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Johanna Mary Keamy

Immigration Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   55 reviews
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2001
    Status
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About Johanna

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Practice areas
  1. Immigration
    90%
    JOHANNA M. KEAMY is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of California. Ms. Keamy is actively involved with global contacts for her business clients and establishes liaisons with International Trade Specialists from around the world. She has represented United States businesses and industries that sponsor highly skilled foreign workers seeking to enter the U.S. temporarily or having proved the unavailability of workers in a particular field, on a permanent basis.

    23 years

  2. Litigation
    10%
    Immigration focused Litigation. Johanna M. Keamy has litigated multiple cases in District court for all kinds of Immigration cases.

    23 years

Expert Immigration Attorney for Athletes, Artists, Creative Directors, Musicians, Scientists & Researchers. CA Lic. Real Estate Broker experienced in real estate, corp. matters, business start up for E-2 Treaty Investment & Green Cards (National Interest Waiver) and EB-5 Immigrant Investor. 

Ms. Keamy was recognized by her peers as a Top Attorney in Immigration Law since 2015. Ms. Keamy practices Business Immigration law with a focus on entrepreneurs and corporate matters for small and large businesses.

 She is actively involved with global contacts for her business clients and establishes liaisons with International Trade Specialists from around the world. She has represented United States businesses and industries that sponsor highly skilled foreign workers seeking to enter the U.S. temporarily or having proved the unavailability of workers in a particular field, on a permanent basis.

 Ms. Keamy has provided expert opinion concerning immigration matters for the Superior Court of California, including cases with civil rights issues.   In addition, Ms. Keamy lectures in the area of business immigration including  the United States Marine Corps, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate in which she shared expertise in the area of immigration law at the 2012 Marine Corps Installations West Legal Assistance Conference.

 

In 2011, Ms. Keamy received a "Top Attorney" Nomination in Corporate Transactional Law for San Diego County in California.

Ms. Keamy obtained a Juris Doctor degree from Thomas Jefferson School. She was an Honor Roll student and a member of the International Law Society. Ms. Keamy graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She also attended Universitaire DuMaine, LeMans, France.

Ms. Keamy is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), a national bar association of more than 7,200 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law. AILA is an affiliated organization of the American Bar Association and is represented in the ABA House of delegates.

 

An active volunteer, Ms. Keamy has volunteered for AILA sponsored creative writing contests, the California Music Institute and the Department of State, Children’s Unit. She is supportive of local arts including Ballet and Symphony Orchestra.

 

 

 

 

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Location

Keamy Tavares & Associates
12636 High Bluff Drive, Suite 400
San Diego, CA, 92130

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Posted by Tamira | June 24, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Now a proud carrying Green Card holder, thanks to Johanna
After four years of unnecessary delays, poor communication, and poor follow-through, I made the difficult decision to switch immigration attorneys and start my green card process over. Not only was just the best decision I made, it also renewed my faith in professionalism and excellence in communication, but more so, I felt like someone heard me and truly cared about my situation. I can’t say enough about Johanna and her legal team. I highly highly recommend them!
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Posted by Kathleen M. Leifer | June 22, 2021
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Johanna Mary Keamy
Ms. Keamy has practiced immigration law for the last several years. She is a consummate professional and a skillful negotiator with superior knowledge of immigration law. I have referred several clients to Ms. Keamy who is always willing to talk to them and help them whether her services are required or not. Ms. Keamy is able to resolve complex situations with her exemplary knowledge of immigration law and her experience in this area. Ms. Keamy is an exceptionally gifted attorney who I most highly recommend.
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Posted by anonymous | July 24, 2020
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Greencard
I couldn’t be happier with the results Johanna is very professional and is the best at what she does.
Posted by Mike | May 13, 2020
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Johanna and her team are awesome!
She and her team were up front and honest about timeline and costs associated with a visa and delivered 100%!
Posted by Yerken | January 15, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing experience
I had several immigration attorneys I worked with before I met Johanna and I had E-2 visa for years. I was under perception that since it is non-immigrant visa, I will have to convert it either to EB-5 eventually or win a lottery and that could take forever. I was concerned that my daughter will grow up and after she will get into age of 21 she will have to find other way to stay in US, but since my daughter just turned 1 and a half when we arrived to US, US became a homeland for her. When I met Johanna I surprisingly found out that there are some exclusions from a general rules exist in some cases and we were qualified for it. None of the attorneys I worked with ever told me about it before. I thought I knew everything about E-2 visa, but realized quickly that I don't know a lot when I had my consultation with Johanna. She is very, very, very intelligent and professional. I didn't expect that someone could be so precise and detail oriented in getting you to success. I really loved working with her, it was very easy and comfortable. As a result of my work with Johanna - myself and my family got our status changed to permanent residents. From now on, the only immigration attorney to go to or recommend would be Keamy Tavares & Associates. Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to say that there are no good attorneys around, what I'm trying to say, that I have a doubt that someone will discover to you wider opportunities you might have and don't know about, that is why I said that Keamy Tavares and Associates is only place to go for anyone who wants success in their case.
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Posted by Daniel | October 22, 2019
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I wish there were 7 stars to give
My husband and I got married and applied for a green card at the end of last May. I'm from Israel and I didn't have much information of how it goes and what's needed. The first time we met with Johanna, in her beautiful office I must say, we felt that we fell in an Angel's hands. We were so grateful, and we felt blessed regardless of anything that might happen. But Johanna kept reassuring us that everything will be okay and gave us good feedbacks and encouragement. Johanna is an excellent lawyer, she definitely knows her work, very organized, very much on time. Always reminded us in emails of things we need to get, and checked in on how it goes. But more than anything, Johanna is just a wonderful person. She is kind, she is genuine, and truly just wants the best for the people around her. We already got our green card at the beginning of October, which arrived faster than we thought, and the interview at the immigration was a lot easier and faster that we anticipated. Johanna made sure we will have a mock interview before that real one, so we are prepared. And we definitely were. It all went smoothly and beautiful. I hope I would never need to get a lawyer again, but if I do, I know where to go. We were kind of sad to say goodbye at the end of the interview, we felt as if it all happened so fast. We thank Johanna, Suzanne, and Raquel for all the help, their hard work and their kindness. We couldn't ask for better hands to be cradled in. I will recommend them to whoever will come in my way and will need help with the law. We love you Johanna!!!!!
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Posted by Rafael Babilonia | September 23, 2019
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P1 VISA
She is the best, since the first call so helpful and very nice, when I told her that I got my passport at the embassy in Brazil I could tell that she got very happy, her team is always on top of the documents, she will do everything for you, you just need to provide the documents, and just chill, she will get everything done I've referred her to 2 friends and both of them are also getting the P1 with her, Another thing is: SHE WILL ANSWER ALL OF YOUR QUESTIONS
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Posted by Conrado | April 26, 2019
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O1 Visa
Johanna and Suzanne were both great! Extremely professional, they always made me feel at ease with their knowledge and attention to detail. My case was complicated and they manage to nail it with no issues, always answering all my questions and concerns quickly and kindly. I'm glad I had such a great team on my side. Thank you!
Posted by Marianna | March 12, 2019
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Best of the best
Thank you very much for the great work. It is a pleasure to work with you. You are the best.
Posted by Andrew | October 18, 2018
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Thanks Johanna
Johanna explained everything perfectly to us. The interview went better than I ever expected,thanks to the preparation before.Thank you again Johanna.
Posted by TULLIO | October 9, 2018
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WONDERFUL IMMIGRATION LAWYER
I'm an artist and I was looking to become a permanent resident and develop my business in the US. I spoke with different attorneys, and Johanna Keamy had the best personal approach. She makes the difference because really cares about each case. Her way to develop my immigration process was very different from the others. She is very creative and professional. That's why she is successful. I highly recommend her for any immigration process. Thank you Johanna for your help.
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Posted by Yves | September 28, 2018
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A Happy referee
I could not be happier with the services I received from Johanna. Thanks to you now I can resume my MMA referee career in the US
Posted by Iris | March 22, 2018
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Green Card
I could not be happier with the services I received from Johanna. She is extremely efficient and professional. She knows her business and she is very good at it.
Posted by Tristan | February 21, 2018
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Recent E2 Transfer.
Johanna has been absolutely excellent in the entire process, extremely quick turnaround and keeping me informed at every stage - I know we will be working together again in the future.
Posted by anonymous | February 16, 2018
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TN Visa Application
Johanna is amazing. She guided me through the entire process and was extremely helpful and easy to chat with. I had a ton of questions/concerns and she took care of everything while maintaining a friendly, professional, and kinda attitude. I highly recommend her.
Posted by Omar | January 9, 2018
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Extraordinary Hability and Green Card
Johanna worked in my case to change my status from Extraordinary Hability Visa to Green Card. She always told us exactly what to do to get it faster, Johanna is an incredible professional I could Not have better immigration attorney.
Posted by Leslie and Ryan | December 18, 2017
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EXCELLENT IMMIGRATION LAWYER
We are extremely grateful for Atty. Johanna Keamy! She helped us with every silly questions we had and put us at ease through our immigration process - from filling paperworks up to interview. She also keeps us updated with our case status. She is really knowledegable, professional and caring. To anyone who’s looking for reliable and best immigration lawyer in town, go for Atty. Johanna Keamy. You’ll never go wrong with her!
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Posted by AJ & Vicky | October 31, 2017
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Hands down, one of the top lawyers.
We came across Johanna thru online search of immigration lawyers. I have spoken with more than a dozen lawyers or at least attempted to speak with them. Johanna was the only one who actually cared sincerely about case. She calmly and professionally explained the complicated detail of the case and keep us well informed in every step of the way. With her experience and expertise, we felt confident which was very important to us, because it kept us calm. She does her due diligence very well and execute it brilliantly. We were approved our E2 in no time to start our business. I would highly recommend her to anybody who needed help! Thank you again Johanna! We will continue to work with you without a doubt.
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Posted by Janis | October 2, 2017
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Highly recommended
Johanna is a professional immigration attorney who is responsive, well-prepared and a very organized attorney. I got my work visa in 2 days after it submitted to the USCIS since she collected related info before our first meeting, shared and analyzed similar cases she processed to set up the expectations, and prepared the documents that can present me the best on my professional skills to get the visa approval. Johanna is also extremely helpful to share her knowledge and experiences with me, as well as a mentor when I returned to her again for my further visa options. I would definitely highly recommend her to be the immigration attorney.
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Posted by Karla | October 2, 2017
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Excellent lawyer
Johanna was really great to work with and helped us out a lot. Always attentive and answered emails or was able to meet whenever we had a question. My husband was able to move here with no problems whatsoever.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Keamy Tavares & Associates
  • 2002 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Deborah Chew & Associates
  • 1999 - 2002
  • Law Clerk
  • Honorable Judge Domnitz
  • 1998 - 1998

Education

  • Thomas Jefferson SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Univ of Southern Maine
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1984
  • Université du Maine
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Name Confidential
  • Approved
  • Name Confidential
  • Approved
  • I-601 Waiver
  • Approved
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Associations

  • United States District Court Southern District of California
  • Attorney
  • 2014 - Present
  • Department of State, Children's Unit
  • Attorney
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Top Attorney
  • San Diego Daily Transcript
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Top Attorney
  • San Diego Daily Transcript
  • 2013
  • 2011 "Top Attorney" Nomination Corporate Transactional
  • San Diego Source, The Daily Transcript
  • 2011
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Publications

  • Asia, The Journal of Culture and Commerce
  • To Become or not to Become a U.S. Citizen
  • 2006
  • Asia, The Journal of Culture and Commerce
  • Visas bring in ‘beautiful minds’ to build science, healthy profits,
  • 2002

Speaking Engagements

  • 2012 Marine Corps Installations West Legal Assistance Conference
  • THE OTHER SIDE OF LOVE The Anatomy of Family Sponsored Immigration
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (5)
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Immigration Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"As the Managing Attorney for the largest family Law firm in the state of California, I am confident to refer clients to Ms. Keamy concerning Immigration matters."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ms. Keamy has assisted a number of my clients who needed assistance over the years, They were all very satisfied with her services. She is sharp, knowledgeable, responsive and personable. I highly recommend her."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When our Family Law clients need an Immigration attorney, we refer them to Johanna. She's excellent!"
Immigration Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Keamy is very knowledgeable in her field. I highly recommend her to anyone in need of an immigration attorney."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Johanna is a top-notch immigration attorney. She is a zealous advocate for her clients and highly respected in the legal community. I highly recommend her!"
Immigration Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Attorney Johanna Keamy. As a practicing criminal defense attorney for over 16 years, our office have encountered numerous cases that required the immediate attention and a referral to an expert on complex business immigration issues. Attorney Johanna Keamy has performed above and beyond the expertise of an Immigration attorney and met the highest standard to clients’ satisfaction. She's a caring attorney, expert in her specialty, wins the most complex cases, and strives to achieve the best legal results a client dreams to accomplish. Attorney Johanna Keamy is an attorney I can confidently work with and refer clients to pertaining to challenging labor & business immigration cases. I am honored to have an outstanding, professional, aggressive, and honest attorney in our community."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Johanna is dedicated to the best interest of her clients. She is caring, thorough, and dilligent in making every effort within the bounds of the law to obtain a correct result for her clients."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Johanna is a friendly and conscientious attorney who has a way of immediately putting those around her at ease. Once she steps in to help, one feels very assured that they are in good hands with someone who knows what they are doing, and will do what they say."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Johanna Keamy for approximately two years and I continue to be impressed by her intelligence, calm demeanor, and her passion for immigration law. Bright, confident, and resourceful, Johanna always offers to help me when I have an immigration issue. I would not hesitate to recommend Johanna. She is both a wonderful attorney and an even better human being."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Johanna is a very concientious attorney. She is very dedicated to her clients, knowledgeable and a wonderful advocate."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Johanna and he husband, with whom she is a partner at Keamy Tavares, since shortly after her admission to the California Bar in 2001. On several occasions, I have consulted with her and referred clients on immigration matters. In each, Johanna has proven to be professional in demeanor, competent in her legal expertise, and thorough in her follow through on behalf of her clients. I could not recommend her more highly."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Keamy and I were co-presenters at the 2012 Marine Corps Installations West Legal Assistance Conference, and I must say that her presentation was excellent. I would not hesitate to refer any prospective immigration clients to Attorney Keamy."
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San Diego Immigration Lawyer Johanna Mary Keamy
Johanna Mary Keamy
Immigration Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 22 years