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San Diego Immigration Attorney


Wherever You’re From . . . Whatever Your Dreams . . .

We’ll Help Guide Your Journey To Immigration Success


There are no shortcuts to immigration success.

  • Whether you want to bring and keep your family together
  • Whether you need to stop the deportation of a loved one
  • Whether you are looking for a path to a green card or to become a U.S. citizen

Whether your case seems straight forward or complicated.

There are no shortcuts to immigration success.

And it doesn’t matter what country you’re from.

Our Formula For Your Success

By refusing to take reckless shortcuts over the past 20 years, our immigration offices have helped guide immigrants from over 80 different countries earn the right to live and work legally in the United States.

Our formula is simple.

Hard work.

Dedication to your goals.

Commitment to your success.

The difference between winning and losing is often razor-thin. 

You win because your immigration lawyer made the extra telephone call, anticipated the hidden issue, interviewed important witnesses, and carefully prepared your documents.

You win because your immigration lawyer takes no shortcuts.

This formula – hard work, dedication, and commitment – has enabled Carlos Batara, who started as a San Diego Immigration Attorney, to expand his services into Riverside and San Bernardino, and to help immigrant families living in various states from Alaska to Florida.

Whatever your goals, we will not take careless shortcuts on  your journey to immigration success.

Family Visas, Permanent Residence, Citizenship

Keeping Your Family Together – Your Spouse,
Children, Parents, Brothers, And Sisters

As an immigration lawyer, Carlos Batara’s highest priority is to help keep your family together.


Many clients seek entry to the U.S. because they want to join a family member who lives here.  Some plan to get married when they arrive. Others are already married before they leave their home country.


Some clients do not seek our help until after they enter the country without permission.  Others consult with our offices after they have stayed here longer than their visa allows.

In these situations, there is one common goal.  To live here with family members.

San Diego Immigration Lawyer Permanent Resident Facts

As the son of an immigrant, Carlos not only understands, but also knows the struggles of immigrant families to remain a family unit.


That’s why, soon after starting as a San Diego immigration lawyer, Carlos quickly developed his formula for family unity – for successfully helping clients and their family members  win immigrant relative visas, earn green cards, become permanent residents, and later achieve citizenship.

At minimum, success depends on careful preparation of various family-based petitions, applications, and government forms.  But in some cases, issues arise which require special attention – issues like criminal convictions, prior arrests, or entries to the U.S. without advance inspection.

In all cases, straight forward or complicated, immigration lawyer Carlos Batara refuses to take a reckless approach.

It does not matter if your case seems simple or difficult on the surface.  Some cases look simple, but they are really difficult with tough issues.

There are no shortcuts to immigration success.

As your immigration lawyer, will not just jump in and risk jeopardizing your chances for victory.  Carlos strongly feels time must be spent in carefully reviewing all clients’ full situation and immigration history before filing any papers with the government.

Commitment to your success requires nothing less.

Preventing Your Family From Being Separated
Deportation And Removal Defense Services

Deportation defense has two different components.

The first part takes place at a trial in Immigration Court. 

Most deportation and removal cases for clients who visit our Escondido and San Diego immigration lawyer offices are handled at the San Diego or El Centro immigration courts.  For those who live closer to our Hemet, Riverside, and San Bernardino offices, deportation defense hearings usually take place in Los Angeles or Adelanto.

The second part, often necessary, takes place at the Board of Immigration Appeals.

Choosing the right immigration attorney for both types types of cases is crucial to your success.

(a) Deportation and Removal Defense – Immigration Trial Attorney Services – For Clients Facing Deportation


Are you or a loved family member facing deportation charges?

Based on his family background, Carlos knows when immigrants are trapped in this situation, they risk losing more than just their case. They risk losing their families and homes. They risk losing everything important in their lives.

Under such circumstances, you absolutely cannot afford shortcuts.

You need to know the good and the bad. Carlos does not believe in surprise endings.

From the beginning of your case, Carlos will present you with a realistic assessment of your possible outcomes. In Carlos’ view, you should know how difficult the road ahead may be, and what steps need to be taken to fight for your success.


Some deportation cases end after just two hearings.  Others take up to ten years.

With several years of experience as an immigration defense lawyer in San Diego, Riverside, and San Bernardino, Carlos knows how to handle your removal hearings, however difficult, at Immigration Court.

As part of your preparation, Carlos will make sure you are ready to answer questions from the immigration judge and government attorneys.

There are no shortcuts to immigration success.

As your immigration deportation attorney, he will interview all supporting witnesses in advance, prepare important evidence, and challenge any violations of proper procedures.

As your lawyer, Carlos will help you put your best foot forward.

(b) Deportation and Removal Defense – Immigration Appeals Attorney Services – For Clients Who Lost At Immigration Court


Have you already lost your case?

If you lost your case in court, you may be able to challenge the decision by filing an appeal.

If you’re stuck trying to figure out your next steps, based on training as an immigration appeals lawyer, Carlos Batara can help you fight to overcome the immigration judge’s ruling.

You have to follow tight deadlines and strict procedures for deportation and removal appeals. This means you must move quickly or you may lose your opportunity to fight back.

Once your case is accepted, as your immigration appeals attorney, Carlos will ensure any errors made by the immigration judge are properly presented to a higher court to review.


Locating Hidden Paths To A Green Card – Applications
Under Special Immigration Programs

During your interview, Carlos will explore if you qualify for immigration benefits under special immigration green card programs set up by the U.S. government.

Most immigrants who seek our services, whether they visit our oldest location, our San Diego immigration attorney office, or any of our other Southern California immigration attorney offices, do not know about these programs.

Since these programs can make a huge difference, perhaps enabling you to earn a green card to live permanently in the United States, our office takes extra care to figure out if you can qualify for any of them.

Determining eligibility for these programs can be difficult. You may no longer be able to apply for some of these programs. Still, they may help you if you meet certain requirements and took certain steps several years ago.

Employment Immigrant Petitions

Our immigration lawyer services include working with clients who seek the right to work, permanently or temporarily, in the United States through a sponsorship by their employer.

We help clients eligible through NAFTA, or as priority workers, skilled workers, and other work-related classifications become lawful permanent residents.

Fighting The Impact Of Criminal Convictions

You can lose your opportunity to obtain or keep permanent resident benefits due to an arrest and conviction – even if your arrest and conviction happened 20 or 30 years ago.

Certain types of convictions lead to automatic loss of your green card. The list of which crimes automatically disqualify you changes quite often, almost from year-to-year. Even some convictions for minor offenses can have the same negative consequences.

Whenever possible, you should have your criminal records carefully reviewed by an immigration lawyer before you file any immigration documents. If you fail to do so, you could be walking yourself into a trap where you end up facing deportation.

Since early in his career as a San Diego immigration lawyer, Carlos Batara offers  a complete analysis of the consequences of criminal convictions for immigration purposes, whether our office represents  a client directly or we work with a client’s criminal defense attorney.

With vast experience as a deportation trial attorney and deportation appeals attorney, Carlos Batara can help you overcome the negative effects of your criminal convictions and prevent your deportation from taking place.

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 . . .

CALL (800) 287-1180


To help you, we need to know more about your immigration case. Before we can work with you, we need you to schedule a consultation with our office to discuss your dreams and goals, issues and obstacles.

If we cannot help you, we will let you know right at the start.

If we accept your case, it’s based on our belief that we can make a difference in helping you and your family reach your immigration goals.

About Our Consultations

We provide consultations in person, by telephone, email, or online.

During this interview, we will advise you about available options based on your current situation. We will review your immigration history, point out problems you may have to fix, and evaluate various paths to meet your immigration needs.

We charge a flat fee of $80 for an initial consultation up to 30 minutes.

Click here to learn more about how our consultation work.






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