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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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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Certified Specialist - Immigration & Nationality Law||State Bar of California||2016|
|Recognition||International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers||2015|
|Recognition||International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers||2014|
|Top Lawyer||OC Metro Magazine||2014|
|Meritorious Honor Award||United States Department of State||2013|
|2013 Client's Choice Award -- Immigration||Avvo||2013|
|2013 Top Contributor - Immigration||Avvo||2013|
|Meritorious Honor Award||United States Department of State||2012|
|Owner and Managing Attorney||Khurgel Immigration Law Firm||2013 - Present|
|Foreign Service Officer (Consular)||U.S. Department Of State||2011 - 2013|
|Attorney, Partner||Reeves & Associates, APLC||2006 - 2011|
|Consular Specialist||USCIS -- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services||2005 - 2006|
|Law Clerk||U.S. Department Of Justice||2001 - 2001|
|Law Clerk||U.S. Federal Trade Commission||2001 - 2001|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association (National)||Member||2009 - Present|
|Orange County Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association (Southern California chapter)||Member||2009 - Present|
|United States District Court for the Central District of California||Attorney Member||2008 - Present|
|United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit||Attorney Member||2008 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||2004 - Present|
|West Court Bar Association||Co-chair||2013 - 2013|
|American Foreign Service Association||Member||2011 - 2013|
|I-601(A) Provisional Waiver Approved||Approved|
|BIA remands an appeal of I130 visa petition denial||BIA remands an appeal of I130 visa petition denial|
|Successor-in-interest I-140 Approval||I-140 approved after RFE response|
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|Asian Journal and www.khurgel.com||10 Things to Know About Your Immigration Court Hearing||2013|
|AVVO Legal Guides||The Disappearing Employer: What if my Petitioning Company is Sold?||2013|
|AVVO Legal Guides||F-2A Immigration Classification to Open for Spouses and Children of Lawful Residents||2013|
|AVVO Legal Guides||Supreme Court Provides Relief for Same-sex bi-national Couples||2013|
|Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor||U.S. Department of State Country Report on Human Rights Practices (2012)||2013|
|Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor||U.S. Department of State Annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom (2012)||2013|
|Asian Journal and www.khurgel.com||Sweethearts vs. U.S. Immigration Law||2013|
|Philippine News||USCIS clarifies immigration eligibility for family of the deceased||2011|
|Asian Journal||Immigration Benefits for Same Sex Partners||2011|
|Moldova.org||Immigration Consequences of Marriage Fraud||2009|
|Moldova.org||Foreign Workers and Navigating the Rough Seas of U.S. Immigration||2009|
|Asian Journal||What Every non-citizen Should Know Before Traveling||2008|
|Pepperdine University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2002|
|Pepperdine University School of Law||Law||Certification in Dispute Resolution||2002|
|California State University, Long Beach||Interdisciplinary Studies||BA - Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude||1999|
|Institute for Supply Management||U.S. Immigration Tips and Pointers for HR Personnel||2015|
|KUCI's Ask a Leader Radio Show||Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Immigration Reform||2013|
|Irvine Club||Comprehensive Immigration Reform post-Shutdown||2013|
|Advanced Topics for Immigration Practitioners Webinar||Waved in as Admission Under 245(a) per Areguillin and Quilantan||2013|
|Advanced Topics for Immigration Practitioners Webinar||Dual Representation Pitfalls for Lawyers||2013|
|The Immigration Experts, Season One -- Television Show||I-751 Removal of Conditions and Waiver of Joint Spouse Filing Requirement||2010|
|The Immigration Experts, Season One -- Television Show||Immigrant Visas at Embassies and Consulates||2010|
|USCIS Rome District Meeting||USCIS Processing of I-407s, I-130s and Refugees at the Embassy in Moscow||2005|
|Naturalization Today||Naturalization -- Residence and GMC||2005|
|Naturalization Today||Pro Bono Naturalization Seminar||2004|
|ADR Society Meeting||ADR in Religious Conflicts||2002|
|ADR Society Meeting||ADR in Cross-cultural Conflicts||2001|