Welcome to Aust Schmiechen P.A.

who we are

Brian Aust

Brian Aust is in his 21st year of practice as an immigration attorney. Brian works on all types of immigration cases. He represents individuals in family-based immigration matters, asylum, naturalization and removal defense. Brian has a particular interest in working LGBTQ clients. Brian is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and frequent presenter at CLE’s on all types of immigration case types. 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.

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Some Recent Victories

February 2023- Aust Schmiechen’s SIJS client received his SIJS approval in February and Aust Schmiechen worked quickly to file a Motion to Terminate removal proceedings and draft his work permit application based on deferred action. We are happy that his removal case was terminated in March.

Aust Schmiechen won an asylum case in immigration court for a domestic violence survivor from Peru. Congratulations to our client!

An asylee from Syria was granted Adjustment of Status and is now a Lawful Permanent Resident!

January 2023- After a 10 year wait, a client from Rwanda was granted asylum by the Immigration Judge, and the government did not reserve appeal.

The U.S. Embassy in Sweden issued an immigrant visa to our client. We are happy he can now join his U.S. citizen spouse.

A Liberian client was approved for Naturalization and will be sworn in on February 16, 2023. 

An asylee from the DRC’s wife and children were approved for derivative asylum status and will be joining him in the United States soon! 

December 2022- Aust Schmiechen represented a Guatemalan family of five asylees in seeking permanent residence. We are pleased that all five family members have received their permanent residence this month! Congratulations!

November 2022- A woman from Ireland, who filed her N-400 in early October, was approved for naturalization and will be sworn in as a U.S. Citizen in mid-December. 

October 2022- The Anoka County Juvenile court and the Olmstead County Juvenile court granted our clients petitions for the appointment of guardians for them as at-risk juveniles, permitting them to apply for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. 

An Immigration Judge granted our Cameroonian client permanent residency 14 years after coming to the United States.

An Immigration Judge granted our Belarusian client and his family asylum without requiring any testimony. Congratulations!

September 2022- USCIS granted Special Immigrant Juvenile Status to an 18-year-old Mexican client, as well as a work permit based on USCIS’ new deferred action EAD program for Special Immigrant Juveniles. Congratulations!

The U.S. Embassy in Cameroon issued an immigrant visa to our client, allowing him to finally join his U.S. citizen children.

An Ethiopian woman and her family were all granted asylum before the Immigration Judge upon agreement with the ICE Trial Attorney.

August 2022- The U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic issued an immigrant visa to our client. We are happy she can now join her U.S. citizen spouse.

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