SUSAN V. PEREZ, ESQ. provides legal services in the areas of U.S. immigration and naturalization. She is able to assist clients in obtaining working visas, greencard and U.S. citizenship, in bringing their relatives into the United States in a timely fashion, reinstating petitions that have been revoked due to the death of the petitioner, extending or changing their status while in the United States, keeping their legal permanent resident status, defending their removal cases, and appealing visa denials by the consular office.
She is a member of both the California and Philippine Bars with a combined sixteen (16) years of experience in both jurisdictions in the areas of Immigration and Naturalization, Appellate, Juvenile Dependency, Family, Corporate, Civil, and Criminal Law. Her office is located in Downtown San Diego, California.
She was born and raised in the Philippines, and went through a long and difficult process of immigrating to the United States. Atty. Perez was separated from her parents for ten (10) long years before she became a legal permanent resident of the United States. Her parents left the Philippines when she was 18 years old. Like most immigrants, they left their home country to give their children a better future.
Atty. Perez was determined to realize her American dream. While waiting for her I-130 petition, she dedicated her time and energy to become a successful student. Her efforts paid off. She became a Certified Public Accountant and Attorney.
Before immigrating to the United States, Atty. Perez had practiced in the Philippines for seven (7) years both as a litigation and corporate attorney. In 2000, she started her career in the United States with the Office of County Counsel doing appellate work. Her five years stint at County Counsel honed her writing and appellate skills. In 2006, she left County Counsel to pursue her true passion which to defend the rights of immigrants. She was once an immigrant and speak the language of one of the bigger ethnic populations in Northern America. Since then she has exclusively dedicated her practice to U.S Immigration and Naturalization Law. Atty. Perez handles each case with zeal and dedication. This is how she passed the California Bar on her first try.
Atty. Perez earned her Law degree from San Beda College, Philippines and is pursuing a Master’s of law degree at the University of San Diego, California. Atty. Perez is also admitted to practice before the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Immigration Courts, Board of Immigration Appeals, Ninth Circuit of the Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court for the Central and Southern Districts of California. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, San Diego County Bar Association, and Sororitas Reginae Juris. She is fluent in English and Tagalog.
Languages spoken: Tagalog, English
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|CLIENTS' CHOICE AWARD||AVVO||2016|
|CLIENT DISTINCTION AWARD||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|Founder and Managing Partner||LAW OFFICE OF SUSAN V. PEREZ||2008 - Present|
|COUNSEL||LAW OFFICE OF JACOB SAPOCHNICK||2007 - 2008|
|ATTORNEY||LAW OFFICE OF JANE CHUNG||2006 - 2007|
|Confidential Paralegal||County Counsel of San Diego||2000 - 2006|
|IN-HOUSE COUNSEL||TRANSNATIONAL DIVERSIFIED GROUP||1996 - 2000|
|Associate||ROBLRES RICAFRENTE AGUIRRE LAW FIRM||1993 - 1996|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||2006 - Present|
|San Diego County Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|Integrated Bar of the Philippines||Member||1993 - Present|
|Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants||Member||1986 - Present|
|In re Rolly S.||Greencard Application Approved|
|Deportation due to Misrepresentation or Fraud||Immigration Judge granted the Relief under Immigration and Nationality Act section 237(a)(1)(h)|
|I-601 Extreme Hardship Waiver||Immigration Issued Greencard|
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|ASIAN JOURNAL||SUCCESSFUL CASE OF I-751 PETITION FOR REMOVAL OF CONDITIONAL STATUS BASED ON TERMINATION OF MARRIAGE||2016|
|ASIAN JOURNAL||UPGRADE AND REVOCATION OF APPROVED FAMILY PETITION||2014|
|ASIAN JOURNAL||GREENCARD HOLDERS WHO OVERSTAYED OUTSIDE THE U.S.||2012|
|Asian Journal||When Your U.S. Citizen Spouse Becomes Extremely Cruel||2012|
|ASIAN JOURNAL||INTERNATIONAL PARENTAL CHILD ABDUCTION||2008|
|University of San Diego School of Law||International Law||LL.M - Master of Laws||2007|
|San Beda College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1992|
|Ateneo de Naga University||Accounting||Other - Bachelors||1985|
|U.S. IMMIGRATION 101||INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTION||2011|