Firm Overview

I am a Virginia immigration lawyer who helps future Americans become citizens. I have offices in Fairfax, Virgina, Reston, Virginia and Washington, DC. My offices are conveniently located for clients in the Northern Virginia area, including Fairfax County, Prince William County, Loudoun County, Arlington, Leesburg, Alexandria, Vienna, and Manassas. For clients outside of the Northern Virginia area, I can work with them through email and Skype. This is particularly helpful for clients from distant parts of Virginia who have immigration court hearings at the Arlington Immigration Court or who have interviews at the Fairfax USCIS office.


I help future Americans become citizens by helping them with the following types of cases:


  • Green cards based on marriage through the adjustment of status process.

  • Green cards based on marriage through the immigrant visa process.

  • Getting fiance visas so that they can bring their partner to the United States to get married.

  • Getting green cards for parents of United States citizens.

  • Getting green cards for children of United States citizens or permanent residents.

  • Getting green cards for brothers and sisters of United States citizens.

  • Obtaining immigration waivers: unlawful presence waivers, misrepresentation waivers, criminal conviction waivers.

  • Providing guidance on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions.

  • Fighting deportation in immigration court by seeking voluntary departure, cancellation of removal, asylum or withholding of removal.

  • Affirmative asylum applications.

  • Naturalization applications.

  • Administrative appeals and appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals.



Representative cases

Assisted a couple that initially met on vacation obtain a fiance visa. After the couple married, I assisted them with obtaining a green card.


Assisted a couple that initially met while she was visiting relatives in the United States obtain a fiance visa. After the couple married, I assisted them with applying for a green card.


Assisted a couple that initially met while she was studying in the United States obtain a green card through the adjustment of status process after they married.


Assisted a couple that initially met while he was working in the United States obtain a green card through the adjustment of status process after they married.


Won withholding of removal for a client who was placed in deportation proceedings because of several criminal convictions. He faced persecution on account of his religion if he returned to his home country. He is now able to live, work and study in the United States where he is safe from persecution.


Assisted a military couple obtain parole in place for the wife who had entered the United States illegally. Now that she has been granted parole in place, the couple no longer needs to fear that she will be deported while he is deployed overseas and can move forward with the green card process.


Successfully terminated immigration court proceedings for a permanent resident who faced deportation on the basis of two past convictions.


Won an administrative appeal for a client after his naturalization application was denied. He is now a United States citizen.


Assisted a mother of three United States citizen daughters obtain asylum based on the mother's past persecution of being a victim of female genital mutilation (FGM) and the feared persecution of her daughters being forced to undergo FGM if they had to accompany their mother to her home country.


Assisted a gay man obtain asylum based on the persecution he would face if he returned to his home country.


Assisted a client obtain nunc pro tunc asylum so that he could move forward with obtaining a green card.

Main Office

Main
1818 Library Street
Suite 500
Reston  VA  20190

Phone
  • (202) 642-4529
  • (703) 424-2979
Fax
  • (202) 207-1180

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

I generally will first talk to a potential client on the phone to determine whether I may be able to help them with their legal issue. If it appears that I can help them, I then offer an initial consultation of up to one hour at a reduced rate of $200.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Immigration related legal services are typically offered on a fixed-fee basis.

Hourly Rates

$300 per hour, but most cases are handled on a fixed-fee basis.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

To reach me after hours or on weekends, please call and leave a voicemail. I will return your call as soon as possible.

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Other Offices

  • Washington DC Office
    1000 Connecticut Avenue, NW
    Suite 900
    Washington,  DC  20036
  • Fairfax, Virginia Office
    3915 Old Lee Highway
    Suite 22-B
    Fairfax,  VA  22030
Immigration Law
Helping Future Americans Become Citizens

I am a Virginia immigration lawyer who helps future Americans become citizens. I have offices in Fairfax, Virgina, Reston, Virginia and Washington, DC. My offices are conveniently located for clients in the Northern Virginia area, including Fairfax County, Prince William County, Loudoun County, Arlington, Leesburg, Alexandria, Vienna, and Manassas. For clients outside of the Northern Virginia area, I can work with them through email and Skype. This is particularly helpful for clients from distant parts of Virginia who have immigration court hearings at the Arlington Immigration Court or who have interviews at the Fairfax USCIS office.


I help future Americans become citizens by helping them with the following types of cases:


  • Green cards based on marriage through the adjustment of status process.

  • Green cards based on marriage through the immigrant visa process.

  • Getting fiance visas so that they can bring their partner to the United States to get married.

  • Getting green cards for parents of United States citizens.

  • Getting green cards for children of United States citizens or permanent residents.

  • Getting green cards for brothers and sisters of United States citizens.

  • Obtaining immigration waivers: unlawful presence waivers, misrepresentation waivers, criminal conviction waivers.

  • Providing guidance on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions.

  • Fighting deportation in immigration court by seeking voluntary departure, cancellation of removal, asylum or withholding of removal.

  • Affirmative asylum applications.

  • Naturalization applications.

  • Administrative appeals and appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals.



Representative cases

Assisted a couple that initially met on vacation obtain a fiance visa. After the couple married, I assisted them with obtaining a green card.


Assisted a couple that initially met while she was visiting relatives in the United States obtain a fiance visa. After the couple married, I assisted them with applying for a green card.


Assisted a couple that initially met while she was studying in the United States obtain a green card through the adjustment of status process after they married.


Assisted a couple that initially met while he was working in the United States obtain a green card through the adjustment of status process after they married.


Won withholding of removal for a client who was placed in deportation proceedings because of several criminal convictions. He faced persecution on account of his religion if he returned to his home country. He is now able to live, work and study in the United States where he is safe from persecution.


Assisted a military couple obtain parole in place for the wife who had entered the United States illegally. Now that she has been granted parole in place, the couple no longer needs to fear that she will be deported while he is deployed overseas and can move forward with the green card process.


Successfully terminated immigration court proceedings for a permanent resident who faced deportation on the basis of two past convictions.


Won an administrative appeal for a client after his naturalization application was denied. He is now a United States citizen.


Assisted a mother of three United States citizen daughters obtain asylum based on the mother's past persecution of being a victim of female genital mutilation (FGM) and the feared persecution of her daughters being forced to undergo FGM if they had to accompany their mother to her home country.


Assisted a gay man obtain asylum based on the persecution he would face if he returned to his home country.


Assisted a client obtain nunc pro tunc asylum so that he could move forward with obtaining a green card.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

My primary areas of practice allow me to help people.

I practice immigration law because I became interested in the area when I was providing consular services at a consular post. That experience showed me the complexity of immigration law and how many people could greatly benefit from the assistance of an immigration lawyer.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I believe that it is important for clients to understand the the issues that are relevant to their cases. To assist my clients who are interested in learning more about immigration law, I publish the DC Immigration Lawyer Blog and the Virginia Immigration Lawyer Blog.


I also have a series of immigration videos to help my clients better understand the legal issues in their case.


Finally, I have a series of free paperback books that I offer to Virginia residents so that they can learn more about their immigration options. These books are on marriage-based immigration, fiance visas, family-based immigration, immigration waivers, whether an immigration lawyer is needed for a case and the common immigration mistakes that people make.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am willing to review documents prepared by clients. But, because the work that I do is often done on a fixed-price fee schedule, it is normally beneficial for clients to allow me to draft their documents for them. What is very helpful, however, is if clients have thought through what their goals are so that we can work together to achieve those goals.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

Because the work that I do is typically done on a fixed-price fee schedule, it is normally cost-effective for clients to allow me to represent them. If a client prefers to represent him or herself, I discuss the issue with him or her to determine the best way for us to work together.

Kimberley Schaefer

Prior to attending law school I served as a communications officer in the United States Marine Corps and worked in several government-related positions in both the public and private sectors. As part of my previous employment, 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.

My previous experience providing consular services in Lagos, Nigeria has proven to be very helpful to me as an immigration lawyer. Providing consular services provided me with an in-depth understanding of what my clients experience when applying for visas at a consular post. This knowledge has proven to be invaluable in helping clients with their immigration issues.

In addition, my experience as a communications officer in the United States Marine Corps taught me valuable skills such as attention to detail and perseverance -- skills which are essential to my work in immigration law. At the same time, it taught me that there are times when you need to face challenges head on and to know when not to back down from a fight. This has proven to be very helpful when it comes time to litigate legal issues in court.

Many of my cases take months if not years to fully resolve. As a result, I feel that it is important for me to keep in contact with my clients and to keep them informed of the status of their case.

Personal interests:

My favorite hobby is knitting. I also love reading books on my Kindle.

License
  • Bar Number: 977673
    District of Columbia , 2007
Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center
    Juris Doctor , 2007
    Washington, DC
    American Criminal Law Review - Notes Development Editor.

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