Immigration Permanent Residence Immigration Services » Immigration Permanent Residence

Our Seattle immigration attorneys help businesses obtain U.S. permanent residence for employees. Ryan Swanson attorneys also assist individuals who wish to sponsor family members for immigration and permanent residence.

For employers, our Seattle immigration attorneys assist with all the complex phases of immigration law. This includes assisting employers to obtain 'labor certification' from the U.S. Department of Labor, which involves testing the U.S. labor market through advertising and recruiting, documenting the results, and preparing the electronic filings required by the Department of Labor's new PERM labor certification system. Contact our immigration law team for further information regarding labor certification and the PERM program. Our Seattle immigration attorneys also assist employers to sponsor individuals who do not require labor certification, such as multinational managers and executives, outstanding professors and researchers, and individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary ability in their fields.

For families, our immigration attorneys help with the preparation of permanent residence applications for fiancés, spouses, children, parents, and other relatives. We also assist with obtaining nonimmigrant 'K' status for fiancés and spouses.

For individuals sponsored by either employers or family members, we prepare and file immigrant petitions and adjustment of status applications in the United States and assist with visa processing at U.S. consulates and embassies throughout the world.


our Team
Janet H. Cheetham, Chair and Member
Janet H. Cheetham
Janet is one of the most experienced Seattle immigration attorneys and has practiced exclusively in the area of immigration and nationality law since 1981. She serves as Chair of the Immigration Group. She represents and advises businesses and individual clients on all aspects of immigration matters. Her work includes advising clients on nonimmigrant and immigrant visas. Janet has extensive experience in processing E-1 treaty trader, E-2 treaty investor, F-1, H-1B, H-2B, K-1 fiance, K-3 and L-1 nonimmigrant visas. She also processes immigrant visas involving spousal petitions, labor certifications under the PERM regulations and employment based petitions such as EB-1 outstanding researchers and professors, EB-2 and EB-3. Janet represents clients in a broad range of industries including fisheries, marine, freight forwarding, computer technology, banking, real estate, import-export, and forestry. She also advises corporate clients on employee sanctions and I-9 issues. Janet was selected to be Special Assistant for the State of Washington's immigration matters.
Joel H. Paget, Senior Immigration Attorney and Member
Joel H. Paget
Joel assists in obtaining business visas, classification, permanent residency and citizenship for immigrants in the United States. Joel also works with immigrants to obtain temporary and permanent positions as executives, managers or specialists and he also advises on treaty rights and obligations for payment or non-payment of taxes.
Marsha T. Mavunkel, Associate
Marsha T. Mavunkel
Marsha focuses her practice exclusively in the area of U.S. Immigration and Naturalization law. She advises clients on family and employment based U.S. immigration law, and assists both corporate and individual clients with all aspects of the immigration process.
Elizabeth J. Emerson, Paralegal
Elizabeth J. Emerson
Most of Elizabeth's paralegal work involves business immigration. She works closely with employers, many of them high tech companies, that need government approval to bring people from other countries to the United States to work. She has extensive experience preparing the petitions that must be filed with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and other government agencies to obtain these approvals. In addition, Liz enjoys working on family-based cases for U.S. citizens who want to help their foreign-born fiancé(e), spouse, or children immigrate to the United States.
Brenda M. Ferderer, Paralegal
Brenda M. Ferderer
Brenda processes both family-based and employment-based immigration matters. She works closely with our clients to unite families and obtain employment visas and permanent residency status. She has extensive experience preparing petitions and/or applications for alien relatives, fiancée (K-1/K-3), immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, naturalization and derivative citizenship, specialized knowledge occupations (H-1), intra-company transferees (L-1), TN (NAFTA Professional), investors (E-1/E-2), business visitors (B-1), labor certification (PERM), and victims of domestic violence (VAWA). Brenda prepares these cases to be filed with the government agencies such as Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassies, etc.
Hiromi Peltonen, Paralegal
Hiromi Peltonen
Hiromi's work involves preparing all types of employment-based and family-based immigration petitions such as temporary work visas, U.S. permanents resident status and citizenship. She has over 15 years experience preparing petitions and application filed with the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassies and other government agencies.
Allison Koh Wilder, Paralegal
Allison Koh Wilder
Allison enjoys working closely with clients, for employment purposes and to unite people from other countries with family members. She has extensive experience in both family and business immigration matters, including petitions and/or applications for alien relatives, fiance(e)(s), immigrant visas, naturalization, specialized knowledge occupations, intra-company transferees, TN (NAFTA Professional), investors, business visitors, labor certification and victims of domestic violence (VAWA). Allison prepares these cases to be filed with the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassies and other government agencies. Allison joined the firm with more than eight years of experience as a legal assistant/paralegal, four of which were solely in immigration law.
Robert Loudon, Department Assistant
Robert Scialla, Legal Assistant