About us

Aloha is a Hawaiian word that can mean hello or goodbye, two words that have profound significance to the immigrant experience. Aloha can also mean kindness and compassion.

It is with a welcoming spirit, coupled with compassion and kindness, that Aloha Immigration was born.

With more than 20 years of experience in immigration law - and more than 30 years of involvement in defending immigrant rights - we offer a proven philosophy and work ethic, client dedication and a very unique perspective on US immigration. Feel free to contact us at the numbers below for a cost-free consultation and see what we can offer you. Aloha!

Clare Hanusz from Aloha Immigration on Law Week, May 3, 2018

KHON2 - Clare Hanusz on Law Week - May 3, 2018

Clare Hanusz from Aloha Immigration offering free immigration advice for KHON2's Law Week

What we do

Green Cards / Permanent Residency

A lawful permanent resident (LPR) can live and work in the U.S. on a permanent basis and given a “green card” as proof of that status. Lawful permanent residents can leave and re-enter the U.S. but can lose status if they are outside of the U.S. for too long. Most lawful permanent residents are eligible the apply for naturalization (U.S. citizenship) after 3 or 5 years, depending on how LPR status was acquired.

There are a variety of paths to getting a green card, with the most common being through an immigrant relative petition filed by a close family member. Not everyone with a family member qualifies, however, which is why it is important to consult with an immigration professional before applying. Aloha Immigration provides assistance with both family-based and employment-based green card applications.

Naturalization

United States citizenship has its advantages – no more green card renewals, the ability to vote, ease in travel to many countries, and the ability to petition certain family members to immigrate to the U.S. Applying for citizenship can have some pitfalls, too, because any application submitted to USCIS gives the government the opportunity to heavily scrutinize the applicant’s background. This can sometimes lead to removal (deportation proceedings) if real or perceived issues are uncovered. For these reasons, It is best to have your options professionally evaluated, and Aloha Immigration can help with that, along with application preparation and representation during your interview.

Visa and Apostille Processing

Immigrant and nonimmigrant visas are issued by consulates abroad, and visas are required for many people seeking admission to the U.S. for business, to visit, or to reside long-term.  Aloha Immigration offers assistance to help you determine the best visa option available, filing petitions and assistance with the often confusing process of visa issuance at foreign consulates.
On the other hand, an apostille (pronounced “ah-po-steel” and is French for “certification”) is a validated birth, death, marriage, civil union and divorce certificate by the Hawaii State Department of Health. Aloha Immigration can directly arrange these important documents as well for our clients.

Support for Human Trafficking / Domestic Violence Survivors

U.S. immigration laws have expanded to provide options for survivors of many different types of serious crimes including domestic violence from a U.S. citizen or permanent resident parent or spouse, human trafficking, and other crimes. Aloha Immigration has assisted hundreds of people subjected to such trauma remain in the U.S. where they can work on rebuilding their lives.

Conditional Permanent Residence (Form I-751)

Marriages to U.S. citizens that are less than 2 years in duration at the time of green card issuance result in a 2-year conditional permanent resident (CPR) status.  Before the end of that 2-year status period, USCIS requires the filing of additional documentation.  Sometimes marriages don’t survive the 2-year period, for many reasons, and often the immigrant spouse can file to remove the CPR status alone. Aloha Immigration can explain the options and steps to removing CPR status and help in gaining the 10 year green card.

Immigration Court

Getting served with a Notice to Appear (“NTA”) for Immigration Court can be a stressful and scary experience.  With 20 years of experience in representing individuals in removal proceedings, Aloha Immigration can provide a comprehensive evaluation of options to fight for you to stay in the U.S. We have extensive experience in bond hearings, adjustment of status, cancellation of removal, waivers, asylum and withholding and other forms of relief from deportation.

ALOHA IMMIGRATION IN THE NEWS

[September 8, 2017] Immigration and Island Dreamers: Hawaii and DACA

Immigration and Island Dreamers: Hawai’i and DACA This week, the Trump Administration announced it will end the program allowing children brought to the United States illegally to stay here. The program is called “DACA”-and its cancellation could cost Hawai’i more than half a billion dollars. This week, Pacific Business News takes a look what the […]

[September 6, 2017] Isle leaders, advocates decry decision to end DACA

President Donald Trump’s decision to end a program that allowed young, unauthorized immigrants known as “Dreamers” to stay in the country has sparked fear in families who could be ripped apart and drawn condemnation from Hawaii leaders. More than 60 people lined Ala Moana Boulevard near the Federal Building late Tuesday to protest the decision, […]

[September 5, 2017] Hawaii ‘Dreamer’ Protest: ‘This Is The Worst Thing He Could Have Done’

Hawaii ‘Dreamer’ Protest: ‘This Is The Worst Thing He Could Have… At least 100 protesters took to the streets of downtown Honolulu on Tuesday afternoon, part of nationwide rallies against President Donald Trump’s plan to rescind the Obama-era program that protects young undocumented immigrants who came to the country as minors.

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About Clare

Clare Hanusz founded Aloha Immigration in June 2017, after working with the Immigration Practice Group at Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert in an Of Counsel affiliation since October 2013.

Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, Clare has lived in Honolulu since 1995 (with an 18-month move to Melbourne, Australia from 2012-2013). After graduating from Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial College in 1991 she moved to Arizona worked for the Valley Religious Task Force on Central America,  advocating for immigrants and more just U.S. foreign policies.  The opportunity to meet and work with refugees and their attorneys in Arizona propelled Clare to pursue a career in immigration law, and she enrolled in the University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law in 1996.

While a first-year student, she was awarded a fellowship from the National Lawyers Guild for a summer internship with the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project in Florence, Arizona. It was there, in the summer of 1998, that Clare litigated her first deportation case for a Spanish-speaking detainee. Upon returning to Hawaii she continued her work with immigrants, serving on the Board of Directors with Na Loio (now the Hawaii Immigrant Justice Center at Legal Aid) where she also spent a summer as a legal intern.

After graduating from law school in 1999, Clare worked at Na Loio heading up a Neighbor Island immigration project to bring legal services to immigrants in rural and isolated communities. She also  worked for a two Honolulu law firms and had a solo practice under the Law Office of Clare Hanusz.

Clare has represented hundreds of individuals before the immigration court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. She has assisted clients with naturalization, adjustment of status (“Green Cards”), U visas (for immigrant victims of certain serious crimes) and T visas for victims of human trafficking, as well as consular processing, waivers of inadmissibility, asylum, special immigrant juvenile status, employment based and religious worker visas and options for immigrant survivors of domestic violence.

Clare is the recent past Chair of the Hawaii Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and has served as local AILA liaison to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and as co-chair for the Advocacy Committee. She is also a member of the National Lawyers Guild’s National Immigration Project and a founding member of the Hawaii Coalition for Immigration Rights and the Hawaii Coalition for Civil Rights. She has partnered with the American Civil Liberties Union to litigate cutting-edge motions to suppress in immigration court and serves on the ACLU of Hawaii Litigation Committee.  She has written on immigration issues for the Hawaii State Bar Association, AILA, and local publications, and has spoken locally and a nationwide. She has been featured in local, national and international news.

Clare lives in Honolulu with her husband Nevi, a professor of political science at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and two children. Public school advocacy is another of Clare’s passions and she currently serves on the board of Parents for Public Schools-Hawaii. Her full resume can be found here.

 

Professional and Community Affiliations

 

Bar Admissions

Admitted 1999

Years Experience
21
Clients Served
1325
Professional Affiliations
7
Cases Litigated
195

RSS Immigration News

  • What the Government Considers the US Border May Surprise You October 19, 2018
      When you think of a national border, you probably think of a defined edge—a place where one country ends and another begins. However, when it comes to federal immigration operations, the border extends many miles into the country. While those whose daily lives are negatively impacted by this overreach of federal immigration authority have […]
  • A Caravan of Migrants Makes Its Way to the US, as Trump Threatens to Close the Border October 18, 2018
    Thousands of migrants—many of whom are mothers, fathers, and children fleeing their homes in violence-stricken areas of Central America—are traveling to the U.S.-Mexico border as part of an impromptu caravan. A majority of the estimated 4,000 migrants left last week from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, which has long ranked as one of the most violent […]
  • The US Healthcare System Benefits From Immigrant Contributors October 17, 2018
    Insurers have always depended on large numbers of participants to pay into a pool so that those with the highest rates of usage are covered by those with lower rates. In other words, everyone in an insurance pool is interdependent on one another. In the case of private health insurance, immigrants are often helping shore […]

What our clients say

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COMPASSIONATE, PROFESSIONAL & EXTREMELY KNOWLEDGEABLE
We had the pleasure of working with Clare on a very difficult and unique immigration case involving our internationally adopted daughter. The attorneys we originally worked with made some grave errors which almost led to the deportation of our daughter. Clare saved the day. Clare Hanusz, an expert immigration attorney, along with family attorney, Judith Schevtchuk were instrumental in keeping our family together. Both are very caring attorneys. We searched for over a year locally and nationally for an immigration attorney who was knowledgeable about SIJS (Special Immigrant Juvenile Status). Clare is the only attorney in Hawaii that is familiar with SIJS and one of the very few attorneys nationwide with SIJS familiarity. Believe me we searched in California, New York, Washington D.C, Chicago…all the big cities you think you would find an immigration attorney specializing in this type of case. Clare was very prompt in returning our calls and emails and we felt she had genuine compassion and concern for the welfare of our daughter and our family. She is a lovely person, easy to talk to, and made what was a very stressful impossible situation seem hopeful and possible and guided us every step of the way. She solved our problem and we had a great outcome due to her expertise. So thankful for her help and highly recommend Clare to anyone requiring immigration assistance. 11/15/2016

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