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Jeff L. Khurgel

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I am an immigration attorney assisting clients with their immigration issues throughout the U.S. My training and experience working with the Department of State and USCIS at U.S. Embassies overseas allows me to review and evaluate a case from all angles. I am honored and pleased to be among the less than 3% of immigration attorneys in California Certified by the Board of Legal Specialization as a Specialist in Immigration Law.

I draw upon over twelve years of experience in working with companies and immigrants to help them reach their U.S. immigration goals. Our Firm is solely devoted to immigration law. 

My practice areas are comprehensive employment, family, waiver, and investment-based immigration. I represent clients before USCIS and in Immigration Courts throughout the U.S., and before the State Department at U.S. Embassies worldwide. I have been called a “versatile, immigration problem solver” and a “dedicated advocate” by my clients. I have presented sucessful arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO). 

Prior to founding the firm, I was a Partner at a large Pasadena, CA immigration law firm. My U.S. government experience includes serving with the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Service Officer in Washington D.C. and at the U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan. I also worked with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and was a Law Clerk for the Federal Trade Commission, Northeast Region (NYC) and the Department of Justice (Honolulu).

I was admitted to the California Bar in 2004 and am also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. I am an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Orange County and Los Angeles County Bar Associations. I frequently speak on immigration issues throughout Southern California and my weekly column appears in the Asian Journal.

Our Law Firm's Practice Areas:

Employment/corporate immigration: NIV Status/Visas (H-1B, L-1, E), IV petitions (EB-1/2/3), PERM applications, complex RFE and audit responses, motions to reopen/reconsider.

Family-Based immigration: Adjustment of Status applications, consular processing, conditional residence petitions, naturalization applications, representation before the EOIR in Immigration Court, before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), and Administrative Appeals Office (AAO).

Immigration Waivers: Waivers of Inadmissibility (I-601) based on: Crimes, Unlawful Presence (I-601/I-601A) and Prior Deportation. The Waivers we handle are either filed before USCIS for AOS or overseas with immigrant visa applications.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%
    13 years



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Anu Gupta

    I endorse Mr. Khurgel with pleasure. Jeff's answers on Avvo demonstrate his legal expertise, skill and the fact that he genuinely cares about his clients. An excellent attorney!


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  • Jeremiah Johnson

    Jeff is known for hard work and commitment to his clients. He combines the experience and professionalism you would expect from a large firm with individualized, personal service.


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Contact info

Khurgel Immigration Law Firm

University Tower
4199 Campus Drive, Suite 550
Irvine, CA, 92612


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certified Specialist - Immigration & Nationality LawState Bar of California2016
RecognitionInternational Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers2015
RecognitionInternational Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers2014
Top LawyerOC Metro Magazine2014
Meritorious Honor AwardUnited States Department of State2013
2013 Client's Choice Award -- ImmigrationAvvo2013
2013 Top Contributor - ImmigrationAvvo2013
Meritorious Honor AwardUnited States Department of State2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner and Managing AttorneyKhurgel Immigration Law Firm2013 - Present
Foreign Service Officer (Consular)U.S. Department Of State2011 - 2013
Attorney, PartnerReeves & Associates, APLC2006 - 2011
Consular SpecialistUSCIS -- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services2005 - 2006
Law ClerkU.S. Department Of Justice2001 - 2001
Law ClerkU.S. Federal Trade Commission2001 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers Association (National)Member2009 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Southern California chapter)Member2009 - Present
United States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaAttorney Member2008 - Present
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitAttorney Member2008 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2004 - Present
West Court Bar AssociationCo-chair2013 - 2013
American Foreign Service AssociationMember2011 - 2013
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Good Faith Marriage WaiverSuccess
Employment-based ImmigrationSuccess
Employment-based ImmigrationSuccess
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
Pepperdine University School of LawLawCertification in Dispute Resolution2002
California State University, Long BeachInterdisciplinary StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Institute for Supply ManagementU.S. Immigration Tips and Pointers for HR Personnel2015
KUCI's Ask a Leader Radio ShowDeferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Immigration Reform2013
Irvine ClubComprehensive Immigration Reform post-Shutdown2013
Advanced Topics for Immigration Practitioners WebinarWaved in as Admission Under 245(a) per Areguillin and Quilantan2013
Advanced Topics for Immigration Practitioners WebinarDual Representation Pitfalls for Lawyers2013
The Immigration Experts, Season One -- Television ShowI-751 Removal of Conditions and Waiver of Joint Spouse Filing Requirement2010
The Immigration Experts, Season One -- Television ShowImmigrant Visas at Embassies and Consulates2010
USCIS Rome District MeetingUSCIS Processing of I-407s, I-130s and Refugees at the Embassy in Moscow2005
Naturalization TodayNaturalization -- Residence and GMC2005
Naturalization TodayPro Bono Naturalization Seminar2004
ADR Society MeetingADR in Religious Conflicts2002
ADR Society MeetingADR in Cross-cultural Conflicts2001