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Ian M. Seruelo

Immigration Attorney at San Diego, CA

4.8   35 reviews

About Ian

Learn Ian’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Immigration
    55%
    T-Visa, U-Visa, VAWA, Withholding of Removal, Removal Defense, Cancellation of Removal or Deportation, Family Petition, Adjustment of Status (Green Card), Consular Processing, Naturalization, SIJS, Citizenship, H1B, Employment-Based Visas, DACA, etc.

  2. Asylum
    25%
    Affirmative and Defensive Asylum (Removal or Deportation Defense), Withholding of Removal, and Relief under the Convention Against Torture

  3. Employment and labor
    20%
    Wage and Hour, Wrongful Termination, Discrimination in the Workplace, Retaliation, etc.

Ian M. Seruelo is a passionate and staunch advocate for worker and immigrant rights. An activist at heart, having him on your side means you have a  champion who will fight for your rights and interest with intensity and dedication.

 

Mr. Seruelo has a long experience of activism and community organizing in the Philippines and in the United States. He has a passion for social and economic justice, and was deeply involved in various campaigns and movements that advance the interest of the marginalized. From his years in law school up to the present, he has volunteered thousands of hours to assists low-income immigrants and workers. He assists and/or provides pro bono legal services to different non-profits and community organizations in providing services to different minority communities such as the Pilipino Workers Center, Employee Rights Center, Somali Bantu Organization of America, Alliance San Diego, San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program, and many others.

 

As an attorney, Mr. Seruelo continues his passion as an advocate for immigrant communities and the working sector.  The Law Offices of Ian M. Seruelo handles the following types of cases: 

I. Immigration: 

T-Visa, U-Visa, VAWA, Affirmative and Defensive Asylum, Withholding of Removal, Relief under the Convention Against Torture, Removal or Deportation Defense, Cancellation of Removal or Deportation, Family Petition, Adjustment of Status (Green Card Application), Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Consular Processing, Naturalization, Citizenship, H1B, TN Visas, Employment-Based Visas, DACA, etc.

II. Labor & Employment:

Wage and Hour, Wrongful Termination,  Discrimination in the Workplace, Retaliation, etc.

 

Note: Mr. Seruelo is fluent in Filipino (Tagalog) and Hiligaynon (Ilonggo).  The law firm is also staffed with a bilingual Spanish speaker.

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Licensed for 7 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2015
Updated 09/14/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Ian

Law Offices of Ian M. Seruelo
7710 Balboa Avenue, Suite 325
San Diego, CA, 92111

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  35 customer reviews
Posted by Mae | May 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best immigration Lawyer
Easy to work with. Very sympathetic to his clients. I am blessed to have him as my immigration lawyer.
Posted by Erwin | February 10, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Honest, Dedicated and Trustworthy
After 20+ years undocumented, Ian helped me establish permanent residence for my mother within in a year. Ian is professional, dedicated to his line of work and passionate in helping those who need it. Services were reasonable and affordable. Looking forward to working with him again in the future and referring him to anyone looking for an immigration atty.
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Posted by Valentina | February 9, 2022
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Thank you for helping .
First time for 27 years ,we meet this respectable Lawyer , very nice person, and only him who help me with my case. I got my permanent residence in very short time even Pandemic.Thank you sir .
Posted by Akif | August 17, 2021
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Business Development Manager
Ian is quite knowledgeable and communicative expert in his field, He did handle all of my greencard procedure professionally. Beside all of them he is very helpful and friendly. Totally recomended.
Posted by Angelica | February 5, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Accomodating
I highly recommend Atty Ian! He had this positive outlook. Very helpful and responsive to all queries and concerns.
Posted by Emmy | December 2, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Efficient Immigration Lawyer
I feel blessed to have Atty. Ian as my immigration lawyer because he made everything easy for me despite the changes in the type of applications that I need to do as a result of my husband's death. He was flexible and easy to deal with. He also helped me every step of the way and considerate enough to give me a flexible payment plan after my husband's death. He is honest, diligent, and reliable.
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Posted by anonymous | June 17, 2020
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This Lawyer Brings Positive Result
Atty.Ian Seruelo was very helpful and responsive to all my questions and concerns.He made all legal matters the walk in the park for me. He represented me successfully. Atty,thank you for your help!!!
Posted by Maria | May 15, 2020
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Excellent Immigration Attorney
Was very helpful and understanding when I first seek information on DACA renewals! Also was able to give me an overview of what after DACA could look like. Breaks down information to make sure clients understand and reassure when there’s confusion.
Posted by anonymous | April 21, 2020
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Helped With DACA Application
He was extremely helpful and patient throughout the process of filing my DACA application. He was always available and answered all of my questions, even after the process was done.
Posted by anonymous | August 20, 2019
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The Best
I highly recommend Atty. Ian. He will get the work done for you and your family. I am forever grateful.
Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Happy and satisfied client
As recommended by friends, I took Atty. Ian's service because my application was denied from a different attorney. Atty. Ian went beyond what was expected of him to do to help me with my application. He was very rigid gathering data so as not to have RFE anymore. That's what happened. Awesome job atty. Thank you very much.
Posted by Jay Luzaran | November 12, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
The Best Lawyer In TOWN.
Atty. IAN SERUELO is the best immigration lawyer in town. He gives solution to every problem you have. We got our green card because of him. He has thousands of answers to all your questions. He is ver high recommendable as an Immigration lawyer. Even nighttime he answers calls and text messages and email as well. HE IS THE BEST IMMIGRATION LAWYER. He is very industrious and kind. I will give him A+ or 100% when it comes to works. Lastly, we need him to be the best and dedicated lawyer. God Bless sir.
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Posted by Yanina D. D. | November 1, 2018
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Professional and loyal
I hired Ian Seruelo after have had a bad experience with my previous lawyer. A friend of mine recommended him to me and I am so glad that I contacted him for my case. He is very professional and made me feel less stressful since he was on top of my cases. I just got my green card and I couldn’t be happier. Thank you very much Ian!!!
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Posted by Jan | June 18, 2018
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Outstanding Immigration Attorney
Ian M. Seruelo is an outstanding immigration attorney in San Diego, California. I heard about Ian from colleagues at my law school. I needed assistance on my personal immigration case- and Ian delivered! I personally recommend Ian for any legal matter you may have. Also, most importantly... you want to have an attorney that always communicates. Every time I tried to reach Ian- I had absolutely no issues getting in touch promptly and efficiently. Thanks Ian.
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Posted by Rowena Andrade | May 12, 2018
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Very considerate and accommodating
He is very positive and considerate. He answers questions through text messages and emails. Payments for his service is affordable and flexible. He gives advices based on his experiences as a student. All my friends recommended his service as an immigration lawyer. We are all thankful to the success and result of our application of our green card.Many thanks to you Atty. Ian Sereulo of our
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Posted by Chris | April 20, 2018
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Easy to talk to and knows his job
My family is thankful for Atty. Ian. He is easy to talk to, soft spoken, and he knows his job. He handles our case efficiently and yes, if ask, we will definitely refer him because we know that he got their back and he has the heart.
Posted by anonymous | April 13, 2018
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The helpful lawyer
Attorney Ian was a great lawyer. He was very helpful and very accomodating. He worked very fast when it comes to preparing paperworks and will compromise to whatever your request and needs. You won’t have a problem and regrets when you hire him.
Posted by Grace Dimapeles | March 29, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Confident, Passionate, and Professional with a big Heart
Atty Ian has a big heart, and will work diligently on the case. He understands the law, specially for my immigration case, and he worked hard so that we will be where we are now. We thank you so much Atty Ian, for all the work and help that you did for me and my family. Thank you for patiently answering my questions and understanding the anxiety I felt going through the process but most of all, for easing the anxiety through careful explanations and diligently working on our case. From the bottom of our heart, We thank you!
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Posted by Geronimo Vallecera | March 23, 2018
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Professional
Atty. Ian is very professional and efficient. He knows what he is doing and keeps an honest conversation with his clients. Atty. Ian is very thorough and organized. I’m so privileged to have Atty. Ian working on my case. He is beyond competent of what he is doing. Thank you so much, Atty Ian
Posted by elvira | March 15, 2018
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Pull support
We're almost out of time in preparing our papers for green card. Thank's to Atty. Ian M.Seruelo he guide us in preparing our papers up to the end and we bit the deadlines.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-500 per hour
  • Contingency 35%-45%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Legal Counsel
  • Pilipino Workers Center
  • 2018 - Present
  • Contract Attorney
  • Somali Bantu Association of America
  • 2018 - Present
  • Attorney at Law
  • Law Offices of Ian M. Seruelo
  • 2015 - Present
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • Employee Rights Center
  • 2015 - Present
  • Legal Intern
  • Law Office of Paula Gonzalez (Immigration)
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Summer Clerk
  • United Taxi Workers of San Diego (UTWSD)
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Legal Intern
  • Law Office of Amanda Thompson (Civil, Employment)
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Peggy Browning Fellow
  • Industrial Division of the Communication Workers of America (IUE-CWA)
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Legal Intern
  • Unitarian Universalist Refugee & Immigrant Services & Education (UURISE)
  • 2013 - 2013
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Education

  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • Certificate for Law and Social Justice
  • 2014
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2014
  • University of the Philippines Visayas
  • BSBA - Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • 1995

Legal Cases

  • TN Visa Application
  • Granted
  • Citizenship
  • Granted
  • Adjustment of Status (Green Card) from U Visa
  • Granted
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Associations

  • Filipino American Lawyers of San Diego
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Asia Pacific American Labor Alliance
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Delta Theta Phi - John Paul Stevens Senate
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Partido Manggagawa - Philippines
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • U.P. Validus Amicitia
  • Chairperson (1992-93) / Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Filipino American Lawyers of San Diego
  • Board of Directors
  • 2018 - 2019
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Thomas Jefferson Law Review
  • Note Editor
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Thomas Jefferson Law Review
  • Note Writer
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Public Interest Law Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Immigration Law Society
  • Vice President
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Asian Pacific American Law Student Association
  • Diversity Chair
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Labor and Employment Law Association (LELA)
  • Founding President
  • 2013 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Tagalog
  • Filipino
  • Spanish
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Awards

  • SDCBA 2022 Service Award - Community Service Award
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • FEFL Bayani Award
  • Filipino Educators Federation of Louisiana (FEFL)
  • 2015
  • TJSL Pro Bono Honors
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • 2014
  • Cum Laude Academic Honors
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • 2014
  • Jefferson Medal (Employment Discrimination Law)
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • 2014
  • Jefferson Medal (Global Workplace Law)
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • 2014
  • Excellence for the Future Award (Employment Discrimination Law)
  • CALI
  • 2014
  • Excellence for the Future Award (Global Workplace Law)
  • CALI
  • 2014
  • Award for Academic Excellence (Employment Discrimination Law)
  • Witkin Legal Institute
  • 2014
  • Award for Academic Excellence (Global Workplace Law)
  • Witkin Legal Institute
  • 2014
  • 2015 Who’s Who Among Students in American Univ. and Colleges
  • Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
  • 2014
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Albuquerque Filipino Teachers Assembly
  • Relief for Victims of Human Trafficking
  • 2020
  • Center for Solo Practitioner Presentation Series
  • Building Your Credibility and Likability
  • 2016
  • CCLC Labor Working Group
  • Recruitment to Deployment: Experiences of Filipino Migrant Workers in Pursuit of Work in the United States
  • 2016
  • TJSL Labor Law Class Spring 2016
  • Organizing Outside of the NLRA's Protections: The UTWSD Example
  • 2016
  • Community Feature Presentation
  • A Prensentation on DACA, Expanded DACA and DAPA
  • 2016
  • Diversity in Law Practice
  • Diversity in Law Practice
  • 2016
  • Naturalization and Immigration Relief Options
  • Naturalization and Immigration Relief Options
  • 2016
  • Naturalization, DACA, and DAPA
  • Naturalization, DACA, and DAPA
  • 2016
  • Guest Lecture at Employment/Labor Law Class
  • The Continued Relevance of Labor Unions
  • 2016
  • IBEW - ERC Informational Citizens Workshop
  • The Benefits and Process of Naturalization
  • 2016
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (20)
Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ian is a dedicated and zealous advocate for his clients. He is a nice person, and really easy to work with. I highly recommend Ian for your employment matters, including wage & hours and/or discrimination claims. He is incredibly persuasive in the courtroom and has strong professional ethics."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ian is one of the hardest working lawyers I know. He works diligently for the best results possible and cares about the well being of his clients. If you're looking for an immigration or employment lawyer, do not hesitate to contact Ian."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. Attorney Ian Seruelo is an amazing passionate yet aggressive and effective attorney. It's truly a pleasure to have him in our legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ian is a fantastic attorney and zealous advocate for his clients. He provides top notch legal services and guides his clients through the perplexities of the legal system."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ian is an outstanding attorney and goes above and beyond for his clients. I highly recommend Ian."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ian is a very knowledgable immigration attorney. He always gives 100% to each client."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ian is dedicated, intelligent and passionate. As an attorney, Ian works extremely hard for his clients and I am very confident referring my employment law & immigration cases to him. I would recommend Ian to clients and fellow attorneys alike."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ian is passionate, fair, organized, and very logical. I have no doubt that his clients are in safe hands with him. I admire Ian's strong analytical skills and his desire to go way and beyond to achieve the best results possible for his clients. As a fellow attorney, I endorse this lawyer!"
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is nothing but a professional!"
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San Diego Immigration Lawyer Ian M. Seruelo
Ian M. Seruelo
Immigration Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 7 years
Free Consultation