Annelise M. Araujo

Founding Principal & Owner

The founder and principal of Araujo & Fisher, Annelise has more than 20 years of practice in immigration and family law, including family-based, employment-based and humanitarian applications. She represents clients before the First, Fifth and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals, U.S. District Court for the Districts of Massachusetts, Vermont, and Nebraska, the Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Recognizing her skills and her passion for helping immigrants, Annelise’s colleagues have elected or appointed her to a number of government liaison posts and leadership positions with major immigration law organizations.

Annelise is past chair of the New England chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). She currently serves as a liaison for AILA’s National EOIR Committee and the Removal Defense Section Steering Committee. She was named a Boston Magazine Top Lawyer for 2021 and 2022, and serves on the boards of Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) and Pathways for Immigrant Workers. Annelise is also a member of the Boston Bar Association Immigration Steering Committee. She is a graduate of University of Toledo College of Law and Bowling Green State University.

Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • AILA South Florida 45th annual immigration law conference on “Not-So-Straightforward Family-based Cases”
  • AILA National 2024 MidWinter Conference “Hot Topic in an Election Year”
  • AILA New England Conference Fall 2023 “When Court Gets (Extra) Tough…The Tough Get Litigating.”
  • AILA National annual conference 2023 (AC23) Panel “Dissecting the Intersection of Family Court and Immigration”
  • AILA National annual 1ST Paralegals Conference Panel “Mechanics of Filing a Court Case”, 2023
  • Federal Bar Association (FBA) Immigration Law Conference Spring 2023 Panel “360 Degree Review of Family Based Immigration, AOS”
  • Bar of Georgia “The Family Law Review” Article “Immigration Bias in Family Law Practice, Spring 2023
  • AILA South Florida Conference 2023 Panel “Family-based Adjustment: Love, Hate and Loss”
  • Social Law Library Panel Dec 2022 “Marriage Adjustment of Status Interview”
  • AILA National annual conference 2022 (AC22) Panel “Saving Your Client From The Pitfalls of an Invalid Divorce or Marriage”
  • Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA) Section Review Article “Immigration Bias in Family Law Practice, Summer 2022
  • ABA Spring 2022 National Family Law Conference Plenary Panel “The intersection of immigration and family law: immigrants, culture and immigration relief in family courts.”
  • ABA Family Advocate Magazine Article “Immigration Bias in Family Law Practice” Winter 2022
  • AILA New England Conference 2022 Hot Topics Panel
  • Commonwealth Magazine opinion piece “RMV process for checking immigration status is deficient”, Oct 2021
  • MCLE Trying Divorce Cases 2021
  • MCLE How to Navigate the Immigrant Experience in the Family Courts conference 2021
  • MCLE Family Immigration conference 2020
    • I-601 provisional waivers
  • AILA New England Conference 2020 government panel CIS liaison
  • MCLE Family Immigration conference 2019
    • Strategies for Requests for Evidence and Notices of Intent to deny Marriage Petitions

Leadership Volunteer Positions Held

  • Pathway for Immigrant Workers
    • Board member (2022-present)
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.
    • Board member (2022-present)
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (National)
    • National Removal Committee member – Chair (2023-2024)
    • National Removal Committee member (2022-2023)
    • National EOIR liaison committee member (2022-present)
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association of New England
    • Immediate past Chair (2022-2023)
    • Chair for the Board (2021-2022)
    • Chair elect for the Board (2020-2021)
    • Vice Chair for the Board (2019-2020)
    • Secretary for the Board (2018-2019)
    • Co-chair, AILA New England Annual Conference (2017-2019)
    • Liaison to the Office of Chief Counsel of the Department of Homeland Security (2015-2018)
    • Liaison to the Boston Asylum Office (2015-2018)
    • Committee member, AILA New England Annual Conference (2013 – 2017)
    • Committee member, Congressional Committee (2013-2017)
  • Boston Bar Association
    • Immigration law steering committee member (2020 – 2023)

What to say about someone how gives you a new life? Annelise and Stephanie are the best lawyers there has ever been. They are professional and take care of you with a such talent and strong hands. Thank you all for working so hard for my family.”


I had a great experience with this firm. Stephanie was my lawyer. She and her firm were always highly professional, thorough, and trustworthy. I believe that I receive value for the money paid. They will look up for your best interests. I greatly appreciate their help and guidance. I fully recommend.”


“Would like to thank the team Araújo & fisher lawyers for the competence and commitment to the immigrant class, thank you very much for everything and I highly recommend Dr. Anelise, Dr. Stefanie, Gui for the efficient service and everyone on the team! Thanks”


Excellent lawyers. Anelise Araujo is a lawyer who is very consistent with her work. She is dedicated to her individual cases…she is articulate and makes you feel confident in her abilities to help with your process. I highly recommend this attorney and her firm with immigration cases. It’s a pleasure to work with them.”


This law firm deserves more than 5 star. We had another law farm that did such a bad job. We had a consultation with Annelise and she is so knowledgeable and she assured me that my mother cases wouldn’t take that long. We are so happy with all the hard work they put in my mother case and we are pleased my mother got her green card. They are the best law firm with immigration matters. Thank you again.”


Araujo & Fisher hands down is one of the best Immigration Law Offices!!! Annelise Araujo was our lawyer, and from the beginning of my process to most recently my Citizenship she was by our side every step of the way, from meeting with us and getting my applications ready for submission, to getting me ready for all of the interviews then going to the interviews she was AMAZING on every step!
They are very very detailed oriented all the way down to the smallest details!
Highly recommend them to anyone for any Immigration situation you need done!”


“Excellent attorneys…anna and stephany…stephany fisher is a no nonsense attorney yet very approachable lawyer..she is dedicated to her individual cases..she is articulate and makes you feel secure in her abilities to help each person..i would highly recommend this attorney and her firm with any immigration case. She is a pleasure to work with as is her co. attorney anna.”


“Annelise was simply superb as a dedicated above and beyond the call of duty advocate for our application for a green card. When my wife got sick she pulled strings to get us a highly improbable and unexpected emergency visa to return home to Brazil for treatment. She also arranged for our stalled application for the Green Card, which had been delayed like all applications were by COVID to be expedited. She pulled off two miracles and we felt she was worth every single penny, if not more. She was also punctual, professional reliable energetic caring and trustworthy. She is the best in the business and WELL worth the fees. Do not try anyone else.”


“My experience with the team was a excellent and very successful experience . There were 3 different cases approved because they worked very hard and they had a lot of knowledge about the law. I was more than satisfied. I am very thankful and happy to have found a very honest team. I really recommend the Araujo and Fisher team.”


“My husband and I would 100 percent recommend them. They were very honest and upfront from the beginning of our case. They made our dreams come true! Thanks Stefanie and Annelise! You guys rock!”


“I definitely recommend Annelise Araujo. She was attentive, helpful and very knowledgeable. She helped me in more than one case, and I’d hire her again.


“We had a wonderful experience with Araujo & Fisher and I definitely recommend their services. They are very professional, responsive and experts in their field. Thank you so much again!”


“I want to thank the two lawyers Araujo & Fisher with their spectacular competence, they are located in Boston, and ready to take on a great defense with their immigration case, I highly recommend Araujo and Fisher, I managed to acquire an Asylum through these renowned lawyers”


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Thrilled to be named to Boston Magazine's 2023 Top Lawyers list alongside my colleagues in the immigration bar and beyond! Estou muito feliz por ser nomeada para a lista dos melhores advogados de 2023 da Boston Magazine, ao lado de meus colegas na area de direito de imigração e além! ¡Estoy encantada de ser incluida en la lista de Mejores Abogados de 2023 de la revista Boston, junto con mis colegas en el campo de la ley de inmigración y más allá!

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