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Giacomo Jacques Behar

Immigration Attorney at San Diego, CA

4.9   222 reviews

also known as Giacomo Behar, Giacomo Jacques Behar


Licensed for 29 years

Virtual consultation available

About Giacomo

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Practice area
  1. Immigration
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    Since 1993 I earned a solid reputation for creative advocacy. Taking time to fully grasp each client’s unique situation, am personally available to clients 24/7. Q’s are handled by an attorney speaking your own language (I am truly FLUENT in 7 languages!) & not by a secretary, as is often the case in other firms. Whether a family-based application, complicated business/employment visa, asylum or deportation case, I believe ea. client deserves the best of my personal, legal & creativ

    30 years, 3,700 cases

FLUENT IN 7 LANGUAGES. CA BOARD CERTIFIED SPECIALIST IN US IMMIGRATION LAW. CALL FOR IN-DEPTH CONSULTATION 7 DAYS/WK. NO FREE CONSULTATIONS. PHONE/GOOGLE MEET/SKYPE/ZOOM CONSULTATIONS AVAILABLE 7 DAYS A WEEK.

Fluent in 7 languages, Giacomo Jacques Behar is a Certified Specialist, Immigration & Nationality Law, The State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. We are a full service immigration law firm headquartered in San Diego, California, with a second location in the Westwood area of West Los Angeles.  Our firm specializes in U.S. immigration and Naturalization Law and has assisted clients in different U.S. states and from more than 40 countries around the world since 1993. 

We offer a full range of family-based immigrant and non-immigrant visa and consular application services including K-1, R-1, H-1B, L-1, O-1, P-1, as well as our "house specialty", Treaty Investor (E-2) and Treaty Trader (E-1) visas and also specialize in employment-based permanent residence through Labor Certification ("PERM"). We also assist our clients with their political asylum applications and appear with clients at asylum interviews. In addition, our firm is also ideally equipped to speedily and efficiently process your and your family's citizenship applications. Last, but not least, we also offer to our clients expert personalized assistance on a full range of non-immigrant and work visa applications at U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide.

 Meet your lawyer: Giacomo Jacques BEHAR 

LICENCED BY THE STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA SINCE 1993 - CERTIFIED SPECIALIST, IMMIGRATION & NATIONALITY LAW - THE STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA, BOARD OF LEGAL SPECIALIZATION.

 

With now 27 years of practicing experience, I dedicate my practice exclusively to U.S. Immigration and Nationality law.  Immigration Law is Federal & therefore uniform throughout the U.S.  A world traveled multilingual polyglot, I am FLUENT in seven (7) languages: Spanish, French, Italian, Turkish, Hebrew, German and of course, English.  For the last 26 years I take pride in having assisted clients in most of these languages, on an almost daily basis.  I am myself an immigrant who arrived in San Diego  38 years ago from Switzerland to get my Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree in the USA. 

Awards

Top Contributor 2023,2022,2021,2020,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014,2013,2012
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Client's Choice 2022,2021,2020,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014,2013,2012
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Licensed for 29 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1993
Updated 12/04/2022

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

Contact Giacomo

Behar International Counsel, PLC
Behar International Counsel
1158 26th Street
Santa Monica, CA, 90403
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  222 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2022
Client's Choice
Giacomo received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2022
Posted by KK | February 1, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Quick response time...everytime !
Quick and clear response every time. Explains the rules very well and makes it easy to understand. Excellent service and helpfulness.
Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Brillient and kind
Mr. Baher is brilliant, knowledgeable, responsive, and kind. I asked him a couple of questions and sent private messages, and his knowledge helped in reducing my anxiety about some issues. I highly recommend Mr. Baher.
Posted by anonymous | January 7, 2023
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| Consulted Attorney
Brilliant Attorney
Brilliant attorney who goes above and beyond when consulting. Extremely high level of insight, real world experience and incredibly friendly and understanding.
Posted by Bulent Kemal | December 30, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He is the man with the plan!
I am honored to be accepted by Mr. Giacomo Jacques Behar as a client. From the very first consultation, Mr. Behar was on top of everything. Not only he foresaw exactly how the whole process would play out, he reminded me at each step what to expect, and how to respond to it. He played the good cop, and the bad cop for me, for we both knew my case came with baggage, and it begged great attention. Yet Mr. Behar was confident, he told me that he could guarantee success as long as I put the effort into what he needed from me, and listen and not skip on any of his suggestions. He was right about everything, and I owe him (and his team) my current peace and happiness.
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Posted by Kelly | December 28, 2022
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Knowledgeable lawyer
Answered all my questions and helped me with all the concerns I had. He seems very honest, not trying to make the case look complicated to charge extra like other lawyers do. It's great to have people like him in that field.
Posted by Fabio | December 22, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
10yrs renewal green card
Best immigration Lawyer in San Diego!!! Behar was raccomend to me by a dear friend. Absolutely first class from start to finish. Can’t believe it, in a just four months Behar was able to renew my 10 years green card .I sincerely recommend Mr Behar law firm as the best place to discuss anything immigration or business.First and only choice i also had different immigration lawyers in my past nobody like him.Thank you for changing my life.
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Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful answers
I ask a couple of immigration questIons on this app and his answer is really helpful Thankyou
Posted by Lily | November 2, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Best Lawyer!
Very responsible. Will straight away reply your inquiries. Have friendly and accommodating office staff.
Posted by Lynn | October 22, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I-751 Waiver Approved fast without RFE and without Interview!
Yesterday I received my 10 years green card and I can’t thank Mr. Giacomo Behar and Mrs. Tatyana Edwards-Behar enough for the effort and the dedication they put into my case! I had a complicated case since I had divorced before applying for my petition to remove the 2 years condition of residency. Since the very first consultation I had with Giacomo and Tatyana I felt they were the right choice and I was so right! Giacomo and Tatyana analized my case with attention and care and they took their time to select the best and strongest evidences to put together with my case. They help me to write a personalized declaration letter and put all the facts in order and highlighted what was more important. Before finalizing it, they made sure that everything was grammatically correct and that every details they asked me to write were included. Mrs. Tatyana reviewed my declaration letter at least four times and each time she sent it back to me pointing out the mistakes and what was missing and they did not submit the case until everything was perfect! They are amazing and I will be always grateful to have found two attorneys who really care about their clients cases and want the best outcome for everyone! Also, I have to mention that most of the people in my situation are usually called in for an interview or are asked to provide extra evidences. I did not have an interview or a request for evidences, my case was simply approved and my green card was sent to Mr. And Mrs.’s Behar office! Again I can’t thank them enough and I will definitely choose them as my attorneys in the future. Grazie infinite!!!!!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | October 11, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
H1b transfer consultation
I would highly recommend Mr. Behar's legal services. I consulted Mr. Behar last month for my H1b visa transfer queries and he guided me very well, explaining even many additional scenarios and options, of which I was not aware. He is a good listener and provides clear guidance about the next steps. I even followed up with him a month after my initial consultation and he gracefully answered all my queries. It was also very easy to coordinate with his front office and the lady managing it make it very seamless. Thanks.
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Posted by anonymous | October 11, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
H-1B Petition and Visas approved in two months without RFE!
mr behar and his team did an excellent job. the h1b petition was approved by uscis within 2 months without rfe. mr behar was always responsive and made me and my wife feel comfortable. he and his team are very professional and have a sound knowledge. I highly recommend mr behar and his team. 25 years of experience and his great personality pay off.
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Posted by Harjeet | August 31, 2022
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Appointment in US Consulate Vancouver for H4 stamping
Thanks to Giacomo for his guidance and suggestions. Everything went well as per his suggestions and I received my Visa today. Thank you again :)
Posted by Rachel | August 17, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
my daughter's I94 renewed another 24 months because of the lawyer Giacomo
I sent two questions in the past 2 years because my daughter's I94 expired ( more than 16 months). She is 15 years old. Lawyer Giacomo replied that's how i found him. After the first consultation, i decided to take Giacomo's advice and hire him. He suggested us to go to Mexico and come back. He went there to talk to the supervisor of CBP first and then asked me to fly to his office and went to the Mexico land port. I am so happy i made such a great decision hiring the lawyer Giacomo. He is so knowledgeable and knows exactly what he is doing, and at the same time, he didn't over-promise but telling me the whole picture. My daughter came back from Mexico and got her I94 renewed another 24 months. Such a huge relief ! If you have any immigration issues, Lawyer Giacomo is your BEST CHOICE!!!
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Posted by anonymous | August 15, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Citizenship interview
He certainly gave very explanatory information about my citizenship interview. Thank you.
Posted by anonymous | August 7, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dream come true lawyer. Best in USA.
Mr. Behar and his team helped me so much with my case and kept me updated throughout the process until everything was taken care of. AGAINST ALL ODDS MY MALE PETITION FOR VAWA CASE WAS APPROVED. My adjustment of status interview was difficult but because of Mr. Behar’s dedication and creative thinking my interview went great. My interview went over for an hour, but Mr. Behar’s presence made a lot of difference and gave me confidence. He is very thorough and demonstrates professionalism and personal attention to your case. He made a scary interview process very comfortable for me. He prepared me well for my interview. I can’t thank him enough, it’s hard to describe in words how after an hour of my interview my case was approved. Mr. Behar is an attorney that will not only provide you with the best possible service, but he will also make you feel like you are getting the best possible advice. He is very knowledgeable and has a great ability to respond quickly to any situation. I highly recommend him to anyone who wants their American Dream to come true.
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Posted by anonymous | July 15, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
The best Lawyer ever
Mr. Behar is an amazing lawyer. He is very smart and knowledgeable about several topics: immigration, employment, contracts, etc. The consultation with him was the most helpful conversation I‘ve ever had. I highly would recommend him. It was a pleasure and an amazing experience to get in touch with him. Thank you for everything!
Posted by Sam | July 6, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgeable
prompt and correct response! He knows the application process for employment authorization at USCIS pretty well.
Posted by Iman | June 25, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Risk Dirctor
He was clear about all complications and how to avoid and clear them . Him and his staff Was available for any inquiries . Thank you
Posted by Xiuping C | June 8, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Great Consultation Experience
Mr. Behar is 100% THE expert on immigration issues. He was able to answer all of my questions and concerns during the consultation. I was very glad I found the right lawyer for my situation. I have decided to file on my own to save some fees but I will definitely seek assistance from him if I need help!
Posted by Amr | June 5, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Best of the best
So creative and supportive and knowledgeable every attorney can speak law , but not every attorney can be creative and help you with smart plan and make you feel comfortable like MR.Behar
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Lead Attorney
  • Behar International Counsel, PLC
  • 1999 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • McEntyre and Mitchell
  • 1993 - 1999

Education

  • California Western School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • United States International University
  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • 1984
  • United States International University
  • Bachelor's of Science - Business Administration
  • 1983
  • Interpreters School, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Foreign Languages Translator; Conference Interpreter
  • 1980
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Legal Cases

  • Extremely Complex Diversity Visa Case
  • Diversity Visas Ultimately Granted by USCIS over DOS objections
  • National Interest Waiver (NIW) Approval for Research Scientist
  • Approval
  • Treaty Investor (E-2) Visa Approval
  • Approval - 5 year visas granted
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Associations

  • The State Bar of California, Board Of Legal Specialization
  • Certified Specialist, Immigration & Nationality Law
  • 2015 - Present
  • The U.S. Court Of Appeals For The Ninth Circuit
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Lawyers Guild, National Immigration Project
  • Participating Lawyer
  • 2001 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (San Diego chapter)
  • Chair
  • 1993 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Active Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • The Supreme Court of California
  • Active Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Westwood Ambassador Home Owners Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2010 - 2012
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (San Diego chapter)
  • Chair-CSC Liaison Committee
  • 2004 - 2005
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (San Diego chapter)
  • Chair - Consular Affairs Liaison Committee
  • 2003 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • French
  • Italian
  • Turkish
  • Hebrew
  • German
  • Spanish
  • English
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Honors and Awards

  • Listed
  • Who's Who Legal
  • 2014
  • Certified Specialist, Immigration & Nationality Law
  • The State Bar of California, Board Of Legal Specialization
  • 2014
  • Listed
  • Who's Who Legal
  • 2013
  • Semi- Finalist - Top Attorneys in Immigration Practice
  • San Diego Daily Transcript
  • 2012
  • Valuable Speaker/Contributor
  • Jewish Community Center Paris
  • 2009
  • Guest Columnist Award
  • Salom Quarterly Newsletter
  • 2009
  • Registry Of Outstanding Professionals, 2009 - present
  • America's Registry Of Outstanding Professionals, 2009- present
  • 2009
  • Top Contestant - Business Law Project
  • United States International University
  • 1983
  • Top Volunteer Award
  • Swiss Confederation - Federal Office for Migration & Refugee Absorption
  • 1980
  • Top writer - German Literature Essay Contest
  • Interpreters School, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1979
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Publications

  • Salom Quarterly Newsletter
  • "Neither Black nor White, But Shades of Grey": Business Visa Opportunities in the U.S.
  • 2010
  • Salom Quarterly Newsletter
  • Career & Business Opportunities for Immigrant Professionals in the U.S.
  • 2008
  • Salom Quarterly Newsletter
  • U.S. Non-immigrant Visa Categories Leading to Green Cards
  • 2007
  • Union des francais a l'etranger Newsletter
  • E-2 Investor Visas: How "Substantial" must the investment be?
  • 1999
  • Uniion des francais a l'etranger newsletter
  • Diversity visa/ green card lottery application process
  • 1998
  • Union des francais a l'etranger newsletter
  • No longer worth to overstay visa - the 3 & 10 year bars to readmission
  • 1997
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Speaking Engagements

  • KUSI News Channel Television Newscast
  • Asylum or Refugee Status: Two Options For Immigrants
  • 2014
  • Upcoming Immigration Reform
  • Immigration Law
  • 2013
  • Upcoming Immigration Reform
  • Immigration Law
  • 2013
  • Radio Newscast
  • U.S. Immigration Reform Update
  • 2013
  • Radio Newscast
  • EB-5 Investment Program in U.S.
  • 2013
  • Opportunities for Settling in the U.S.Through Work or Investment
  • Obtaining a Green Card Through Investment in the U.S.
  • 2012
  • Monthly Meeting
  • Immigration Law
  • 2012
  • Special Immigration Law Meeting
  • Immigration Law
  • 2012
  • Radio Newscast
  • DACA: Pitfalls in Processing
  • 2012
  • Radio Newscast
  • Difficult Aspects Of Immigrating To USA
  • 2012
  • Radio Newscast
  • Responding to Immigrant community questions re. Deferred Action (DACA)
  • 2012
  • Radio Newscast
  • Deportation Defense In Immigration Court
  • 2012
  • Radio Newscast
  • Types Of U.S. Nonimmigrant Visas
  • 2012
  • Radio Newscast
  • Obtaining A Green Card In the U.S.
  • 2012
  • Radio Newscast
  • VAWA Eligibility For Adjustment Of Status
  • 2012
  • Radio Newscast
  • Political Asylum In The U.S.
  • 2012
  • Radio Newscast
  • U.S. Citizenship Laws
  • 2012
  • Business opportunities in the U.S.
  • U.S. Visa Laws
  • 2010
  • Settling and working abroad
  • U.S. Immigration & Visa Laws
  • 2010
  • Monthly Meeting
  • Immigration Law
  • 2009
  • E-2 Treaty Investor Visas & L-1 Multinational Executives
  • U.S. Immigration and Visa Laws
  • 2009
  • Special Immigration Law Meeting
  • Immigration Law
  • 2008
  • Business Opportunities in the U.S.
  • U.S. Visa Laws
  • 2008
  • Settling and Working Abroad
  • U.S. Immigration & Visa Laws
  • 2008
  • U.S. Business Law Seminar
  • U.S. Business Law Seminar
  • 2005
  • Investment and Work Opportunities in America and U.S. Visa Laws
  • U.S. Immigration and Visa Laws
  • 2005
  • Monthly Chapter Meeting
  • American Contracts Law vs. European Jurisprudence
  • 2004
  • U.S. Business Law Seminar
  • Business & Contracts Law
  • 2003
  • Monthly Chapter Meeting
  • American Contracts Law vs. European Jurisprudence
  • 2003
  • Monthly meeting
  • American Contracts Law vs. European Jurisprudence
  • 2002
  • U.S. Business Law Seminar
  • Business & Contracts Law
  • 1995
  • Radio Newscast
  • Fiancee Visa K-1
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

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Immigration Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Behar. He has a lot of knowledge in immigration law. His responses to queries on complicated immigration matters are straightforward and detailed; he provides alternative suggestions if needed."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Behar provides a much needed service on Avvo. He donates his time to individuals who are in need of immediately legal answers."
Immigration Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer based on his thorough and knowledgeable answers on this forum."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Incredibly knowledgeable and a valued part of the Avvo community, I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Behar has provided invaluable resources to the Avvo community. I would not hesitate to recommend his services to any person in need."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Very experienced and exceptional lawyer. He will be able to handle any of your immigration needs."
Immigration Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Behar provides thoughtful and accurate information to people seeking legal advice in the field of immigration law"
Immigration Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Other
"From one attorney to another, I endorse this lawyer. He has answered a large quantity of immigration questions posed by potential clients for their benefit at no charge. He is competent and sincere with all communications."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top Lawyer in the Immigration Field. Easily in the top 10 lawyers in the field globally."
Business Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse Mr. Behar. He provides an exceptional service to the immigration community. His solutions to legal inquiries on this forum are well reasoned, clear and sincere."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible. I endorse this lawyer. - Anthony Munoz, Esq."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The Einstein of Immigration Law. Giacomo is an immigration law genius and this opinion is coming from a fellow immigration lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Behar gets right to the point in his answers, and his reviews show him to be a pillar of the community."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have read many of the responses to inquiries given by this attorney. I can say that he gives solid advice. Giacomo Jacques Behar is very knowledgeable and an aggressive advocate for his clients."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He has answered an incredible amount of questions on avvo for the benefit of clients for no charge. He has an extremely impressive amount of client reviews who took the time to write about him."
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San Diego Immigration Lawyer Giacomo Jacques Behar
Giacomo Jacques Behar
Immigration Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 29 years
Virtual consultation available