Janet H. Cheetham

USA: Washington

Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland
Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC
1201 3rd Avenue, Suite 3400
Seattle, WA 98101-3034

Tel: 206.654.2235
Fax: 206.652.2935

Email: cheetham@ryanlaw.com
Web: www.ryanswansonlaw.com

Janet is an experienced Seattle immigration attorney who has practiced exclusively as a lawyer in the area of immigration and nationality law since 1981. She serves as Chair of the Seattle Immigration Group and represents businesses and individual clients on all aspects of immigration matters.

Janet has extensive experience in processing E-1 treaty trader, E-2 treaty investor, H-1B professionals, H-2B temporary workers, J-1 exchange visitors, K-1 fiancé, K-3 visas based on marriage to a U.S. citizen, O-1 and L-1A and L-1B intra-company transferee nonimmigrant visas. She processes immigrant visas involving marriage and adoption petitions, citizenship and naturalization, petitions, labor certifications under the PERM regulations, employment based petitions, EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, outstanding researchers and faculty members, professors and persons of extraordinary ability. Janet is able to file relative cases under the new DOMA decision for LGBT couples. She also has the experience to assist individuals who are seeking information for DACA (“Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals”). However, she does not handle cases involving deportation and removal, asylum, refugees, or immigration related criminal issues.

Janet represents clients in a broad range of industries including fisheries, maritime, freight forwarding, computer technology, software development, banking, real estate, import-export, and forestry. She also advises corporate clients on employer sanctions, I-9 and E-verify issues. Her practice requires her to deal on a regular basis with USCIS, Department of Labor, Department of State and consulates around the world. Janet was selected to be Special Assistant for the State of Washington’s immigration matters.

Having practiced immigration law for over 30 years, Janet finds immigration law to be one of the most challenging and rewarding areas of law. Her goal is to seek out the best solution to clients’ requests in the most timely and efficient manner. She strives to ensure clients obtain the immigration benefits to which they are entitled.

Ryan Swanson’s Seattle Immigration Group provides a full array of services pertaining to U.S. immigration law. Many of our immigration clients are companies who are sponsoring foreign nationals for temporary work visas and U.S. permanent residence status. We also take pride in the services we offer to extended families, including individuals seeking to sponsor family members and spouses for U.S. immigration purposes. Our lawyers assist clients both in Seattle and nationwide.

Founded in Seattle in 1897, Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC is a full-service law firm with over 40 attorneys and an equal number of support staff. We are ranked among the 20 largest law firms in Seattle. However, the age and size of a firm alone certainly does not guarantee your needs will be met. What sets Ryan Swanson apart is our people and the delivery of excellent client service. Our top priority is to perform high-quality, timely, efficient work while ensuring client satisfaction.

Since the beginning, Ryan Swanson has always focused on helping businesses, small and large, privately-held and public, with legal counsel that helps them succeed. From business formation to employment contracts to licensing agreements, Ryan Swanson lawyers are committed to providing clients with timely and practical advice. We emphasize service and responsiveness and take a practical, common-sense approach to our practice, making sure we do all we can to assist and protect our clients.

Ryan Swanson provides clients throughout the Northwest with legal counsel in a wide range of business and personal matters. Representative clients include Nintendo of America Inc.; SSA Marine; New Albertsons; Transgroup Worldwide Logistics; and the Puget Sound Auto Dealers Association.

We have not only maintained a tradition of excellence, but have continued to expand our practice in developing new areas of experience to keep pace with the changes in the market to meet our client’s needs.


Clients praise Janet Cheetham as being “very knowledgeable and accessible,” while peers deem her to be “excellent.” She is the chair of the firm’s immigration practice, and has over 30 years’ experience dealing with immigration issues.
Chambers USA, 2014