US Visa experience from both sides of the window

Department of State, Harry Truman Building

The US Embassy in Berlin, Germany

US Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

old US Embassy Bucharest building

Steve Pattison is a nationally recognized expert in US immigration law, Department of State policy and procedures, and consular operations. A graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas (1975) and the University of Texas Law School in Austin (1978), Steve practiced corporate litigation with the Houston firm Dyche and Wright before moving to Washington, DC to join the US Foreign Service in 1979.

Foreign Service Officer

Steve had a distinguished twenty-eight year career with the State Department, serving as a consular officer and manager in postings in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.  He also served in the Visa Office and the Bureaus of Near Eastern and Inter-American Affairs in the State Department.  His final posting was as Minister-Counselor for Consular Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin.

US Immigration Attorney

Following his retirement in June 2007 as a member of the Senior Foreign Service, Steve moved to London.  He joined the firm Magrath and Co. to manage its U.S. immigration law practice.  In October 2010 he returned to Washington D.C. and , joined the business immigration law group at Maggio and Kattar, PC.

In June 2014, Steve opened the Law Offices of Stephen R. Pattison, LLC and moved his practice in June  2017 to Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Steve is a member of the State Bar of Texas and an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).  He was a founding member of AILA’s Rome District Chapter (AILA-RDC), serving as  Treasurer, Secretary, Vice Chair, and Chair.  He currently serves as a member of AILA’s Business Immigration Committee and previously served for five years on AILA’s Department of State Liaison Committee.

Consular Processing, Citizenship, Business Immigration Expert

Steve  speaks frequently at AILA regional, national and international conferences, podcasts, and seminars.   He  taught courses on immigration law for the D.C. Bar, and published in the professional legal press in the U.S. and in the U.K.