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Gregory D. Boos

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Greg Boos is a lawyer who limits his practice to matters relating to US immigration law with an emphasis on business immigration. From his office in Bellingham WA, he serves clients from Vancouver BC and Western Canada, Seattle WA and the west coast of the US, and dozens of other countries. Boos received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Idaho in 1977 and has practiced law for over 30 years. Mr. Boos is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, the Federal Bars for both the Western District of Washington and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association ("AILA").

Mr. Boos has been recognized as an expert in U.S. immigration law and policy by U.S. federal and state courts as well as by various tribunals outside of the U.S. He is listed in An International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers. Mr. Boos has also received an AV (Preeminent) Rating from Martinale-Hubbell; a video describing the Hartindale-Hubbell AV Rating appears at the end of this profile.

While business immigration matters form the core of his practice, from time to time Boos represents clients before the EOIR (immigration court) in matters heard at Blaine WA and other venues. He particularly likes cases in which the Department of Homeland Security alleges that a lawful permanent resident has abandoned his status.

In addition to having earned a reputation as a highly skilled practitioner of U.S. immigration law, Mr. Boos is also recognized internationally for advocacy on border and immigration issues, including spearheading the opposition to IIRAIRA §110. He was the first inductee into the "Order of the Smashed Brick", an award given by the Canadian government in recognition of outstanding efforts of those Americans who devote so much of their time and energies to strengthen the relationship between Canada and the United States.

Mr. Boos was awarded AILA's 2003 Advocacy Award in recognition of efforts in the development of immigration policy. The award recognizes Mr. Boos as having "a well deserved reputation as one of the few national experts on border security and immigration issues" and commends him for promoting "thoughtful initiatives that will enhance America's security in ways that will not destroy our commerce or economy, or inhibit the efficient and secure flow of people and commerce at our borders and ports of entry."

He has written articles on a variety of immigration topics for Immigration Briefings, Immigration Law Report, Bender's Immigration Bulletin, and various AILA publications. Among Greg's many speaking engagements for AILA, NGOs, and other organizations, he has addressed Free Trade Agreement visa options for the first Conference of the Attorneys General of the Western U.S. and Western Canada, and erratic adjudication of TN status applications for the Migration Policy Institute. Mr. Boos chaired AILA's Border Issues Committee several years.

Mr. Boos enjoys opera, symphony and theater, and is frequently found attending a production or concert at a Vancouver BC venue.

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