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After receiving my law degree in Russia in 2007, I decided to make California my permanent home. Within only three years of immigrating to the U.S., I graduated from an American law school and became a California licensed attorney.

Passion for law and my experience of being an immigrant inspired me to choose immigration law as a career path. Since 2010, I have worked extensively on various family-based, investment-based, and employment-based immigration matters.

My specific focus of work is on nonimmigrant and immigrant work and investment visas, extraordinary ability petitions, national interest waivers, investment petitions, waivers of inadmissibility, VAWA cases, H-1B/LCA compliance matters, government worksite audits and investigations, as well as complex requests for evidence, motions and appeals.

My experience as an immigrant helps me empathize with each of my clients, making me passionate about their success. There is nothing more rewarding for me than to see how my hard work and dedication helps the clients reach their American dreams.

Outside of the office, I am an avid hiker, traveler, and a green thumb.


Languages spoken: English, Russian

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%
    6 years, 1 thousand cases



Fixed (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

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Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Law Offices Of Jacob J. Sapochnick

1502 Sixth Avenue
San Diego, CA, 92101


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 40 Immigration Lawyers under 40 in CaliforniaThe American Society of Legal Advocates2015
Appreciation AwardLaw Offices of Jacob J. Sapochnick2014
Academic Excellence Award in Legal SkillsCalifornia Western School of Law2009
Academic Excellence Award in Professional ResponsibilityCalifornia Western School of Law2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Offices Of Jacob J. Sapochnick2010 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Society of Legal AdvocatesMember2015 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2010 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
EB-2 National Interest Waiver for Entrepreneur and Software Product DeveloperCase approved in 9 months after RFE.
EB-2 National Interest Waiver for Entrepreneur in the field of Outdoor Fitness Equipment DistributionCase approved in 7 months after RFE
EB-2 National Interest Waiver for Neuroscience and Neuroimmunology ResearcherCase approved in 4.5 months. No RFE.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Visalawyerblog.comH-1B Update: H-1B Amendment Necessary if Employment Location Changes2015
Visalawyerblog.comIMPORTANT UPDATE: Federal Government is Fighting to Revive Expanded DACA and DAPA2015
Visalawyerblog.comConditions of Employment and Volunteer Work While on OPT and STEM OPT Extension2014
Visalawyerblog.comNew USCIS Guidance – H-1B Visa for Nurses2014
Visalawyerblog.comH-1B Request for Evidence Trends 20142014
Visalawyerblog.comWhen Marrying Too Soon Isn’t Such a Good Idea – Issues with Preconceived Intent in Adjustment of Status Context2014
Visalawyerblog.comCalifornia District Court Rules that Entry-Level Public Relations Specialist is not a “Specialty Occupation” for H-1B purposes2014
Visalawyerblog.comH-1B Visa for Start-up Companies2014
Visalawyerblog.comUpdates on Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers I-601A – Criminal History Analysis2014
Visalawyerblog.comFiling Tips for April 2014 H-1B Season2014
Visalawyerblog.comH-1B Visas for Entrepreneurs2014
VOICE by American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)Start-up Companies Still Fight for H-1Bs2014
Visalawyerblog.comLiquidated Damages Provisions in H-1B Context2013
Visalawyerblog.comVisa Waiver Overstay Adjustment of Status Update November 20132013
Visalawyerblog.comH-1B Petitions based on Beneficiary’s Work Experience – Updates of obtaining an H1B Visa without a Degree!2013
Visalawyerblog.comGuidelines for EB-2 National Interest Waiver (NIW): Supporting Expert Opinion Letters2013
Visalawyerblog.comO1 Visa Attorney: Approved O-1 petition for a scientist with extraordinary abilities in the field of probiotic reseach!2012
Visalawyerblog.comSan Diego Immigration Attorney: Updates on Deferred Action for DREAMers July 24, 20122012
Visalawyerblog.comEB2 National Interest Waiver based Green Card – Special Considerations2012
Visalawyerblog.comH-1B Visa Attorney: Market Research Analyst as a Specialty Occupation2012
Visalawyerblog.comSuccess story family reunited after 10 years of separation I-601 and I-212 Waivers approved!2012
Visalawyerblog.comH-1B Visa Lawyer: FDNS Site Visits – What to Expect and How to Prepare?2012
Visalawyerblog.comJ1 Visa Waiver Attorney – Exceptional Hardship Waiver Success Story2012
Visalawyerblog.comI-212 Waivers –Unlawful Presence, Prior Deportations and So-Called “Permanent Bar”2012
American Immigration, LLC ( Site Visits - What to Expect and How to Prepare?2012
American Immigration, LLC ( Hardship J1 Waiver Success Story - It Can be Done!2012
American Immigration, LLC ( Research Analyst as a Specialty Occupation2012
Visalawyerblog.comEB5 Visa Lawyer – Comments on USCIS Draft Memorandum on EB-5 Adjudications Policy2011
Visalawyerblog.comH1B Visa Lawyer – H1B Approved for Public Relations Specialist after initial denial!!!2011
Visalawyerblog.comH1B Visa Attorney – Right of Control for Sole Business Owners2011
Visalawyerblog.comMotion to Reopen Success Story – USCIS Approves change of status filed after H1B employee’s termination2011
Visalawyerblog.comI-9 Forms – What Employers Need to Know to Improve their Immigration Compliance Systems2011
Visalawyerblog.comUpdates on the H-1B compliance procedures – Employer Liable for LCA Wages for Failure to Pay Transportation Costs2011
Visalawyerblog.comU.S. Citizenship Through Parents – Situations When an Individual is Born Abroad2011
Visalawyerblog.comHardship Waiver Attorney – Misrepresentation Ground of Inadmissibility and Successful I-601 Waiver2011
Visalawyerblog.comSan Diego Deportation Lawyer – Recent Ninth Circuit Decision overturns Lujan-Armendariz’s ruling regarding First Simple Possession Drug Convictions2011
Visalawyerblog.comPublic Access Files – Updates on the H-1B compliance procedures2011
Visalawyerblog.comHospitality H-3 Trainee visas: overview and procedures2011
Visalawyerblog.comH1B Visa Lawyer – Wondering if you can qualify for H-1B visa if you do not have a degree?2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
California Western School of LawN/ALL.M - Master of Laws in Comparative Law2009
Samara State University School of LawN/AEnglish translation2007
Samara State University School of LawN/ALaw Degree2007
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Immigration WorkshopFamily & Employment Forms2012
SeminarEmployment & Immigration Law Updates2011