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Jason Edward Ankeny

Attorney at Law
Barrister & Solicitor

Cross-Border Law, Corporate Law, Civil Litigation
Jason Ankeny is a Multinational Lawyer licensed to practice law in the United States and Canada. A former U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS) Officer/U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) Officer, Jason gained more than a decade of experience enforcing U.S. Immigration and Customs laws of the United States.

Jason is also cofounder of The International Au Pair Exchange, a U.S. Department of State designated (private sector) cultural exchange agency engaged in the administration and placement of Au Pairs throughout the United States. As managing member and responsible officer, Jason participated in round-table policy-making at the U.S. Department of State in Washington DC.

With more than 20 years of combined experience in U.S. Immigration/Customs enforcement and international business involving cross border cultural exchange programs, Jason brings unique insights into trade, cross-border, and cultural exchange issues to his law practice. Because he comes from within the agency, Jason doesn’t rely on mere speculation as to what the agency requires for a successful outcome for his clients; he knows the agency mandate and expectations and uses his administrative law experience to the benefit of his clients.

Jason was highly recommended as someone who knows U.S. Immigration Law. After a consult, I hired Jason for the purposes of creating my U.S. subsidiary and getting E-2 Investor Visas for myself and 6 of my key workers. Due to critical timing issues, Jason remained available after hours and weekends. All seven visas were issued timely and without issue. See what our clients have said about us

Professional Organizations

United States

  • American Bar Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Customs & International Trade Bar Association
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association

Canada

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Ontario
  • The Law Society of British Columbia

Academics

  • J.D., Arizona Summit Law School, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Barrister-at-Law, Ryerson University (Law Practice Program), Toronto, Ontario
  • B.A., Business Administration, Western Washington University (WWU), Bellingham, Washington

Admitted to Practice

  • State of Arizona Supreme Court and all Arizona State Courts
  • State of Washington Supreme Court and all Washington State Courts
  • Province of British Columbia: British Columbia Superior Court, British Columbia Court of Appeal, and all British Columbia Provincial Courts
  • Province of Ontario: Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Court of Appeal, and all Ontario Provincial Courts

    *Foreign Legal Consultant (U.S. Law)

  • United States District Court, District of Arizona
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of International Trade
  • Executive Office for Immigration Review (Immigration Court)

15 Years of Government Service

“Army Private Jason Ankeny pictured with Lt. General Pagonis, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, Day 1.”

Before his civil service career at INS (later Customs & Border Protection) Jason’s initial exposure to immigration and customs functions occurred during his military service. Jason served in the U.S. Army’s Military Police Corps and was assigned to various foreign ports of entry overseas, and later serving as a security force member for several Cuban Refugee Camps in Central America.

Upon completion of military service, Jason pursued a civil service career with the Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS) working at a land border port of entry on the Washington State/Canadian Border. He later transitioned to the Department of Homeland Security as a U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) Officer in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. During his civil service tenure, Jason gained vast experience in U.S. Immigration and Customs law procedures ranging from adjudication of petitions and applications to include the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and other employment authorization, to facilitating commerce at the Pacific Highway Commercial Port of Entry, Blaine, Washington. While working at the border, he earned a B.A. in Business Administration at Western Washington University Bellingham, Washington.

Jason ultimately left government service to pursue new challenges. He worked with several attorneys, assisted with cross-border issues, and later created an immigration help website. He also cofounded The International Au Pair Exchange (TIAPE), a U.S. Department of State designated (private sector) cultural exchange agency engaged in the administration and placement of Au Pairs throughout the United States.

Jason later earned a J.D., attending Arizona Summit Law School in Phoenix, Arizona. During law school, he traveled to Mexico City and studied human rights law. He also worked as a law clerk at Kuntz Plitt Hyland and Demlong where he conducted extensive research on insurance law for co-publication with attorney Steven Plitt, a nationally renowned author and nationwide expert in insurance law.

Upon completing his U.S. legal training and the Arizona Bar Exam, Jason attended Ryerson University’s Law Practice Program in Toronto, Ontario. Jason completed his law practice program placement (apprenticeship) with Juzkiw & Company, where he engaged in civil litigation making appearances in Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court, Ontario Court of Justice, Small Claims Court, and the Landlord-Tenant tribunal.

With more than 20 years of combined experience in U.S. Immigration enforcement and international business involving cross border cultural exchange programs, Ankeny brings a unique insight into trade, cross-border, and cultural exchange issues to his law practice.

“U.S. Customs & Border Protection Supervisor Jason Ankeny, Peace Arch Port of Entry Blaine, Washington.”