If you’re like most of our clients, you understand teamwork is necessary for victory.
Our clients are committed to putting time and effort into their cases, the information they provide, the applications they file, the declarations they write, and the evidence they submit.
They understand there are no shortcuts to success.
That’s what makes them a good fit for Batara Immigration Law.
Our clients care deeply about their spouses and children, their parents, brothers and sisters.
They have dreams of living in a nice home, a better paying job, and freedom from the fear of deportation. Family separation is unacceptable to them.
For over 20 years, doing the work we love – helping immigrants from places all over the world – has depended on developing a strong relationship with our clients.
Our clients are more than just partners to us – they are individuals who appreciate the opportunities in this country, who value their communities, families, and work colleagues, and who also happen to be nice, genuine, and honorable human beings.
This means we turn down a lot of potential work. We say no to the wrong fit so we can say yes to the right fit.
It’s this approach that enables us to come into the office, day after day, week after week, with a dedication to those we serve, the success they seek, and the dreams they deserve.
Cases We Handle
Tips, Guides, And Advice
If you’re a person who likes to spend time researching information about issues before meeting with a lawyer, I built this website to provide you with a wide selection of tips, guides, and advice for your immigration journey to success.
Be sure to check out our Resources page, where you will find links to questions and answers, charts and graphs, videos, podcasts, how-to articles, checklists, insights, and breaking news.
Knowledge is power. We believe the more you understand about your case, the better equipped you’ll be to make life-changing decisions for you and your family.
Popular Blog Posts
I write a lot. When I’m not putting together briefs, motions, and appeals for clients, I author a blog on immigration law, policy, and politics. My goal is to help inspire the clarity, courage, and confidence you need to succeed.
Since you’re probably new to my website – and you likely wouldn’t be on this page if you weren’t – here are links to some of my most popular posts.
He was the first attorney that gave me a good feeling. Through his experience and wisdom, he took my case even though he told me what I didn’t want to hear. His honesty was what appealed to me the most, because others made it sound too easy. Thanks to him I’m able to reunite with my family that I had not seen for a very long time.”
Maria Gutierrez, San Marcos, California
Carlos is an expert in immigration law and immigration appeals. Whenever I have an immigration case with unusual issues, I consult Carlos. He always has ideas on how to best present a client’s case. He has a knack for challenging laws in creative ways.
I remember once when a family of six, the parents and four kids, came to me after they lost their case at Immigration Court. Their case seemed bleak. I sent them to Carlos. When I saw the family two years later, I learned they had moved to Riverside. Carlos had won their appeals and the Immigration Court had to start their cases over again.
Joseph La Costa, San Diego, California
“When it comes to immigration law, Carlos is the Man!
My wife had overstayed her visitor’s visa for several years. She had graduated from high school in her home country. She wanted to go to college here but felt trapped. She was afraid of getting deported.
My mother told us to contact Carlos. Her co-worker told my mom that her husband had lost his immigration case. Then they hired Carlos. Carlos won the case. So we went to talk with Carlos.
I was not earning much at the time. I did not think we could afford his fees. But Carlos agreed to help us. He worked out a payment plan we could afford. My wife won her case. Now she’s a college graduate and a U.S. Navy officer.”
Harry Mercado, Jr., Tucson, Arizona
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I Really Need To Hire An Attorney?
This is a hard question to answer. The answer is maybe, maybe not. It depends on the facts of your case and your understanding of the immigration system. You should think carefully about possible issues you might face on the road to permanent residency or citizenship. Sometimes, potential problems that seem small to clients are far more serious to government officials.
If you know enough about immigration law to defend yourself and avoid mistakes, you may not need to hire a lawyer. Yet, since losing can mean being deported from the U.S. and separation from your spouse and family, helping yourself is not a risk you should take lightly.
Can You Guarantee That I Will Win My Case?
No, I cannot guarantee you will win your case. But I will tell you this. I refuse to take a cookie-cutter approach to your case. At our first meeting, I will dive into the ins and outs of your situation, and provide you with my opinion about the obstacles you might have to face. I will explain potential courses of action.
When it comes to deciding what steps to take, you and I will reach that conclusion together. I cannot guarantee the final result. I will not make false promises. If I cannot help you, I will let you know right at the start. Once I accept your case, it’s based on my belief that I can make a difference in helping you and your family reach your immigration goals.
Do You Charge For A Consultation?
I charge $80.00 for an initial consultation. Here’s why.
I believe winning requires providing you with the best possible analysis from the beginning of our relationship. Many clients call my office with questions like, “What will you charge to help my husband get a green card?” Or “How much will it cost to fight my father’s case at immigration court?” I cannot answer such questions with integrity until after we meet for a full and comprehensive consultation.
When you first call, the reality is that I do not know anything about what it will take to win. Because no two cases are exactly alike, it’s unfair to your family and it’s unfair to my office to base fees on guessing. Consider taking your car in for repairs or visiting a dentist. The auto mechanic will usually run a few tests to figure out what is causing your car to run raggedy. The dentist takes x-rays to find out the source of your pain.
Similarly, I need to sit down with you to learn more about your immigration history and personal circumstances, so that I can give you honest and genuine advice about what can help and what can hurt your efforts to obtain or maintain lawful immigration status in the United States.
What Experiences Do You Have Handling Cases Like Mine?
Without a personalized consultation, I cannot answer this question. Moreover, because no two cases are exactly alike, your case is different in some aspects than any other case that I have ever handled. Some cases may be 70%, maybe 80% similar to other cases, but your case has unique facts specific only to you and your family. That’s why taking cookie-cutter approaches to immigration law are wrong.
Even small differences between two cases, although they may seem insignificant, can lead to vastly different outcomes. But as an attorney who has practiced immigration law for over 20 years and helped immigrants from almost 100 countries, I’ve been fortunate to handle a wide range of legal challenges involving immigrant visas, permanent residency, citizenship, and deportation issues.
Coupled with my training at Harvard Law School, I’ve learned good lawyering requires not only perseverance but also purposefulness, not only compassion but also commitment. Based on these experiences, even though I have not handled a case exactly like yours, I am confident if I can perceive legal options to win your case, I can structure solutions to improve your chances for immigration success.
Thank You For Being Here
For many clients, the biggest fear is “Who Should I Trust?” The fear is real. I’ve heard too many stories of immigrants who were ripped off by scammers and dishonest paralegals, notarios, and lawyers.
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To Your Immigration Success!