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Nanya Yoshiko Morinaga Thompson

Immigration Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   9 reviews

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I am passionate about defending immigrant rights.  Since 2007, I have dedicated my entire career as an attorney to helping immigrants in my community and throughout the world.  My passion comes from own family's immigrant experience, including my grandfather, a first-generation Japanese immigrant, who was forced to live in an internment camp during World War II.  While the United States is a country full of immigrants, there is an ongoing need to protect and advocate for immigrant rights.  As an attorney, who is known for taking on and achieving positive results in complex immigration cases, I understand this need, and will work zealously to help you and your family members and friends.


My practice focuses on bond and detention matters, deportation defense, particularly against lawful permanent residents facing deportation for criminal offenses, affirmative and defensive asylum applications, naturalization, derivative and acquired citizenship, immigrant family petitions, immigrant visa applications at the consulate, fiance petitions and visas, conditional residency, petitions for victims of domestic violence, U-visas (visas for crime victims), T-visas (visas for trafficking victims), immigration-related appeals both at the BIA and federal circuit courts, waivers of inadmissibility (pardons), advising immigrants facing criminal charges, advising criminal defense attorneys regarding safe immigration pleas and post-conviction relief matters, application review, and business and investor visas.  I have represented people from all over the world. 


Call or email me today!  I look forward to assisting you.



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Licensed for 15 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2007
Updated 12/07/2022

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Nanya Thompson Law, Inc
1446 Front St.
Suite 102
San Diego, CA, 92101


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Posted by Guadalupe | February 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A good immigration attorney can make a difference to your case. Words can't express how grateful I am with Nanya. She was refer to me by another attorney. I contacted her firm with regard to my naturalization and set up an appointment to meet. After I explain Nanya my unique situation, on my case was not that easy, "She gave me good answers to all my questions i had when we first met". Not only she is extremely knowledgeable, ahe is an outstanding immigration lawyer -she is super attentive and dedicated and will treat your case/problem as her own. She was very professional and passionate about completing my case assuring me all the way that things was going to be okay...And yes folks!! On December 20, 2017 I became a U.S CITIZEN . I am so so glad and thank God I chose Nanya as my attorney. I highly recommend Nanya Thompson to use her services if you need a good and professional immigration attorney in your immigration process. Thank you Nanya for the great work and not giving up on me. Sincerely, Guadalupe
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Posted by Lombard | December 11, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Nanya Thompson is a excellent lawyer!
2011 I was convicted of a felony which I was put in deportation proceedings. My family hired Nanya to assist us in this difficult time with everyone She provided the best legal advise for me and was in constant communication with my criminal attorney so I can vacate my charge for "ineffective assistance of counsel" so that I could go back to criminal court and not be deported. She assisted me with declarations, motions and appeals for the immigration courts. She did an awesome job, she communicated with my family with everything that was going on, and she fought for me all the way through. Well everyone my criminal charge was vacated and I did not get deported. Thanks to Nanya and her 100% devotion to my case. I am reunited my family, my children and friends. I want to tell everyone that if you are going through a difficult time with immigration law contact Nanya she will be there for you and guide you and give you the proper advise to beat your case and not get deported. Remember though that every case is different but you are not alone with Nanya. She is a great immigration law attorney. For everyone that is going through a hard time I wish you the best and good luck!
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Posted by Juan | December 9, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
I will highly recommend Nanya to family and friends.She helped me get out of custody and to get my work permit. She will answer all your questions clearly.
Posted by Bryan moreno | December 8, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Its a quick response, nice to talk with, she listen to every word i say and i feel important while talking to her,...every question is being answered....definitely ill be calling her back in the future
Posted by araceli arredondo | December 3, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Nanya Thompson Is highly recommended by myself.she helped me with my U visa knowing about my criminal convictions, i was skeptical in submitting my application. she prepared my packet appropriately.wich got me approved.Thank You nanya
Posted by Saman | December 2, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Immigration matter
Due to a minor drug offense, I was arrested and sent to ICE detention facility and booked in and faced deportation. Hiring Nanya Thompson as my immigration attorney is by far the best thing I've ever done since coming to USA. Nanya is a very firce and confident lawyer, knows her job and she is pretty damn good at it. She helped me get released and asked and proved to the judge that I deserved a second chance, got my freedom back and she also helped me get my green card. Not only these, she also became my mentor, she inspired me to go to school and study and become a productive citizen. she went so far to even help me find the school and helped find out about my registration process and dates. Hire Nanya and she will help you with your immigration needs and who knows maybe she inspire you to turn your life around for the better like I did. Thank you Nanya.
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Posted by cindy | November 12, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Always reliable, very pleasant and a wonderful professional. She actually cares and will go above and beyond. I know my case is in good hands and I can sleep without worries because I know she is doing her job. Would highly recommend Nanya.
Posted by Kate | November 10, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Most reliable lawyer
I've met Nanya few years back. After falling out of F-1 status with very slim chances of being reinstated, she of course won the case! She then helped me and my fiancé wIth marriage based visa with yet another success story. Nanya takes her responsibilities extremely to heart, is an excellent, very detail oriented lawyer. She takes time to listen, and is very reliable. I've referred others to her and wouldn't hesitate to ever seek any lawyer advice if needed. Highly recommended!
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Posted by Singh Paramjit | August 17, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Hire Nanya-----Start having restful sleeps. My all the genuine issues were handled in very expert and honest way. Now I am proud citizen of USA. I can never forget the services provided by Nanya.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Nanya Thompson Law, Inc.
  • 2014 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Strickland & Amezola, APC
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Offices Of Jan Joseph Bejar, A, PLC
  • 2007 - 2012


  • University of San Diego School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2006
  • George Washington University National Law Center
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • Deported for Assault and Gang Related Offense
  • Stopped deportation for resident already ordered deported due to criminal conviction
  • Bond for Former Resident Deported for Drug Trafficking
  • Granted Immigration Bond for Deported Drug Trafficker
  • Former Gang Member Deported in Early 1990s Obtains Withholding of Removal
  • Granted Withholding of Removal; Deportation stopped


  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (San Diego chapter)
  • Liaison Chapter Chair
  • 2007 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Recognition
  • ABA Immigration Justice Project
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (1)
Given (2)
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Immigration Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Thompson is an amazing advocate for her clients. We previously worked together at the same firm and I know first hand how dedicated she is. She is thorough and meticulous and very knowledgeable in all areas of immigration law. I trust her instincts and recommend her as an attorney."

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San Diego Immigration Lawyer Nanya Yoshiko Morinaga Thompson
Nanya Yoshiko Morinaga Thompson
Immigration Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 15 years
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