IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY PROFILE
Travis Olsen is a native Houstonian and graduate of Spring Woods High School. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Spanish from Brigham Young University and later graduated from the University of Baltimore Law School with dual concentrations in Business law and International/Comparative Law.
Travis began his legal career at a non-profit organization representing low-income migrants in a variety of immigration matters including family-based immigration, political asylum, cancellation of removal, Temporary Protected Status, naturalization, U-visas and others.
He is an expert in asylum and refugee law having spent nearly a decade at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigraiton Service in the Refugee, Asylum and International Operations Division. He interviewed asylum applicants, making the life altering decisions to grant protection to those seeking refuge in the United States.
For nearly three years Travis served as a diplomat at the U.S. Embassy Havana during the historic restoration of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba. There he participated in negotiations, discussions and technical exchanges with the Cuban government as the two Cold War foes began the process of creating ties broken for nearly sixty years.
Travis was directly involved in most all aspects of Cuban immigration to the United States including managing the refugee and various parole programs as well as advising the consular section on visa determinations.
Travis was also tasked with negotiating the release of political prisoners with the Cuban government, eventually escorting those dissidents to safety in the United States.
Travis's love and concern for migrants and those fleeing persecution & abuse stems from a two-year church mission in Southern California. There he learned Spanish and saw firsthand the difficulties many immigrants face.
That experience motivated him to become an immigration attorney and continues to drive his desire to provide a personal touch in his legal representation.