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Janet is one of the most experienced Seattle immigration lawyers and has practiced exclusively in the area of immigration and nationality law since 1981. She serves as Chair of the Immigration Group. She represents and advises businesses and individual clients on all aspects of immigration matters. Janet has extensive experience in processing E-1 treaty trader, E-2 treaty investor, F-1 students, H-1B professionals, H-2B temporary workers, K-1 fiancé, K-3 U.S. citizens and L-1 intra-company transferee nonimmigrant visas. She processes immigrant visas involving marriage and adoption petitions, citizenship petitions, labor certifications under the PERM regulations, employment based petitions, EB-2 and EB-3. Janet is also able to file relative cases under the new DOMA decision for LGBT couples.


Janet represents clients in a broad range of industries including fisheries, marine, freight forwarding, computer technology, banking, real estate, import-export, and forestry. She also advises corporate clients on employee sanctions, I-9 and E-verify issues. Janet was selected to be Special Assistant for the State of Washington's immigration matters.


Janet does not provide deportation and criminal related immigration services but is happy to provide referrals to those in need.


Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%

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  • Tom Youngjohn

    Not merely a pillar of the immigration bar, but an extraordinary immigration attorney.


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  • Carl Michael Shusterman

    Janet Cheetham is one of the premier immigration attorneys in the Pacific Northwest, and indeed, in the country. Not only is she one of the top experts in our field, but she is very good with clients. I know. She helped obtain a visa for one of my relatives who works for a major corporate client of Janet's.


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Contact info

Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC

1201 3rd Ave
Suite 3400
Seattle, WA, 98101-3268


TXNot Eligible to Practice - Administrative198107/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Seattle's Best LawyersSeattle Business Magazine2015
#1 for ImmigrationChambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business2015
Leading PracticionerWho's Who International Corporate Immigration Lawyers2015
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2015
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2015
#1 for ImmigrationChambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business2014
Leading PracticionerWho's Who International Corporate Immigration Lawyers2014
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2014
Seattle's Best LawyersSeattle Business Magazine2014
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2013
Leading PracticionerWho's Who International Corporate Immigration Lawyers2013
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2013
Top Women Attorneys in WashingtonSeattle Metropolitan Magazine2013
Seattle's Best LawyersSeattle Business Magazine2013
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2012
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2012
Seattle's Best LawyersSeattle Business Magazine2012
Leading PracticionerWho's Who International Corporate Immigration Lawyers2012
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2011
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2011
Top 50 Women Lawyers in Washington StateWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
RecognitionBest Lawyers In America2010
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Super LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
RecognitionBest Lawyers in America2009
RecognitionBest Lawyers in America2008
Super LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Top 50 Women Lawyers in Washington StateWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Super LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
RecognitionBest Lawyers in America2007
RecognitionBest Lawyers in America2006
Super LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
RecognitionBest Lawyers in America2005
Super LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2005
RecognitionInternational Who's Who of Immigration Lawyers2005
Super LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2004
Super LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2003
RecognitionWho's Who International Corporate Immigration Lawyers2003
Super LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2002
Super LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2001
Super LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2000
Super LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine1999
Super LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine1998
AV RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberRyan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC2003 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Federal Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Washington State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
King County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)Immigration Practice & Procedure Under the North American Free Trade Agreement2006
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)Reality of Business Immigration2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
South Texas College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
University of TexasN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Washington State Bar AssociationImmigration Institute2009
American Immigration Lawyers Association ConferenceNAFTA & TN Issues2009
UnknownEmployer Compliance for Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification)2005
UnknownNavigating the Smart Border2004
American Immigration Lawyers Association ConferenceConsular Issues2004
UnknownHot Topics on Immigration2003
American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual ConferenceConsular vs. Adjustment2003
Criminal Immigration Law SeminarEthics in the Legal Profession2002
AC21/Issues for Employment-Based Workers," American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual ConferenceAC21/Issues for Employment-Based Workers2002
2002 Northwest Regional Immigration SeminarThe Client Hokey Pokey - Starting Out on the Right Foot2002
American Immigration Lawyers Association 2001 National ConferenceA World Without Labor Certifications2001