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Marina Andrei

Immigration Attorney at Newport Beach, CA

5.0   26 reviews
  • Licensed for 9 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2015
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Marina

Learn Marina’s areas of practice.

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Practice area
  1. Immigration
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    All type of immigration matters from family based visas, work visas, investment visas to removal proceedings and deportation defense (K1, Adjustement of Status, H1B, L1, E2, O1, Cancellation of Removal - 42B and 42A, 212c and 212h waivers, I-601 and I-601A waivers, consular processing, SIJS - Special Immigration Juvenile Status).

    10 years, 100 cases

I've been an attorney since 1998, currently practicing immigration law in the United States since 2015. If you'd like to discuss your immigration case in details in English, Spanish, French or Romanian, please contact me for a free consultation. My office is located in Newport Beach, California and I can also schedule appointments in Santa Monica, Downtown Los Angeles, Irvine and San Diego.

I have a lot of experience in a variety of practice areas such as:

Family-Based Immigration & Waivers
Green Cards for Spouse, Children, Parents and Siblings (Adjustment of Status, 245(i) Adjustment of Status), K-1 (Fiancé Visa), Green Cards through Consular Processing, U-Visa (Victims of Crime), Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), Immigrant Children (Special Immigrant Juveniles Status - SIJS), Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), 601 and 601A waivers, Naturalization (Citizenship)

Employment-Based Immigration & Work Visas
Change of Status, H-1B (employment visa), L-1 Visa (Intracompany Transfer), O-1 Visa and EB-1 Classification (Individuals with Extraordinary Abilities), P-Visa (Performers and Athletes), R-1 Visa (Religious Workers) 

Investors & Entrepreneurs
E-1 and E-2 (Treaty Trade Investor Visas)

Deportation Defense
Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Asylum, Withholding of Removal and Convention Against Torture, Cancellation of Removal for Permanent Residents and Non-permanent Residents, Application for Waivers and Adjustment of Status

I obtained my law degree from the University of Bucharest in 1998 and started as an in-house counsel for an established civil engineering company serving both Romanian and German markets. I learned a lot during that time, mostly about myself as a professional and about the ethic and beauty of a job well done. As my life changed and I immigrated to the United States in 2003, I had to start all over again and dare to hope that I can reinvent myself and do what I most liked. It started with the opportunity offered by a great mentor that is Attorney Nikki Jacobson, who was the first to bring me on board at Jacobson and Han in 2011 and encourage me to pursue a license with the California Bar. I discovered the complicated field of immigration law during the 5 years of assisting three attorneys, along with the rewards of seeing people's lives changing in front of my eyes. 

After passing the California State Bar, I became a member of American Immigration Lawyers Association and a member of Los Angeles County Bar Association. I knew that immigration law is what I wanted to continue to do. I marked another milestone as my first position as an associate attorney at Han Law Group, under the guidance of another great mentor, Attorney Susan Han.

The efforts, the pressure, the long hours of work in preparing a case, the butterflies in the stomach before every hearing in front of the judge, all is worth when my clients look me in the eyes and say: “God bless you!” (“Que Dios la bendiga!”) And more than anything, when they say “Que Dios ME la bendiga”, I feel their love and I know I am one of them. I'm Marina Andrei. I am an Immigrant. I am your Immigration Attorney.

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Location

Marina Andrei
23 Corporate Plaza Dr. Suite 150
Newport Beach, CA, 92660

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Posted by Brandon | March 18, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Great immigration lawyer !
Today marks a milestone in our lives, one that we owe to the exceptional expertise of attorney Marina Andrei. Her dedication and proficiency have been the cornerstone of our success. Marina stands out as an immigration lawyer not only for her extensive knowledge but also for her remarkable compassion and patience. From the outset, Marina approached our case "42B Cancellation of removal after reopening the deportation order from 2001" with meticulous attention, ensuring that every detail was considered. Our case is extremely difficult but she saved us. Her strategic thinking led us to the most effective solution, tailored specifically to our unique situation. Her responsiveness was unparalleled; she was always just a text or call away, ready to clarify our doubts and provide reassurance. Even during her busiest times, particularly when she was in court, she made every effort to keep us informed. In the days leading up to our court appearance, Marina invested hours in preparing us, walking us through each step with patience and clarity. Her thorough explanations demystified the legal processes and procedures, equipping us with the confidence we needed. Marina’s unwavering support and guidance have been invaluable. She has not only been our attorney but also our steadfast advocate throughout this journey. We are deeply grateful for her role in bringing us to this victorious day. It’s with heartfelt appreciation that we recommend Marina Andrei to anyone in need of a compassionate, knowledgeable, and dedicated immigration attorney.
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Posted by Istvan | March 2, 2023
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An amazing lawyer
I needed help with my immigration, and I didn't know where to even start. I called several attorneys, but all gave me very vague answers to my questions. By a chance I found Marina and I called her. After a 10-minute conversation with her I knew I found the attorney who I wanted to help me. She was kind, understanding and most importantly VERY knowledgeable. She answered all my questions and was patient with me. Even after I hired her, she always returned my calls and given me updates (whenever possible). My case took some time, but she was there every step of the way. Marina IS the best.
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Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2022
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Absolutely Wonderful
Sometimes words cannot say enough… Smart , Professional, Emphatic. Takes time to make you understand clear, transparent and detailed . Outstanding attorney.
Posted by Yasmin | June 8, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
THE BEST
Marina is one of a kind! She is all you want in a lawyer, and so much more! Yes, she is a professional, experienced and reliable top-notch immigration attorney - but what makes her truly stand out is her genuine kindness and compassion! Rest assured that you and your case will be in the best hands, and all concerns no matter how small will be addressed and taken seriously! Be prepared to miss her when your case is through :)
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Posted by Rebecca | October 16, 2020
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Client
Marina has been extremely helpful and generous with her expertise while I’ve been dealing with authorities related to gaining foreign citizenship. I highly recommend her as her communication and expertise is top notch.
Posted by Rosa | May 8, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Great Lawyer!
I strongly suggest Marina! She is a very knowledgeable and helpful lawyer. I faced an issue in the middle of my immigration process. I got a consultation from Marina. Although it was free, she spent so much time with me and gave me several suggestions to help with my case. Using her advice helped me to solve the issue and get my case approved. I can't thank her enough! Highly recommended!
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Posted by Daniela | April 27, 2019
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Not only an excellent lawyer but a wonderful person and a friend!
I consider myself lucky to have met such a professional but warm and kind person in the same time, that made feel safe through all the time frame while waiting for my spouse green card arrival. It cleared all my questions one by one and got to the day of my interview without beeing nervous but more then that she manged to keep my husband calm and relaxed when he usually gets impatient due to his ADA . I am still in touch with Marina and I'm glad to know that for any necessity I can have someone to represent me or my husband in the future ,she really made me feel welcomed and integrated and all my worries are gone,thank you again!
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Posted by anonymous | November 24, 2018
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Experienced immigration lawyer
If you are looking for an immigration lawyer-look no further! Marina is a truly amazing. She is extremely knowledgeable and experienced in the immigration field. She is super attentive and dedicated to getting the job done. I am extremely grateful for her services.
Posted by Alina | October 18, 2018
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AMAZING
There are no words to explain how happy I am that I found Marina! She helped me with my case. We applied for VAWA and because of her, we got approved! She is an amazing lawyer and amazing person! She was an immigrant herself and besides her amazing professionalism , she will totally understand your case and will fight for you, no matter what! I don’t have enough words to thank her for all her support and everything she did for me!!! If she helped me with my case , (helping me succeed) she will do it for you also! Today was the happiest day of my life... soon it will be yours!
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Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2018
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Marina Andrei did an absolutely outstanding job with my case. It was a great experience working with her. I definitely recommend Marina Andrei as your immigration lawyer, she is the best lawyer I have encountered. Thank you !!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Alex | January 8, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Imigration problem
I had problems with my papers for my wife, and a friend who was very pleased with she's work said to me to give a try. And i'm glad that i did,because i found in Marina Andrei a energetic, open minded person but first of all, a professional lawyer who cares about your case, any time off the day. I was surprised when she replied to me very quickly on a late hour. For sure i would recommend to everyone who want's a professional "hand" for his case.
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Posted by Constantin | November 1, 2017
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Best of the best
Thank you for doing such a great job and working so hard on my behalf. I really appreciate your sincerity, patience, understanding and dedication in getting the best results. What a great result you achieved for me! I really appreciate everything you have done and I am so lucky to have you on my side. Lawyers fight for you in getting what you want, but only certain lawyers can achieve the best results. You are a Special Lawyer! Rest assured I will continue to have you on my A list for referrals.
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Posted by Monica | August 3, 2017
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Marina Andrei is a wonderful and top immigration attorney!
Marina Andrei represented me and my husband in an immigration matter which started back in March. She was very professional and passionate about completing our case assuring us all the way that things was going to be ok. Anytime I called Marina about a concerned I had she has always been there very polite assuring me that our case will be approved. And yes our case was APPROVED!!! I could not be happier with the services I received from Marina Andrei. She is extremely efficient and professional. She was responsive to my phone calls and emails and always available to answer questions. Marina Andrei is the type of lawyer that you should want to keep on speed dial. She is very efficient and gets the job done promptly. I would recommend her to friends and family.
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Posted by George Tudor | July 30, 2017
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One of a kind
From the moment miss Marina Andrei started working on our immigration case, she was absolutely wonderful. Truly a great lawyer. Every time a letter camed in the mail about the case, i was contacting her about it and she was always very prompt, explaining all the steps, with great details and knowledge. I am highly recommending her. Thank you Marina for your patience and for everything you are doing for us.
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Posted by Lilian | June 11, 2017
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Excellent lawyer and Great Human Being
Lawyer Marina is a knowledge, responsible, honest, and professional person. She helped me with my immigration case and she answered to my question fastly. I recommended her because she will help you too. Trust in Lawyer Marina. She is the best.
Posted by anonymous | February 17, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
the best of the best
Marina is amazing lawyer. she cares about your case and she was responding to my questions so fast. she is very knowledgeable and talented and very professional. i would recommend her to anyone who needs immigration help.
Posted by anonymous | February 3, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent interaction
Attorney Marina Andrei answered all my questions and was thorough, explicit and easy to understand. My experience with Avvo was excellent thanks to her.
Posted by Artemisa | January 13, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Beyond Amazin Lawyer
Where can I start….Let me start by thanking you Marina Andrei !! I’m very thankful that I met you. You made me love the Immigration law and everything that comes with it, which is always unpredictable. I learned so much, all thanks to you. Not to mention that my children and friends and family love you!! What is most important is that you have kept my family together, your attention to detail has been keeping us informed, your presentation, appearance, face to face communication, and honesty makes the situations less frightening and you give us the confidence, and reassurance that prepares us as a family to take on the situations and succeed. I can attest you that she is the BEST and one of a kind lawyer. I am very thankful that I met her and very thankful to call her a FRIEND!!! I truly and highly RECOMMEND her as your lawyer.
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Posted by Antoanela | December 22, 2016
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Exceeded expectations by far!!
I contacted Marina when I was looking for a lawyer to handle my immigration case. She is very knowledgeable in all aspects and treats each client with the highest professionalism. She handles everything in a very timely manner and guides the client step by step throughout the process. I only needed to send her the documents and she did the rest, relieving me of all the stress and headache. She is exactly what I was looking for in an attorney and not only that she successfully handled my immigration issue, but she also guided me into finding solutions for other law matters that I needed solved at the moment. I would highly recommend her anytime. Big, huge thank you, for all your efforts.
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Posted by Rosie | December 22, 2016
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Immigration
I'm 37 yrs old. I been legally in the US for many many yrs. I graduated from elementary all The way to high school. For many reasons I didn't dare to apply for my citizenship until I meet Marina Andrei. She took my case as if it was her own personal case. She guided in the right pad. She is very humble and will take the time to hear your story. SHE WILL NEVER JUDGE YOUR SITUATION she is there to help. I HIGHLY recommend her immigration service. Don't wait like I did, Ms Andrei is here to help you. Remember we have a new president in the united states.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.1 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney at Law
  • Andrei Law Office
  • 2017 - Present
  • Attorney at Law
  • Han Law Group
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Law Clerk
  • Han Law Group
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Law Clerk
  • Jacobson & Han, LLP, Immigration Lawyers
  • 2010 - 2014
  • In-house Counselor
  • ACM4
  • 1998 - 2003
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Education

  • University of Bucharest Faculty of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • West Los Angeles College
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • 42A Cancellation of Removal
  • Granted 42A cancellation of removal in 2017
  • VAWA followed by Adjustment of Status
  • Granted LPR Status

Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Bucharest Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Romanian
  • French
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Speaking Engagements

  • North San Diego County Chapter Monthly Presentation
  • E Verification, Prevailing Wage
  • 2018
  • Immigration Clinic
  • U Visas, Family Based Adjustment
  • 2018
  • Derechos Migratorio Americano
  • Investment Visas, O Visas, L Visas
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

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Immigration Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Marina is an excellent immigration law attorney. She assisted me with a personal matter and was incredibly knowledgeable and experienced in the field. Moreover, she was honest and straightforward in her advice. She is the only immigration law attorney that I would personally recommend to my clients."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have found Marina to be knowledgeable, experienced, and passionate about immigration law!"
Immigration Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I often go to Marina with questions on legal issues. She is very helpful and knowledgeable on matters related to the immigration law. She is very passionate in her practice. She is honest and loyal to her clients."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer and trust her with my life. She is honest, knowledgeable and caring beyond words. Her clients are lucky to have her as their attorney. If you need an immigration attorney she is the best person for the job."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Marina is a highly intelligent colleague who knows the insides and outs of Immigration court and petitions. She is very thorough with research and preparation and I would not hesitate to refer her a case that I would have a conflict with."
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