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John Byron Buda

Immigration Attorney at Arcadia, CA

5.0   20 reviews

also known as John B. Buda

  • Licensed for 15 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2008
    Active 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
    Immigration with emphasis on Green Card Applications for Scientists, Entertainers, Speciality Workers, and Seasonal Workers.

    17 years

  2. Business

  3. Estate planning

The goal of Buda Law Group is to help people improve their lives in this great land of opportunity, the United States of America.  The Buda Law Group was formed to help clients in the difficult, often confusing area of U.S. Immigration Law.  We know firsthand how legal status in the United States aids and benefits an individual’s life and work status.

Mr. Buda has many years of experience in Immigration Law. He received his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and a Masters of Arts in International Business from George Washington University in Washington DC. His California Bar license allows him to practice in all California Courts, and the United States District Federal Court, Central District of California.

Mr. Buda is a member of The California State Bar, American Immigration Lawyers Association, The Los Angeles County Bar Association, and The Foreign Trade Association of Southern California.

In addition to Immigration Law, Mr. Buda has years of experience in International Business. He is a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala and an English Teacher in South Korea. Before law school, he was a sales manager at an international shipping company. His law practice has benefited tremendously from his unique international experiences.

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Buda Law Group
1201 W. Huntington Dr.
Suite 209
Arcadia, CA, 91007

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Posted by anonymous | September 20, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
EB2-NIW applicant
Mr. Buda is very supportive and responsive. You will feel like you are talking to one of your family members as he passionately shows interest and attention to your case. Despite the ups and downs during my relatively long journey, he always made me feel reassured. On the other hand, he never gives you false hope or inaccurate information. He is very honest and genuine. Furthermore, his paralegals are fantastic (especially Emma). Emma was very patient with me and my obsessive emails and inquiries. Mr Buda and his team dealt with my case professionally and made sure it reached the finish line in the fastest way possible.
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Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Helpful in the difficult area of immigration law. Obtained good result for the petition.
Posted by Michael | June 27, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Immigration Attorney
I highly recommend John Buda and the Buda Law Group to anyone that will be going through the immigration process. I reached out to John (June 2017) when looking for a lawyer to help our family with the immigration progress for my wife and son. I wanted to find someone that would be as invested in the process as we were. I am a very organize and detailed person and I was looking for someone with those same qualities. His calm approach throughout, provided confidence and was reassuring. John & his staff took the time to get to know us and took a personal interest in our situation. He walked us through every step along the way, telling us what to expect, providing the resources and information needed to navigate this process, as well as helping us organize our supporting documents. Anytime I had any questions, John and his staff were quick to respond to my calls and emails. When it was time for our Immigration interview (May 2018) John was there with us. We were very well prepared, and it was smooth as could be. Fast forward two years, (February 2020) it was time to apply to have the temporary status removed for my wife and son. I called John and he started preparing the paperwork right away. He again laid out the steps we would go through and provided us with the information we needed to organize our documents. My wife and son recently received their approval letters and their new PRC’s. We cannot thank John and The Buda Law Group enough for helping us. If you need legal help with the immigration process, I encourage you to contact John Buda and The Buda Law Group to discuss your situation.
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Posted by Gregg and Jane | April 10, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
From start to finish John was there for us
We would like to thank John for helping Jane and I through the long process of Jane's Visa. He helped us with all the paperwork and double-checked everything. John has been there with us through the years it took to get Jane her Permanent Resident Card. John is very professional and we highly recommend his law firm for all your immigration issues. Jane and I will forever be grateful for all the work he has done for us!
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Posted by Suzan | September 25, 2020
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Excellent service, highly highly recommend!!
John is amazing. His guidance throughout our green card application process helped us tremendously. He made sure our application was submitted with all of the requirements. He went through the process with us and told us what we should expect in advance. We had many questions about other legal stuff besides the green card and he was very helpful and assisted us for all of them. He also get back to your emails right away, he's very attentive. We will definitely recommend John for all our friends and family. It's great to know that we have a lawyer that we can rely on for all of our legal stuff moving forward.
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Posted by Qi | November 5, 2019
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Great choice
John was amazing, professional, knowledgeable. He helped us to win the case, John was always clam and confident. John is your NO 1 choice If you need an immigration attorney.
Posted by anonymous | October 23, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
We are glad we made the right choice!
We consulted with and compared several lawyer’s offices, and then we choose John Buda. Unlike other lawyer offices that you only meet with Assisant who cannot always answer your question. At John Buda we got the chance to meet with John every time for our meetings and he responded quickly for emails. He is professional, confident, sharp, friendly, and humor! I read some similar experiences online and from the people I know, but their cases were not smooth because of the lack of immigration knowledge. Thanks to John’s professional service, our case was very smooth. We could not be happier. To those who are/will be going through this process, hiring a lawyer like John Buda is definitely the right choice and makes it smooth.
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Posted by Sandra | September 10, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
professional and impeccable immigration legal services
Working together with John was a real pleasure. His work is impeccable as well as his attitude always professional and with a desire to help. My immigration process was a process that went very smoothly thanks to his services. I will always be grateful to him and his team
Posted by Audrey | August 7, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you!
My thanks to Buda Law for all of their help! They were so knowledgeable and really took the time to help me understand the process every step of the way. They truly care! Thank you to the entire team at Buda Law!
Response from John Buda August 15, 2019
Thank you so much for your kind words, Audrey! It was a pleasure working with you and we wish you and your family a bright and happy future.
Posted by Sam | November 24, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Attentive and amazing attorney
John is a great attorney. He helped me with my TN visa and GC applications and interviews. He is very attentive to details and extremely thorough. He answered all my questions in timely fashion. John is very knowledgeable and was always available when I needed help. I recommended him to my family and friends. I recommend him without reservation.
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Posted by anonymous | July 25, 2018
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you can trust he will follow your case to the end
John and his team did a good job. We worked with them on an independent petition, something that other lawyers though were not possible. However, John clearly identified the real possibilities. We received our greencards (for my wife and me). John has reasonable prices, and is someone who will take care of your case to the end. I am really glad we choose him to take care of our case.
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Posted by anonymous | June 27, 2018
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Highly recommend!
Both my son and I used John's services and we were extremely pleased! He is professional, punctual, effective, knowledgeable and really cares about his clients.
Posted by stephen | December 6, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Green Card
I highly recommend John Buda. From our initial consultation to several follow-up inquiries I always felt confident that I had made the right decision hiring John Buda. I was nervous about applying directly and having the application declined due to so many nuances of the application. John knew all the answers and 'strategy' to get the job done. My wife's green card was approved within 5 months. Thank you John! PS And his fee was reasonable compared to other firms wanting 2X as much.
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Posted by anonymous | November 29, 2016
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He is very good.
He did an excellent job with my case.
Posted by anonymous | October 16, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Professional and courteous service
John Buda helped me successfully process my application thanks to his excellent service and professional consultation. I was very surprised that Buda would personally reply my email promptly most of the time. Buda was able to answer my questions and got to the point that clarified my concerns during the process. In addition, his paralegals were also very courteous and responsive each time as I called in the office. As I started to prepare my application, I looked for an attorney whose team should be very responsive, precise, and knowledgeable with courtesy. Why? Who will you expect to fill out every single piece of information to the forms and organize all kinds of documentation for their clients? It’s their paralegals. Most of attorneys only show up at the beginning to evaluate your case if it fails within their consultation price. Afterward, they will hand the chores to their paralegals. However, John was willing to walk through my paperwork in person and to spend time discuss my case thoroughly. Most important, he is very knowledgeable in this field that really gave me a peace of mind. I also appreciate the way John and his staffs prepared my document that was organized and comparatively secure. Instead of simply sending confidential documentation via email with lack of security, they adopted cloud-based file transfer service to send my files. They also created an appendix listing out all the addendum that was really helpful to give good impression to the person who would review the case. After all, I believe it’s a right decision to have Buda Law to handle my application. Thank you very much John.
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Posted by Daniele | June 7, 2015
a great experience
I had a great experience with John Buda when helped me obtaining my green card. He was very helpful in clearly explaining all the necessary steps and always prompt responding to my emails. He bundled all the necessary documentation in an application package that pretty much guaranteed our success. Highly recommended!
Posted by Paul | August 10, 2014
A very helpful attorney
John took up my NIW EB2 case that had enough compelling evidence, but was not a slam dunk (a few experienced attorneys I've talked to before said chances of approval were quite small). John saw the right way to present the case and was very helpful throughout the process, which resulted in case approval. He's honest about his fees and was not afraid to base them on the case outcome. When there was a bit of extra work required he did not nickel and dime me for that. Even though I come from a different state communication has never been an issue. In addition, he his legal assistants speak a variety of languages. I highly recommend John as a diligent and responsible attorney.
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Posted by Michael | April 21, 2014
Best darn immigration lawyer.
This man helped my wife and I get her green card promptly. He was always available to answer questions. I would tell my wife (she came from china) not to bother him but she would call him and always get a response. He gave us full personalized service making us both comfortable in this long process. All the paper work he submitted to the government was perfect with no errors. My wife now has her green card and we are both very happy. Thanks John Buda. You're the only lawyer I have ever enjoyed doing business with (you can omit this last sentence if you want to). Mike from Iowa
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Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2011
best lawyer, helpful friend
"Thank you so much John, I couldn't explain how grateful I am." He is super nice, patient, helpful, full of knowledge, has the best personality ever. I am new in this country. Although my case was finished almost a year ago, he is still helping me a lot, for free. He is always being a really helpful friend of mine and my whole family.
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Posted by anonymous | February 7, 2011
GC application under EB1 and NIW category
I had successful NIW and EB1 I140 applications recently with USCIS. I strongly believe, John's expertise and clear understanding of USCIS expectation for NIW and EB1 application has greatly helped me in the success of my applications. Initially I was not sure if I really had a strong case for my EB1 application, but by the time we were ready for filing application I was pretty confident that that I'll get success with my application. All credit goes to John. He reviewed my qualifications several times and molded application material in such a way that the final package looked so obvious for success. He even helped develop drafts for my references. Most importantly, he is very quick in responding to enquires. I never wasted time with his busy schedules, like many other attorneys does, and my application was prepared in very short time. Overall, I feel John is knowledgeable, courteous, enthusiastic and efficient. Finally, he helped me do my homework and he did an excellent job to bring success.
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Work Experience

  • President
  • Buda Law Group
  • 2008 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Marouf Law Group
  • 2007 - 2008


  • Loyola Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • George Washington University
  • MA - Masters
  • 1999
  • Warren Wilson College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991

Sample of Legal Cases

  • L1A
  • Win
  • EB2/NIW
  • Win
  • L1A
  • Win
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  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Officer
  • 2009 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • Mandarin
  • English
  • Russian
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