"Everywhere immigrants have enriched and stregthened the fabric of american life"   John F. Kennedy

Klees Immigration Services, LLC

Shelly Klees has been an immigration paralegal for more than 19 years. She grew up outside Minneapolis, Minnesota. After receiving her Bachelor's degree, Ms. Klees pursued a Master's degree in history at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). She studied American history, focusing on immigration. In her thesis, "Persevering Endurance: Latvia to Minnesota," she studied the Minneapolis Latvian Community, their experiences as displaced persons after World War II and the community's ability to maintain its cultural identity in America for more than 50 years. She conducted oral histories with several members of the community and completed extensive primary source research. While completing her graduate coursework and thesis, Ms. Klees taught several history courses at Aims Community College in Loveland and Greeley, Colorado.

After receiving her Master's degree, Ms. Klees returned to Minnesota and began working with immigrant families at the NW Suburban Integration School District. She provided services designed to assist parents and primary caregivers of immigrant children to navigate the public school system to ensure their children were successful. In 2004, she began her tenure in immigration law and her specialization in EB-1/2 Extraordinary Ability/Outstanding Researcher or Professor petitions, EB-2 National Interest Waivers, Exceptional Ability petitions and non-immigrant O-1 Extraordinary Ability petitions. After three winters in Minnesota, Ms. Klees returned to sunny Colorado and began working with Stern Elkind Curray and Alterman. 

In 2010, she started Klees Immigration Services, LLC. She works with several law firms in Denver and Los Angeles, and continues to be successful in overcoming the challenges presented by USCIS.