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Bashir Ghazialam

Immigration Attorney at San Diego, CA

4.8   29 reviews
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2001
    Active No misconduct found

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Learn Bashir’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Immigration
    There are strict federal guidelines dealing with immigration and related issues. A qualified Immigration Attorney can be the difference between a visa, citizenship or a green card versus deportation. We have a clear track record of providing results for our clients dealing with immigration related issues. Don't trust your livelihood and the stability of your friends, family and other loved ones to just anyone, let our team help you today!

    23 years

  2. Employment and labor
    Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Wrongful Termination

  3. Civil rights

  4. General practice
    Civil Litigation/ Personal Injury/ Breach of Contract

Bashir Ghazialam, Attorney At Law
University of California, San Diego (UCSD) (B.A., Political Science); Whittier Law School (Juris Doctorate (J.D.), 2000); Oxford University (International and Comparative Law Institute, 1999).

Mr. Ghazialam was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and immigrated to the U.S. as a refugee at age 13.

He was admitted to the California State Bar in 2001. Mr. Ghazialam is authorized to practice before the Supreme Court of California, the Federal District Courts in the Southern, Central, and Northern Districts of California, as well as immigration courts all over the United States of America. He is also admitted in the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.), where he litigates lawsuits and mandamus actions against the U.S. government as well as its agencies.

Mr. Ghazialam founded the Law Offices of Bashir Ghazialam, A Professional Corporation, in 2002. Initially, his area of focus was limited to civil and criminal law litigation; however, since the majority of his clients were immigrants, he naturally developed an interest in immigration law. Mr. Ghazialam's two decades of diverse legal experience has manifested itself into his present practice portfolio, which is immigration law and Defense Base Act law (which is an extension of the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act).

Moreover, Mr. Ghazialam's dedicated and extensive legal experience, as well as hundreds of hours of Continuing Legal Education throughout the years has enabled him to develop a vast network of legal experts and other professionals who specialize in key areas of law that have met all sorts of the firm's legal needs. As a result, our firm has a growing list of Of Counsels and other Affiliates that are very knowledgeable and up to date in their respective areas of practice. Therefore, you can rest assured that Mr. Ghazialam will be there to guide you toward the right direction when any kind of legal need arises in the future, from family law, to criminal defense, civil litigation and beyond.

Before embarking on his legal career, Mr. Ghazialam was an English teacher as well as a court interpreter. He spent one year in China teaching English at a university there. He paid his way to college by parking expensive luxury and sports cars at fancy restaurants as well as very much appreciated financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

During law school, Mr. Ghazialam worked as a Certified Law Clerk for the Orange County District Attorney's Office, where he gained invaluable experience assisting in prosecution of all sorts of misdemeanors and felonies. He also was authorized to conduct Preliminary Hearings. Also while studying law, Mr. Ghazialam clerked for an employment, wrongful termination, and civil rights law firm.

After graduating from law school and shortly after taking the bar exam (which he passed on his first try), Mr. Ghazialam landed a job at a very busy mass torts civil litigation and civil rights law firm where he worked on hundreds of cases under the supervision of senior attorneys. His duties included drafting and filing lawsuits, drafting motions, writing discovery and objections, taking and defending depositions, trial preparation, mediations and settlement conferences, as well as courtroom trial experience. As a new attorney, Mr. Ghazialam displayed so much enthusiasm and confidence that on the day after being sworn in as an attorney, his boss assigned him to take the deposition of a defendant doctor as a well as a defense expert in a medical malpractice case in Fresno, California.

Between 2003 and 2006, while continuing to run his law practice, Mr. Ghazialam served several stints in dangerous and high stakes overseas missions. He served as a Legal Consultant with the Afghanistan Judicial Reform Commission, which was then charged with helping draft Afghanistan's post-Taliban Constitution. In addition, Mr. Ghazialam was hired by the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, based in Geneva, Switzerland, along with a team of other legal scholars and experts, to work on a special report relating to the status of Rule of Law and Justice Reform in Afghanistan in 2004. He also worked as a legal consultant with the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), based in Rome, Italy, and returned to Kabul, Afghanistan (his place of birth) to help open a Kabul office. Mr. Ghazialam also served as Legal Advisor to Afghanistan's Minister of Justice. Moreover, Mr. Ghazialam worked as a Legal Advisor to the U.S. State Department as well as the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.

Mr. Ghazialam's present representation of his immigration clients include, but is not limited to, asylum seeking, removal and bond proceedings, victims of crime, trafficking, and domestic violence related cases, "special immigrant visas," family immigration, adjustment of status, consular processing, waivers of inadmissibility, and naturalizations. He also handles appeals in front of the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as lawsuits, habeas, and mandamus actions in Federal District Courts. He also has a successful track record in Labo Law as well as Social Security Appeals.

Mr. Ghazialam's present representation of his DBA clients include injured Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and other war contractors, such as interpreters, advisors, analysts and other personnel.

Mr. Ghazialam is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Workers' Injury Law and Advocacy Group (WILG), as well as many other active legal advocacy groups. He has also been a member of the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, the San Diego County Bar Association, Consumer Attorneys Association, and the American Bar Association. Mr. Ghazialam also receives invitations and serves as a judge at the University of San Diego Mock Trial Competition.

Mr. Ghazialam has also served as general counsel as well as board member for several non-profit humanitarian and educational organizations, including Afghanistan Relief Organization, Sister Cities International, Sister Cities of San Diego, San Diego-Jalalabad Sister Cities Committee, and the Afghan Community Islamic Center (ACIC).

Mr. Ghazialam and his firm also provides hundreds of hours of pro-bono legal services to indigent and deserving clients, mainly asylum seekers who have been caught up in this administration's ongoing war against immigrants, mainly asylum seekers and refugees.

Lastly, In addition to always participating in continuing legal education seminars and conferences all over the country, Mr. Ghazialam also serves as mentor to many junior attorneys, helping them navigate the complex and ever-evolving immigration law system. He also frequently gets hired by other attorneys to make special court appearances as well as to serve as co-counsel on their immigration as well as other federal litigation cases.

On his spare time, he remains physically active keeping up with his 3 young, energetic and fast growing boys.

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4.8 / 5.0
  29 customer reviews
Posted by Manny | February 16, 2022
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This man will fight for you until you succeed.
Bashir has helped my family for years. He’s extremely knowledgeable and full of great advice. Before I hired Bashir, I was in a bad place mentally and didn’t think I would have much success, if any, with this process. Bashir assured me there is nothing to worry about and there are multiple approaches to handle the case. He was so kind, he even referred me to someone he works with to help out with another situation. Bashir is extremely professional, but knows when to crack a joke to help make light of a situation. I appreciated this a lot about him. My case was dropped, he helped me apply for my n-400 application for naturalization, and as of the 15th, I am a US citizen. Thank you so much for always answering my calls, text messages, and emails. Thank you for always updating me with my case status, thank you for coming all the way to LA from San Diego to represent me. I am where I am in life because of this man and his services.
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Posted by Ahmad | February 11, 2022
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He really helps you.
He is really a helpful lawyer. He is definitely above the average. He really helps you with your case steps, he has spent most of his life in the US, he knows the details of the US law system very well.
Posted by Rona Baloch | December 10, 2021
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I am so grateful for your passion ,dedication and professionalism . Mr. Ghazi Alam was truly the best i have ever worked with and i can not tell how much i appreciated the amazing legal work he did on my behave .I am really happy i had Mr. Ghazi Alam as my lawyer.Thank you so much
Posted by anonymous | August 3, 2019
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Writ Of Mandamus
After consulting with numerous attorneys over the years regarding my complicated immigration case, I lost hope. One day as I was discussing my immigration case with a friend, he highly recommended Bashir Ghazialam. So, I decided to give it one more chance. I was impressed by Bashir's authentic style, no mumbo-jumbo strategic approach to handling my case. Bashir is a natural-born fighter. My family and I were overwhelmed with the outcome of the lawsuit against USCIS. Having done massive research on lawyers, I highly recommend Bashir to handle your case. Don't go at it alone. Thank you for helping me with the most challenging moment of my life:)
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Response from Bashir Ghazialam August 5, 2019
Thank you so much for your kind words. You were a model client who was diligent and fully cooperative throughout the entire process, and more importantly, you never lost confidence in me no matter how rough the waters became throughout the entire journey. You are a true team player.
Posted by diana | July 16, 2018
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me hayudo con mi caso de visa u . todo el proceso fue rapido y me hayudo con todas mis preguntas . la forma en que yo lo conosi fue por medio de el consulado y estoy agradecida por toda la hayuda que me brindaron.
Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2018
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Mr. Haroon
I met with Mr. Bashir Ghazi Alam for a consultation he was great very friendly and gave me more information than I expected. His law firm is the best you could ask for. I hired him for my asylum cause I am absolutely proud of attorney Bashir for the great job that he have done on my recent immigration case. Mr. Bashir was very knowledgeable about the entire process and informed me of every step I would need to take and he would be taking on my behalf as my attorney. I would definitely recommend him for representations. I really really appreciated your help Sir!!!
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Posted by Aziz | February 13, 2018
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Mr. Bashir is the best Lawyer that I have ever dealt with
Mr. Bashir was my lawyer in Asylum case. He is very humble and professional and trustworthy lawyer. he was there whenever I needed him to answer any of my questions. I would surely recommend him for anyone. thank you so much Mr. Bashir for your help and kindness.
Posted by anonymous | October 20, 2017
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The great Lawyer
You deserve more Mr.Bashir GGhaziAlam which I can not ecpress it by the words, On behalf of my family, I really do appreciate you, and thank you for being the best professional lawyer and a friend. We will always keeps you in our prayers. Thank you so much Regards, Your small brother
Posted by Diana | October 18, 2017
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Excellent service with utmost professionalism
Bashir is one of the most well-known and respected lawyers in southern California. His kind demeanour, responsiveness and thorough knowledge of the law puts him in a category ahead of the rest. For any immigration or family-related issues he is definitely a trusted attorney who can guide you through an often complicated process with patience.
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Response from Bashir Ghazialam October 19, 2017
Thank you Diana! I truly appreciate you taking the time. I am very humbled by your most positive review.
Posted by Parween | October 16, 2017
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Mr. Bashir Ghazialam Attorney in Law
Mr. Ghazialam is a Compassionate Trustworthy, Ethical & Professional attorney in law who is serving the Southern California population for many years. He is a very humble and hardworking human being who is always there for his clients and always performs the highest level of integrity and timeless dedication. He is well known for all his traits and above all he truly demonstrates the highest level of professionalism and trust worthiness among his clients within the community. We hired Mr. Ghazialam as our immigration attorney and he performed and excellent job with a great result. I would recommend Mr. Ghazialam to anyone who is in need of an attorney in law especially in American immigration law.
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Response from Bashir Ghazialam October 17, 2017
Thank you Parween Jan, you and your family have always been very grateful clients!
Posted by Obaidullah Niazi | October 15, 2017
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Professional and Friendly
Friendly and helpful, always understands that the case means a lot to you, so deals with it in a professional yet friendly manner and is always responsive and is there to update and help you. Mr. Ghazialam is very knowledgeable and experienced and understands the nature of the case. I would disagree with him at times but would soon learn that his was the best way and he knew what he had to do. I highly recommend him and he has my full trust and confidence.
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Response from Bashir Ghazialam October 17, 2017
Dear Mr. Niazi, it has been an honor to have you as a client, and than you for the encouraging words!
Posted by Noura | October 14, 2017
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Amazing Lawyer
Bashir was my immigration lawyer. He did my fiancee's visa and permanent green card paperwork. He was extremely helpful. You can reach him anytime. His fees were very reasonable. I felt comfortable to ask him any question. If I had any questions about another matter that was not immigration related, he pointed me in the right direction. I would hire him again anytime or recommend him to anyone.
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Response from Bashir Ghazialam October 17, 2017
Thank you Noura! You were truly a "model" client!
Posted by Jawid | October 14, 2017
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Excellent service
He took care of some immigration paperwork for my wife and and did a wonderful job. He was very easy to talk to answer it all of our questions and got back to us very quickly
Response from Bashir Ghazialam October 17, 2017
Thank you Jawid! It was an honor to have been chosen by you all the way from the opposite coast of the United States. I know you could have chosen thousands of other attorneys in between, but yet, you chose me, and I am grateful for all your cooperation which made it possible for me to succeed!
Posted by Alex | June 7, 2015
Bashir Ghazialam is very serious, generous and intelligent law. He will make sure to serve you.
I went to M, Ghazialam after visiting several lawyer to get legal advice for my child, no other lawyers I visited knew how to help me but Mr. Ghazialam took the case and guided me to the right direction. He makes sure to use all laws to protect you and most importantly I trust him because he knows what he is doing.
Posted by Mohammad Atifmal | April 27, 2015
Best Lawyer hands down!!!
Bashir Ghazialam is an amazing lawyer! I went through three different lawyers before I contacted Mr. Ghazialam. My previous lawyers charged me a lot of money with no results. It was the opposite with Mr. Ghazialam. I had seen Mr. Ghazialam on TV before, but didn't contact him because he is located in San Diego which is over 2 hours away from where I live ( Los Angeles). I finally decided to give him a call and I can definitely say that it was the best decision I made. Mr. Ghazialam explained every step thoroughly and made sure that I was comfortable with the process before moving on. When I contacted him, he always made me feel secure and he was there with me throughout the entire process. He is very knowledgeable and can relate to people. Mr. Ghazialam always responds back to his clients within 1-2 days no matter how busy he might be. I was certain that my immigration case would not get approved until I met him. He went above and beyond to achieve the results I wanted. If you have a legitimate immigration case and you want the best lawyer then contact Mr. Ghazialam.
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Posted by shah | March 17, 2015
genuine lawyer .
I came across Bashir from an international TV station. I came to America , and found my self to be lost in the Immigration world. Mr. GhaziAlam helped a lot . One thing about him he was very Genuine , and reall. He explained to my my options and guided to which option would be most beneficial. Thank You for your service, will definitely recommend to anyone who's in need of legally assistance.
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Posted by Zubair & family | March 17, 2015
Genuine Beautiful person. fabulous lawyer.
The best, Honest, Trustworthy Lawyer In California Mr. Bashir GhaziAlam helped saved my family From harms way. When we first came to United States, we had a very complicated case as far the immigration is concerned. had little to no Hope for our family future. we couldn't go back to Afghanistan, as our lives were truly in danger. And we had a very complicated issue here. Immigration is not about just apply and submit documents. For our case, he went out of his way to help solve our problems. With his professional Guidance , advise and counseling, Mr. GhaziAlam got us Approved as refugees here in the United States. had it not been for the services of Mr. Ghazialam, i would probably not where I am at now. in matter of few months , I can not wait to obtain our citizenship. And world of possibilities that our country offers for its citizens. From freedom to education and A oppourtunity of upward mobility. in life many things can happen . And sometimes people stress about them. with no future with immigration along 7 kids he literally took away our stress with his humor. I genuine LOVE you Bashir. Once I become , a physician, God Forbid, if you become sick or need medical help, I promise I would be at your service no matter what. Definitely, recommend for anyone who has any legal needs. And will definitely use his service for future legal needs ( when I get arrange marriage ) Thanks,
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Posted by fahimtahiree | March 16, 2015
Ahmad Fahim Tahiree
"Bashir Ghazialam is a very committed, well organized and is a professional attorney with extensive experience in his field. He fights his cases with honesty and professionalism, He always keep his client through out all the stages of their case and takes the challenges positively. He also ensures that his client are very wll prepared for their interviews or hearings. I wish him best of luck and success in his future endeavors. "
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Posted by anonymous | March 13, 2015
Great Lawyer
Mr. Ghazialam worked on a Asylum case for my Br. in Law and was very responsive throughout the process. He is knowledgeable and knows what he is doing.
Posted by Rukhsana | March 13, 2015
Most Trustworthy Lawyer!
My experience with Bashir has been the Best Ever! He is a very compassionate, helpful and knowledgeable person. His advice is precise and to the point. His responses to the queries are prompt, which is an assurance by itself that he has the knowledge at his fingertips. He would advise you to contact the particular expert if it does not comes under his scope of expertise. I highly recommend him to anyone seeking legal advice. Thank you Bashir!
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AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Law Offices of Bashir Ghazialam
  • 2002 - Present
  • Legal Counsel
  • Afghan Community Islamic Center
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Co-Founder/General Counsel
  • Afghanistan Prenatal Relief Organization
  • 2007 - 2011
  • Justice Advisor
  • United States Department Of State
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Associate
  • Law Offices Of Federico C. Sayre
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Clerk
  • Sessions & Kimball, LLP
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Clerk
  • Orange County District Attorney's Office
  • 1999 - 1999
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  • Whittier College School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • University of California - San Diego
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • Immigration
  • Appeal Granted, Clients Re-Interviewed, immigrant Visas Issued, Green Card or U.S. Passports/Citizenship Certificates Issued.


  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Chinese, Gan
  • Farsi
  • English
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Persian
  • Punjabi
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Turkish
  • Urdu
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Honors and Awards

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Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (30)
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Immigration Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"With the help of Bashir Ghazialam, we were able to get my client off the plane and prevent him from being removed from the U.S. This was in 2020. Since then, I've had occasion to work with him on other matters. I recommend any person who wants to remain in the U.S. to get his professional assistance."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent skills and a deeply caring of his clients."
Car accident Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bashir is an excellent attorney committed to providing the highest quality representation to clients. I endorse this attorney without reservation."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Ghazialam is highly proficient in immigration law. He is a dedicated advocate for his clients and for the community. He has deep knowledge of the more complex areas of immigration law. I recommend him wholeheartedly."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Very knowledgeable attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Other
"An excellent attorney in an extremely difficult field, who is an excellent advocate for clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I would highly recommend Mr. Ghazialam for anyone looking for an ethical and experienced attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Bashir is one of the most compassionate and hard-working individuals you will ever meet. He is extremely knowledgeable about the law governing his fields and has a strong sense of what litigation strategies are most effective in different contexts. He will vigorously pursue a claim until resolution while never compromising his integrity or ethics. He is also willing to give other attorneys in the field advice, as he has many years of practice under his belt and he often receives request to share his expertise. If you are an attorney in need of a strong adviser or a prospective client looking for someone who cares and knows their field very well, I highly recommend the services of Bashir."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Bashir on a number of cases and he has always been professional and thorough. I refer him all my immigration cases."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Friend
"Mr. Ghazialam is a bright, socially conscious attorney with a great drive for success. I highly recommend him."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A former high-level official in the Afghan Department of Justice, Bashir knows the ins and outs of immigration law. Highly recommended."
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