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 Medical Arts Building at 825 Nicollet Mall in Suite 623, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402-2612.


We can represent you in

all immigration matters including:

Some Recent Victories

August 2018 – USCIS grants a Green Card to a West African client’s elderly father, without an interview.

August 2018 – Congratulations to our client from Pakistan who received his Legal Permanent Resident card based on marriage after having previously been subject to Administrative Processing at the US Embassy in Islamabad for an extended period of time.

July 2018 – Aust Schmiechen successfully defended Palestinian client’s asylum after USCIS issued a Notice of Intent to Terminate Asylum Status.

July 2018 – USCIS approved the I-601 waiver application for a client from Mexico who has been waiting for 16 months to be able to reapply for her immigrant visa. She has a new appointment coming up in September.

July 2018 – The Chicago Asylum Office approves an East African client’s asylum claim, based on political opinion.

May 2018 – Negotiations with the U.S. government attorney helped quicken the release of an Aust Schmiechen client from Tanzania who was detained for approximately two weeks.

April 2018 – A Senegalese client’s I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence was granted. His petition was filed as a hardship waiver. The Immigration Judge also terminated proceedings shortly thereafter and now he is preparing to file for U.S. Citizenship.

Who We Are

Brian Aust

Brian Aust has been a practicing attorney for 18 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  and International Human Rights 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.”