Jillian Blake


Jillian Blake, J.D. is an author at Nolo, specializing in immigration law.

Educational background. Jillian earned her law degree at the University of Michigan and is a member of the Maryland State Bar. She received a Master's degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University, with a focus on Latin America. Her undergraduate degree is also from Johns Hopkins University, where she majored in international studies.

Working background. Jillian has practiced immigration law at Blake Immigration Law (formerly Blake & Wilson Immigration Law) in Alexandria, Virginia for the past six years, where she represents clients facing removal, seeking asylum, and seeking family-based visas. Jillian also teaches immigration law as an adjunct professor of immigration law at George Mason University Law School in Arlington, Virginia. She has interned at non-profit organizations such as the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition in Washington, DC and Asylum Access in Quito, Ecuador and volunteered for the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project in Dilley, Texas. Jillian is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers' Association (AILA).

Working at Nolo. Jillian started at Nolo in 2018 as an immigration law writer. Since then she has written numerous legal updates on changes to immigration law.

Spare time. In her spare time Jillian likes to follow politics, watch Cleveland Browns football and Nationals baseball, and spend time with her chihuahua, Cha Cha. 

Articles By Jillian Blake

Conditional Resident Awaiting I-751 Approval? Consider Filing N-400 for Naturalization
If you've applied to go from conditional to permanent residence based on marriage to a U.S. citizen, long delays might make it worth applying for U.S. citizenship yourself before receiving USCIS approval of your permanent green card.
Get Up-to-Date Immigration Case Information With EOIR Phone Hotline
It has become crucial for non-citizens in removal proceedings to double check where their case is and when they might be called for a hearing.
Information on Social Media Can Get Immigrants Deported or Denied Entry
As a prospective visitor or immigrant to the U.S., when participating on social media, make sure to not post anything to lead the U.S. government to believe you have committed a crime, are affiliated with a criminal or terrorist organization, or committed visa fraud.
Trump Administration's New Regulations Restricting Asylum Meant to Start in 2021
March 3, 2021. Asylum-seekers could face new legal hurdles and the possibility that the U.S. government will dismiss claims at early stages in the legal process, if Trump-era regulations are not overturned.
Applying for Asylum Under the “Last In, First Out” Scheduling Policy
People applying for asylum are being processed right away, ahead of other people. Here's how this affects strategic matters concerning application preparation, work permits, and more.
New Guidelines Make Obtaining a U Visa as a Crime Victim in the U.S. Harder Than Ever
September 26, 2019. New USCIS procedures, backlogs, and various other factors make obtaining a U visa as a crime victim increasingly challenging.
Sponsors May Be Held Financially Responsible for Immigrant's Use of Public Benefits
May 23, 2019 U.S. citizens and residents who petitioned an immigrant to come the U.S. are more likely than ever to be held financially responsible if that immigrant faces economic hardship.
U.S. to Crackdown on Visitors from Countries with High Visa Overstay Rates
April 22, 2019 Nationals of countries with high visa overstay rates, especially people from certain African countries, might want to obtain a visa to travel to the U.S. as soon as possible, if they don’t have one already.
Trump Asylum Bar Put on Hold by Federal Judge
November 19, 2018 A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order against the Trump administration's asylum bar, which will remain in effect until December 19.
What's a Valid, Bona Fide Marriage for Immigration Purposes?
The basic requirement for a good faith marriage is that the parties intend to share a life together as spouses and are not only marrying to seek an immigration benefit.