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ATTORNEY NELISSE is an experienced immigration attorney in America who practices exclusively 100% immigration law, providing immigration & naturalization legal services to clients throughout the world.
She is a longstanding member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and her immigration law office is located in Maui, Hawaii.
Attorney Nelisse was admitted to practice law by the District of Columbia in 1999 and practices exclusively USA Immigration and Nationality Law. She is not licensed by the State of Hawaii to practice Hawaiian law, but through her District of Columbia license is allowed to practice immigration law in every state. This is because an attorney licensed by any state in the United States is allowed (by federal law 8 CFR §292.1(a)(1) ) to practice immigration law before the Dept. of Homeland Security, the USCIS, ICE, CBP, Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), and the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) in all of the American states.
With 20 years of immigration law experience, DANIELLE NELISSE, ESQ. devotes 100% of her law practice to American immigration law and is an author and editor of immigration books and blogs, an immigration law lecturer, and is a mentor to immigration law interns.
She has prepared hundreds of U.S. immigration applications for foreign national clients and American companies throughout the United States of America and abroad related to:
Personal Background – How Did Danielle Become an Immigration Attorney?
Danielle had a few different careers before taking out law school loans and applying for law school at age 40. She was married in high school and had two children by the time she was 21 years old. She finished high school at night and was able to go to San Diego State University when she was 24 years old. She chose Public Administration as her major, with an emphasis in Labor Relations, and Womens’ Studies as her minor and graduated in 2 years instead of 4 years.
After getting her Bachelor’s degree, Danielle was asked to head up a project at a juvenile court, where she met with kids locked up in the juvenile jail and developed alternative sentencing plans for impoverished juveniles accused of crimes, which she proposed during sentencing hearings before Superior Court Juvenile Court Judges.
She testified in front of the Judges in over 500 cases, explaining her alternative sentencing options, 80% of which were ordered. At 26, it was her first taste of how, as an Expert in Alternative Sentencing, one person can impact the lives of others within the legal system.
Danielle went on to work as a Labor Negotiator for a labor union, learning how the labor attorneys prepared and presented cases to city officials. She was then urged to start a private detective firm made up of all women detectives – one of the first of its kind in the United States. As a licensed Private Detective, she and her lady detectives worked on important murder cases, traveling around the United States to meet with witnesses and discover new evidence.
By the time Danielle’s children were finished with high school, she decided it was time to go to law school and instead of working for attorneys, become one herself. She graduated law school in 2 years instead of 3 and was able to study law in not only the United States, but in Florence, Italy, Strasbourg, France and Vienna, Austria. One of her professors was Justice Antonin Scalia, one of the U.S. Supreme Court Judges.
After law school, Danielle was hired by a prestigious law firm in Boston, Massachusetts. She practiced criminal defense law, family law, and civil law, but when one of the partners asked “does anyone want to start practicing immigration law?” Danielle was the only one to say “I do!” because it is so rewarding for her to help other people.
Danielle opened her own immigration law firm in 1999 and has become one of the leading immigration attorneys in America. After her first husband passed away, she met a man from the Netherlands, married again, and helped her new husband get his marriage green card and USA citizenship.
Her husband works as a commercial pilot and they live in Maui, Hawaii. When she is not at work, she spends time with her grown children, has an art studio to paint large oil paintings, and spends time traveling with her husband.
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