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Romben Estrada Aquino

Immigration Attorney at West Covina, CA

5.0   24 reviews
  • State Years
    California - CA 13 years
    New York - NY 21 years
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2011
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2002
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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

About Romben

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  1. Immigration
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    Removal/deportation defense Motions to Reopen Appeals (BIA and federal circuits) Mandamus/Administrative Procedures Act lawsuits Family petitions

    19 years

When I graduated from law school, I did not have plans to become an immigration lawyer. To be honest, I thought that if I practiced immigration, I would end up doing a lot of my mom’s relatives’ petitions in exchange for lumpia.


I have been doing immigration exclusively since 2005. I stumbled into my first immigration job as a result of a number of happy coincidences. A friend of mine forwarded me a job listing that she received from her law school classmate, who was trying to help out alums of his law school. So, when I showed up at the interview, one of the questions was “Hmmm, we were expecting a bunch of New York Law School grads, how did you get here?” I guess my answer didn’t blow them away; I didn’t get the job. They chose someone who went to NYLS after all. About a month later, though, I got a call from the firm: “Hey, um, it didn’t work out with the other lawyer. You still available?”


During that stint in New York City, I learned immigration law by sitting at my boss’s elbow. I shadowed him in immigration court and I observed his skill in court. Ed didn’t really like to write briefs and motions, so those tended to land on my desk. Turns out that writing briefs, motions, and appeals is an effective way of learning substantive immigration law. After about a year of observation, he sent me to my first court hearing by myself. When I initially panicked, he said something like “If you haven’t learned anything after watching me for a year, we’re in a heap of trouble.”


I have had the same mentor for over twenty years. He inscribed this story in a book he gave me for my college graduation:
One day, I was walking down the beach just before dawn. In the distance, I saw an old man picking up stranded starfish and throwing them back into the sea. As I approached the old man, I asked, “What are you doing?” The old man explained that the stranded starfish would die if left in the morning sun. And I exclaimed, “But there must be thousands of starfish. How can you possibly make any difference?” The old man picked up a starfish next to my feet and as he threw it to safety in the sea, he said, “I just made a difference to that one!”
That mentor, by the way, happens to be the Fong in Fong & Aquino. (We go way way back.)


There are many unhappy lawyers, but I am one of the lucky ones. I have found a field of law that I enjoy, and I love my clients. I like to think that I am the old man — helping make a difference to the thousands and thousands of immigrants in Los Angeles, one at a time. But I realize that it has been my clients who have touched me. It is they who have chosen me to entrust with their futures, their children’s futures.
I live in Hacienda Heights with my beautiful wife, two wonderful kids, and a Jack Russell terrier / chihuahua mix.


Oh, the funny thing about my mom: she is one of my top five sources of client referrals. So, whether my mom sent you or you got here through a series of happy coincidences, I’d love to hear about your future in the United States and how I can be a part of it.

 

Location

Romben Law, APC
1760 West Cameron Avenue
Suite 100
West Covina, CA, 91790
Romben Law, APC
777 East Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA, 92262
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Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | September 5, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly Recommend!
I want to express my sincere gratitude to Atty. Romben for his invaluable assistance and guidance during this challenging time of my life. Although Atty. Romben was unable to directly represent me in my case, his expertise and willingness to help were truly commendable. He took the time to listen to my situation and concerns. What stood out the most was his readiness to provide me with information and various scenarios to consider, despite not being able to take on my case. While my case requires a different approach, the insights provided by him were instrumental in helping me make informed decisions moving forward. Highly recommend!
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Posted by Yvonne | June 13, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Delightful Experience
When my husband and I decided to get married, we started looking for an immigration lawyer. My husband is a naturalized US citizen and I was a working visa holder in the US. The nature of my job is project based, and this can be difficult for someone who requires company sponsored visas, because when I finished a project, I sometimes have to look for employment in a different company, and had to start the visa process all over again, my husband(then fiancée ) really wanted me to stop stressing over visas, so we decided to settle down together after dating each other for 3 years. We started looking at yelp reviews for attorneys and had consultations with perhaps 3 different lawyers, Romben stood out to us, because he was very friendly and sweet. I was very nervous about having to consult a lawyer, since I didn’t understand all the “lawyer lingos”. But Romben was very easy to talk to. He broke down what the process is like, and asked us to describe our situation in details, and gave us reassurance that our case will be a painless one (I guess as painless as marriage based green cards go haha) It was not a hard decision to hire Romben for our case, he was very responsive, we emailed each other back and forth a couple times and Romben always give us detailed answers to our questions. His assistant Ana came in and had us fill out questionnaires and listed materials we had to prepare. Some of our documents needed translations, and the firm also provided us contact to such services. We pretty much have the package ready to go in a week after exchanging our vows in front of the Pasadena city hall, this was including the medical documents. The firm mailed out all our materials for us, Romben checked through all the files before sending them out. For someone like me who’s always over worrying, this thoroughness really puts my heart at ease. After that, whenever the USCIS updates our case, the firm will always keep us alerted as well, they sent us all the reminders to mail in the RFE and the biometric appointments, Ana was very patient whenever I came to her with a hundred questions, and always answered them in details. I recently received my conditional green card in the mail. We mailed out the applications in December, mailed the RFE in March, and got the card in June. I had a friend who started her marriage based green card process months before me, but I ended up getting my green card before she did. I can’t help but think this is due to the help from the Fong and Aquino law firm, I trusted Romben through the whole process. Romben once asked us why we picked him from a sea of yelp reviews, and I told him it was because he felt very “human”. I guess I really wanted to work with someone who is kind and caring, who I feel like I can ask them everything and not be treated like I’m wasting their time. And I’m glad Romben was exactly what we were looking for. Our running jokes through out a dozen email exchange, is that he’s actually “a robot who is pretending to be a human this whole time” and I always find that amusing.
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Posted by Danielle | May 22, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Marital Visa Client
My husband and I hired Romben to prepare our visa filing and we have had nothing short of an incredible experience working with him. Initially when vetting different firms to handle our immigration matter, we were looking for an attorney who was responsive and timely with their filings. Romben and his team were on top of our filing throughout the entire process and Romben made himself available to us for questions as needed. We ended up getting our visa months earlier than anticipated and the process for us was seamless. We recommend Romben to all of our friends or colleagues that require assistance or have questions on immigration matters and would use Fong Aquino again ourselves! Thank you Romben and team!
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Posted by Tim | March 2, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
U.S. Entry Waiver received successfully
I am a Canadian citizen. I hired Romben Aquino to apply for a waiver for admissibility as a visitor to the U.S., after having had canabis found in my vehicle many years ago. Romben handled this case to my complete satisfaction. He handled all of the details for the filing of the waiver and all of the subsequent communications with U.S. Customs. He was both highly professional and also personable and easy for me to communicate with. I experienced reasonable responses times to all my communications.
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Posted by Nanette | December 13, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
N-400 application
He did an excellent job he explain a lot of things regarding my application since day one he always there for me all the through all the way he email me and me all his his staff are very nice people and very supportive, and I just want to say thank you so much for everything you guys did to me with all help this is amazing people I will appreciate deeply from the bottom of my heart.
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Posted by Remik | August 22, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
THE immigration attorney to hire!
Much like doing your own taxes, you can try to fill out all the paperwork and go through the process on your own, and lose some hair in the process… or, you can hire a qualified attorney who makes things so much easier - and so much less stressful! I've applied for US citizenship/naturalization and Attny Romben Aquino from the Fong|Aquino law firm reviewed my status, did the legwork, took care of all applications, did all the paperwork (way more than I anticipated!), and handled everything every step of the way. On the interview day, Attny J Craig Fong attended the US Immigration interview with me, making sure everything was on-point and there were no unexpected surprises or questions I wouldn't know how to answer. Overall - excellent experience, made the whole process less stressful, and the results speak for themselves. My application was approved and I was sworn in as a new US Citizen in record time - literally in just a few weeks, vs "do it yourself" 8-10 month process that the US Immigration website was telling me my application would take. I would highly recommend hiring the Fong|Aquino law firm for any and all immigration questions or needs - they have been professional, friendly and approachable, and got the job done in record time. Couldn’t be happier. Thanks!
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Posted by anonymous | July 23, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Romben is an excellent immigration attorney and is on top of it! He is also very funny which makes the process less stressful! Hire this man as he gets it done!
Posted by EMV | July 1, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Immigration Lawyer in town!
Attorney Romben is one of the best in town. He clearly made a good impression when I first met him. He represented my case for my naturalization. He is very punctual during the day of my interview. He also provided me and my wife a mask last minute since we forgot to bring one during our interview. He gave me direct instructions on what to expect during the interview and even where to park. I was pleased during the interview that security guard and the officer acknowledge his presence right away. That made me feel more at ease and confident around him. After the interview he followed up everyday with the officer until he was able to obtain a oath taking date. I highly recommend Attorney Romben for anyone looking for a professional and a master of his craft. Thank you again!
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Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you Romben!
Romben and his staff were amazing during my immigration case! He helped me establish permanent residency in less than a year. His staff were very efficient and communicative during the process! Romben is also very personable and relatable!
Posted by anonymous | September 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Immigration attorney
My husband and I hired Mr. Aquino to apply for change of status. He guided us through the process and we felt safe having a lawyer to support us and care for our needs. Mr Aquino is very professional and knowledgeable. He will guide you every step of the way in your immigration case. Thank you Mr. Aquino.
Posted by Lucy | March 10, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Something green in my hands!
Romben was a pleasure to work with for our marriage-based green card application! He provided sound advice and eased our concerns during the process, replying to emails promptly. He never made us feel we were wasting his time or the questions were too silly, though I'm sure he's heard the same ones from clients like us 1000+ times. My husband and I recommend Romben to anyone who needs Green Card advice and counsel.
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Posted by AP | January 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Citizenship!!
I received my citizenship thanks to Aquino & Fong. Now I can pursue my American dream. I am very surprised how fast and convenient the process was. If looking for a attorney to deal with immigration they are definitely one of the best choices out there.
Posted by K fam | October 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
simply AMAZING
We found Romben after meeting with a few other lawyers back in 2014. Although his office location wasn't the most convenient for us, we still hired him because of his professionalism. And that was absolutely the right decision. Romben was always on top of things, and he kept us informed the entire time. He even went above and beyond that he went to the interview with us and sat right behind us during it. We hired him for removing condition last year also, and condition was recently removed successfully with his help. If you need a lawyer who is trustworthy, genuine, and professional, Romben is your man!
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Posted by Pearl | August 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing lawyer and a great team!!
We started working with Romben and J after USCIS lost our I-130. Romben and his team helped us not only find our petition but to also put together our waiver. Before we found Romben, my husband and I had various consultations with different lawyers but when we had our consultation with Romben and their team we knew they were the best option! You deal directly with them, every appointment you speak directly with your lawyer not just their team. Have questions? You can always have them answered by calling or emailing him or his team and if he is not in the office you will always get a call back that same day. He is someone who makes you feel comfortable and at ease that he knows what he's doing, we will always reccomend Romben and his firm, they did our waiver and IT GOT APPROVED, after all our struggles my husband finally has his green card and it's all thanks to Romben and his team. We will definitely be hiring him in the future for all our immigration cases. THANK YOU!! FONG AND AQUINO!!
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Posted by Mike | June 15, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great team - long distance success!
We worked with J Craig Fong and Romben Aquino for two years on an immigration waiver, and we were successful! My husband got legal status very much thanks to the hard work of the entire team at this firm. We don't even live in California-they did all the work electronically and over the phone! Here are some particular things that I thought were great about them: attention to detail- anyone who knows this process knows how painstaking it is. They were on top of every step! The bilingual team-my husband felt so comfortable talking to anybody on the team in Spanish, and they patiently answered every single question. Their patience- we were very anxious and had a bad experience with our previous lawyer that left us a little wary and also left a mess. They cleaned up the mess, and reassured us successfully every step of the way, answering phone calls and emails many many times to let us know they were thinking about our case. I could go on and on about the staff who were warm, patient and kind; The professionalism, and may I say it was extremely affordable!
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Posted by Bargas | May 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer! Very patient and gets the job done!
Attorney Romben is a great lawyer! He pays attention to detail and makes sure you understand the whole process and what to expect. He also knows how to make you feel comfortable and cracks jokes. 10/10 would recommend!
Posted by Tim | December 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
So glad we hired Romben!!
This review is long over due...but before the year end, I would like to Thank both Craig Fong and Romben Aquino for the professional help that they render to me and my husband. From the beginning Romben has been very attentive, detail oriented and friendly at the same time when we filed for my green card thru marriage. He eased our worries and guide us on what documents to get and prepared for the filling process. It took almost the whole year for me to become US permanent resident but it's all worth it. We could not do it without God's help and assistance of Romben and his staff. Even after the case was done, Romben still answer my questions swiftly as always. Their office is small but that also means that you get the help from the attorney themselves. In short, I really recommend Fong and Aquino for any immigration help you might need.
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Posted by Milo | November 27, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Immigration Law Application
I had an important immigration law application and considering the complexity of my case, it would have been very easy to get lost in the legalese. I wouldn't have known how to maneuver through all of it without the expertise of Attorney Aquino. I am very thankful for his counsel and expertise.
Posted by Lorenza | March 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helpful, Knowledgeable, Experienced: Green Card Process Has Never Felt so Easy
Romben is the best! My husband and I greatly appreciated his knowledge, experience, and care in our immigration case for my permanent residency. He was able to turn a stressful, overwhelming, long process into a smooth, seamless, positive experience for my husband and I. He guided us in every step of the way and he even came with us to the immigration interview to give us all the security and support that we needed. We never had to worry about anything because we could count on him for any questions that we had, since the very first consultation (the first consultation is free, by the way!). Romben is not only a great lawyer but also a great person and it is so easy to get along with him. Without his help we would not be able to enjoy our life together here in America and for this we will be forever grateful! We are definitely going to use his service again for the green card renewal and we have been recommending him to all our international couple friends!
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Posted by Irina | January 31, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
Romben was super helpful and provided me and my partner with the necessary information and guidance. The whole process was quick and we didn't have any problems, all of our questions were answered quickly and Romben was flexible with his schedule when we needed an after hours meeting due to our busy schedule.
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Cost

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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Romben Law, APC
  • 2024 - Present
  • Partner
  • Fong & Aquino LLP
  • 2015 - 2023
  • Attorney and Counselor at Law
  • Law Office of Romben Aquino
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Associate
  • Law Office of John R. Perry / Perry & Associates
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Associate
  • Ferro & Cuccia
  • 2005 - 2009
  • Agency Attorney
  • NYC Department of Consumer Affairs
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Staff Attorney
  • NYC Commission on Human Rights
  • 2002 - 2004
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Education

  • Northeastern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • University of California - Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Motion to reopen in absentia
  • Court reopened case
  • Conditions removed
  • USCIS granted
  • Lin v. Mukasey
  • Remand to BIA
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Associations

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • 2009 - Present
  • Philippine American Bar Association of Los Angeles
  • 2009 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Speaking Engagements

  • Webinar
  • Naturalization Workshop
  • 2021
  • Immigration Law Training Course
  • Removal Proceedings
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (12)
Endorse Romben
Immigration Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Romben is a great attorney and a great person. He does everything possible to help his clients every single step of the way. When people ask me for a referral to an immigration attorney, I refer them to Romben."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Romben is very knowledgeable and experienced in the area of Immigration Law. He is at the top of my list of attorneys to refer immigration matters to handle. I strongly endorse Romben."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. You can tell how much Romben cares for his clients when he describes his practice and how he is committed to helping his clients through the often draining and difficult immigration process. His compassion and integrity sets him apart from other attorneys."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Romben is one of the most compassionate lawyers I have had the opportunity to meet. His clients and their story come first. I personally send all of my Immigration referrals to Romben and know that my referrals are in the best hands. His compassion for his clients is only outweighed by his knowledge and his experience. If you want an attorney who cares, and takes pride in what he does, Romben is the attorney for you."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Romben is very approachable and committed to telling his clients the honest reality of their situation. I highly recommend him."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Romben is a good attorney who enjoys a good reputation in the community. If you have an immigration issue, you should give him a call."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Aquino due to his experience and expertise in his practice area."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Other
"I met attorney Aquino over ten years ago. Since that time he consistently showed his knowledge, tenacity and passion for helping clients in need. I recommend him without qualification."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have seen many examples of Mr. Aquino's legal writing and can say that he is a highly competent immigration attorney who is passionate about his work."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"During the time I worked with Romben at the Los Angeles County Bar Association Immigration Project I found him to be an outstanding, competent, and ethical member of the Bar. He is knowledgeable about immigration matters and diligent in his efforts on behalf of clients. I highly recommend him."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Romben is a fellow immigration attorney, and he has been my go-to lawyer for deportation/removal cases. He has an incredible understanding of immigration law and I trust him wholeheartedly to handle any removal cases that I may send his way."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known and worked with -- and occasionally supervised -- attorney Romben Aquino for over ten years. His knowledge of removal (deportation) is deep and broad. As the son of immigrants himself, he understands how bewildering the deportation process can be for the lay person. He works with his clients using his strong knowledge and his kind heart. I endorse Mr. Aquino whole-heartedly. Anyone who has a deportation case, an asylum matter, an argument for cancellation of removal, or an appeal should contact Romben to obtain his perspective on the matter."
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West Covina Immigration Lawyer Romben Estrada Aquino
Romben Estrada Aquino
Immigration Attorney
West Covina, CA
Licensed for 21 years