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Susan Villasenor Perez

also known as Susan Perez

About me

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citizenship, in bringing their relatives into the United States in a timely fashion, reinstating petitions that have been revoked due to the death of the petitioner, extending or changing their status while in the United States, keeping their legal permanent resident status, defending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


 

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Languages spoken: Tagalog, English

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Immigration: 90%
    10 years, 500 cases
  2. Family: 5%
    10 years, 10 cases
  3. Adoption: 3%
    10 years, 3 cases
  4. International Law: 2%
    10 years, 3 cases

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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    I endorse this lawyer. Susan is a great lawyer, she passionate about immigration and is a true asset to her clients.

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Contact info

Law Offices of Susan V. Perez

1901 First Avenue
Suites 108/110
San Diego, CA, 92101

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive200605/24/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
CLIENTS' CHOICE AWARDAVVO2016
CLIENT DISTINCTION AWARDMartindale-Hubbell2015
CLIENTS CHOICEAVVO2015
CLIENTS CHOICEAVV02013
Client RatingMartindale-Hubbell2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founder and Managing PartnerLAW OFFICE OF SUSAN V. PEREZ2008 - Present
COUNSELLAW OFFICE OF JACOB SAPOCHNICK2007 - 2008
ATTORNEYLAW OFFICE OF JANE CHUNG2006 - 2007
Confidential ParalegalCounty Counsel of San Diego2000 - 2006
IN-HOUSE COUNSELTRANSNATIONAL DIVERSIFIED GROUP1996 - 2000
AssociateROBLRES RICAFRENTE AGUIRRE LAW FIRM1993 - 1996
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2006 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2006 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Integrated Bar of the PhilippinesMember1993 - Present
Philippine Institute of Certified Public AccountantsMember1986 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re Rolly S.Greencard Application Approved
Deportation due to Misrepresentation or FraudImmigration Judge granted the Relief under Immigration and Nationality Act section 237(a)(1)(h)
I-601 Extreme Hardship WaiverImmigration Issued Greencard
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Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Diego School of LawInternational LawLL.M - Master of Laws2007
San Beda College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Ateneo de Naga UniversityAccountingOther - Bachelors1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
U.S. IMMIGRATION 101INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTION2011