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Nicholas Costa

Immigration Attorney at Portland, OR

5.0   3 reviews
  • State Years
    Oregon - OR 10 years
    Hawaii - HI 11 years
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2013
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State HI
    Acquired 2012
    Inactive No misconduct found

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About Nicholas

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I provide a full range of immigration services, including: Family-Based petitions and applications for Lawful Permanent Resident Status, Fiancee Visas, Naturalization, and Employment options.

Litigation and Immigration Court services include removal/deportation defense, appeals and federal court Actions related to delayed or denied immigration matters.

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Nicholas Costa
1123 SW Yamhill St
Portland, OR, 97205


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Posted by anonymous | December 5, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Ethical attorney.
Nicholas Costa is an exceptionally intelligent and dependable attorney. He settled our case while I was out of town, and handled the recovery details seamlessly. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing compassionate, forthright advocacy.
Posted by Sebastian | November 24, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Smooth Sailing
We hired Nicholas Costa (Nick) of Nelson/Smith LLC. After talking to several different immigration lawyers and Nick immediately gave us a good and comfortable feeling about hiring him. After our first meeting we knew we were in the right hands. For half of the process me and my wife were on different continents, and time difference made it more challenging to get stuff done. But with the help of Nick and his team, in hindsight it all went fairly smooth. Have the green card now, and very happy we had Nick to help and guide us trough this process !
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Posted by Ayman | November 19, 2015
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The best VS the rest
Someone may try the rest, but the Nelson Smith LLP is for those seeking the best. Nicholas Costa at the Nelson Smith LLP was my lawyer during my immigration process. The service I received from Mr. Costa and the Nelson Smith team was professional and fruitful. I received my “Green Card” within less than a year from submitting my application. There were a few challenges along the processes, but having a great lawyer overcomes any obstacle. Nelson Smith LLP is the firm that NEVER make mistakes; they are passionate and I recommend them for people seeking positive immigration results.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Nelson | Smith, LLP
  • 2012 - Present
  • Immigration Attorney
  • Dilley Family Detention Center -- Texas
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Legal Intern
  • Trecker & Fritz
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Legal Intern
  • Executive Office For Immigration Review
  • 2011 - 2011
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  • University of Hawaii
  • JD
  • 2012
  • Lewis and Clark College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2009

Legal Cases

  • REMOVAL DEFENSE: Administrative Closure
  • GRANTED: Administrative Closure
  • NATURALIZATION: Deportable/Eligible to Naturalize LPR granted U.S. citizenship
  • Avoided Immigration Court and client was granted U.S. citizenship.
  • FAMILY-BASED IMMIGRATION: Unlawful Presence Waiver Approved
  • Waiver approved, Immigrant Visa approved, admitted into U.S. and received green card
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  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Oregon Chapter)
  • Chair
  • 2019 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Oregon Chapter)
  • Vice Chair
  • 2018 - 2019
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Oregon Chapter)
  • Media Liaison
  • 2015 - 2019
  • Pacific-Asian Legal Studies Organization
  • Vice President
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Law Review - William S. Richardson School of Law
  • Casenote Editor
  • 2010 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Edward H. Nakamura Memorial Fund
  • William S. Richardson School of Law -- Nadine K. Nakamura
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Oregon chapter)
  • Board of Immigration Appeals
  • 2019
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (2)
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Immigration Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Nic since law school and he has always impressed me with his integrity and strong work ethic. Over the years I've watched him grow into one of Portland's top immigration attorneys. He is someone I trust and turn to for advice on immigration law and is just an all-around good guy who is in this for the right reasons."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Nicholas is passionate about immigration law and helping his clients achieve their goals."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"Nicholas is a zealous advocate for his clients. He is knowledgeable and is committed to obtaining the best possible outcome for immigrants and their families. I endorse him without reservation."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Nicholas is an amazing advocate for his clients, and gets results in even the most difficult cases. He is exceedingly smart and fights hard for his clients because he is conscientious and cares about the people who entrust their case to him. I endorse Nicholas without reservation."

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Portland Immigration Lawyer Nicholas Costa
Nicholas Costa
Immigration Attorney
Portland, OR
Licensed for 11 years