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Contact Information

Cletus M. Weber
(206) 382-1962

Address

3035 Island Crest Way, Suite 200
Mercer Island, Washington 98040
United States
Web Site
www.greencardlawyers.com
Contact Email
weber@greencardlawyers.com
Practice Areas
Immigration, Nationality and Consular Law
Languages spoken
English
States
Washington

Associated with:

Cletus M. Weber

Cletus M. Weber

Peng & Weber is an immigration law firm in the suburban Seattle city of Mercer Island, Washington. We established our firm in 1992 on the idea that a small, well-focused team of lawyers could provide the highest quality professional services in immigration law but still give personal attention to each client. We provide a broad scope of immigration-law services to businesses, universities, and research institutions, as well as investors, entrepreneurs, and other highly successful individuals.

Peng & Weber lawyers have been nationally recognized for our work in EB-5 investor visasnational interest waivers (NIW)aliens of extraordinary ability (EB-1A/E11), and outstanding professors or researchers (EB-1B/E12), and PERM labor certification. We also have extensive experience in H-1L-1O-1,TN, and other work visasJ-1 waiverscitizenshipfamily-based greencards, and other areas of immigration law.

Peng & Weber's reputation in immigration law has been earned through years of hard work and an unwavering commitment to excellence and success in immigration law. We take great professional and personal pride in each case we win for employers, families, and individuals throughout the United States. We also receive enormous satisfaction in knowing that bringing and retaining talented people from around the world contributes to America's world leadership in science, technology, health care, sports, arts, culture, and commerce.

 

 

BIO

Cletus M. Weber

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cletus M. Weber, Co-Founder and Managing Member

  • Two decades of legal experience, primarily focusing on representing clients nationwide in the areas of Immigrant Investors (EB5), National Interest Waivers (NIW), Aliens of Extraordinary Ability (EB-1A), Outstanding Professors or Researchers (EB-1B), Multinational Executives or Managers (EB1C), and J1 Waivers, as well as PERM labor certification, H1B, L1, and other areas of employment-based immigration law.
  • Written, spoken, and edited nationally on EB5 Investment Visas, National Interest Waivers, Aliens of Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Professors or Researchers, PERM Labor Certification, H-1B cap exemptions, law office management and technology, and other areas of immigration law and practice.
  • Selected Books:
    • Editor-in-Chief, AILA's Manual on PERM Labor Certification:  Strategies, Samples, and Guidance for Achieving Success (AILA 2011).
    • Associate Editor, Immigration Options for Investors & Entrepreneurs, 2nd Edition (AILA 2010).
    • Associate Editor, Immigration Practice Pointers: Tips for Handling Complex Cases (AILA 2010-2011).
    • Selected Book Chapters:
  • E. Peng, J. Robles & C. Weber, "Introducing the PERM-to-Green Card Path and the Players, Hurdles, and Traps You are Likely to Encounter Along the Way," Book Chapter in AILA's Manual on PERM Labor Certification:  Strategies, Samples, and Guidance for Achieving Success (American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), 2011).
  • S. Barnes, A. Dgebuadze, J. Robles, R. Webber, A. Weigel & C. Weber, "Knowing What to Do and When to Do It: A Step-by-Step Guide to Successful PERM Labor Certification Practice," Book Chapter in AILA's Manual on PERM Labor Certification:  Strategies, Samples, and Guidance for Achieving Success (American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), 2011).
  • C. Weber, "For H-1B Cap Exemptions, 'Related or Affiliated' is Pretty Close to Where It's 'at'," in Immigration Options for Physicians, 3rd Edition (AILA) (2009).
  • D. Jones, R. Auerbach & C. Weber, "Technology for the Immigration Practitioner," Immigration & Nationality Handbook, 2006-2007 Edition (AILA).
  • G. Walther & C. Weber, “Part 1 – General Automation Issues,” AILA's Guide to Technology and Legal Research for the Immigration Lawyer, 3d Ed. (H.A. Jenkins, Ed.) (AILA 2003).
  • G. Walther & C. Weber, “Part 2 – Creating and Using Your Own Website,” AILA's Guide to Technology and Legal Research for the Immigration Lawyer, 3d Ed. (H.A. Jenkins, Ed.) (AILA 2003).
  • Selected Articles:
    • C. Weber, "Immigration Without Labor Certification: When and Why to File an EB-1 or NIW Petition," 9 Bender's Immigration Bulletin 571 (2004), republished online by Immigration Lawyers on the Web (ILW).
    • C. Weber & R. Wada, "National Interest Waivers - a 2002 Practice Update," 7 Bender's Immigration Bulletin, 391 (2002), republished as a book chapter in Homeland Security, Business Immigration: The Challenges of Practicing In Today's Recessionary Environment (AILA 2003).
    • Several papers on law office management and technology for immigration lawyers.
  • Selected National EB-5 Presentations:
    • Discussion Leader, "'Where, Investor, Are You From?'—Country Specific Issues," EB-5 Investors & Regional Centers—Navigating Through New Challenges and Building a Sound Practice, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), San Antonio, Texas, October 21, 2011.
    • Discussion Leader, "Preparing the EB-5 Case—Practice Tips and Documentation," 2011 EB-5 Investors & Regional Centers—Emerging Issues & Winning Strategies for Your Clients and Your Practice, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Las Vegas, Nevada.
    • Discussion Leader, "Analyzing the Case—Determining if EB-5 (Or Something Else) is the Best Path," 2010 National Special Topics Conference on Investing in America—Making EB-5 Work for Your Clients and Your Practice, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Selected National Presentations on PERM Labor Certification, Alternatives to PERM Labor Certification, Etc.:
    • Discussion Leader, "But I Thought I Just Needed a Letter! Coping with Tricky TN Issues at the Border," July 14, 2011 National Teleconference, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
    • Panelist, "PERM Labor Certification: The Long and Winding Road to 'PERM'anent Residency and How to Get There," 2011 Annual Conference on Immigration Law, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), San Diego, California.
    • Discussion Leader, "Allied Health Care Professionals [i.e., Nurses, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Audiologists, Medical Technologists (Clinical Laboratory Scientists), Medical Technicians (Clinical Laboratory Technicians), and Physicians Assistants]," November 4, 2010 National Teleconference, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
    • Discussion Leader, "Law Office Technology: Managing Technology Before it Manages You!" 2006 Annual Conference of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), San Antonio, Texas.
    • Panelist, "Crème de la Crème: Extraordinary, Outstanding, Multinational and Exceptional," a national three-part immigration law teleconference sponsored by Immigration Lawyers on the Web, Summer 2003.
    • Invited Speaker, "The Labor Certification Process and Other Options" for Business Immigration: The Challenges of Practicing In Today's Recessionary Environment (AILA 2003 Midyear CLE Conference, Cancun, Mexico, January 31, 2003).
  • Selected Regional Presentations:
    • Presenter, "Waves, Hands, Pyramids, Drains, and Mirrors—Conceptual Guidance to Improve Your Law Practice and Keep You Out of Trouble," 2011 Ethics Boot Camp—Evolve Intelligently and Avoid Making Ethics/Malpractice Mistakes, Washington State Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Seattle, Washington, December 5, 2011.
    • Panelist, "Techno Ethics," AILA Pacific Northwest Technology and Ethics Conference, Washington State Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Seattle, Washington, August 11, 2011.
    • Panelist, "Social Media, Social Networking and Ethics," AILA Pacific Northwest Technology and Ethics Conference, Washington State Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Seattle, Washington, August 11, 2011.
    • Panelist, "Problems and Strategies for Dealing with Prolonged Backlogs," 2011 Northwest Regional Immigration Law Conference, Oregon and Washington Chapters of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Portland, Oregon.
    • Discussion Leader, "Immigration Without Labor Certification: When, Why, and How to File an EB-1 or NIW Petition," 2004 Northwest Regional Immigration Seminar, Seattle, Washington.
    • Discussion Leader, "Alternatives to Labor Certification," 2003 Northwest Regional Immigration Seminar, Portland, Oregon.
    • Several presentations on law office management and technology for immigration lawyers.
  • Professional Service in Immigration Law and State Bar Associations:
    • 2011-Present, Member, National EB-5 Conference Committee, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
    • 2010-Present, National Board of Publications Committee, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) (Chair, 2011-2012; previously Vice Chair, 2010-2011).
    • 2009-Present, Member, Association to Invest In the USA (IIUSA), a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit industry trade association of active EB-5 Regional Centers, attorneys, and other EB-5 related service providers (Member of national conference committee for 2011 IIUSA EB-5 International Investment & Economic Development Forum, Seattle, Washington).
    • 2010-2011, Member, National Topics 1 (EB-5) Conference Committee, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
    • 2006-2007, Member, National Ethics, Professionalism, and Member Services Committee, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
    • 2001-2008, Executive Committee, Washington State Chapter of AILA.
    • 2002-2005, Member, Law Office Management Assistance Program (LOMAP) Committee, Washington State Bar Association (WSBA).
    • 1999-2004, Webmaster, AILA Washington Chapter (created Chapter’s first website).
  • Legal Experience:
    • 1992-Present, Co-Founder and Managing Member, Peng & Weber, PLLC, Attorneys at Law, Seattle/Mercer Island, Washington.
    • 1991-1992, Staff Attorney/Policy Analyst, Majority Caucus, Washington State Senate, Olympia, Washington.
    • 1989-1991, Associate Attorney/Clerk, Ogden Murphy Wallace, Seattle, Washington.
    • 1988-1989, Law Clerk, McCarthy, Sweeney & Harkaway, Washington, D.C.
    • 1988, Intern, Securities and Exchange Commission, Washington, D.C.
  • State and Federal Bar Admissions:
    • 2003, U.S. Supreme Court, Washington, D.C.
    • 1993, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.
    • 1990, Washington State Supreme Court.
  • Education:
    • 1989 Juris Doctor (J.D.), The National Law Center, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. (Law Review).
    • 1986 B.B.A., College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia (Beta Gamma Sigma honors).
  • Honors:
    • 1988-1989, Managing Editor, The George Washington University Law Review.
    • 1987-1988, Member, The George Washington University Law Review.
    • 1985, Inductee, Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society.
  • Languages:
    • Through self-study and nine trips to China since 1991, can read and speak "traveler's" Chinese.
  • Selected Press Coverage of Cletus M. Weber on Immigration Law:
  • Re: 2009 Microsoft layoffs and H-1B workers:
  • Investor Village, "Should American citizens have priority over foreign (HB-1 work visa program) workers?"