to answer questions and were very knowledgeable. Thank you for your great help.
Posted by anonymous | July 29, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great response time
I emailed Kimberly Schaefer on a Sunday expecting a reply on Monday or Tuesday. She emailed me back on Sunday night with great information. She has since emailed me twice and we are setting up a Skype consult.
Posted by Sasha | June 30, 2015
100 out of 100
I don't have enough words about her she is very kind very helpful she is not like others lawyer she understand the problem we have she don't want make more stress.
Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
She is expert
I didn't hire her yet, but I really got benefit from her experience. I am trying to apply for a green card while I am staying in the U.S under J1 visa, and she recommended me to find a job before April, when most of immigration visas are granted.
Posted by anonymous | July 10, 2014
I-601 Waiver Application EXPERT
I hired Kim to help with my husband's I-601 waiver after another lawyer messed up our case. She is trustworthy, knowledgable and passionate about the process. I felt at ease after talking to her and immediately knew I was in good hands! Our waiver got approved a mere TWO WEEKS after they received the response from Kimberly. The evidence gathering was overwhelming but worth the effort. If you need a attorney who knows her stuff and gets the job done, she is your attorney! I really thank God for her!
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Posted by Ochka Galbaatar | July 7, 2014
feedback for her service
I hired her for my brother's case in Washington DC area. She cares about her clients, and always let me know the process of the case. It was rough experience with an immigration but she helped my brother a lot. Thank you
Posted by Dave | June 4, 2014
Thank you, Kimberly!
Kimberly was absolutely amazing in assisting me with the process of obtaining a fiancé visa. Kimberly was quickly able to gain my trust and relieve any confusion or fears I had in regards to immigration. I found Kimberly to be extremely knowledgable and very kind. She always took the time to answer my questions and made sure to answer them in a straightforward manner. I will definitely be coming back to Kimberly for any future legal counsel.
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Posted by Terry | September 19, 2013
Par Excellence
Immigration is very serious business. It is you present and you future. Kimberly Schaefer went a step further and made the past a path way to the future. Professional, Detailed, Caring, Knowledgeable and a Calm person in the midst of a storm. Her objective is to get the best possible results for you situation. I felt very comfortable in the very first interview with Ms Schaefer. I decided to put in her hands and I am very happy to say the Professional did her job. She is always available and explains the entire process and what to expect. This is very important to the client and their peace of mind. If you have an immigration issue, call her make and that appointment. Let her review you situation and let her resolve the issue. After the first interview I felt that my burden was lifted and it was. You are in not just good hands but great hands with Ms. Schaefer. Thanks you for the work you are doing and for as you put it "Helping Future Americans Become Citizens"
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Posted by Kristine | August 5, 2013
Highly recommended
Ms. Schaefer has helped me through a very hard time in my life. She showed me options I didn't even know was available. I went from deportation process to now filing for my green card. She has given me and my family new hope and a new start. She is very knowledgeable, takes time to explain and very thorough. I would highly recommend Ms. Schaefer to my friends and family.
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Posted by Seung | July 29, 2013
I highly recommend Kimberley Schaefer!
I highly recommend Kimberley. She truly makes you feel that you are getting the help that you deserve. A lot of the time, many lawyers turn down complicated cases and they are generally not willing to go to that extra mile to assist their clients. Kimberley really went out of her way to help me resolve my immigration problems. I now am a permanent and am free of all the immigration related issues. She is very trustworthy and responsible lawyer. Due to the complexity of my case, I have consulted and dealt with numerous immigration lawyers but Kimberley is by far the best lawyer I have come across.
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Posted by Antonio | July 24, 2013
Very Passionate and Knowledgeable!!!
Wow! What an OUTSTANDING experience! KIM knew all the answers to my questions and more. From instructions to interpretations of the law, she was very detail oriented with her explanations. Everything was broken down very easily for my understanding. Most of all, she was very polite and professional. I definitely woud recommend her!
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Posted by anonymous | April 29, 2013
Outstanding
Kimberley handled an adjustment of status application for my husband after we got married. Our situation was pretty straightforward, however we contacted her at the last minute and needed her to take care of the initial paperwork right away because I was about to leave the country temporarily for work. It was right around the Christmas and New Year's holidays, and she squeezed us in for an initial consultation. She took two hours to patiently and thoroughly answer all of our questions and explain the immigration process. She completely put our minds at ease about the whole thing. She even offered to hold a long-distance meeting with us over Skype, if we needed to along the way. Once we officially hired her and provided her with the necessary documents, she had the paperwork drafted and ready for us to sign within a week. Every time questions arose along the way, we would send her an email and get a detailed response back within 48 hours. Technically, we only hired her to complete the green card application and to attend the initial green card interview with us, but afterward she also provided us with pertinent advise on the next stages of my husband's path to citizenship. Additionally, she offered to continue answering questions for us via email over the next few years--even though we are moving away from the area. Her fees are reasonable given the quality of her service. In our case, we really did not need a lawyer, but we are glad we hired Kimberley to make sure we did not make any silly mistakes along the way. We would definitely recommend her.
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Posted by adriana | April 16, 2013
professional, knowledgeable
i called mrs. schaefer to ask a few questions about my specific immigration status. I'm eligible to file under deffered action but i was afraid that would affect my future chances of filing for an adjustment of status through marriage with a US citizen. I have gone to 2 lawyers in the state of california and neither were able to explain as clearly or was as knowledgeable as mrs. schaefer.
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Posted by Linton | April 14, 2013
Excellent legal counsel realistic approach to immigration matters
Kimberley laid out a clear path with time frames and any hurdles that may occur. My experience was one of excellent service and trustworthy guidance. In addition, a competitive rate was a welcome surprise. Similar to the average individual seeking legal counsel, Kimberley was my third Attorney. Personally, I was not satisfied with the pure pessimism of the previous two options; especially having done a little research on similar cases to mine. For those previous options, I could not believe someone looking at the glass half empty would be able to give my case the respect and drive I thought was required; Kimberley gave me that, not necessarily a completely optimistic approach but more of a realistic approach. I recommended Kimberley to a friend who was having a botched representation and they were also placed on the right path with better representation.
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Posted by juelane_holton | February 14, 2013
Immigration Advise
Mrs. Schaefer is very knowledgeable with immigration proceedings. She clearly definses the best and logical steps in any proceedings. I trust her to lead me in the right direction with my immigration issues. I would recomend her to family or friends.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Schaefer Law Firm
  • 2010 - Present
  • Immigration Clinic Adjunct Professor
  • Concordia University School of Law
  • 2018 - 2018
  • Associate
  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Summer Associate
  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Law Clerk
  • Shea & Carlyon
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Research Assistant for Professor Stempel
  • University Of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School Of Law
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Communications Officer
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 1993 - 1997
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Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • University of Maryland, University College
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2002
  • National Foreign Affairs Training Center
  • Basic Consular Course
  • 2000
  • Texas Tech University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993
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Legal Cases

  • Immigrant Visa for Spouse of United States Citizen
  • Immigrant Visa Granted
  • Fiance Visa Granted in Jamaica
  • Fiance visa granted
  • Appeal of Denied Citizenship Application
  • Citizenship granted
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Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (DC chapter)
  • Vice Chair
  • 2013 - Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Federal Litigation Section
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Military Assistance Program
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (DC chapter)
  • Attorney Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Order of the Coif
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • American Criminal Law Review
  • Notes Development Editor
  • 2006 - 2007
  • American Criminal Law Review
  • Staff
  • 2005 - 2006
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Contributor - Immigration for 2012
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Clients' Choice Award for 2012
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • 2007
  • Order of the Coif
  • Order of the Coif
  • 2007
  • Order of the Coif
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • 2007
  • CALI Award for Excellence - Contracts II
  • Center for Computer Aided Legal Instruction
  • 2005
  • CALI Award for Excellence - Property II
  • CALI
  • 2005
  • CALI Award for Excellence - Civil Procedure I
  • CALI
  • 2004
  • CALI Award for Excellence - Contracts I
  • CALI
  • 2004
  • Benjamin Meisner Fellowship
  • Purdue University
  • 1997
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Publications

  • Book
  • Extreme Hardship Letter Special Report
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (DC chapter)
  • The year in review: I-601A waivers
  • 2014
  • Maritime Security Conference
  • Panel Member
  • 2003
  • United States Consulate Lagos
  • Nonimmigrant Visa Fraud - Security Issues for Consular Officers
  • 2001

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (10)
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Immigration Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Kimberly well, and I have consulted with her on behalf of clients who have immigration concerns that are tied to their misdemeanor charges. She is my top choice for an immigration lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Kimberly personally and would not hesitate to ask her for immigration advice."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Immigration Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A brilliant and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Other
"Kimberly is the epitome of diligent in her practice as an immigration attorney, I highly recommend her."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Other
"While working on a complicated immigration issue, I came across Kimberley Schaefer's website and saw that she had resolved a similar case successfully. I called her to discuss the matter and she was very helpful, spending quite a bit of time with me and also promptly emailing me material that would assist me with my case. It is clear that Ms. Schaefer is a knowledgeable immigration attorney."
Immigration Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kimberly is hard working and knows her practice area inside and out. I would highly recommend her to my clients, friends and family."
Immigration Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kimberly is extremely knowledgeable in the area of immigration law. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ms. Schaefer. As evidenced by the number of questions she has answered on Avvo, she has a great understanding of the law. One can deduce through her many work experiences that she is a stellar attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is extremely knowledgeable and competent in the field of Immigration law. I also know her to be a highly ethical individual with a reputation for the highest integrity as well as legal ability."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Schaefer is the first person I call whenever I have a question about the potential immigration consequences of a criminal matter. She has impeccable credentials: magna cum laude from Georgetown law and former associate at Cleary Gottlieb. More importantly, she knows her stuff."
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