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Practice Areas

Practice Areas:

  • Immigration Consultations/Consultas – I provide consultations at my office in downtown Portland, at Portland area jails, and at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington. A consultation with an immigration attorney is the first step to getting the immigration services that you need.
  • Removal Proceedings in Immigration Court in Portland, OR – I represent clients in Immigration Court with applications for relief from removal, including asylum, cancellation of removal for permanent residents, cancellation of removal for nonpermanent residents, and protection for victims of domestic violence (VAWA).
  • Consultations and Legal Opinion Letters for noncitizens in criminal proceedings – I work with criminal defense attorneys to provide tailored advice and information for noncitizens who are facing current criminal charges.  It is very important that noncitizens receive accurate, tailored information about the possible immigration consequences they face if they are charged with a crime.  For anyone who is not a U.S. citizen, the immigration consequences of being charged or convicted of a crime can be devastating, and include possible arrest by ICE, prolonged detention in an immigration detention facility, loss of lawful immigration status (like a greencard/permanent resident status), ineligibility to qualify for lawful immigration status, and deportation.  I can often work with criminal defense counsel to craft a plea that will avoid negative immigration consequences or protect options to keep or acquire immigration status in the future.  It is crucial to contact me to schedule a consultation BEFORE entering a plea or proceeding to trial.
  • Immigration petitions – including family-based petitions for lawful permanent resident status, and naturalization.
  • Asylum/Asilo  – I assist clients with both affirmative (submitted to USCIS) and defensive (filed in Immigration Court) asylum applications.   Les ayudo mis clientes con ambos tipos de solicitudes de asilo – afirmativa (presentado al USCIS) y defensiva (presentado en la Corte Migratoria).
  • U visas – A U visa is a form of immigration status available to certain crime victims in the U.S. who have been helpful to the investigation or prosecution of the crime committed against them.  If you qualify for a U visa, you may be able to apply for U visas for your family members as well.  Si ha sido una víctima de un crimen en los EE.UU. y ha ayudado  la policía o la fiscal en un caso criminal, puede calificar para un tipo de estatus migratorio. Además, si usted califique para la visa U, puede solicitar para una visa U para otras personas en su familia. I have experience helping crime victims, please call me to set up a consultation.  
  • Appeals – to the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) – I assist clients with applications for a new form of immigration benefit available to young people who entered the U.S. before the age of 16; who were under the age of 31 on June 15, 2012; have lived in the U.S. continuously since June 15, 2007; have graduated from high school or completed a GED program in the U.S. or are currently enrolled in school; and have a no significant criminal history.  DACA provides protection from deportation, and a work permit that is valid for two years and may be renewable.