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Bonnie Stern Wasser

About me

As a Seattle immigration lawyer, formerly in Los Angeles, I have been bringing people together for more than 30 years by using successful legal immigration strategies to unite families and employers with much needed top foreign talent. I also help US citizens and would-be citizens with applications for naturalization or citizenship and passports, including working on military matters and complicated issues proving status. 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. My firm offers affordable legal services and advocacy for clients in a committed, persuasive, and passionate manner.  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. More recently, I currently serve on the national AILA-USCIS International Operations Liaison Committee and the Military Assistance Project Task Force. Previously, I served on 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, cases involving persons with extraordinary ability, and with investors and entreprenerus 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)

-Prosecutorial Discretion related issues

-Border matters

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

-US Consulate matters


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. There is free parking.




Languages spoken: French

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%
    31 years



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Olga Vasilyevna Guzhva

    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.


    Olga Guzhva Immigration Attorney
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  • Lisa Nicole Ellis

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Contact info

320 W Galer St Ste 201
Seattle, WA, 98119-3065

320 W Galer St Ste 201
Seattle, WA, 98119



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Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Rating - Highest Ethical StandingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Pro Bono ServiceWashington State Bar Association2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of Bonnie Stern Wasser1988 - Present
AttorneyMacDonald, Hoague and Bayless2000 - 2003
AttorneyBarst and Mukamal1986 - 1988
Attorney Law GraduateUS Immigration and Naturalization Service1984 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationUSCIS International Operations Liaison Committee Member2014 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember, Military Assistance Project Task Force2013 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington State chapter)Congressional Committee Co-Chair2012 - Present
International Section, WA State Bar AssnBoard Member2010 - Present
One AmericaMember2008 - Present
Washington State Bar Association International SectionMember2008 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Northwest Immigrants Rights ProjectVolunteer Attorney2001 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember1986 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember, AILA National Business Committee2012 - 2013
American Immigration Lawyers Association, Washington ChapterWashington Chapter Chair2010 - 2012
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington State chapter)Vice-Chair2009 - 2010
American Immigration Lawyers Association (WA Chapter)Chair, Naturalization Day Committee2008 - 2009
American Immigration Lawyers Association (WA Chapter)Chair, Advocacy Committee2007 - 2008
American Immigration Lawyers Association Washington Chapter, Advocacy CommitteeChair2007 - 2008
American Immigration Lawyers Association Washington ChapterChair, Congressional Liaison Committee2006 - 2007
Legal Voice, formerly NW Women's Law CenterLegal Committee2006 - 2010
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember, Chair, Consular Committee2005 - 2006
American Immigration Lawyers Association, So. Calif. ChapterMember1986 - 2007
Publication nameTitleDate
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)Avoiding PERM Audits and RFEs involving Small Business and Start-Ups2015
AILA's Immigration Options for Artists and Entertainers, 2nd Ed.n Artists, Entertainment and AthletesInvesting for Fun and Profits in the Arts, Entertainment and Sports Industries2014
AILA Occupational Handbook on Entertainers, Athletes and ArtistsInvesting for Fun and Profit in the Entertainment, Arts and Athletics Industries2007
The Advocate (Vancouver Bar Association)Travelers Beware: Border Searches of Laptops and Other Electronic Gear2007
California AILA Chapters ConferenceMirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who's the Greatest One of All?1998
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California - IrvineSocial EcologyBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
University of California - Los AngelesUrban Planning and ArchitectureM.A.N/A
Universite de Bordeaux IJunior Year AbroadN/AN/A
Southwestern University School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationImmigrant Options for Small and Start-Up Businesses2015
NW AILA Regional Conference, Portland, OreImmigrant Categories EB-1: The Extraordinary, The Outstanding & The Multinational and EB-2 & National Interest Waivers2014
Military Legal Assistance APR 8(g) Training CLEImmigration and Citizenship Law for Military Members and Families2014
AILA Washington Chapter meetingS. 744 CIR Overview2013
AILA NW CLEEthics Issues for Immigration Lawyers2013
Immigration Law for Non-Immigration LawyersConference Chair; Speaker: Workplace Concerns: Business, Employment and More2012
Federal Administrative LawAffirmative v. Defensive Asylum Law2011
AILA National ConferenceGreen Cards Part II: Consular Processing2011
AILA Washington Chapter MeetingWaivers of Inadmissibility2010
AILA Northwest CLEFamily Based Visas at the Consulate2010
Washington Immigrant & Refugee ConferenceCitizenship: Changing Times2009
International ExpressUS immigration from Canada2009
Various - 1986-2006ImmigratonN/A