Miriam Riedmiller - Washington D.C. Immigration LawPeer Rated AV© Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell©: 4.7 out of 5
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(The Law Offices of Miriam B. Riedmiller)
A U.S. Immigration Law Firm
(The Law Offices of Miriam B. Riedmiller)
A U.S. Immigration Law Firm
Our Washington D.C. Immigration Law Firm
PROXIMITY TO IMMIGRATIONWe are located close to immigration relevant institutions: the United States (U.S.) Passport Office, (www.travel.state.gov), the World Bank (www.worldbank.org), the White House (www.whitehouse.gov) , the Embassy of the Philippines, (www.philippineembassy-usa.org), other embassies, and U.S. government agencies.
WE OFFER UNIQUE VALUEWe provide first-class legal services to clients in D.C. Virginia, Maryland, other states, and to immigrants from Asia, Europe, and Africa. We have a particular expertise for the needs of clients from the Philippines (Filipinos/Filipino-Americans). The Filipinos, along with the Mexicans, Chinese and Indians, comprise the four largest immigrant groups, as listed in the U.S. Department of State’s Visa Bulletin (www.travel.state.gov). These groups generally suffer long wait for their visa priority dates to become current, or to ripen to green card issuance. That is why, we constantly refine our approach and abilities to find shorter legal paths for Filipinos, Filipino-Americans and also for all other clients.
The American Immigration Lawyers’ Association (www.aila.org), the premier organization for the profession, publishes some of our Firm’s most novel , compelling, path breaking cases. (Read more). AILA also publishes in the Infonet, our legal articles on immigration and ethics.
WE LIVE THE TRUE IMMIGRANT SPIRITOur immigration practice was built in true immigrant spirit by the owner and principal attorney, Miriam Bustamante Riedmiller. Born and raised in the Philippines, she was herself an immigrant who naturalized as a U.S. citizen, living her dream to become an American licensed lawyer since she was admitted to the Ohio State Bar in 1994 and then in the D.C. Bar in 2005. She was elected President of the Philippine-American Bar Association of Greater Washington, D.C. Inc., in the silver jubilee years of the association in 2002 and 2003. From then on, she became more entrenched in the mainstream legal world. (Read more her profile). As such, Ms. Riedmiller is highly in tune with, and devoted, to the needs and predicaments of aspiring immigrants and citizens, in the United States.
WE CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF FILIPINO IMMIGRATIONOn the 100th milestone of Filipino immigration to the United States, Ms. Riedmiller wrote a legal article on the three waves of Filipino immigration, and analyzed the unique laws that applied to Filipino immigrants from 1906 to 2006. It was published in 2006 by the Immigration Lawyers on the Web (www.ilw.com). In 2007, AILA published Ms. Riedmiller’ article “Why , Filipinos Call this Country Home,” at the Immigration Law Today (ILT, July/August 2007) (Read more ).Ms. Riedmiller analyzed the phenomenon of a century of Philippine immigration to the U.S. , shaped by special ties, including colonial, political and economic connections between the U.S. and the Philippines. The article emphasized the gift of victory the Philippines contributed to the U.S. through Filipino World War II U.S. Veterans who fought side by side with American soldiers, only to be denied by the Rescission Act of promised benefits. Filipino-American (Filam) Veterans continue to this day to fight for rights especially at the Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) debate in 2010.
SPEAKING AT THE SMITHSONIAN ON IMMIGRATION STORIESOn the Firm’s 15th year in 2010, Ms. Riedmiller received a certificate of appreciation, and a letter of commendation from the Smithsonian Institution’s Folklife Center (http://www.folklife.si.edu/), for her role as immigration speaker, representing Filipino-Americans, at the 44th Folklife Festival at the National Mall in Washington D.C. She is the first immigration attorney to speak to a national and international audience, on the first “Talk Story Stage” of the Festival, with the Asian Pacific American (APA) panel. Her topic: “Local Lives; Global Ties/ Immigration Stories: How We Got Here.” In her speech, Ms. Riedmiller recounted first, the Philippines’ 100 –year immigration history, then shared her personal ,and her Firm’s immigration success stories. She emphasized such values as continuing legal education, strong work ethic, professionalism, tenacity, experience, and strong ties with the legal and immigrant community. Ms. Riedmiller’s “immigrant community” embraces the American mainstream --U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents -- who sponsor foreign born relatives or workers, for unification in the U.S. She calls the U.S. -- a nation of immigrants in a global world—sheltering victims of violence and disasters; drawing and cultivating technology, talent, wealth and strength in many forms from immigrants, especially those who serve U.S. national interest, in the categories of extraordinary and exceptional ability aliens.
IMMIGRATION AND COPING WITH THE ECONOMIC RECESSIONOn our 15th year, Ms. Riedmiller was faculty/speaker and legal article writer at the AILA’s 2010 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., speaking on the Exceptions to the Affidavit of Support Requirement under INA Section 213 A, and ethical considerations. Her focus was to help immigrants comply with financial capacity requirements, and find available remedies, in the light of the economic recession(Read more).
WE SUPPORT PUBLIC SERVICE BY LAWYERSAlso in 2010, Ms. Riedmiller accepted her appointment on a second term, as alternate member of the District of Columbia’s Board on Professional Responsibility, Hearing Committee (www.dcbar.org). From 2007 to 2010 and from 2010 to 2013, Ms. Riedmiller’s role supports the DC Bar’s public service and consumer protection mission, under Rule XI Section 5(a) of the DC Court of Appeals Rules Governing the Bar. Our Firm supports the Bar and the legal profession.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS AND PEERS SAY: KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE“I would like to express my gratitude for the invaluable counsel you gave me regarding my family's attempt to bring a relative to the United States from Bosnia. As a journalist who has covered the incredibly complex and often arcane world of immigration law... I was so impressed with the breadth of your knowledge and experience. Your ability to strategize and approach a case from a variety of directions is equally impressive.Clearly, you are extremely skilled in your field and a top-notch professional (Lisa Hoffman, Journalist, Washington, D.C.).
WHY WE LIVE THE TRUE IMMIGRANT SPIRITOur Law Firm is built on the vision of our founder, Miriam B. Riedmiller, a Philippine-born attorney, who worked for the Philippine Senate and major law firm. She immigrated to the United States, naturalized to a U.S. citizen, became a U.S. licensed attorney starting in 1994, (first in Ohio and then in Washington D.C.) -- living the true immigrant spirit of tenacity, hard work, learning and compassion; she worked in the U.S. legal arena, and started this practice, premised on public service to America and the immigrants. She was President of the Philippine American Bar Association of Greater Washington D.C., Inc (PABA-DC, Inc.), and is a second term-appointee by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Board on Professional Responsibility as an alternate member of the Hearing Committee (Read more our Profile, Honors and Awards).
We serve standard, simple cases. We also serve clients with special handling needs such as waivers of grounds of inadmissibility:
- I-601 Waiver for fraud and material misrepresentation
- National interest waiver for extraordinary and exceptional ability aliens
- Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
- Fiancee Visa ( K Visa)
- B-1, B-2, Business and Visitor Visas
- Working Visas (H1B, L, I, G etc.)
- J-1 Section 2-12(e) Waivers