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Escondido Immigration Attorney (Serving North San Diego County)


When The Going Gets Tough, We’ll Be There With You . . .
From Start To Finish – Every Step Of The Way

Since the Covid-19 pandemic, we expanded our assistance to immigration clients across the nation. To learn more how we now help those living in Escondido, click here: Global Immigration Law Office Services.

Why Immigrants Should Not Take Risks

Do you sometimes think you can handle your immigration case on your own? Without a lawyer?

Perhaps you can. Yet, you can never be really sure.

For instance, consider Ernie and Martha. Their situation is not uncommon.  Far too many immigrants fail to exercise caution when their road to success is blocked.

With all the bad news about immigration, Ernie and Martha decided they could not wait any longer. It was time for Martha to fix Ernie’s documents.

They were tired from worrying day after day about ICE picking up Ernie on his travels between work and home.

They wanted to save money, if possible, on their immigration case. Especially, they did not want to pay a lawyer.

Like many immigrants and their spouses.

Besides, the paperwork for Ernie’s green card looked simple.

They set up a consultation with our office in Escondido. They asked good questions. They took good notes. And they did not come back.

. . . Until they received a denial notice in the mail.

They listened to a notario, who told them what they wanted to hear, be it the truth or not, took their money, and filed their papers.

When they returned to my office several years later, their case was in worse shape.

Due to errors they made, the assistance of a lawyer was no longer an option. It was a necessity.  They had lost.

Ernie’s green card application had been denied and they needed to file a USCIS motion to reopen and reconsider.

Their dreams of buying a home and raising a family were in danger of being forever destroyed.

Their case was now more complicated . . . and more expensive.

Ernie and Martha made a huge mistake. They misjudged the permanent residence process.

Like many immigrants and their spouses.

If you don’t know the ins and outs of immigration law, don’t take careless risks.

In most cases, hiring an immigration lawyer from start to finish – to help you every step of the way – is the safest approach to winning permanent residency.

We Handle HARD Cases For Escondido Immigrants And Their Families

When it comes to immigration law, one size does not fit all.

And some cases are more difficult than others.

From visas to permanent residency – from winning citizenship to fighting deportation and removal – if you live in or near Escondido, our North San Diego County immigration law offices can help guide you and your family.

For almost 30 years, the immigration law offices of Carlos Batara has fought difficult and complicated issues on behalf of deserving immigrants and their families.

Starting with your first strategy session with our office – through getting your paperwork sorted and organized, to preparing your applications and supporting evidence, to getting you ready for and keeping your nerves settled at your green card interview or immigration court hearing . . .

We do not take a cookie-cutter approach to your immigration problems.

Some situations may seem similar.

But the truth is . . .

No Two Immigration Cases Are Exactly Alike

Some people visit our offices and tell us, “Well, my neighbor’s case is like mine, we each have three kids and have a good job, and he won easily, and so should I.”

The reality is different. No two immigration cases are exactly alike.

No two immigrants have the same exact history, faced the same exact hardships and obstacles, and have the same goals and aspirations.

All immigrants have a unique story why they traveled hundreds of miles – often with large dreams but little or no money – to come to America.

All immigrants have unique reasons for seeking a fresh beginning where they could earn a good living, provide for those they love, and live in a safe neighborhood.

Our law office has a simple goal: to help make these dreams happen.

Escondido Immigration Attorney Services For North San Diego County

Our Escondido immigration services include helping families throughout North San Diego Country in the following areas:

Family-Based Immigration Petitions

  • I-130 Petitions
  • Immediate Relative Visa Petitions
  • Petitions For The Deceased
  • Fiancé(e) Visas and Marriage Visas
  • Domestic Partners
  • Immigration Adoptions
  • Violence Against Women (VAWA)

Green Cards And Permanent Residence

  • Adjustment of Status
  • I-485 Applications
  • Removal of Conditions of Permanent Residence
  • Consular Processing
  • I-601 Extreme Hardship Waivers

Citizenship – Naturalization

  • Naturalization
  • Unreasonable Processing Delays
  • Denaturalization Defense
  • Citizenship By Acquisition
  • Derivative Citizenship

Deportation And Removal Defense

  • Immigration Court Hearings And Trials
  • Asylum, Withholding, And CAT
  • Bond Hearings
  • Venue Hearings
  • Violence Against Women (VAWA)
  • Motions To Reopen

Immigration Appeals

  • Board of Immigration Appeals
  • AAO/AAU Appeals
  • Ninth Circuit Federal Appeals
  • I-601 Hardship Waivers
  • Motions To Reopen
  • Bond And Detention Appeals

Some people believe they have to wait until immigration reform happens.

No, you do not have to wait. There are already many ways to legalize your immigration status.

In the long term, immigration reform will happen. When is a big unknown – and What type of reform will emerge is also uncertain.

Yet, with or without reform, there are avenues for immigrants to legalize their status and become lawful permanent residents.

For instance, in just the past few months, we’ve had the good fortune to help individuals from Sri Lanka, Peru, Papua New Guinea, Colombia, Russia, Kenya, Honduras, Australia, China, Burundi, Great Britain, Ukraine, Italy, Mexico, Jamaica, Nigeria, Guatemala, Sweden, Syria, Brazil, Iraq, El Salvador, Tanzania, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, and the Philippines.


Buying a new home, having enough food to eat, paying for nice clothes to wear and a reliable car to drive – the American Dream for hard-working, deserving immigrants is still alive.

With the right help and guidance, it can still be your destiny.

We will help you confront your worries that tomorrow could be your last day in the United States – and to challenge your fears of being sent back to your home country.

We will work with you to find your best solutions for winning a green card and permanent residence – and, looking ahead, naturalization and citizenship.

We will be there with you – every step of the way.

Escondido Immigration Attorney Services For Deportation Court Cases

Some clients come to our San Diego North County and Escondido immigration lawyer offices because their rights to remain in the United States are at risk. These individuals are in danger of being forever separated from their family – their spouses, children, parents, brothers, and sisters.

You can need the help for immigration deportation defense for various reasons. You may have entered legally but overstayed your visa. You might have applied for immigration permanent resident status but your application was denied. Or maybe you have been granted a green card but violated the terms of your residence.

However, if you win your immigration court case, you will be in line to obtain or keep your green card and permanent residence.

These cases are not easy.  But we will be there with you – every step of the way.

Escondido Immigration Services For Family Members Living Outside The United States

Some of our immigration clients live outside the United States.

They want to enter the U. S. as soon as possible.  They have varied reasons, such as (a) to join family already here; (b) to marry someone they met in their home country; or, (c) to visit, work, or study in the United States.

Many times, clients start immigration petitions to bring a family member to the U.S. on their own, and then realize they need our help. Others hire our law office to take care of their family immigration cases from start to finish.

Whatever your needs, we will be there with you – every step of the way.

Escondido Immigration Attorney Services For Special Programs

You may have faced political turmoil or natural disasters in you home country. You might have suffered domestic violence perpetuated by a spouse or parent. Maybe you have been the victim of harsh criminal activities like trafficking.

There are special programs for immigrants who experienced such problems – programs like Asylum, Temporary Protected Status, and the Violence Against Women Act.

Many immigrant clients do not know these programs exist. Others have heard about these programs yet do not know if they qualify. Some are too embarrassed or afraid to share their stories.

When we meet with you, we will identify your eligibility for these lesser-known programs. We will assess your chances for success.

If you qualify for any of these programs, we will be there with you – every step of the way.

Do You Need To Overcome A
Negative Immigration Decision?  

Some clients, before arriving at our office, already had deportation hearings. At their immigration proceedings, the judge ordered their deportation back to their home country.

Others attended their family visa, green card, or citizenship interview at USCIS and their applications were rejected.

They do not want to quit. They feel the immigration judge or USCIS officer made a bad decision.

They refuse to lose.

If you face any of these situations, and you want to fight back, we will be there with you – every step of the way.  We will help you prepare an immigration appeal, motion to reopen, or motion to reconsider to challenge the government’s decision.

All Our Clients Have One Thing In Common: They Are Determined To Fight Tooth And Nail For Their Immigration Dreams

Our Escondido immigration clients are not quitters.

  • Our clients know high quality legal assistance is an investment in their future. A green card and citizenship certificate are not just pieces of papers. They are your tickets to a better life in the United States.
  • Our clients realize that immigration law is complicated. They understand immigration rules are constantly changing. They acknowledge the dangers of handling their cases without an lawyer.
  • Our clients are not willing to become just another number. They are aware every case is different and may require a unique solution for their success.

Our San Diego North County and Escondido clients see the need for an immigration attorney who is not only professional and hard-working, but also supportive and compassionate – an attorney who really listens and cares about his clients.

Are they asking for too much?

At the Immigration Law Offices of Carlos Batara, we don’t think so.

Ready to take a serious and honest look at the strengths and weaknesses of your immigration case? Let’s get started with a personalized strategy and planning consultation . . .

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