Penni A. Frank is a Senior Associate Attorney at Webber Law Firm, LLC. She telecommutes from Lynchburg, VA, where her husband is a professor at a small liberal arts college. Penni graduated from Bethel University (St. Paul, MN) with a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology and earned her law degree at Hamline University School of Law (St. Paul, MN) (now Hamline Mitchell School of Law). Penni is licensed to practice law by the Supreme Court of Minnesota and because immigration law is federal law, she is permitted to represent clients throughout the United States and worldwide on U.S. immigration law matters. Many of Penni's clients live and work outside the United States.
While at Bethel, Penni spent a semester studying abroad in the Middle East, and while in law school, she spent a summer studying in Galway, Ireland.
While in law school, Penni gained experience in immigration law at a small St. Paul immigration law firm (Guyton Law Office) and a large downtown Minneapolis law firm (Fredrikson & Byron). Penni also volunteered for Centro Legal and Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights.
Prior to joining Webber Law Firm, Penni served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Richard A. Zimmerman of the 9th Judicial District in Brainerd, Minnesota.
Penni worked at Webber Law Firm in Edina in 2006 and 2007, then moved away and has telecommuted since the summer of 2007. Penni handles both employment-based and family-based immigration law matters.
In the area of employment-based immigration, Penni works with employers and self-petitioning individuals on EB-1 and EB-2 NIW filings. She also works with hospitals and health systems on J-1 waiver (Conrad waiver) filings to waive the J-1 two year home residence requirement.
In the area of family-based immigration, Penni has worked on K-1 fiancé visa petitions, I-130 petitions for spouses and other relatives, and N-400 naturalization applications. This includes individuals in the United States adjusting status to Legal Permanent Resident and individuals abroad processing for an immigrant visa through the National Visa Center. She also has extensive experience with R-1 and I-360/EB-4 religious worker cases.
Penni's clients include individuals and couples, local churches and congregations, small religious groups, as well as large national denominations and major interdenominational mission organizations. Throughout her career Penni has represented dozens of individuals in consular processing immigrant visa cases as well as INA Section 319(b) N-400 naturalization cases, using special provisions of the U.S. immigration law which provide for 'fast track' U.S. citizenship processing for certain qualified individuals, including spouses of U.S. citizen missionaries serving outside the United States. Penni also has experience with I-131 re-entry permit applications and related strategies to retain U.S. permanent resident status. Penni has published an article on 319(b) naturalization, which appears in a national publication on immigration law options for religious workers.