Welcome to Aust Schmiechen P.A.

Aust Schmiechen is a boutique law firm practicing exclusively in immigration and nationality law. We are a client centered law firm with an emphasis on promoting and protecting our clients’ legal rights throughout the immigration process. We are committed to serving a wide range of clients and offer flexible payment plans including staged, sliding fee or hourly payment options.

Professionals at Aust Schmiechen speak Spanish, Russian and Polish.

Call us to schedule a consultation ($150 for 30 minutes) and visit us at our office in the Crown Roller Mill at 105 Fifth Avenue South in Suite 485, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401-2536.


We can represent you in

all immigration matters including:

Some Recent Victories

January 2017 – Brian flew to Seattle, WA to attend a USCIS interview with a couple. Prior to the interview, the applicant from Kenya first had to apply and receive a waiver of his J-1 two-year foreign residency requirement. During the process of applying for Permanent Residency, the couple moved from Minnesota to Washington. The couple then made arrangements for Brian to fly to Seattle to attend the interview with them and the case was approved the next day.

December 2016 – Thank you to the U.S. Consulate in Lagos, Nigeria for granting an immigrant visa to a Nigerian client of ours. Now our client can reunite with his family who he has not been with for three years.

November 2016 – In November, a client was issued his immigrant visa by the U.S. Consulate in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia based on his marriage to a U.S. Citizen. This victory was after a lengthy battle where the Consulate had initially found the marriage fraudulent. Aust Schmiechen was able to show USCIS that the marriage is bona fide and sent it back to the Consulate to issue the visa.

September 2016 – After having been in the US for more than 12 years and being represented by Aust Schmiechen for almost three years congratulations to our client from Kenya for finally getting his Green Card and for not giving up! USCIS had alleged our client’s prior marriage was fraudulent and therefore prohibited approval of the I-130 by his new wife. Aust Schmiechen appealed the denial of the first I-130 by USCIS and also refiled a new I-130 and I-485. USCIS reopened the previously denied I-130 on its own motion and approved the initial I-130 and I-485.

August 2016 – USCIS grants Croatian girl her Lawful Permanent Residency under Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.

July 2016 – Ethiopian pro bono client finds protection in the United States after the Chicago Asylum Office grants her I-589 asylum application.

Who We Are

Brian Aust

Brian Aust has been a practicing attorney for almost 15 years. Brian works on all types of immigration cases. He represents individuals in family based immigration matters, but has a special interest in representing GLBT clients. Brian is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) having served as the chapter liaison between the immigration bar and the St. Paul Field Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for 2 years. Brian is fluent in Spanish.

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Malinda Schmiechen

Malinda Schmiechen is licensed to practice law in Minnesota and has been dedicated to improving the lives of people born outside the United States for over twenty years. Malinda understands the stress and strain of living outside your home country and traveling abroad because she lived in the former Yugoslavia and Poland and has visited countries in Africa, Central America, Asia and Europe. She was the 2013-2014 Chair of the Minnesota/Dakotas’ American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and is an Adjunct Professor of Immigration and Nationality Law at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Malinda speaks Russian, Polish and some Croatian.

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“You have given someone’s sister, someone’s daughter,
a chance in life.”