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Giacomo Jacques Behar

also known as Giacomo Behar, Giacomo J Behar

About me

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"). 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 



With now 23 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 23 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  35 years ago from Switzerland to get my Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree in the USA. 


Languages spoken: French, Italian, Turkish, Hebrew, German, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%
    23 years, 3.7 thousand cases



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Abby W. Bekele

    I endorse Mr. Behar. His answers to questions posed on Avvo Q & A forum are very informative and well thought out.


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  • Noah K. Peterson

    Mr. Behar is very well respected in the legal community, do not hesitate to call him regarding your immigration matter. I endorse this lawyer.


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Contact info

Behar International Counsel, PLC

402 West Broadway
Suite 770
San Diego, CA, 92101


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certified Specialist, Immigration & Nationality LawThe State Bar of California, Board Of Legal Specialization2014
ListedWho's Who Legal2014
ListedWho's Who Legal2013
Semi- Finalist - Top Attorneys in Immigration PracticeSan Diego Daily Transcript2012
Guest Columnist AwardSalom Quarterly Newsletter2009
Valuable Speaker/ContributorJewish Community Center Paris2009
Registry Of Outstanding Professionals, 2009 - presentAmerica's Registry Of Outstanding Professionals, 2009- present2009
Top Contestant - Business Law ProjectUnited States International University1983
Top Volunteer AwardSwiss Confederation - Federal Office for Migration & Refugee Absorption1980
Top writer - German Literature Essay ContestInterpreters School, Zurich, Switzerland1979
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Lead AttorneyBehar International Counsel, PLC1999 - Present
Associate AttorneyMcEntyre and Mitchell1993 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
The State Bar of California, Board Of Legal SpecializationCertified Specialist, Immigration & Nationality Law2015 - Present
The U.S. Court Of Appeals For The Ninth CircuitN/A2010 - Present
National Lawyers Guild, National Immigration ProjectParticipating Lawyer2001 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association (San Diego chapter)Chair1993 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaActive Member1993 - Present
The Supreme Court of CaliforniaActive Member1993 - Present
Westwood Ambassador Home Owners AssociationBoard of Directors2010 - 2012
American Immigration Lawyers Association (San Diego chapter)Chair-CSC Liaison Committee2004 - 2005
American Immigration Lawyers Association (San Diego chapter)Chair - Consular Affairs Liaison Committee2003 - 2004
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Extremely Complex Diversity Visa CaseDiversity Visas Ultimately Granted by USCIS over DOS objections
National Interest Waiver (NIW) Approval for Research ScientistApproval
Treaty Investor (E-2) Visa ApprovalApproval - 5 year visas granted
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Publication nameTitleDate
Salom Quarterly Newsletter"Neither Black nor White, But Shades of Grey": Business Visa Opportunities in the U.S.2010
Salom Quarterly NewsletterCareer & Business Opportunities for Immigrant Professionals in the U.S.2008
Salom Quarterly NewsletterU.S. Non-immigrant Visa Categories Leading to Green Cards2007
Union des francais a l'etranger NewsletterE-2 Investor Visas: How "Substantial" must the investment be?1999
Uniion des francais a l'etranger newsletterDiversity visa/ green card lottery application process1998
Union des francais a l'etranger newsletterNo longer worth to overstay visa - the 3 & 10 year bars to readmission1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
California Western School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
United States International UniversityInternational Economics and FinanceMBA - Master of Business Administration1984
United States International UniversityBusiness AdministrationOther - Bachelors1983
Interpreters School, Zurich, SwitzerlandCommercial and LegalForeign Languages Translator; Conference Interpreter1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
KUSI News Channel Television NewscastAsylum or Refugee Status: Two Options For Immigrants2014
Upcoming Immigration ReformImmigration Law2013
Upcoming Immigration ReformImmigration Law2013
Radio NewscastEB-5 Investment Program in U.S.2013
Radio NewscastU.S. Immigration Reform Update2013
Univision Newscast on Deferred Action (DACA)Responding to Hispanic community questions re. Deferred Action Application which began August 15, 20122012
Special Immigration Law MeetingImmigration Law2012
Radio NewscastU.S. Citizenship Laws2012
Radio NewscastPolitical Asylum In The U.S.2012
Radio NewscastVAWA Eligibility For Adjustment Of Status2012
Radio NewscastObtaining A Green Card In the U.S.2012
Radio NewscastTypes Of U.S. Nonimmigrant Visas2012
Radio NewscastDeportation Defense In Immigration Court2012
Radio NewscastResponding to Immigrant community questions re. Deferred Action (DACA)2012
Radio NewscastDifficult Aspects Of Immigrating To USA2012
Radio NewscastDACA: Pitfalls in Processing2012
Opportunities for Settling in the U.S.Through Work or InvestmentObtaining a Green Card Through Investment in the U.S.2012
Monthly MeetingImmigration Law2012
Settling and working abroadU.S. Immigration & Visa Laws2010
Business opportunities in the U.S.U.S. Visa Laws2010
Monthly MeetingImmigration Law2009
E-2 Treaty Investor Visas & L-1 Multinational ExecutivesU.S. Immigration and Visa Laws2009
Special Immigration Law MeetingImmigration Law2008
Settling and Working AbroadU.S. Immigration & Visa Laws2008
Business Opportunities in the U.S.U.S. Visa Laws2008
U.S. Business Law SeminarU.S. Business Law Seminar2005
Investment and Work Opportunities in America and U.S. Visa LawsU.S. Immigration and Visa Laws2005
Monthly Chapter MeetingAmerican Contracts Law vs. European Jurisprudence2004
U.S. Business Law SeminarBusiness & Contracts Law2003
Monthly Chapter MeetingAmerican Contracts Law vs. European Jurisprudence2003
Monthly meetingAmerican Contracts Law vs. European Jurisprudence2002
U.S. Business Law SeminarBusiness & Contracts Law1995
Radio NewscastFiancee Visa K-1N/A