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Susan Villasenor Perez

Immigration Attorney at San Diego, CA

4.9   122 reviews

also known as Susan Perez

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  • Licensed for 18 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2006
    Status
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About Susan

Learn Susan’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Immigration
    90%
    We provide legal services in the areas of U.S. immigration and naturalization. We are able to assist clients in obtaining greencard and U.S. citizenship, in getting immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, reinstating petitions that have been revoked due to the death of the petitioner, extending or changing their status while in the United States, keeping their legal permanent resident status, defending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.

    18 years, 500 cases

  2. Family
    5%

    18 years, 10 cases

  3. Adoption
    3%

    18 years, 3 cases

  4. International law
    2%

    18 years, 3 cases

SOLVING YOUR IMMIGRATION PROBLEMS IS OUR EXPERTISE. LICENSED IN THE PHILIPPINES AND SPEAKS TAGALOG.

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citizenship, in bringing their relatives into the United States in a timely fashion, reinstating petitions that have been revoked due to the death of the petitioner, extending or changing their status while in the United States, keeping their legal permanent resident status, defending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.

 

Awards

Silver Client Champion
Client's Choice 2024,2023,2022,2021,2020,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2013
Client's Choice
2024 2023 2022 + 8 ...
Top Contributor 2017
Top Contributor
2017

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Location

Law Offices of Susan V. Perez
1901 First Avenue
Suites 108/110
San Diego, CA, 92101
Law Office of Susan V. Perez
17777 North Center Court Drive
Suite 600
Cerritos, CA, 90703
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  122 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2024
Client's Choice
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Posted by Enrico | April 4, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very professional
I would like to thank you for your time and support during the processing of my case and for helping me to obtain the desired outcome. I would like to thank you as well for helping me prepare for my interview which made the approval of my case very succesful.
Posted by Guy | April 3, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review
Excellent legal assistance. She does not tell me what I want to hear but what I need to hear.
Posted by Eugene | March 1, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experienced, responsive, and very knowledgeable counsel
One of the tests of a person is when they are faced with unique, and sometimes challenging, situations. Our K1+K2s immigration process may just be a poster child for that statement. A little context: - I'm an American US Citizen - Fiancee (K1) is a Filipino with two kids (K2) who were 16 and 18 years old at the start of our process - We were engaged 10 days before Covid hit Mar 2020 - Travel back and forth during the engagement was difficult Here's the key challenge: Fiancee and one child was detected to have traces of Tuberculosis forcing the imposed medical protocol and requiring shorter visa validity dates. BONUS: The child needed an extra 3 months of medication running past my fiancee's visa validity period. Whew! With all these challenges, we needed A LOT of prayer and trust in God to provide - and provide He did in the form of the best immigration attorney we could have hoped for. Ms. Perez was clear with her explanations allowing me to be informed to make the best decisions. She was patient with our situation giving us the calmness we needed to see this through. She was 100% accurate on information that mattered to ensure I did not make any mistakes in the process. Well-educated, great communicator, compassionate and patient - could you ask for any better combination of characteristics in an immigration lawyer? I think not. Thank you Ms. Perez for the amazing services. We are looking forward to moving to stage 2. With you as our counsel given by God to us - we are fully confident we shall see this through to build our family's future together for His glory.
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Posted by Apple | February 29, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One of the best and highly recommended
3 CSPA AGE OUT VISA ISSUED Brief background: Our case was handled by a previous attorney, however a year had passed no movement happened ever since , we were refused due to aged-out. Then we contacted Atty Perez to handle our case she appealed on November 16 and the US Embassy sent us a 221g letter less than 3 weeks and this month (February)the US Embassy issued our US Visas. Atty Perez is truly amazing. All we can say is that if you don’t want to waste your time or money consult this great attorney. She is very knowleadgeable regarding 221G (Administrative Processing) . Thank you for giving us back our hope in this case. We wish you a more successful ambition on helping fellow kababayans around the world .
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Posted by Aurea | January 24, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
H1B with H4 visa
She is honest and act promptly. She worked extra for the paper works needed from my company to get a 100% approval from USCIS. Ok I'll
Response from Susan Perez January 24, 2024
Thank you
Posted by anonymous | January 15, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
J1 Exceptional Hardship Waiver Approved
Yeeheey!!! Thank you so much Lord . Finally got my waiver approved!!!.Thank you so much Attorney Susan Perez for all your efforts and guidance throughout this process.I highly recommend her. Maraming, maraming salamat po.Sana marami pa po kayong matutulungan nating mga kababayan na kagaya ko. I am thankful to have you as our lawyer.
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Posted by Maria | January 12, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I-751 and US Citizenship
I came to Atty Perez so desperately about my removal of condition in my green card coz my previous husband and his children withdrew the petition to remove the condition..I was crying and I don’t know what to do I went to other lawyer I forgot her name she declined my case she said it will not win glad I found in advertisement in newspaper about atty Perez when she answered me she said give me all your papers u have and we will file. She is very professional kind of lawyer and very intelligent she knows what she’s doing after 2yrs it takes long coz of covid-19 but finally I’m approved and us citizen now.. I really appreciated not only for client and lawyer personally she is a good person she accepted my case like what other lawyer said about me.. thank you so much Atty Susan Perez from my family she is trustable,intelligent, detailed and organized lawyer…You just prove atty that Filipino are excellent we love u atty Susan.❤️❤️❤️
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Response from Susan Perez January 15, 2024
Thank you for writing a great review.
Posted by Jon Sherman | December 13, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
K-1 Successful
Susan requested docs from us and submitted our petition next day. Susan got us visa appointment very fast after uscis sent approval email. We were granted K-1 Visa ! Susan answered our questions!
Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer
Atty. Susan was the best lawyer for us...she helped us a lot ...Thank you so very much for all your help, i won't be here if it's not because of you.... highly recommend.
Posted by anonymous | October 17, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Immigration Process
Atty Susan is one of a kind, she helps us on the process and guide what we need to provide. I highly recommend to hire Atty Susan
Posted by Maritess | September 7, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Another Great Success Story for Atty. Susan Perez
It is a rare pleasure to encounter an attorney as competent and dedicated as Susan Perez. Engaging her services was undoubtedly one of the best decisions our family made in our lengthy and, at times, disheartening migration from the Philippines to the United States. From our initial consultation, Atty. Perez exhibited an unwavering professionalism that set her apart. Her deep understanding of the intricacies of immigration law and her meticulous attention to detail were immediately apparent. For years, our case had been met with silence and inaction from the government. The lack of progress and response had almost made us resigned to the possibility that our family might have to face separation or even failure. However, upon hiring Atty. Perez, that narrative changed dramatically. Her intervention was like a breath of fresh air, and for the first time in years, we felt that our stalled paperwork was being treated with the urgency and attention it so desperately required. It is no exaggeration to state that without Atty. Perez's expert guidance and proactive approach, the dream of our family members migrating and staying together might have remained just that - a dream. Instead, thanks to her, my sister, her husband, and two daughters landed in Houston, Texas this past Monday. In conclusion, we wholeheartedly recommend Atty. Susan Perez to anyone seeking legal representation in the realm of immigration. Her expertise, combined with her compassionate approach, makes her not just a phenomenal attorney but also an invaluable ally in navigating the complexities of the migration process.
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Response from Susan Perez September 8, 2023
My heartfelt thanks for writing this great review. I truly enjoy reading this.
Posted by Vinz | August 6, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best Lawyer
We found her on google completely by chance, sometime back in 2020 and we could’ve never been more lucky since. She is by far the best lawyer you could have on your side. I was stuck with a case other lawyers had already labelled as hopeless and impossible—she believed the opposite, despite immigration having already expressed their intent to deny my application, with her efforts, my application still pulled through and I was accepted into the country. I will be recommending her as a lawyer you can trust a hundred percent, who will, for sure, pull through.
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Response from Susan Perez August 9, 2023
Thanks Vinz. I am soooo happy for you
Posted by Paul | July 31, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
HUMANITARIAN REINSTATEMENT
We just received a letter today that my brother’s humanitarian request for his I-130 petition was approved! My brother’s petition was automatically revoked when our father passed away. We contacted Atty Susan Perez to handle our case and throughout the entire process, she was very knowledgeable and quick to respond to any of my inquiries. She updated us with any documents required, forms to be filled in and any letter to be signed. Thank you Atty Susan Perez and her team for helping us get one step closer to reuniting our family.
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Response from Susan Perez August 1, 2023
Thank you
Posted by Dana | July 29, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
An epitome of excellence
Atty susan perez guided as all the way before our interview, like what to expect or possible questions .everything was on point.it allayed all our anxiety and gave us confidence for the interview.her expertise on immigration issues and process is exceptional. Her grace and professionalism is exemplary!she’s “THE GO TO LAWYER “on immigration.I highly recommend her. More power to you atty and God bless!and a big Thank you from all of us .
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Response from Susan Perez August 1, 2023
Thank you
Posted by Maribeth | July 22, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Best Immigration Lawyer
Thank you Atty. Susan Perez for helping my son’s case (CSPA) We thought our case was hopeless. The U.S. embassy denied my son’s visa but approved mine because he has aged out. I made a mistake of hiring an agency in the Philippines to help me with my case. The Agency gave me a wrong advice that led to the denial. I thought my son and I will be separated for 10 years. but we are glad we hired Atty. Perez. She appealed my case, wrote my affidavit and gave the embassy a brilliant argument. The embassy changed their refusal to approval. She knows everything. I still can’t believe they issued my son’s visa. Its like a miracle. You are a big help to us. No words can express how much thankful we are. A million thanks Atty. Thanks to God. Our heart is full of joy. God bless and more power.
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Response from Susan Perez August 1, 2023
Thank you
Posted by Rick H | July 13, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Simply the best
It's been a long 3 year journey for my family but having Atty. Susan there every step to guide us was a blessing. I can't recommend her enough. Kind, courteous, hard working and most importantly honest. Tonight as I write this my family is celebrating. With Atty. Susan we reached success on our case. She answered every question, she prepared us well for what was to come and she guided us to ultimate happiness. Thank you Atty. Susan, god bless.
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Posted by Alvin | July 13, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
The best Immigration Lawyer
Atty. Susan did it with utmost expertise! She handled my immigration case with thorough evaluation and expertise that resulted for the timely approval of my permanent resident status. The best lawyer indeed! (with charm!)
Posted by Marie | June 23, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Great!!!
After a horrible experience with a fraud lawyer here in my state, so relieved and glad to have found Atty Susan. Wished we were located in the same state! She's very knowledgeable and professional, and I was rest assured my case was in good hands with her. Would not have trusted any other lawyer- she's that good. If you want positive results, then it has to be Atty Susan Perez! Thank you Atty Susan!!
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Response from Susan Perez June 26, 2023
Thank you
Posted by Peyene | May 21, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Humanitarian Reinstatement - Case approval was reaffirmed!
Atty Susan is one heck of a lawyer! She is compassionate, precise and readily available to answer your queries. When my dearest father, who was my petitioner, died due to covid in Dec2020, we thought the dream to join the family in the US was gone. We have learned about humanitarian reinstatement and after browsing lawyers here and also consulted with some, I found Atty. Susan Perez with great reviews. After the initial consultation with her, I felt comfortable and knew that she will give her 100% to appeal the case. True enough, after less than 2 years when she submitted my case, I have received the good news that my petition was reaffirmed! Thank you Atty! More power to you!
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Response from Susan Perez May 23, 2023
Thank you
Posted by Rosario | May 5, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
A very good and a very helpful lawyer
Atty. Susan Perez is an excellent immigration lawyer. She did her job very well. She will always respond all your questions politely, right from the day I started my application till the day before my interview date. It's worth the atty.s fee with an excellent job!
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AVVO RATING 7.7 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • 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
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Education

  • University of San Diego School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2007
  • San Beda College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Ateneo de Naga University
  • Bachelor of Science in Commerce
  • 1985

Sample of Legal Cases

  • REINSTATEMENT OF I-130 PETITION
  • Petition Approved as If the Petitioner Never Died
  • i-601 WAIVER WON ON APPEAL
  • GRANTED
  • In re Rolly S.
  • Greencard Application Approved
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Associations

  • 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
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Languages Spoken

  • Tagalog
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • CLIENTS' CHOICE AWARD
  • AVVO
  • 2016
  • CLIENT DISTINCTION AWARD
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • CLIENTS CHOICE
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • CLIENTS CHOICE
  • AVV0
  • 2013
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • U.S. IMMIGRATION 101
  • INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTION
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (4)
Endorse Susan
Immigration Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Atty. Perez is a competent and knowledgeable attorney."
Immigration Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer.Atty. Susan Perez is truly a miracle worker in the area of immigration and family cases. More power and God bless Atty. Sue!;)"
Immigration Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This attorney works very hard for the clients and keeps up with the law by attending legal seminars to assist them in this regard. I endorse this attorney."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Susan is a great lawyer, she passionate about immigration and is a true asset to her clients."