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Are you or a family member...

  • Seeking Asylum?

  • Looking to bring a family member to the United States?

  • Need a waiver?

  • A victim of a crime or human trafficking?

  • In removal or deportation proceedings?

  • Detained and looking for legal representation?

  • A Permanent Resident thinking about naturalization?

I understand how complicated and difficult-to-navigate the labyrinth of our immigration system can be, so the mission of my law office is to guide my clients through that maze by providing personal, attentive and competent handling of their cases at reasonable rates. I view my work with each client as a collaboration: while I explain the applicable law and procedure and recommend ways to proceed, I consult with my clients each step of the way to ensure that each individual is fully informed about the progress of their case. If you are looking for a lawyer who will be a diligent and tireless advocate on your behalf, please consider choosing me to represent you.


To find out more about me, click here. To schedule a consultation and to find information about my fees, click here. To set up an appointment, click here. You can find directions to my office by clicking here.

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Consultation and Fees



·A consultation allows the attorney and the client to learn about each other.


  • A consultation gives you an opportunity to have an in-depth, confidential interview with the attorney, discuss your case, and ask any questions that you may have. It is also an opportunity for you to decide whether you would like to work with this attorney.

  • A consultation allows the attorney to understand your immigration history and develop strategies to solve your problem.

  • A consultation will help the attorney pinpoint areas where further research is needed and what documents need to be obtained.

  • A consultation will give you an idea about the likelihood of success in your case, potential difficulties and risks, expected processing times, and much more.

  • A consultation will help the attorney determine the cost of representing you.  Because each client’s situation is different, the attorney can determine the cost of representation only after learning about your particular circumstances and immigration history as well as the level of difficulty of your case.

  • A consultation does not obligate the attorney to take the case or the client to hire the attorney; an attorney-client relationship is created only upon signing the Representation Agreement.



  • Payment is due at the beginning of the consultation and can be made in cash, by personal check drawn on a US bank, money order, or by debit or credit card, using PayPal on this website (click here).


  • Payment for a detained consultation must be made prior to my visit to the detention center.

  • At the end of the consultation, you will know how much it will cost to pursue your case.

  • The cost of representation and terms of payment will be discussed in detail during the consultation and memorialized in a written Representation Agreement.

  • To give you value for your money, predictability in knowing the cost of representation upfront, and to allow you to budget for your legal representation, my Law Office offers flat fees and payment plans.

To set up an appointment, click here.

to About Karin Tolgu, J.D.

About Karin Tolgu, J.D.

Karin Tolgu is a solo practitioner in Seattle, Washington. Her firm handles a variety of complex immigration issues, including asylum, T- and U- visas, waivers, removal defense, family based applications, and naturalization.


Karin graduated magna cum laude from the Seattle University School of Law in 2009; she has a B.A. in International Relations from San Francisco State University and she speaks Estonian and Spanish. She is an active member of the Washington chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, where she has served as the Chair of the Citizenship Day, ICE, and EOIR liaison committees. Karin dedicates a part of her practice to pro bono work, and in 2015, she was one of the recipients for AILA Washington’s pro bono award for direct representation of women and children detained on the Southern border. She is also a frequent speaker on the subject of immigration law at AILA events and community forums.

Karin Tolgu, J.D.


  • American Immigration Lawyers Association

  • Washington State Bar Association



  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

  • United States District Court for Western Washington

to Appointments


I am very flexible with appointments: while I do provide office appointments during regular business hours (8:30am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday), in exceptional circumstances, I am also available to meet with clients in the evening or on weekends.


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Please give me a call! If I am not available, leave a detailed message and I will call you back within 24 hours. Unless it is an emergency, I do not return calls on weekends or holidays.

You can also send me a message using the form below. Please include the answers to the following questions in your message:

  • What is your immigration status now?

  • What country are you from?

  • Do you currently have a case in immigration court?

  • Briefly describe your situation

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to Directions

My office is located in downtown Seattle, a few blocks away from the Pioneer Square Link Station, and on major bus routes into the city, including the RapidRide E Line, which runs from the Aurora Village Transit Center.

Office address: 110 Prefontaine Pl S, Ste 304, Seattle WA 98104-5161

Map of office location:


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You can pay for my services by using your debit or credit card, or your PayPal account.


You must enter a valid email address to use this payment option!

  • Click the button below and you will be taken to the PayPal Web site.

  • Enter the description of the service you are paying for (consultation, full payment or monthly payment) and the amount you are paying.

  • Choose the payment method, enter the required information, and then click the "Pay Now" button to make your payment. 

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Mailing Address

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Mailing address: PO Box 31269, Seattle WA 98103

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