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John Carlos Barrera

Immigration Attorney at Nampa, ID

5.0   4 reviews

also known as Juan

  • State Years
    New York - NY 6 years
    Idaho - ID 18 years
    Washington - WA 9 years
  • Licensed for 6 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2017
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State ID
    Acquired 2005
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 9 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2014
    Voluntarily Resigned No misconduct found

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

About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Immigration
    Specializing in complex family and business immigration and deportation defense.

    19 years, 300 cases

  2. Criminal defense

    19 years, 100 cases

John C. Barrera the managing partner of the Barrera Legal Group and head of the firm's Immigration and Criminal Defense practice. John's desire to practice Immigration Law was developed through his Hispanic upbringing being born to Colombian parents, being married to his wife from Colombia and by being raised in the multicultural neighborhood of Jackson Heights in Queens, New York. His everyday life allowed John to interact and become part of the lives of people from many different countries and cultures and inspired John to help immigrants fight through the many challenges they face in realizing their dreams to live and prosper in the United States. He has successfully represented numerous clients in removal defense proceedings in immigration courts around the United States. He has had numerous victories keeping families together in the United States and has had extensive immigration experience in dealing with matters involving employment based visas, immigrant visas, asylum applications and U-visa applications. In addition to his immigration experience, John is also an experienced Criminal Defense attorney obtaining dismissals and acquittals in various cases involving Drug Trafficking, Homicide, Theft Offenses and cases involving Traffic Offenses including Driving Under the Influence charges. John is regularly consulted by the criminal defense bar and has co-hosted a weekly hour long radio show taking immigration questions to help guide the Treasure Valley Community.

John is admitted to practice in the State of Idaho, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho as well as the NInth Circuit Court of Appeals. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. John is fluent in Spanish and he is Member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the National Immigration Project and the Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers .

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Barrera Legal Group
216 12th Avenue Road South
Nampa, ID, 83686
Barrera Legal Group New York
1 W. Sunrise Highway
Freeport, NY, 11520
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Posted by Laura | February 7, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing experience, tenaciously advocated AND deeply supported
My husband and I had the incredible blessing to work with John and his fabulous team. Our immigration case was complex and we came with 2 prior years of challenges with USCIS. Despite an initial negative outcome, John and his team fought on, supporting us all along the way. After it all, we finally were successful in getting through the intense hurdles and my family is able to remain together and be released from multi year trauma and uncertainty of if our family would be able to remain together. We are so blessed and grateful for the counsel of John and his team.
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Posted by Yolanda G. | May 12, 2014
Great Immigration Attorney
John, helped me with a cancellation of removal. I trusted him with my family and my future. He did everything to keep me here with them. His office is great the had answers when I had questions and always returned calls and emails. After all his hard work, I am now a permanent resident.
Posted by anonymous | May 12, 2014
Responsive and Trustworthy Attorney
I hired Mr. Barrera to handle my husbands immigration case, he was very attentive and walked us through all the applications and what we should do and what we needed to file. Mr. Barrera and his office were all very helpful in this process and stayed in contact with us throughout the entire case. I recommended Mr. Barrera to anyone seeking an Immigration Attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | May 10, 2014
Very proffesional. Kept me in the loop. Always had time for me.
I have dealt with several attorneys over the years, but Mr. Barrera is the one that definitely sticks as the best I've had. He didn't treat me as just another paycheck. He was able to answer every question. Even the stupid ones. He walked me through the whole process politely and professionally. Less like a counselor and more like a family member to support me through to end. Would definitely recommend.
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AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Barrera Legal Group
  • 2012 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Achieve Immigration
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Attorney
  • Labrador Law
  • 2009 - 2011


  • Brooklyn Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Victory in Immigration Court on Application for Cancellation of Removal of nonpermanent resident
  • Client granted legal permanent resident status
  • Victory for Canadian National applying for Cancellation of Removal in Immigration Court
  • Client granted legal permanent resident status


  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • National Lawyers Guild, National Immigration Project
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • United States District Court for the District Idaho
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Advocates
  • 2016


  • El Regional, Idaho
  • 2015
  • El Regional, Idaho
  • Por qué algunas familias pueden aplicar para su residencia legal inmediatamente, mientras algunos están obligados a esperar años/Why can some families obtain legal permanent resident status immediately while other families are required to wait year?
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (4)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse John. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Immigration Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"John Barrera is an outstanding immigration attorney. His experience and compassion make him an exceptionally effective advocate, whom I would recommend to anyone."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. John is honest and straightforward with his clients. He puts 100% into every case and communicates well with clients."
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