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Joel Hathaway Paget

Immigration Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   24 reviews
  • Licensed for 53 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1970
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Joel

Learn Joel’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Immigration
    90%

    50 years

  2. Probate
    5%
    I have been involved in administration of complex estates and trusts, served as Trustee and Personal Representative when needed and represented personal representatives and trustees in court and mediation.

    54 years

  3. Tax
    5%

    54 years

Joel takes great pride in helping "bring the best and brightest into the United States." His immigration practice includes assisting immigrants to obtain employment visas, permanent residence, citizenship and naturalization in the United States.

 

Joel's estate planning practice includes supervising everything from simple to complex probates and the preparation of federal estate tax returns.

 

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

Location

Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC
401 Union Street
Suite 1500
Seattle, WA, 98101

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Posted by Justin | September 25, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing at what he does
I'm a Canadian citizen who has been working in the US on and off for a dozen years. After I had some problems with a different lawyer, my father recommended that I work with Joel Paget. Wow -- what a difference! Joel and his team are completely on the ball, and he knows immigration law inside-out. They were also just a pleasure to work with. Whatever hitches came up, including conflicting information from my employer's lawyers, Joel was right there to put things right. As soon as I started working with him six or seven years ago, I just knew that I could stop worrying about things and trust that Joel would take care of it all. He did, and could always see all the possible problems miles down the road and tip me off about how to avoid them. Just this past week, we found out that the last bit of immigration work I've needed him for has come through successfully. Also, every time I told him I was crossing the border, he urged me to take his cell phone number just in case. I really felt looked after with Joel. Thank you, Joel! You're a true professional.
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Posted by Maria | August 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent immigration attorney
Joel has been outstanding to work with. He oversaw my N400 application and prepared me for my naturalization interview. He was on top of it and you cannot a better attorney. I also appreciated his humor to lighten up the preparation call for the interview, thank you Joel! Such a pleasure to work with you!
Posted by Yuri | October 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best immigration attorney in the region
I was Joel's client for nearly a decade, going from J-1 to B1/B2 to H1B to my green card (now citizenship). You can't find a more reputable and experienced immigration attorney on the West Coast.
Posted by Qazi Karim | October 19, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very good
He answered my immigration question in details. Did not hire as chances to get immigration was slim. Appreciate that.
Posted by Mark | July 29, 2015
Help with National Interest Waiver RFI Submission
My employer had filed an Employment Based Two petition for my position with a request for a national interest waiver. The USCIS requested additional evidence for the waiver. I thought every possible piece of evidence had been submitted with the petition, but the USCIS wanted more. All of my family’s applications for permanent residency had been filed based on the petition. We were about to abandon the petition and applications when we were referred to Joel Paget at the Ryan Swanson. Joel and his able associate Marsha Mavunkel suggested additional sources of support and wrote the response. The USCIS granted the petition, the waiver and our applications. We all now have green cards and are extremely pleased with the work done by Joel and Marsha. Praise God!
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Posted by Kenny, immigration client | May 22, 2015
Highly recommended, trustworthy advisor!
Joel and his assistant Allison were super helpful and patient with us during our entire immigration process. We had done a lot of research to make sure we hired a lawyer with these qualities - integrity, transparency and industry experience. Joel was without a doubt our #1 choice as soon as we met the first time. He was analytical, attentive and very knowledgeable. With his tremendous experience, Joel provided us the assurance we absolutely needed. Thank you again!
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Posted by Erika | October 21, 2014
Joel Paget, Immigration Attorney
I am in-house counsel with a large multi-national organization. Joel has been my company's immigration counsel for the last 9 years. He has proven himself to be very knowledgeable in all things related to cross border travel for Canadians needing to work in the US. He is responsive and makes himself available at all hours. I highly recommend Joel.
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Posted by Danielle LaPorte | October 30, 2013
Always a success. Highly recommended.
I've worked with Joel and company for 5+ years and it' been nothing but a pleasurable, successful experience. Joel and his team are on top of changes and policies, have great instincts and are impeccable project managers. Joel really is a treasure to me and my career. I've recommended him many times and will continue to work with him.
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Posted by Debra | October 30, 2013
Great attorney!
I applied for permanent resident. Joel guided me through the process and reviewed all my documents carefully. My forms were submitted in a timely fashion, Joel kept me informed along the way and my case was processed, approved and green card received within nine months of the initial submission. I greatly appreciated his guidance along the way it made a very complicated process run smoothly without any re-submissions or requests for additional information. I greatly appreciated Joel's quick response to e-mails and questions along the way, he is very accessible which is good news for clients venturing into unknown waters!
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Posted by Daniel | October 29, 2013
This man rocks.
To put it simply, Mr. Paget delivered beyond my expectations. As a Canadian working in the field of advertising requesting an "Alien with Extraordinary Ability" status, I was going for the Green Card. Mr. Paget and his team pushed me hard. He requested that I go back and find everything I had done that was awesome which was a lot over a long period of time. Although I was super confident in my abilities and achievements, sometimes I felt overwhelmed. When I felt like giving up, he just kept pushing. I am super happy I trusted him. The man knows what he is doing. And his team is just fantastic. Dedicated, knowledgeable, you name it. This might sound over the top but I can't tell you how grateful I am for having worked with him. I highly recommend him to any talented Canadian looking to work in the USA. I can now say that my family and I are proud recipients of the very elusive Green Card. Thanks in great part to Mr. Paget and his team we get to live the American dream.
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Posted by David | September 18, 2013
Joel Paget-Immigration Law Excellence
I have been using Joel on various immigration matters for over 30 years. His advice is always excellent. He is practical & business oriented. Can't say enough good things about my experiences with him.
Posted by Jean-Philippe | August 24, 2012
Warm recommendations from a new Permanent Resident
I hired Joel Paget for obtaining a Permanent Residency (the "Green Card") in November 2010, and we filled an employment based petition. I definitely recommend Joel Paget and his team to anyone who fits in this category, and especially to Research Scientists. Over almost two years, I have been really satisfied with the responsiveness and courteous communication we had. A good-quality relationship like this is really important during a process that can take very long and for which the outcome is never guaranteed. Now I am officially a permanent resident, I can certainly say that the professional knowledge from my attorney was a key for my petition to be accepted by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services. Thank you Joel, and thank you all.
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Posted by Cheryl | May 2, 2012
knowledgeable and responsive
I am a Canadian immigration lawyer. Joel assisted my client to obtain a waiver to enter the United States. Joel was knowledgeable, responsive and helpful throughout the long process.
Posted by anonymous | January 20, 2012
Great support on Permanent Residence through Marriage Case
Joel did a great job on helping us with our permanent residency case via marriage. He met with us at key junctures to paint the big picture, or whenever there were larger questions at stake. However, he made us do a lot of the administrative work with his paralegal (all of which he reviewed), which helped keep fees down dramatically. He seemed very emotionally invested in helping us get to the right result.
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Posted by Barbara | November 2, 2011
Immigration naturalization
Joel Paget assisted me through a potentially tricky naturalization process as a result of a misstatement that almost torpedoed my application for permanent residency a number of years ago. He reviewed my residency case thoroughly, carefully documented my naturalization application with relevant forms, and steered me through the interview process smoothly. He was courteous and personable at all times, and was always available to answer questions. I recommend him highly!
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Posted by Tex | October 28, 2011
Trustworthy Advisor
I have known Joel for over 35 years. We have relied on his expertise on numerous occaisions, and his advice and counsel have proven invaluable.
Posted by Ross | April 29, 2011
I have never recommended anyone online.
I never thought that one day I would recommend a lawyer to anyone. But I have no hesitation when it comes to Joel. My family and I have used Joel for years. He is fair, caring and very knowledgeable. I remember during a particularly difficult time for me he gave me his cell phone number and home number. I have never heard of a lawyer doing this.
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Posted by Toby | September 27, 2010
Top Notch in Customers Service and Results (immigration)
I was referred to Joel Paget (Ryan Swanson & Cleveland) back in 2004 via a fellow Canadian who was living and working legally in the US (Seattle) as a result of her excellent experience with Joel and this firm. So, based on this reference I called Joel and together we were able to attain an H1-B work permit for myself. The dynamics and approach for the application of the H1-B were unique and did pose some risk in terms of NOT being approved..well, not only did Joel and his team get a 3 year H1-B work permit, they were able to get it extended for an additional 3 years taking us to 2010. We decided together that we would not go for a third renewal for reasons that had nothing to do with Joel/the firm. He suported my decision and we will continue to work together when ever myself or my colleagues/family in Canada require one of the best immigration lawyers/firms in the US. In conclusion, I highly recommend Joel Paget. Toby Davidson (Toronto, Canada) /Concept to Shelf
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Posted by Fran | May 21, 2010
Recommendation
I have worked with Joel for many years on immigration cases and we continue to have a 100% success rate. Joel is responsive, knowledgeable, and can think outside the box when necessary. I have always enjoyed working with him.
Posted by John | May 1, 2010
Immigration of my wife
Mr. Paget was amazing!! Everything went as he said it would and my wife received her acceptance letter in less than 3 months after we filed our documents. Mr. Paget and his team are true experts in their field.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Member
  • Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC
  • 1971 - Present

Education

  • University of Washington -Seattle
  • Juris Doctrate
  • 1970

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Annonymous
  • Joel's client received TN status for three years.

Associations

  • Canada-America Society of Washington
  • Immediate Past President
  • N/A
  • Seattle Rotary Club
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Emeritus Trustee
  • N/A
  • Seattle Pacific Foundation
  • Former Director and Secretary
  • N/A
  • Westminster Foundation
  • President
  • N/A
  • British American Chamber of Commerce- Pacific Northwest
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Honoree
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • 2015
  • Honoree
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • 2014
  • #1 for Immigration
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • 2014
  • Honoree
  • Who's Who Corporate Immigration Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2012
  • Seattle's Best Lawyers
  • Seattle Business Magazine
  • 2012
  • Honoree
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • 2012
  • #1 for Immigration
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • 2011
  • Honoree
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • 2011
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2011
  • Honoree
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • 2010
  • Honoree
  • Who's Who Corporate Immigration Lawyers
  • 2010
  • #1 for Immigration
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • 2010
  • Honoree
  • International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2010
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2009
  • Honoree
  • International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Honoree
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • 2009
  • Honoree
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2009
  • #1 for Immigration
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • 2009
  • Honoree
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2008
  • Honoree
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2008
  • Honoree
  • International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers
  • 2008
  • #1 for Immigration
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • 2008
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
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Publications

  • AILA Visa Processing Guide and Consular Posts Handbook
  • National Visa Center--Dos and Don'ts for Attorneys
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • Webinar
  • How to Prepare for the H-1B Lottery in 2015
  • 2015
  • Swedish Consulate Seminar
  • Income and Estate Planning for the Inbound and Outbound Resident
  • 2013
  • 2013 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law
  • Immigration
  • 2013
  • AILA Northwest Regional Conference
  • Department of State
  • 2012
  • Northwest Regional Immigration Law Conference
  • Filings, Ajudications, Policies, Problem Cases & Advice to Attorneys/Clients
  • 2010
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Practice Roundtable: "Know When to Hold'Em and Know When to Fold'Em
  • 2009
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Advanced Issues in Naturalization
  • 2008
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Consular Processing and Waivers Panel
  • 2007
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Department of State
  • 2007
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • The Road to Naturalization and Citizenship
  • 2006
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Concurrent I-140/I-485s and Consular Processing Strategies
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (5)
Endorse Joel
Immigration Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Not merely an extraordinary immigration attorney, but a pillar of the immigration bar."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Joel has been a great mentor, co-counsel and friend. His years of experience and wealth of knowledge in the immigration field is impressive to say the least and he has graciously shared his time and expertise with me over the past five years. Joel is dedicated to his clients, colleagues and friends and is a champion of champions on immigration reform!"
Seattle Immigration Lawyer Joel Hathaway Paget
Joel Hathaway Paget
Immigration Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 53 years