Attorney Lesley Ellefson-Porras Lead Counsel Rated

Hainer Porras LLC

Immigration Lawyer | Serving Alexandria, VA

Se Habla Español

Immigration Law Firm
Serving Virginia and Washington D.C.

2831 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

The Immigration Process is Complex and Confusing
Contact Attorney Lesley Ellefson-Porras for Quality and Committed Guidance

Navigating through immigration laws and requirements takes time, money and can be extremely frustrating. Retaining an attorney who knows the ins and outs of immigration law can help speed up the process, as well as relieve some of your stress. Attorney Lesley Ellefson-Porras zealously represents clients with federal immigration issues. By avidly guiding her clients and their families through the immigration system, she has successfully helped families reunite or remain together in the United States. She has assisted countless immigrants complete their journey to become United States citizens.

Lesley has the heart, skills and knowledge to help you too. Contact her today if you need legal assistance with any of the following Immigration matters:

  • Adjustment of Status: Green Cards
  • Asylum
  • Citizenship
  • Consular Processing
  • Deportation / Removal
  • Dream: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
  • Employment Sponsored Immigration
  • Family Petitions: Including Waivers
  • Felonies & Misdemeanors
  • Fiancé Visas
  • H1B Visas
  • Consequences of Criminal Convictions
  • Marriage Visas
  • Removal Defense
  • Removal of Conditions
  • Removal Proceedings
  • Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
  • U-Visas
  • VAWA Petitions
  • Waivers

Lesley is committed to helping and providing assistance to the immigrant community. She has worked as an immigration attorney with the Hispanic Committee of Virginia, where she represented clients with family-based immigration petitions, including those through marriage. She has also worked with detained immigrants, volunteered with a variety of nonprofit organizations and provided pro bono representation to the Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), where she represented clients before the Immigration Court in asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status cases. Additionally, she has represented victims of domestic violence, as well as victims of serious crimes with VAWA and U Visa applications.

"I endorse this lawyer. Lesley, with her expert knowledge of immigration law and its complexities, works exhaustively to find the best remedy for every client's personal and family needs. She is thorough, compassionate, and fluent in Spanish." -Karen Hainer, Attorney

Call Lesley Ellefson-Porras today at 703-596-0232 to arrange your initial consultation.

Attorney Profile

Attorney Lesley Ellefson-Porras

She speaks Spanish and has lived abroad in Spanish speaking countries. Lesley and her husband, originally from Venezuela, welcomed the arrival of their first child in April 2012. They travel back to Maracaibo, Venezuela when their busy schedule allows them to travel.


  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • Wisconsin

Admitted To The Bar:

  • 2011, Virginia
  • 2010, District of Columbia
  • 2009, Wisconsin


  • University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law, Law, J.D., 2009
  • Marquette University, History/Anthropology, Minor in Spanish, B.A., 2003

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), DC Chapter
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Virginia State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Judicial Intern, Department of Defense, Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR)

Foreign Languages Spoken:

  • Spanish


“I worked with Lesley to get my H1B Visa. I came to the Unites States as a student and she has helped me with my change of status. Everything went smoothly and she helped me with all the forms and paperwork, which can be very overwhelming. At all times she was very professional and responsive to all my numerous questions. If I need an immigration Lawyer I would not hesitate to contact her again.”  

"Lesley me ayudó a tramitar mi Visa H1B. Yo llegué a los Estados Unidos como estudiante y ella me ayudó con el cambio de estatus cuando conseguí un trabajo. Todo el proceso fue sencillo y Lesley me ayudó a rellenar las planillas y papeles necesarios, los cuales pueden ser abrumantes. En todo momento fue muy profesional y respondía a mis preguntas, las cuales fueron bastantes. Si necesito un abogado de inmigración de Nuevo, no dudaría en contactar a Lesley otra vez."
-I.O. , Baltimore, Maryland - Beneficiary of H1B Visa

“The best lawyer I met in Alexandria , I had to bring my mother from back home Yemen/ Ethiopia and the process took about 5 years because of the lawyer I hired before Lesley.  Well Lesley made it happen in a very few months by her hard work, good follow up , moderate fee, fast action, and she knows what she is doing. So, I strongly recommend her good work to anyone who need it.”
-H.Q., Woodbridge, Virginia - Consular Processing (Mother)

“Ms. Ellefson-Porras, Thank you for helping Maria Lopez obtain an SIJS- complaint family court order and letting me know of your victory.  Your hard work has made a great difference in her life; Thank you.”
-J.M., Washington D.C., SIJS Case

“I worked with Lesley on getting a permanent residency in the US (aka green card). There are a lot of forms, supporting documentation, lots of other info to gather and she guided us through it quite smoothly. The process of applying for a green card can be stressful and full of uncertainty – Lesley really made us feel confident in her expertise, kept everything well organized and we knew we were in good hands.  I would recommend her in a heartbeat.”
-F.P., Neenah, Wisconsin - Beneficiary of Family  (Marriage-Based) Petition and Adjustment of Status Application

“Ever since my Dad and I decided to use the services of Hainer Porras, I felt confident that my dad’s legal permanent residency was on its way, which ended up being the case. Throughout the entire process we received timely and detailed communication of requests for documentation and of any government related information that impacted me or my dad. Thus, we were able to plan accordingly and apply for changes when needed. Overall, our expectations of this process and the services that we received were greatly exceeded. Thanks Lesley!”
-H.B., Chandler, Arizona - Petitioner in Family Based Petition and Adjustment of Status Application

"Hi. I flee from Guatemala to United States to save my life and reach many goal in mind. Unfortunately I couldn't do it right away because my status migratory prevented me to do it. However I found Lesley. Lesley has engaged really hard to my case to take with accomplishment the asylum petition, and result of her accomplishment, on November I will receive the final decision from the Judge. However, in the curse of this case I had received my Employment Authorization card that has been helping me to save some money for college, I also received my High School diploma this year and Now I am going to attend some classes to the community college until my status migratory get resolve. Lesley. I do not have words to say THANK you for everything. I really appreciate it a lot for all your help."
-E.R., Washington, D.C. - Asylum

"My mother had a lot of anxiety about her citizenship test, but she was much more comfortable with Karen being in the room, and she passed! Lesley and Karen did a great job of helping her feel confident and prepared before the interview."
-E.M., Virginia - Citizenship Interview (Second Interview)

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