Ryan Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC
401 Union Street, Suite 1500
Seattle, WA 98101-2668
Ryan Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC
401 Union Street, Suite 1500
Seattle, WA 98101-2668

Ryan Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC
401 Union Street, Suite 1500
Seattle, WA 98101-2668

Abtin Bahador

Abtin Bahador


Practice Areas:

Abtin is an Associate at Ryan Swanson, working primarily in the firm’s Immigration practice group.

Abtin’s experience includes advising employers and beneficiaries on issues such as travel, visa renewals, short and long-term strategies, and compliance with federal laws. He has prepared petitions for individuals of extraordinary ability and multinational managers (EB-1), as well as navigating all stages of the PERM Labor Certification process (EB-2 and EB-3) from initial analysis, recruitment, filing, and audit response for professional, non-professional, and Schedule A positions. He also has extensive knowledge in preparing non-immigrant applications for adjudication with USCIS, CBP, and consulates.

In particular, he enjoys working with entrepreneurs to strategize how to access the U.S. market using the E-1 Treaty Trader and E-2 Treaty Investor visa options.

Abtin also has extensive experience in healthcare immigration and has worked with hospitals, clinics and healthcare workers on their immigration needs. He has substantial experience advising on J-1 waivers in several states for physicians to work in underserved populations in rural areas. He has also helped secure Schedule A petitions for Registered Nurses; and TN (USMCA) petitions for healthcare workers.  He has experience in PERM labor certifications and merits-based permanent residence applications (EB-1 & EB-2) for physicians including Physician National Interest Waivers for those willing to work in underserved communities.

Abtin previously spent 5 years serving corporate clients at a business immigration firm including technology companies, Fortune 500 companies, and one of the largest healthcare providers in the U.S.

Speaking Engagements

  • How Foreign-owned Companies Can Bring Workers to the U.S. Using E-Visas” (September 2022)
  • “AILA Athletics, Culture, Entertainment, and Science (ACES) & Business Hot Topics” (October 2021)
  • University of Washington Student Legal Services (September 2021)
  • “WSBA Immigration Law Introductory and Advanced Topics CLE” (August 2021)
  • “Doing Business in the U.S.A.” (August 2021)
  • “Nailing Down the Basics – A Comprehensive Introduction to Immigration Law” (February 2021)
  • 2020 NW Regional Immigration Law Conference (September 2020)
  • “Doing Business in the U.S.A.” (November 2018)


  • English (Fluent)
  • Spanish (Conversational)
  • Farsi (Understanding)

Professional Activities

  • Member, Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) (2015 – present)
  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) (2015 – present)
  • Treasurer, Executive Committee – AILA Washington Chapter (2020 – present)
  • Chair, CBP Liaison committee – AILA Washington Chapter (2020 – present), Vice-Chair (2018 – 2019)
  • Vice-Chair, Consular Liaison committee – AILA Washington Chapter (2019 – present)
  • Founder, SAIL – created group to provide support and networking opportunities to attorneys (2016 – present)


  • Seattle University School of Law
    (J.D., Cum Laude, 2014)
  • University of Victoria
    (B.A., Sociology, 2008)
Admitted to Practice
  • Washington

Hobbies & Interests

Outside of work, Abtin likes to travel and visit family that is spread across the globe. Having lived in Iran, Canada, Mexico, Australia, prior to settling in the United States, he has experienced first-hand the joys of immersing oneself in a new culture. In his free time, you will find Abtin spending too much time on his fantasy hockey team, and teaming up with his wife to keep random objects out of his baby’s mouth.