Kern County, California Immigration Lawyers

Vivek Malik
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California Immigration Law Attorney with 12 years experience

Vivek Malik practices in all aspects of immigration law including business, family, asylum and removal defense. He has worked with numerous companies across various industries and has helped businesses to bring in... Read More »
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Edyta Christina Grzybowska Grant
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Kern County, CA Immigration Law Lawyer
(661) 735-7740 1600 G Street
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Free ConsultationImmigration
Pepperdine University and George Mason University
Unlike most of the immigration attorneys in the U.S., Ms. Edyta Christina Grzybowska Grant is an immigrant herself. She is half Polish, half Bulgarian, and is a legal resident of three countries, including the U.S. From the day she was born, literally, she had to deal with immigration issues. As such, she has a much better understanding of the apprehensions and concerns shared by all foreigners and those without status, because she has experienced most of the immigration processes herself: student visas, tourist visas, work visas, marriage to a U.S. citizen, adjustment of status, etc. Being a...
Vanessa Sanchez
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Kern County, CA Immigration Law Attorney with 5 years experience
(661) 843-7372 900 Mohawk St
Ste 121
Bakersfield, CA 93309-7441
Immigration
Southwestern University School of Law
Ronald U. Carter
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Kern County, CA Immigration Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(661) 324-4413 1712 19th Street
Suite 123
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Immigration, Criminal, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
Bakersfield Criminal Defense Lawyer
Mario Valenzuela
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Kern County, CA Immigration Law Lawyer
(661) 377-2154 1430 Truxtun Avenue
5th Floor
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Immigration
Kern County, CA Immigration Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(661) 322-6776 235 H St
Bakersfield, CA 93304
Immigration, Criminal and DUI
Loyola Law School
Kern County, CA Immigration Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(661) 742-7007 707 18th St
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Immigration
Oak Brook COL & Gov't Policy
Shan Dimitris Potts
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Los Angeles County, CA Immigration Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(323) 803-7147 535 N Brand Blvd
Suite 850
Glendale, CA 91203
Free ConsultationImmigration, Criminal and Health Care
Southwestern Univ School of Law
I am the founder of Shan Potts Law Offices- a full service immigration law firm with extensive experience in Deportation and Removal Defense; Green Cards, Family Immigration; Employment Immigration; U.S. Citizenship, U-Visas; VAWA Cases; DACA Cases; Consular Processing; Waivers and Appeals before the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and Asylum (Sexual Orientation), HIV Waivers, Family Unifications. I have has successfully litigated complex issues concerning crimes and immigration. I have helped military families with immigration benefits. I have protected relatives of U.S. military members from deportation. I obtained specialty visa for international clients; fashion...
Fredrick William Voigtmann
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Los Angeles County, CA Immigration Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(818) 887-7839 21700 Oxnard Street
Suite 360
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Free ConsultationImmigration
Capital University Law School
Fredrick W. Voigtmann is a noted expert in employment-based, investor and business immigration matters, having been mentored by the two leading EB-5 practitioners, including a former General Counsel of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (“INS”). Mr. Voigtmann is a Board Certified Legal Specialist in immigration law.

Mr. Voigtmann has practiced immigration and nationality law exclusively since 1993, concentrating on EB-5, labor certifications, H1-B, L-1 and E-2 visas. He has represented Regional Centers in obtaining USCIS designation and has prepared hundreds of I-526 and I-829 foreign investor petitions and immigrant visa applications. His appellate experience includes assisting with the oral argument...
Nikki Mehrpoo Jacobson
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Los Angeles County, CA Immigration Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(888) 207-9600 10401 Venice Blvd.
Suite 204 - 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Immigration and Workers' Comp
Pepperdine Univ School of Law
Attorney at Law | Professor of Law | Certified Specialist
Expert Witness | Legal Analyst | Author

NMJ@NikkiJacobson.com

(888) 207-9600 (310) 277-2266
(818) 276-9866 (213) 275-3012


For over 20 years, Attorney Nikki Jacobson has been a dedicated advocate for California injured workers and immigrants from all over the world. She has focused her practice of law exclusively on workers’ compensation and immigration law. Los...
Nazanin Ghazi
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Los Angeles County, CA Immigration Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(888) 747-0973 15250 Ventura Blvd.
Suite 401
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Free ConsultationImmigration, Business and Family
University of La Verne
We handle many US immigration cases on behalf of clients throughout the United States and from around the world.

Our mission is to provide you with individual attention and professional service at every step on the path toward achieving your immigration goals. U.S. immigration law is extremely complex and the assistance of a professional guiding you throughout the process is absolutely essential! Whether you choose to retain our firm to assist you with your immigration needs, we highly recommend that you speak with an immigration attorney.
John Khosravi
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Los Angeles County, CA Immigration Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(818) 934-1561 11620 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 900
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Immigration
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
John Q. Khosravi's law practice focuses on Family, Business (Investment & Employment) and Talent (Artists, Athletes, Scientists/Professors/Researchers & Individuals with Extraordinary Abilities) based Immigration to the United States. Visa Petitions include EB-1, EB-2, EB-5, E-2, L-1, H1-B and TN NAFTA Visas. Mr. Khosravi works with individuals and clients of various sizes, from start-ups and small businesses to multinational corporations, in a broad range of industries, including academic, advertising, medical and research, technology, athletics, arts, fashion and entertainment fields. Mr. Khosravi is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and currently serves as the Southern California...
J Craig Fong
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Los Angeles County, CA Immigration Law Attorney with 37 years experience
(626) 577-8020 709 E Colorado Blvd #250
Pasadena, CA 91101
Immigration
University of Pennsylvania Law School
J Craig Fong has been practicing law for over thirty years. Although his legal career started with large corporate law firms, handling bank mergers and acquisitions, he gravitated toward community-based and civil rights work. He served as Assistant Director of the immigration project of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Director of the Immigration Project of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California, and Director of the Downtown Immigration Advocates, a nonprofit project of the United Methodist Church. In the 1990s, he also worked as an advocate for gay and lesbian civil rights as the Regional Director of...
Andres James Ortiz
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Los Angeles County, CA Immigration Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(323) 493-0740 5670 Wilshire Blvd
Suite 1350
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Immigration and Criminal
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Andrés Ortiz is one of California's top immigration lawyers and a foremost authority on the potential adverse immigration consequences of criminal convictions and plea deals (“Padilla Opinions”). Attorneys from across the nation consult Andrés on a regular basis for his expertise in how to resolve criminal cases without triggering deportation and removal.

A graduate of Loyola Law School, Andrés has been the recipient of numerous awards for his work. He was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers and was Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy's pro bono attorney of the year for 2016.

Andrés handles cases in immigration court, the...
Alex Sarajian
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Los Angeles County, CA Immigration Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(877) 861-8601 1611 N San Fernando Blvd
Burbank, CA 91504
Free ConsultationImmigration, DUI, Employment and Personal Injury
Loyola Law School
After graduating with honors from USC, Alex Sarajian received his J.D. from Loyola Law School. Prior to forming LA Injury Attorneys, Mr. Sarajian worked at the nationally recognized firm of Geragos & Geragos where he practiced in the areas of civil litigation, products liability, and insurance bad faith. Mr. Sarajian has over 20 years experience in handling personal injury cases of various complexity. As a former insurance adjuster and fraud investigator for Farmers Insurance Exchange, Mr. Sarajian gained invaluable insights as to the claims handling process and procedures which allows him great latitude and experience in securing high dollar settlements...
James Geoffrey Beirne
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Los Angeles County, CA Immigration Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(818) 224-4500 16633 Ventura Blvd.
Suite 1200
Encino, CA 91436
Free ConsultationImmigration, Bankruptcy and Estate Planning
Southwestern Law School
Over 20 years experience with consumer Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies, lien avoidance and income tax discharge.
Michael Ashoori
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Los Angeles County, CA Immigration Law Attorney with 3 years experience
(818) 741-1117 21700 Oxnard St, Suite 360
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Immigration
UCLA School of Law
Michael Ashoori, Esq. is an immigration lawyer for entrepreneurs. He is the founder of Ashoori Law, a Los Angeles based business and immigration law firm. Michael's practice focuses on helping professionals and entrepreneurs get visas to the United States. Michael also assists his clients with setting up their businesses, preparing and reviewing contracts, and negotiations.
Aime Moupassa Katambwe Esq
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Los Angeles County, CA Immigration Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(661) 294-0911 25050 Avenue Kearny
Suite 111
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Free ConsultationImmigration, Employment and Personal Injury
Whittier Law School
Aime Katambwe is the founder of WorldEsquire. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Economics from California State University at Northridge and a Juris Doctor Degree (aka a law degree)from Whittier College SOL. Mr. Katambwe is admitted to practice in all federal and State Courts of California.He was born in Zaire (now The Democratic Republic of Congo) and traveled extensively throughout the world due to his father's profession as a career diplomat. He is fluent in many languages including English, French and Spanish. Prior to creating WorldEsquire, Mr. Katambwe worked in private law firms as an associate, as well as in...
Mr. Floyd James Fernandez
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Los Angeles County, CA Immigration Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
(805) 290-4930 27240 Turnberry Lane
Ste. 200
Valencia , CA 91355
Immigration and Appeals
Regent University
Floyd J Fernandez is founder and managing attorney of Pacifica Legal Services. His breadth of experience in this field has included individual visa applications, family-based and employer-based, non-immigrant work, travel, and study visas (both domestic adjustment of status and consular applications), deportation defense and appellate work (before BIA, AAO, U.S. 9th & 7th Circuits, and U.S. Supreme Court). My clientele has included individuals both from within all of Southern California, several other U.S. states, and several additional nations.

He has strong writing and research skills from his work in appellate law along with a rich cultural experience...
Heather Lorraine Poole
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Los Angeles County, CA Immigration Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(877) 486-2678 225 S. Lake Avenue
Suite 300
Pasadena, CA 91101
Free ConsultationImmigration
New York Law School
Attorney Heather is a private immigration attorney passionate about protecting the human rights of immigrants. Primarily focused in the area of family-based immigration including unlawful presence & criminal waivers, Heather regularly obtains visa approvals, green cards, and U.S. citizenship for her clients. She regularly travels throughout the US for court appearances and CIS (immigration agency) green card, citizenship, and conditional green card waiver interviews to be by her clients' side and to protect their interests. As immigration law is all federal law, she is able to represent clients in every US state & throughout the world. Attorney Heather...
Simon Stepanyan
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Los Angeles County, CA Immigration Law Attorney with 4 years experience
(747) 777-2977 450 N Brand Blvd, 6th Floor
Glendale, CA 91203
Free ConsultationImmigration, Business and Consumer
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
Simon Stepanyan is the founder and managing attorney of Stepanyan Law Firm. Growing up in a family of attorneys, it was only a matter of time before Simon would become one himself. He is a graduate of law schools in the United States, France, and Armenia. Simon’s legal education is complemented by his work experience at law firms in all three countries.

Immediately prior to founding Stepanyan Law Firm, Simon worked at a Los Angeles law firm, where his practice was focused on multi-million dollar complex state and federal cases, consumer class actions, business law, and immigration law.

Having a unique background...
Robert Gordon Berke
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Los Angeles County, CA Immigration Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(818) 436-2924 21911 Sherman Way
Canoga Park, CA 91303
Immigration and Criminal
Southwestern Law School
Robert G. Berke has practiced in the fields of immigration, criminal, and legal ethics since 1990. A former law professor and publisher of the Criminal Immigration Resource Pages, Mr. Berke has zealously represented clients across the United States and across the world. Berke Law Offices, Inc. is recognized for its accomplishments in cases where immigration law and criminal law intersect, regularly winning cases other lawyers have called impossible.
Leonard Manalo
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Los Angeles County, CA Immigration Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(818) 904-5900 14500 Roscoe Blvd
Suite 415
Van Nuys, CA 91402
Immigration, Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Leonard (“Leo”) Manalo is a Los Angeles-based attorney who defends clients accused of California and federal crimes. His practice covers everything from asset forfeiture, to DUI and drug crimes.

A graduate of Loyola Law School, Mr. Manalo also holds a degree in economics from San Francisco State University. With his ability to understand complicated financial evidence, he particularly enjoys helping clients get back assets seized by the government.

Mr. Manalo began his career with the San Diego County public defender's office, where he helped investigate a wide variety of crimes. While there, he discovered that even innocent people aren't always treated fairly...
James Ronald Gotcher
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Los Angeles County, CA Immigration Law Lawyer with 42 years experience
(818) 914-6482 26775 Malibu Hills Road
Suite 150
Calabasas Hills, CA 91301
Free ConsultationImmigration
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
James R. Gotcher has practiced law since 1976. An Air Force veteran and graduate of Loyola Law School (Los Angeles), he initially worked as a deputy district attorney for the County of Los Angeles. In 1978, he moved into private practice, emphasizing representation of business immigration clients. In 1988, his practice was acquired by Coudert Brothers (at that time the largest law firm in the world, with offices in 28 countries) and he became the head of the firm’s worldwide business immigration practice. In late 1993, he left Coudert Brothers and resumed his private practice in Los Angeles. He is...
Houtan Yaghmai
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Los Angeles County, CA Immigration Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
(818) 334-2020 15303 Ventura Blvd. Suite 900
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Immigration
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Jack Chammas
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Los Angeles County, CA Immigration Law Attorney with 23 years experience
(213) 250-4400 608 Benowe Scotia Road
Glendale, CA 91207
Immigration, Business and Employment
Western State Univ COL
An innovative counselor and litigator, Los Angeles business lawyer Jack Chammas of the Chammas Law Office has also developed an exclusive fee program for business clients, offering flexible, cost-effective fee arrangements that are tailored to the unique needs of the individual client. We believe that building a law practice is based on client trust and not billable hours. As General Counsel with more than 11 years of experience with small, mid-level, and large litigation cases, and extensive exposure and interaction with hundreds of law firms all over the United States, Los Angeles business lawyer Jack Chammas appreciates and understands the...
Romben Aquino
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Los Angeles County, CA Immigration Law Lawyer
(626) 577-8020 709 E Colorado Blvd
#250
Pasadena, CA 91101
Immigration
Northeastern University School of Law
I am the son of immigrants. My father came to the United States in 1964; my mother in 1968. They met at a party in Hempstead, New York. Turns out they are from the same province in the Philippines and that their towns are only an hour apart. My grandfather was a revered mathematics teacher in Manaoag. My father served 22 years in the U.S. Navy and another 20 years with the State of California; my mother made sure that my brother, sister and I had everything we needed to excel in school. It worked: I was valedictorian of my...
Albert Lum
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Los Angeles County, CA Immigration Law Attorney with 56 years experience
(626) 795-8886 1005 E Colorado Blvd
Suite 207
Pasadena, CA 91106
Immigration, Business, Estate Planning and Tax
USC Law School
As an attorney, Mr. Lum has over fifty years of experience, specializing in all aspects of immigration applications and immigration litigation. His immigration application practice includes consultation and representation on applications for Immigrant Investor Visas (EB-5), PERM, Nonimmigrant Business Visas (E-2, L-1, H-1, B-1/B-2), and all forms of family based visa applications. Mr. Lum’s immigration litigation practice includes representation for Asylum, TPS, VAWA, and Cancellation of Removal.

Mr. Lum also provides personal representation to individuals, partnerships, and corporations regarding all business and corporate matters, trust, wills, and estates, and business litigation and real estate litigation matters.
Joann Robin Deutch
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Los Angeles County, CA Immigration Law Attorney with 36 years experience
(818) 753-9922 12522 Moorpark St
Los Angeles, CA 91604
Immigration, Business, Consumer and Estate Planning
New York Law School
Joann Deutch is an experienced and versitle attorney ready to serve those legal needs which must be litigiated in Los Angeles County. Some matters require litigation while others can be handled more informally. The presence of local counsel answers the question of whether you are serious about pursuing your case. It is important to have all the facts and know the law so that you can make good decisions about your case. I advise and represent SMALL BUSINESSES with legal issues in Los Angeles. I will file Sister State Judgments for enforcement. I advise individuals and companies in SMALL CLAIMS...
Michelle Becker
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Los Angeles County, CA Immigration Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(626) 627-2596 3579 E. Foothill Blvd., #636
Pasadena, CA 91107
Immigration and Education
Concord Law School
I am a special education attorney representing parents seeking special education services for their child in the local public schools.
Nicolette Glazer
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Los Angeles County, CA Immigration Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(310) 407-5353 1875 Century Park East, 7th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Immigration, Consumer, Employment and International
Pepperdine Univ School of Law
Jeffrey C. Pettys
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Los Angeles County, CA Immigration Law Lawyer
(888) 515-3529 10940 Wilshire Blvd
#1600
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Free ConsultationImmigration
Capital University Law School
John Manouchehr Manley
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Los Angeles County, CA Immigration Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(310) 597-4590 11400 W Olympic Blvd
Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Immigration
Southwestern Univ School of Law
John Manley practices immigration law in the Los Angeles area. Immigration is a federal practice and John Manley can represent clients who are outside California. He represents foreign nationals who wish to apply for immigration benefits through business related or family based immigration. He also represents clients who wish to either request reinstatement under one of the Trusted Traveler Programs (Global Entry, Nexus, Sentri) or file a DHS TRIP Redress inquiry. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and serves as a Co-Media Liaison for the Southern California Chapter. John is also the Southern California Chapter Ambassador...
Gina Zaragoza-Cruz
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Los Angeles County, CA Immigration Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(818) 222-2735 7220 Owensmouth Ave. #220
Canoga Park, CA 91303
Free ConsultationImmigration and Juvenile
USC Law School
Providing assistance with family-based immigration petitions, DACA (dreamers), naturalization, please call for a consultation. CACI-Child Abuse Central Index listing grievance hearings.
Franklin Wright Nelson
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Los Angeles County, CA Immigration Law Lawyer with 29 years experience
(626) 683-3451 301 E Colorado Blvd
Suite 325
Pasadena, CA 91101
Free ConsultationImmigration
University of Southern California
Mr. Nelson obtained both his Bachelor's Degree and his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Southern California and has been practicing in immigration law since 1990. A member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the American Bar Association, Mr. Nelson is admitted to practice before all courts in the State of California, the United States District Courts for the Northern, Central, and Eastern Districts of California, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

Throughout his more than two decades of practice in the immigration...
R. David DiJulio
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Los Angeles County, CA Immigration Law Attorney with 35 years experience
(818) 502-1700 330 North Brand Boulevard
Suite 702
Glendale, CA 91204
Free ConsultationImmigration, Business and Real Estate
Southwestern Univ School of Law
We have more than 25 years of experience representing clients in a wide variety of practice areas, including business law and real estate law. As your legal representatives, we will dedicate ourselves to meeting your needs. To us, that process starts by taking the time to talk to you and learn about your goals. The next step is building a legal strategy designed to obtain the results you want. We are ready to go to work for you to achieve those results. Whether you are interested in taking your case through the traditional route of settlement negotiations and trial,...
Adrian Stephen Andrade
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Santa Barbara County, CA Immigration Law Attorney with 43 years experience
211 E Fesler Street
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Immigration, Criminal, DUI and Employment
University of California - Los Angeles
Thomas Davis
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Los Angeles County, CA Immigration Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(424) 241-0840 3600 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 1128
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Immigration, Business, Collections and Employment
University of Connecticut School of Law
Thomas Davis litigates cases in several areas of civil and criminal law, including probate, landlord tenant, personal injury, business law, DUI, and immigration. Attorney Davis has had over 15 years of California litigation experience. Attorney Davis has litigated cases in federal courts, state courts and administrative forums in both Southern and Northern California.
Mohammad Ali Parvand
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(818) 245-8470 459 W Broadway Ste 7
Glendale, CA 91204
Los Angeles County, CA Immigration Law Attorney
Immigration
Southwestern University School of Law
Ali Parvand is the principal attorney at the Law Office of Ali Parvand. Mr. Parvand’s immigration practice includes matters such as removal defense, family immigration and employment immigration. For many years, Mr. Parvand has provided legal representation to immigrants before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and U.S. Immigration Courts. Mr. Parvand also practices before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Parvand has also successfully litigated lawsuits against the U.S. government for unreasonable delay in adjudicating immigration applications.
Jason Jay Schwartz
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Los Angeles County, CA Immigration Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(323) 383-4378 20812 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 108
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Immigration, Personal Injury and Probate
Franklin Pierce Law Center
My mission is to provide the highest quality of legal services. When you call my office, you will be able to speak directly to me. I recognize that each case is unique, and I am always available to answer any questions you may have about your case. Please visit my website for more detailed information regarding my legal services.
Mr. Anish Vashistha
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Los Angeles County, CA Immigration Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(323) 592-9980 5055 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. #320
Los Angeles, CA 90036-6101
Immigration, Appeals, Employment and International
Georgetown University Law Center
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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly the Immigration and Naturalization Service) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement are components of the Department of Homeland Security and handle the processing, enforcement, and adjudication of U.S. immigration matters. U.S. immigration laws treat persons as either citizens or aliens. The law classifies aliens according to immigration status, with each group afforded different rights and obligations, such as the right to reside in the United States, the right to sponsor relatives, and the right to work in the United States. Aliens may be lawful permanent residents (i.e., green card holders), immigrant visa holders, temporary lawful visitors, or undocumented persons.

Immigration lawyers represent persons seeking visas or green cards, which allow them to enter or remain in the United States. Two common types of visas are employment-based visas and family-based visas. Employment-based visas grant a non-U.S. citizen the right to work in the United States. Spouses and children may sometimes accompany employment-based immigrants. Family-based visas confer lawful permanent resident status to a foreign national based on an immediate relationship to a U.S. citizen.

Immigration attorneys also handle deportation/removal, naturalization (citizenship) and asylum matters. Because immigration proceedings are often complex, an immigration attorney is invaluable to those dealing with immigration issues.


Deportation/removal: The formal removal of an alien from the United States when the alien has been found removable for violating the immigration laws. Removal (formerly called deportation) is ordered by an immigration judge without any punishment being imposed or contemplated.

Lawful permanent resident: Any person not a citizen of the United States who is residing in the U.S. under legally recognized and lawfully recorded permanent residence as an immigrant.