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Harun Calehr

Immigration Attorney at Houston, TX

4.9   201 reviews

also known as Haroen, Calehr


Licensed for 21 years

Virtual consultation available

About Harun

Learn Harun’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Immigration
    70%
    All areas of immigration law. Employment visas. BIA and Circuit Court Appeals. Immigration Court Deportation defense. USCIS Benefits. Labor Certification/PERM. Non-Immigrant employment and H,L,O.P.F,B,L,E,J visas. Federal Mandamus litigation. Employment Authorization. Waivers. EB-5 Investor visas. I-9 compliance and E-Verify issues. Balca Appeals.

    23 years, 1,500 cases

  2. Personal injury
    15%
    Auto Personal injury, 18 Wheeler trucking Accidents, Jury trials/Litigation. Premises liability. Maritime accidents. Jones Act cases, Slip and Falls. Premises Liability, Ad Litem Minor Settlement Hearings.

    23 years, 900 cases

  3. Criminal defense
    3%
    DWI's & DUI's, retail theft, minor drug possession, white collar, harassment, domestic violence, assaults, weapon's charges.

    23 years, 25 cases

  4. Probate
    3%
    Wills probate, Administrations, Ad Litem work, Heirship Determinations, Small Claims Estate Affidavits, Emergency Bank Safety Deposit Box Access.

    18 years, 25 cases

  5. Admiralty and maritime
    2%
    COGSA, Jones Act, maritime injuries, blue and brown water cases, fisherman's cases.

    23 years, 10 cases

  6. Aviation
    2%
    Personal Injury Domestic and International aviation accidents on behalf of victims, injured passengers. Also, General Aviation Aircraft Financing.

    17 years, 15 cases

  7. Family
    2%
    Typically uncontested divorces and some contested child custody cases. Adoptions. Guardianship. Ad Litem, Amicus.

    23 years, 120 cases

  8. Litigation
    2%
    General civil and commercial litigation.

    18 years, 15 cases

  9. Bankruptcy and debt
    1%

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Born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Haroen ("Harun") Calehr is half Indonesian and half Dutch. He started practicing law right after graduating from Texas Southern University, J.D, in 2001, and then followed by graduating from Tulane Law School, LL.M., in 2002 where he received his Master in Law in Admiralty and Maritime Law. Prior to pursing his LL.M, Haroen worked for two Houston law firms, a U.S. Federal Magistrate Judge, and U.S. Bankruptcy Judge. Haroen is fluent in Dutch, German, and Indonesian.

Haroen currently focuses his practice in the following areas of the law: Litigation, Personal Injury, Admiralty Law, Immigration Law, Corporate Law, Bankruptcy, and Criminal Law.

Haroen is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. There are over 70,000 attorneys licensed to practice in Texas. Only 7,000 have been recognized as Board Certified specialists in one of 21 select areas of law. The Texas Board of Legal Specialization was established in 1974 by the Supreme Court of Texas at the request of State Bar of Texas and is the only governing board authorized to certify attorneys in legal specialty areas.

He is also a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas. The College of the State Bar of Texas is an honorary society of lawyers who are among the best trained attorneys in Texas. Members are qualified attorneys who are interested in both high ethical standards and improved training for all Texas attorneys. Haroen is also a certified Domestic Arbitrator and Attorney Ad Litem. Haroen has a notable 10th Circuit Federal case, Tulengkey v. Gonzales, which has been published.

Haroen was awarded The Top Lawyers for the People Award by the H Texas Magazine. He has also been named Super Lawyer. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Haroen was also presented with an Award of Appreciation for the efforts extended to the citizens of Indonesia in 16 states in 2003 for the seminars that he toured with the Indonesian Consulate General in Houston.  He currently serves Of Counsel for the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Houston, Texas, as well as for Young & Husain, PLLC. He also serves as a committee member for the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, which is appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas.

Haroen has been interviewed on CNN Asian Edition Program regarding the prospects for democracy in Indonesia and the new Habibie government. He was also a guest speaker at a Continuing Legal Education seminar on deportation and removal proceedings. Previously, he taught a cross-cultural training seminar for ANADARKO executives on Indonesian politics and economy, Houston, TX, 2002.

He is an active member of Harris County Bar Association and American Bar Associations, the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Young Lawyers Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, The American Inns of Court – Houston Chapter, The Netherlands Texas Business Association, IABA, Indonesian American Business Association, Phi Alpha Delta, and the U.S. Maritime Law Association.

He has been admitted to practice in the following jurisdictions: Texas, New York, Washington, D.C., the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of Texas, U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Texas, U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Texas, and U.S. District Courts for the Western District of Texas.

Awards

Client's Choice 2021,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014,2013,2012
Client's Choice
2021 2019 2018 + 6 ...
Top Contributor 2013,2012
Top Contributor
2013 2012

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Licensed for 21 years
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2008
Updated 06/08/2022
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2008
Updated 11/17/2022
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 2001
Updated 01/18/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Harun

CALEHR & ASSOCIATES
10301 Northwest Freeway Suite 311
Houston, TX, 77092-8227

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  201 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2021
Client's Choice
Harun received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2021
Posted by Mentee Gaye | November 4, 2012
"A True Professional with an unparallel and unprecedently knowledge on immigration matters! Truely cares for his clients".
My wife and I are delighted by this news concerning her precarious deportation immigration proceedings . This is the outcome that we have been waiting impatiently for. We deeply appreciate the diligence, expertise and professionalism that you displayed through out the entire process. No word can explain how greatful we are for your service.
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Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2012
Immigration case, A notch above the rest.
Mr. Calehr is the best immigration lawyer in town. After being told "No" endlessly by other lawyers, I came accross Mr.Calehr who is so knowledgeable in the field that he was able to not only say "Yes", but fix my case in a matter of a few months! He treated my case with close attention, and thanks to his commitment I have been approved for residency. I really could not have done it without his help. He is very responsive and I would strongly recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by Kevin | May 31, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Help me get out of ICE DC
Highly recommend Haroen if you are facing immigiration or crimial issue. He is the most responsive, reliable and knowledgeable immigration lawyer I have ever worked with. He is very polite but firm on the immigration court. At the end I was able to get a bond on the court with a reasonable amount. Thank you Haroen!
Posted by Engeline | April 11, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Straightforward and result-oriented
I have requested Harun to assist with getting a green card for my elderly mother who currently lives in Indonesia, so that she can come live with me. While this may not happen immediately, Harun has clearly outlined what needs to be done, how long it may take and what costs are involved. We understand what we need to prepare for and are looking forward to Harun’s help and services to go through the process.
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Posted by Suudi | February 18, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Legal documents
It’s an amazing attorney when I have had consultation It’s Really clearly how to explained to me for legal status and absolutely I have to hired him
Posted by Lydia | November 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best immigration lawyer in town
Mr Harun is not only an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer he is also very compassionate . His professionalism is a 5 star rating for me . He walked me through the whole process. Helped me understand every step even after asking questions repeatedly because I was nervous he encouraged me and advised me wisely. I thank God that he was my lawyer
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Posted by Natalia | October 19, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Compassionate and extremely knowledgeable
I would recommend Mr. Calehr to anyone looking for an attorney. I had a very complicated immigration case (came here on a K1 visa, divorced my abusive partner after partner stole my green card), pretty much worst case scenarios through and through, and against all odds, following all the advice from my lawyer I was able to get my permanent residency approved, the case was so well prepared there was no need for an interview. He also handled my divorce, and I thought it was going to be a very nasty process when in fact it was pretty painless. I am forever grateful to Mr. Calehr!!!!
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Response from Harun Calehr October 27, 2021
Thank you so much Natalia for your kind words, they truly mean a lot. So glad all worked out for the best. Take care.
Posted by Robert | September 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Harun Calehr’s
I would recommend Mr Harun as a immigration lawyer to everyone.He has done a wonderful job representing my wife to become a citizen. He is not only a lawyer but is a good person to my wife. He has always been there to help her through her fears and nervousness.
Posted by Vicky | September 13, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best immigration attorney
Haroen has been helping my family for over 12 years now. My father’s case is complicated since he was deported in the past. He was able to help him with the work permit. Thanks to that my father can now get his social security benefits. He is always available and responds quickly to emails or text messages. Our family is so grateful for all he has done.
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Posted by Katherine | July 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Green Card & Waiver Approved!
I'm very grateful and happy to have found him. It was a process that took a couple of years, but he was always attentive to my case, responding to my messages instantly. I have always had my emails or messages answered in a short time and with as much detail as possible. He's not only an expert, but very responsible, responsive, and patient. Moreover, he's not only a professional who really cares about his work but his human side is incredible! He's very kind, patient and I can tell he really has a passion for helping people. Some of my friends've worked with him and they succeeded in their cases too. I'm very thankful to him and to God that led me to work with him. I highly recommend him as the best immigration lawyer!
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Posted by Usman | July 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best immigration attorney in Houston
I highly recommend Mr. Calehr. A man with great knowledge and experience. He helped me with my case few years back and now he did the same for my wife, and the result is that she got her GC. It took a while because of Covid or else it would be done earlier. Thanks to Mr. Calehr. I will definitely recommend to everyone if you want your case to be successful. Thank you sir.
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Posted by Sasa | June 30, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Support from start to finish
We hired Haroen after reading through reviews we saw online. We want to echo the positive reviews with our own experience. Haroen has been by our side from the beginning by providing answers whenever we had questions, whether in person, via email or text message. He was quick to respond and during meetings showed great patience in answering all the questions we had. He would advise of changes in policies to be mindful about. Great attorney, highly recommended.
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Posted by Paolo | May 9, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
One answer, best solutions.
I asked Harun what is the best thing I should do to gain a Working Visa and he helped me telling me not just the best thing I should do, but also other possible options. I 100% recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | September 3, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best attorney in Houston
Dear All, I made ton of research before hiring Sir.Calehr. When I went for the initial consult, I decided to hire him. Very knowledgeable and a patient person. On the day of interview, he had a domestic travel for a huge immigration seminar presentation. Even in that situation he offered to take his colleague with me. When I expressed my interest to take him, he kindly rescheduled the interview. Later because of covid19, there were several road blocks which he was always prompt to email me. He always responded to my emails, phone calls and texts. I recommended him to a friend of mine in NJ, but unfortunately Sir has only NY license. Certainly I will recommend Sir.Calehr to any immigration related services. His cost is very reasonable for his service with no compromise in quality. I am surprised to see negative comments, which really does not match with his quality services. Never he showed apathy, never he was rude, and never he was unresponsive. Even when he was out of country when I texted/emailed him, he responded. If someone is skeptical, please go for the initial consult and give him every minute details of you, and he will handle it in the best way and bring you the best results. Note : Please do not get surprised by his cost. I tried to hire an attorney who was asking almost more than twice of what Sir.Calehr charged. When I asked him, he simply smiled and said "I may charge cheap, but not my services". If future if I or any of my friends need any immigration services, I will blindly hire Sir.Calehr. Good luck to all.
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Posted by Ana | May 15, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Just the best immigration lawyer in Houston, by far!
My husband and I hired Haroen Calehr so that I could have a change of status and then my green card. My husband and I are both highly educated but no level of education helps in these situations! I was particularly tense and stressed when we first went to talk to Mr. Calehr. I left that first meeting thinking that there was indeed a light at the end of the tunnel. He made it sound like it would all be ok. We had moments during the process where our anxiety was high and Mr Calehr always managed to calmed us down, going out of his way to tell us that all was progressing steadily and positively. He was with us for the immigration interview and that made me feel so much more confident. Our case as *very* complex but it was very successful and I am not sure it would have been so, had we hired a different attorney. Aside from his professional side he is very personable; my husband and I commented -even before knowing of the positive outcome :) - how we would love to count him among our friends. Thank you Mr. Calehr, from the bottom of our hearts!
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Posted by Maria | February 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Naturalization process
I used Mr. Calehr’s services this past year as I was going through the process of becoming a U.S. citizen and I highly recommend him. He was a great lawyer to have on my side. He was always available, dependable and reliable. I had no setbacks and everything was done accurately and on time. Thank you Haroen Calehr.
Posted by Haris | November 10, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
waiver approved
He filed for my waiver and it was approved, thanks to Mr Haroen for his dedication and professionalism. He is the best and I will definitely recommend to others .
Posted by Melby | October 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Citizenship
I am very greatful for the way Harun helped me through the process of getting my citizenship. He helped me to understand the process and why we doing different items. He was very professional throughout. I recomend that you use him for residence and citizenship items.
Posted by Michael | September 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Immigration Attorney
I hired Haroen for naturalization and then for helping my wife to apply for green card. Haroen was always professional and answered questions very quickly and in detail. He was willing to take a step further to get things correct. Haroen was very familiar with the regulations and walked us through each step with helpful advice. We just got our temporary green card approved with Haroen sitting with us during the interview. Recommended.
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Posted by anonymous | August 31, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great consultation
He took time to understand my situation and explain all possible options. Looking forward to working with him in the future.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-400 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • General Counsel
  • Indonesian Embassy Washington, D.C
  • 2017 - Present
  • Owner
  • Calehr & Associates
  • 2002 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Young & Husain, PLLC in Houston, Texas
  • 2003 - 2014
  • Contract Attorney
  • Georgantas & Walters, LLP, Houston, Texas
  • 2002 - 2002
  • Associate
  • Linebarger Heard Goggan Blair Graham Peña & Sampson, Houston, Texas
  • 2002 - 2002
  • Law Clerk
  • Linebarger Heard Goggan Blair Graham Peña & Sampson, Houston, TX
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Judicial Intern
  • Hon. Manuel D. Leal, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas
  • 2000 - 2000
  • judicial intern
  • U.S. Magistrate Judge Calvin F. Botley, U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • 2000 - 2000
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Education

  • Tulane University
  • 2002
  • Texas Southern University
  • 2001
  • University of Houston, main campus
  • Political Science
  • 1996

Legal Cases

  • Salfo Kabore-AAO Appeal
  • Appeal Sustained-Case Won and granted
  • State of Texas vs. Eshett Offonmbuk
  • Granted, previous plea vacated

Associations

  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Immigration and Nationality Law
  • 2007 - Present
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Texas Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee
  • Member/Investigator
  • 2010 - 2015
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2012
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - 2012
  • American Inns of Court Houston Chapter
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • German
  • Indonesian
  • Dutch
  • English
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Honors and Awards

  • Top Rated Immigration Attorney in Houston, TX
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Nation's Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyers
  • Houstonia Magazine
  • 2014
  • Top Rated Immigration Attorney in Houston, TX
  • Texas Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Top Attorney
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2012
  • Texas Rising Star
  • Texas Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Board Certified - Immigration and Nationality Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2007
  • Top Lawyers
  • H Texas Magazine
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • Various Immigrations CLE's
  • Immigration
  • 2015
  • Joint Task Force on UPIL
  • Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law
  • 2012
  • Immigration and Nationality Law
  • ICE Bonds and Detainers
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (33)
Given (29)
Endorse Harun
Immigration Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Calehr. Very knowledgeable and caring immigration attorney who achieves great results in representing clients! I want all people in his area to contact him for help."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Aviation Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Calehr's contributions and advice are always on point. He is an asset to this website and the legal profession."
Aviation Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Calehr's thorough and thoughtful answers to questions posted on Avvo demonstrate his legal knowledge and dedication to our profession. His responses are helpful to both clients and fellow attorneys."
Family Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Haroen. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Calehr is a competent attorney and pleasant human being. I think that any client who walks through his door will be very pleased by the experience."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Haroen is a great person to know and an asset to the Indonesian-American community. I know him from his community leadership and shared Indonesian culture experiences -- very much a "get it done" person! It is an honor and privilege to know Haroen."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is highly regarded in the community."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Calehr is a professional, knowledgable attorney, who collaborated with me to resolve a potentially adversarial matter in an expeditious and economical resolution."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I met Harun as opposing counsel on a case. I found him to be very professional, zealous in the representation of his client and yet refreshingly easy to deal with. He came up with a creative offer to settle the case that I had not considered leaving everyone satisfied with the results. We were able to resolve the matter quickly without running up our bills which benefited both our clients. I strongly recommend Harun to anyone looking for top flight, ethical and efficient representation."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Knowledgable, caring and motivated when representing his clients."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Calehr has a firm grasp and detailed understanding of U.S. immigration law: an area of law fraught with what often appears to be an ever-growing number of nuances. He answers each question quickly and effortlessly. He spends countless hours patiently providing highly in-depth responses to authors' questions, and even to the comments that other lawyers routinely leave unanswered. His devotion to the practice of law and the education of non-practitioners is truly admirable. It is with great pleasure that I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Harold has provided hundreds of thoughtful, well-reasoned answers to Avvo visitors with complicated immigration situations. He is clearly a sharp, passionate advocate for those in need of immigration representation."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Comprehensively Answers showing excellent knowledge of immigration procedure."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Houston Immigration Lawyer Harun Calehr
Harun Calehr
Immigration Attorney
Houston, TX
Licensed for 21 years
Virtual consultation available