Richard Christensen is a licensed attorney in the state of Washington who focuses his practice on federal immigration law. Before organizing Christensen Law International, Richard worked for a year with Erickson Immigration Group, then Zelnick and Erickson, P.C. In his work with EIG, Richard became very familiar with the immigration needs of technology companies and the requirements of immigration laws, both here in the U.S. and abroad. He gained extensive experience with the major business related immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, the PERM process and requirements, and green card filings. In addition, Richard gained familiarity with the Naturalization process through volunteer work during his time at George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia.
Outside of strict immigration experience, Richard has extensive professional international experience that gives him unique insight and understanding into both foreign national individuals and the needs of international businesses. During law school, Richard worked as a Law Clerk with the United States Department of Commerce’s Commercial Law Development Program where, in addition to researching various laws of many Eastern European countries, he led private company outreach for a regional intellectual property customs training workshop, which was attended by representatives from Georgia, Armenia, and Turkey. Furthermore, during the summer of 2011, Richard lived and worked in Kiev, Ukraine as an intern with the Leavitt Institute for International Development.
Even before beginning law school Richard knew that helping international businesses and individuals was what he was going to do. Therefore, during his undergraduate studies, Richard spent 5 months living and teaching English in Guilin, China. While there he also strived to learn as much Mandarin Chinese as he could so as to better connect with and understand both the children that he taught, and the adults with whom he interacted. Today, Richard’s Mandarin is not conversational, but he is always looking for opportunities to improve. Richard also studied Japanese in college and continues his study of the language today. He still has a long ways to go, but with frequent trips to Japan to visit his wife’s family he feels that he will be proficient soon. Last, but certainly not least, Richard lived in Ukraine for two years as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. During his time in Ukraine, Richard first gained an appreciation for other people and cultures, and he saw first hand what strength is lent to an organization that embraces an international perspective. In addition, Richard became proficient in both Ukrainian and Russian during those two years, and he has continued to study both languages in order to maintain his proficiency.