About Us

We practice immigration and nationality law exclusively because we feel it is important to focus our knowledge and skills in a single area of law. We are a small office that will treat your case personally and with our full attention. Ms. Baroyan or Ms. Wise will personally handle your case from initial consultation to finishing your process. You will always communicate directly with an attorney who will be personally familiar with your case. Since its inception in 1997, our office has handled almost every type of immigration and nationality issue and we bring that experience to your situation.

Please Contact Us to set up an initial consultation, so we can assess your situation and address what options are available to you.

Achkhine received her Ph.D. in French Literature from Université Toulouse – Le Mirail in Toulouse, France in 1971. She then went on to earn a J.D. from South Texas College of Law in Houston, TX, in 1990. She has been a licensed attorney in the State of Texas since November 1994.

She clerked for the office of Thomas Esparza, Attorney at Law, in Austin, TX from 1990 to 1991. During this time she was initially introduced to immigration law. She handled immigration cases, all types of visas, appeals and prepared his clients for court or interviews. She also assisted Mr. Esparza in cases going to the immigration court and the District Office in San Antonio, TX.

From 1991 to 1996 she worked for Douglas C. Wise, Attorney at Law, as a law clerk and later as an attorney. She handled all Mr. Wise’s immigration and nationality cases, immigration court hearings and District Office hearings in San Antonio.

Beginning in January 1997, she started her own law office, now known as the Law Offices of Baroyan and Wise. The office handles only immigration and nationality cases.

From June 1997 to November 1997, Ms. Baroyan was the interim Legal Director at American Gateways (formerly Political Asylum Project of Austin – PAPA). During those months she handled all American Gateways’ family based cases and some court cases. She also mentored volunteer attorneys in representing American Gateways clients in immigration court and on appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). Her association with American Gateways as a volunteer law clerk and pro bono attorney started in 1992. She was a volunteer interim Legal Director again for a few months, on pro bono basis, in 2000. Since 2000, she has represented many pro bono clients from American Gateways each year, at immigration court and District Office. Currently, she is one of their pro bono mentor attorneys and also helps with their cases on an as needed basis.

Since becoming licensed as an attorney, Ms. Baroyan has only taken immigration cases and has kept up-to-date on immigration law and the frequent changes to this law. She is fluent in English, French, Spanish, Farsi and Armenian and speaks and writes in Russian. She is trained in using the INSZOOM case management program.

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Anni discovered her passion for immigration and nationality law while interning for the Political Asylum Project of Austin (now American Gateways) during law school. Ms. Wise began working with Ms. Baroyan immediately after graduating in 2005, and has been working in the office ever since. She has recently taken on the role of a partner in the firm, and is excited about her new responsibilities.

Ms. Wise graduated with a J.D. from Southern Methodust University, Dedman School of Law. She also holds a B.A. from Southwestern University, in Georgetown, TX. She is licensed to practice law by the State Bar of Texas, and also the State Bar of California.

Ms. Wise has extensive experience with various aspects of immigration law, having helped clients, both immigrant and non immigrant, acquire various visas, change status (both in the united states and through consular processing abroad), seek asylum, and naturalize to become U.S. citizens. She has successfully handled hundreds of H-1B cases, and several PERM cases. She has filed a wide variety of immigrant and nonimmigrant pertitions and applications including: H-1B, H-2B, PERM, L-1, E-2, R-1, J-1 waiver of residency requirement, K-1, K-3, Adjustment of Status to Permanent Resident (through parent, spouse, child, and employer), Temporary Protective Status, NACARA, and asylum. Ms. Wise has represented various types of clients including: students, families, large software companies, small businesses, investors, school districts, churches, and community colleges.

Ms. Wise has helped people in most states of the immigration process, and as a result she has interacted extensively with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Labor, and the Department of Homeland Security.

Ms. Wise is a member of The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) since 2004. To stay abreast of recent developments in this ever-changing arena of law, she is signed up to receive AILA postings, USCIS updates, Benders Daily Bulletin Updates, other various Immigration news feeds, and attends all annual AILA conferences.