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Bonnie Stern Wasser

Immigration Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   9 reviews
  • State Years
    Washington - WA 20 years
    California - CA 39 years
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2003
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1984
    Inactive No misconduct found

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As a Seattle immigration lawyer for many years, I bring people together by using successful strategies to unite families and to help employers hire top foreign talent. I also help US citizens and would-be citizens with applications for naturalization or citizenship and passports.  I also work with military families.  I am a member of the Washington State Bar since 2003 (and the California State Bar since 1984, inactive since 2011). At the start of my career, I had the honor to serve as a legacy INS Trial Attorney. This government experience helps me see cases from two points of view. My firm offers affordable legal services, whether we handle a portion of your case or all of it.  I am a tireless advocate for clients because I am passionate about working hard for you so you can achieve your dreams.  I provide straightforward, honest and candid analysis of your case, even if nothing can be done or the road will be difficult. You will receive personal service and direct communications from your attorney. I really enjoy being a tireless advocate for fair and just immigration reform legislation, and am actively involved in government liaison, as well as state and federal legislative advocacy. As a former Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Washington Chapter for two years,  I had the honor and pleasure of managing and leading a terrific immigration specialty bar association. I have also served on the national AILA-USCIS International Operations Liaison Committee and the Military Assistance Project Task Force and the AILA national Business Committee. I am available to speak before your community, trade or professional group.


Services include:

-Work and investment visas and employment based greencards (We love to work on national interest waivers [NIW], cases involving persons with extraordinary ability, and with investors and entrepreneurs in particular - Eb-1, EB-2, Eb-5, E-2/E-2, E-3, L-1, O-1, etc..)

-Family and marriage/fiance(e) based visas and greencards

-US citizenship and naturalization, including military matters such as Parole in Place, automatic and derived citzienship and passport issues

-Workplace compliance (I-9, E-Verify, H-1B, PERM audits)

-Asylum and refugee matters

-Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) (would-be DREAM youth if we had a DREAM Act)

-Consular and border matters

-Waivers, including I-601A provisional family unity waivers, J-1 waivers, and others

 We work with a number of other specialists as needed in the area of criminal, tax, labor, international, IP law and more.

 Our Seattle Washington Immigration Law Firm is conveniently located in the Queen Anne neighborhood near the Space Needle, and best of all, there is free parking.



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Posted by Estefania | October 21, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Adjustment of Status/ Green Card
If you need an immigration attorney in the Seattle Area who is honest, responsive, compassionate, and effective, you need to work with Bonnie. She handled my case quickly, and was accommodating to the personal circumstances my husband and I were in when we started. She worked with us, never left us feeling alone, and never wasted our time. I highly recommend Bonnie Stern Wasser.
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Posted by Kevin | March 17, 2015
I Highly Recommend Bonnie
I can highly recommend Bonnie to anyone who needs a lawyer with expertise in immigration issues. After my marriage to a Belgian national, she helped us through the process to get a green card with great skill, expert knowledge and complete professionalism. If I ever have immigration-related legal issues again, I would not hesitate to contact Bonnie for help.
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Posted by Thomas | September 1, 2014
Green Crad /New wife from overseas
I was a bit intimidated by all the paperwork and steps necessary to take as my new wife and I got married and began the process of qualifying for the Green Card. The most important thing in my life was getting my wife a green card and beginning our new lives together here in this great country of ours I found this site as I searched for competent lawyers that were experts in immigration issues Although I had no complex issues the paperwork and obstacles you must go thru are unbelievably hard. This is a long tedious process and I just don't know how anyone could and would want to navigate it alone without an expert at your side. I choose Bonnie from this site overseas and she was the excellent rating that was given to her What caught my attention was bringing families together clause, so I hired Bonnie and she was worth every penny. Every step Identified clearly, my responsibilities , deadlines were all painlessly described to my wife and I and we just gave to Bonnie. All the hard work was done by Bonnie on time, as she said would happen, on the time frame she said would happen within the money she said I would pay, absolutely zero surprise's I was not prepared for which is what you hire a professional to begin with. I guess you could navigate thru this without a competent attorney by your side but why would you? The two inch stack of paperwork is a testament of how difficult paperwork can be If you truly want this Green card process to be smooth, you have little patience for all the things that could go wrong and will, hire the right attorney!!!!!! I am so glad that I hired Bonnie to do the hard work for me, great attorney, great service, great job and as I saw in the add some 8 months ago you brought together my new family, we are so grateful to you Bonnie thank you for making a complex situation like getting a green card routine you were more than we expected Ret CSM US Army
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Posted by PL | October 30, 2013
Same Sex Married Couple - A Great Experience
We hired Bonnie to work with us on our Immigration case. Following the DOMA case ruling, I wanted to sponsor my husband for a green card. Bonnie was very knowlegable and was great to work with . I told my husband when we reviewed the large stack of forms and documents that she prepared for our case, "I'm glad we didn't try to do this ourselves." Bonnie helped prepare us on what to expect from the process, the timeline from beginning to end and what to expect during the interview. I can't imagine trying to do this without the assistance and support of an attorney like Bonnie.
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Posted by Raimund | May 1, 2013
Best Immigration Lawyer Ever!
Bonnie is the best immigration lawyer I ever worked with and also hands down the nicest lawyer I ever met. Bonnie helped me get my US citizenship in record time and was incredibly thoughtful with all aspects of my case. She anticipated any possible roadblocks and as a result I became a US citizen in less than two months after meeting Bonnie for the first time. The other very important piece is that Bonnie made me feel very comfortable with the entire process and I was not as intimidated, as I had been with other lawyers that I had worked with. She just has a very calming and re-assuring demeanor. Bonnie even stood by me as my "replacement family", when I took my oath of allegiance. I would highly recommend Bonnie to anyone with immigration issues.
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Posted by anonymous | February 21, 2013
An excellent immigration attorney.
Bonnie Wasser was extremely effective in helping my wife and I navigate the complex Immigrant Visa process. We were able to trust her extensive experience in, and knowledge of, immigration law. She was always responsive and kept us well-informed at each stage of the process. She was able to tell us what to expect, and also how to handle unexpected circumstances whenever they arose. I recommend Bonnie Wasser very highly, and plan to pass her name along to any friends and relatives who might need her services in the future.
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Posted by Hiba | April 2, 2010
An excellent lawyer
A very knowledgeable trustworthy lawyer. She knows exactly what she is doing and aware of every single step that needs to be taken and not just that, she is always one step a head in the process. The immigration office didn't need one single extra paper from us cause Bonnie prepared us well and made sure that we submit all the necessary papers so no delays occur.she is always there to answer any questions and provide the legal advise.she is always on it and constantly updating us on the latest.Very accurate and pay attention to the details. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | June 11, 2008
a fabulous immigration attorney
I had been trying to become a permanent resident for the last 15 years. In spite of having been legal throughout the entire time, and having worked previously with one very uncaring attorney and one caring and smart one, it never seemed to work. I went to see Bonnie in June of 2007, who had been recommended by Lisa Stone of the Northwest Women Law Center. In the one-hour interview, Bonnie assessed my case, found a viable type of strategy, and sent me home to work on gathering documentation. I received my green card in the mail two days ago. It hasn't been quite a year since I went to see her for the first time in her office of Seattle's Queen Anne hill
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Posted by anonymous | June 12, 2007
Excellent lawyer
Bonnie helped with my wife's adjustment of status case. This case was resolved with a favorable decision in a record time of 2 months 10 days. She worked around our schedule and met us on weekends. Once she even made extra photo prints of my wife (my wife was out of state at the time) for the application. Bonnie guided us expertly about the details of the application. She called us immediately to communicate any updates from BCIS. She was very helpful at the interview and helped to keep us calm, she carried copies of everything for the interview (including some that we forgot to take). She engaged the officer in bits of friendly conversation and helped to maintain a cool atmosphere when we were quite tense. Even after everything had worked out favorably she has continued to give us tips. I am very pleased to recommend her. Years earlier when I went through my own immigration process I did not receive the personalized attention that we received from Bonnie although those lawyers charged a much higher fee for their services. Bonnie exceeded both my wife and my expectations.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Bonnie Stern Wasser
  • 1988 - Present
  • Attorney
  • MacDonald, Hoague and Bayless
  • 2000 - 2003
  • Attorney
  • Barst and Mukamal
  • 1986 - 1988
  • Attorney Law Graduate
  • US Immigration and Naturalization Service
  • 1984 - 1986
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  • University of California - Irvine
  • B.A.
  • N/A
  • University of California - Los Angeles
  • M.A.
  • N/A
  • Universite de Bordeaux I
  • N/A
  • Southwestern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
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  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington Chapter)
  • Chair- Law Practice Management Committee
  • 2017 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member, Military Assistance Project Task Force
  • 2013 - Present
  • International Section, WA State Bar Assn
  • Board Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • One America
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association International Section
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Northwest Immigrants Rights Project
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2001 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington Chapter)
  • Co-Chair - NW Continuing Legal Eduction Conference Committee
  • 2016 - 2017
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • USCIS International Operations Liaison Committee Member
  • 2014 - 2015
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington State chapter)
  • Congressional Committee Co-Chair
  • 2012 - 2013
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member, AILA National Business Committee
  • 2012 - 2013
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Washington Chapter
  • Washington Chapter Chair
  • 2010 - 2012
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington State chapter)
  • Vice-Chair
  • 2009 - 2010
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (WA Chapter)
  • Chair, Naturalization Day Committee
  • 2008 - 2009
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (WA Chapter)
  • Chair, Advocacy Committee
  • 2007 - 2008
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association Washington Chapter, Advocacy Committee
  • Chair
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Legal Voice, formerly NW Women's Law Center
  • Legal Committee
  • 2006 - 2010
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association Washington Chapter
  • Chair, Congressional Liaison Committee
  • 2006 - 2007
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member, Chair, Consular Committee
  • 2005 - 2006
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, So. Calif. Chapter
  • Member
  • 1986 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • French

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Service
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2015
  • AV Rating - Highest Ethical Standing
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013


  • AILA Occupational Handbook on Entertainers, Athletes and Artists
  • Investing for Fun and Profit in the Entertainment, Arts and Athletics Industries
  • 2007
  • California AILA Chapters Conference
  • Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who's the Greatest One of All?
  • 1998
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Speaking Engagements

  • Northwest Continuing Legal Education Conference
  • National Interest Waivers and Entrepreneur Parole
  • 2017
  • AILA Washington Chapter meeting
  • S. 744 CIR Overview
  • 2013
  • AILA Washington Chapter Meeting
  • Waivers of Inadmissibility
  • 2010
  • Various - 1986-2006
  • Immigraton
  • N/A
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Immigration Attorney | Sep 21
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"I spoke with attorney Bonnie Stern Wasser at several professional events. She is very knowledgeable and experienced immigration attorney. I endorse this lawyer with no reservations."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 14
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Seattle Immigration Lawyer Bonnie Stern Wasser
Bonnie Stern Wasser
Immigration Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 39 years