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Our practice is solely devoted to helping clients like you and your family members resolve your immigration challenges.
Our office is easy to access in downtown Portland, Oregon. We are able to assist clients all over the U.S. and the world thanks to the internet and modern technology.
We will take the time to understand your specific needs. Through extensive communication via phone, skype and email, we commit to answering your questions and being responsive.
We will diligently research the best options for your unique situation. Then we will carefully prepare the necessary documents and file them with the appropriate government agency. We will keep you regularly updated on the status of your case and you can always call or email us when you have questions.
Erick grew up in northern California and now lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and three kids.
He attended UCLA and the University of California, Davis for law school. Prior to starting his own law practice in 2007, Erick was in-house counsel at Philips corporation in California for over three years where he handled various international and immigration legal issues. He spent a year teaching international law at the Budapest College of Economics and interned with a Superior Court judge.
Erick has practiced law since 2004 and is a member of both the Oregon and California state bars. Because immigration law is a federal practice area, Erick is able to serve clients in any state in the U.S. and around the world. Erick is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
Erick and his wife lived in Budapest, Hungary for three years and love to travel whenever possible. He has experienced the daunting immigration and naturalization process firsthand with the marriage of his wife, who is Hungarian. The challenges can seem overwhelming at first but persevering is definitely worth it.
Erin was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, and attended the University of Arizona. During college, she studied abroad in Alcala de Henares, Spain, and gained proficiency in Spanish and a love of travel and immersion in different cultures.
Erin obtained undergraduate degrees in Spanish and Political Science, magna cum laude, and then went on to study law at the University of Arizona College of Law. During law school, Erin argued an employment discrimination case before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2008.
In 2009, Erin opened her own law office in Vancouver Washington, handling family and immigration law cases for over six years. Erin is thrilled to focus upon family immigration now with Passage Immigration Law, formerly Widman Immigration Law Firm. She truly enjoys bring families and couples together.
Erin is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the Washington State Bar Association, Oregon Bar Association, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Erin lives in Portland, and enjoys traveling around the world with her husband.
Julia is an attorney with experience in a wide range of immigration matters, focusing her practice primarily in the area of business immigration law. She successfully handled hundreds of immigration cases including labor certifications, audits, EB-1/EB-2 petitions, and all types of non-immigrant visas such as H-1B, O-1, L-1, E-3, TN, J, and F.
Born and raised in South Korea, Julia is an immigrant herself and has first-hand knowledge of the complexities involved in obtaining the right work visa. She also has experience of working as an in-house counsel of a large corporation in Korea and has a firm understanding of the legal obligations and business challenges many employers face in addition to their immigration-related needs. She is committed to providing her corporate and individual clients with clear and reliable representation with a comprehensive approach to each issue.
Prior to joining Passage Immigration Law, Julia worked as an attorney in New York City for more than ten years, first as an associate in the immigration department at a full-service law firm then also as a solo practitioner. Julia completed her undergraduate studies at Korea University and received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2004. She is admitted to practice in New York and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
Julia spent her early childhood in Brussels, Belgium and is proficient in French. She enjoys living in Portland, taking long walks, and drinking pu-erh tea of any variety.
Alison grew up in Bend, Oregon and moved across the country to upstate New York to attend Bard College. While in school, she studied Human Rights and Latin American studies and worked as an English tutor for migrant farm workers in the community. She also had the opportunity to study abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico and work with a non-profit teaching English to children in Teotitlan del Valle, a rural rug-weaving village outside of the city. She recently spent a few weeks exploring Mexico City and would love to live there someday.
Alison is passionate about travel and has also spent time in Western and Eastern Europe. She finds cultural exchange to be extremely important and rewarding and believes that families and loved ones should not have to be separated by borders. Before working at Passage, Alison worked at a local non-profit immigration law firm, where she gained experience helping immigrants, refugees, and asylees gain legal status. She is excited to be helping bring families together at Passage and hopes to eventually attend law school to become an immigration lawyer.
When she’s not working, Alison enjoys making and drinking coffee, reading, seeing live music, planning trips, and taking photos of dogs she sees on the street.
Colleen Muñoz joins us as a legal extern from Lewis & Clark Law School.
Colleen is a Portland native and proud alum of St. Mary’s Academy. A Division 1 lacrosse scholarship drew her to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she graduated cum laude with a degree in Communications, Advertising and Marketing from Robert Morris University. Colleen’s team traveled along the East Coast competing and eventually made their way to Europe playing teams from Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic.
Before attending law school, Colleen met her husband at their local boxing gym. Her husband moved to the United States from Mexico and they experienced the stressful immigration process firsthand through their marriage. Their journey kindled Colleen’s interest in immigration law and bringing families together. Through her own experience, and that of her family and friends, Colleen has learned the hopes, fears, and emotions of those affected by the immigration process. Colleen is currently attending Lewis & Clark Law School and plans to continue maturing her professional knowledge of the law with hopes of becoming an immigration attorney and making an impact in the immigration law community.
When her nose is not buried in law books, Colleen can be found on a lacrosse field, in a boxing ring, or riding bikes with her husband.
Ahmed recently moved to the Portland Metro area from Southern California. Prior to joining Passage, he managed cases for an international immigration firm in East Africa.
Ahmed holds a master’s in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, where he managed projects commissioned by the United States Special Operations Command, Federal Bureau of Investigations, and Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program. Ahmed also holds bachelor’s degrees in Religious Studies and Middle East Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara. Ahmed sits on the board of the Arab American Cultural Center of Oregon (AACCO), is fluent in Arabic, and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community.
In his free time, Ahmed enjoys cooking vegetarian meals, hiking along the Oregon coast, and overindulging his tuxedo kitten, Adi. Feel free to contact him to network, chat, and/or enjoy a cup of Turkish coffee over a backgammon board.
Sarah is incredibly excited to join Passage Immigration as its Fall 2018 Legal Intern. Sarah was born and raised in Fremont, California and completed her undergraduate degree at California State University, Long Beach. While in school, she studied abroad at University College London and took part in the university’s Model United Nations program, both experiences inspiring her passion for global issues.
After graduating CSULB in 2014, Sarah moved to Singapore to be a research fellow for the Singapore Committee for UN Women, and gained a host of experience in policy and advocacy related to international human trafficking. Upon returning, she worked at the Wikimedia Foundation in San Francisco as their Community Engagement Project Coordinator, getting to continue to travel the world and support internet privacy and open access knowledge. Sarah is currently a 2L at Lewis & Clark Law School and acts as the law school representative of the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association.
Outside of the office, you are likely to find Sarah living in her law library, exploring the various street and music festivals Portland has to offer, or taking her rescue dog Lua out for hikes and other outdoor adventures.
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