Boundary Bay Law  U.S. Immigration Law  360.229.7766                                                                    
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Dedicated to facilitating economic opportunities and uniting families in the United States


Boundary Bay Law works with individuals and businesses to navigate rapidly changing U.S. immigration regulations and policy. We are dedicated to facilitating economic opportunities and uniting families in the United States.  
The firm's principal, Nicholas Berning, has practiced U.S. immigration law for over a decade and is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers' Association. The firm's efforts are supported by dedicated paralegal and office manager, Maralise Fegan, who has spent her entire paralegal career with immigration law firms. 
Nicholas Berning has practiced immigration law since January 2007. Before co-founding Boundary Bay Law in 2015, he served as the Practice Manager at his previous firm from 2008 to 2015. Nick has represented over 200 EB-5 immigrant investors and E-2 non-immigrant investors. He also has extensive experience with both immigrant and temporary work visas, and with family sponsorship visas.  

Nick currently serves on the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association’s Washington Chapter Consular Processing Committee. He previously served two terms as the Chair of the Washington Chapter’s Limited License Legal Technician Committee. 
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Maralise Fegan moved to Bellingham, Washington to attend Fairhaven College at Western Washington University. In 2003, she graduated with a self-designed B.A. in “Cross Cultural Awareness and Communication in the Mental Health Field.”  
Maralise began working with Nicholas Berning in 2011 as an intern for her post-baccalaureate certificate in paralegal studies. Following the completion of her internship, Maralise continued to work with Nick as a paralegal in immigration law. She has experience working on a variety of immigrant and nonimmigrant U.S. visas including applications for investors, extraordinary and exceptional ability workers, religious workers, and family sponsorship categories. 
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Our office is conveniently located in the historic Bellingham Herald Building in downtown Bellingham, Washington, just 25 miles south of the U.S. border with British Columbia, Canada. We have proudly provided global service from Bellingham since opening our doors in 2015.  

Practice Areas

Immigrant Visas
Multinational Managers or Executives (EB-1C)
Individuals of Extraordinary Ability (EB-1A)
Individuals of Exceptional Ability (EB-2) with National Interest Waivers (NIW)  
Skilled Workers, Professionals, or Unskilled Workers (EB-3)
Non-Immigrant Visas
  • Naturalization  
  • Derivitive Citizenship 
  • Passport Applications and Certificates of Citizenship  
  • Renunciation or Relinquishment of Citizenship
Where to Start
In order to live or work in the United States, a non-citizen must first obtain a visa for that purpose under a specific category.  Visas are granted for a number of different reasons and time periods based on a variety of qualifications.  If you are not sure what visa category might be right for your specific circumstances and goals, you may want to begin by taking a look at the U.S. Department of State's Visa Wizard.  This tool collects some basic information about you and will provide you with some initial guidance about what visa options may be available to you.  We recommend that you use the results from the Visa Wizard to schedule a consultation to discuss your visa options in more detail with an attorney.