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Patrick Ontiveros Cantor

Immigration Attorney at Tukwila, WA

4.9   17 reviews
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1994
    Active No misconduct found

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About Patrick

Learn Patrick’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Immigration
    removal/deportation proceedings, asylum, adjustment of status, naturalization, family petitions,

    29 years

I am the third of four children born to Sesinando (from Burgos, Pangasinan, Philippines) and Lourdes (from Aparri, Cagayan, Philippines) of Renton, Washington and St. Anthony Parish. I attended preschool in Quezon City.  We then immigrated to the U.S. in 1974 and lived in the Rainier Valley in Seattle for several years before moving permanently to Renton.  My father worked during the day as an accountant, while my mother worked at night as an registered nurse, while the four kids tried to stay away from trouble at school. Eventually, all the children finished school with accounting degrees, but the third one couldn't cut it as an accountant.  One day, I learned that my father was a corporate lawyer in the Philippines, and that my mother was able to obtain a work visa as a nurse to come to the United States.  She filled out the work visa application on her own. So it was my destiny to become an immigration lawyer, to help others, and I love what I do.   



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Posted by Vi | February 15, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Mr. Cantor is truly a life saver
I hired Mr. Cantor on my very complicated case and this decision has changed my life forever. HE IS REALLY A LIFE SAVER!! Not only he was extremely knowledgable, he truly cared about his clients and their successes. He could be a little uncomfortably straightforward sometimes, but he only wanted the best for his clients. He knew he was good, therefore he was very confident and he took pride in all everything he did. The fees were very reasonable, too. I have to say I am forever grateful, and can't thank him enough for helping me with my difficult case. Please don't miss out on Patrick, when it comes to immigration, I assure this is your to-go lawyer :)
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Posted by mark | June 2, 2015
the best immagration lawyer in washington!
What amazing experience. Patrick Cantor is a great lawyer that cares about his clients. Very knowledgeable and works hard to win his clients cases it doesn't matter weather the matter is hard or easy. My wife and I was recomended to use him by a family member. We scheduled an appointment and a couple days later we are sitting face to face with Mr.Cantor. With his diplomas hanging proudly on the wall and piles of paperwork in every corner really gave a sense how many people trusted him with their immagration matter. He was direct and straight to the point no bullsh*%. The correct papers we needed and what we needed to do. His expert advice and his thoughts about our matter. Gave me and my wife the confidence that the only lawyer that should be handling our matter is Patrick Cantor. Patrick thank you. 2 thumbs up
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Posted by Connie | March 21, 2015
Atty. Patrick Cantor processed my immigration papers. When i was scheduled for an interview for green card, i was so anxious and nervous. Patrick eliminated that feeling. He is so knowledgeable, informative, and most of all honest. He guided me through the process until i received my green card. I'm so bless to have him as my lawyer and looking forward to hire him again in the future. Thank you Patrick and also to your staff for a job well done.
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Posted by David | March 21, 2015
Attorney Patrick Cantor ROCKS!!!!
Atty. Cantor was the one who helped me petitioned my wife. He is very honest and straight forward with every information he wanted me to know. My wife is here in the United States because of him and his hardworking staff. The one thing that STANDS OUT to me is no matter how busy his schedule is, he will find a way to reach out to you. I will definitely hire him again to process my wife's 10 year green card. I would happily say that I'am VERY SATISFIED with his services. THANK YOU SO MUCH Patrick !!!
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Posted by meraluna | October 2, 2013
For Permanent Card
Atty Patrick Cantor the best atty that you ever had in united states.He is very excellent doing his job.Finally my paper work already done because of him I recommend this atty.he treat very good and very nice to me and his all client I rather have to comeback again for my citizenship.Thank you so so so much atty.patrick cantor because of you my son and I had a permanent card finally 3yrs waiting and now already with my hand Thank You and more Power Sir..
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Posted by dian | July 11, 2013
Worth the Money!!!
I was referred to Patrick, a reliable immigration attorney by a very good friend of mine. When I met him the first time, he was blunt and honest. He laid out all of my options and any good and bad possibilities of my case, which I like that. I rather be informed the bad side than promised something that might not even happening. Right from very beginning, Patrick states that honesty is really important. He wont do any case when a client is trying to commit some fradulent acts because he doesnt want his client be in trouble and not succesful in getting their case approved by the immigration. He is very busy lawyer but Patrick always have time for me. He keeps his words whenever he says he will call me back. He also willing to take my appointment over the weekend so that he can fit in with my schedule and he make sure everything is taking care of promptly. He is also a good listener. Besides discussing my case, he also willing to listen my other problems in life, as we all do. So during the course of my case we build a good relationship. He pays attention to details, double check the forms, files, immigration updates, etc. He does very good job in preparing his case. For some people, it maybe little difficult to deal with his bluntness, but trust me, Its worth the money you spent. At the end, you are the winner, your case will be approved, and your life will be better to achieve the american dream with the green card in your hand!! Just like he did to me. Thanks Pat!!
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Posted by anonymous | July 11, 2013
Excellent Attorney
I hired Patrick many years ago when my immigration status was in dire straits. He was very assuring on my marriage case, assuring me that since I was honest, and I had nothing to hide, that the USCIS would grant my waiver case, and they did. I have referred him to other relatives recently, and they are very happy with him.
Posted by anonymous | July 10, 2013
Former and current client
Patrick was my lawyer when I had immigration problems, but because of him I am now a U.S. citizen and I have hired him to petition my father. I had a lawyer before him, but once I paid money to my first lawyer, it was hard to get a hold of him, and so I would only be able to talk to an assistant or receptionist....with Patrick, he was always accessible and he always returned my calls....I admit that I was a difficult to get along with, and I had an immigration history of not being truthfull, but from the very beginning he was very direct with me that no one, including him and the immigration officials that I would be interviewing with in the future, would take my history lightly...whenever I tried to minimize what I did, he always put me back into my place, that honesty was the best policy, that I had to admit when I am wrong, improve myself and prove to the immigration that I was deserving of the benefit for which I was applying for. As I continued to work with Patrick, I saw that he could be very direct and blunt, and I can see that he did not like to help people who wanted to continue with their lies if they had lied in the past, or if the person was minimizing what wrong was done in the past...Patrick explained to me that there are many waivers or pardons available, and that honesty is the best policy...when it came time for my interview with immigration, the immigration officer told me that he appreciated that I had admitted my wrongdoing and did not try to hide it at all, and my application was approved.
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Posted by anonymous | September 16, 2010
Very good attorney
He as helped our family. First with my dad's citizenship and then helped my mom, my brother and I get our green cards. Later we referred my uncle; he also helped him with his citizenship and to bring my aunt and my cousins to the U.S. He is very professional and has always been honest about everything. The only issue, which is extremely minor, would be the paralegals his office chooses to hire. One of the paralegals was very rude and not very professional; she was working with on my uncle’s case and made a mistake that delayed their immigration process a lot. We had to work with her a lot as she was the bilingual paralegal. Fortunately, Patrick was able to fix that issue. Additionally, she was always extremely rude to my aunt when she would call his office and ask for him, I think she took advantage of the fact that my aunt needed her for translating. So I had to start calling his office for on my aunt's behalf whenever she would need anything from his office. It has been long since we worked with Patrick and I don’t know if this woman still there. Hopefully she is not, because she ruined the very good experience we had experienced with Patrick before she was hired.
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Posted by Prince | July 30, 2010
Very reliable and gets the job done
He has helped me out with a variety of concerns including immigration for citizenship and helping family members to receive passport and visas. He is very thorough and he pays close attention to detail. He is always willing listen to my concerns and provides a lot of advice. I highly suggest him to anyone looking to become a citizen because he has a lot of knowledge in the area and many successful outcomes! I am now a citizen and loving it!
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Posted by Pete W | July 29, 2010
Professionalism is job #1
For someone who has many years of experience in his field, Mr. Cantor maintains a youthful, energetic feel to his approach and work ethic on the job. I feel this translates to a prompt, effective resolution to completing the task at hand. His knowledge of the job will make you feel comfortable and confident that you have selected the best possible choice for whatever your legal or immigration need may be.
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Posted by armilene nichols | July 29, 2010
the best atty i've had!!
i was illegal for 4 years,got married and when we're about to file a petition to the immiration we dont know where and how to start..i came to the office of atty patrick cantor and talk to him about my case,i've never had an accomodating and very friendly atty like him...he make me feel secure and not to worry of petition got approved and i got my greencard in less than 3 months...i highly recommend him becouse hes very friendly,intelligent very good peson.he realy knows how to handle his client 110 percent! atty. your the best! and thank u soo much!!!
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Posted by vanj | July 25, 2010
outstanding attorney
He was brilliant enough to help us continuously in every immigration issues that our family had. He had been very truthful since the very start with the possibilities between winning and failing our case. We gave him all our trust and he surely didn't let us down. Our case had been one of those nearly impossible to solve but with his help we were able to surpassed it. He has been very supportive and so dependable. He communicates with us every now and then and try to answer all our questions. He made sure that we did understand everything and kept us updated. Now we're very happy and still thankful for all his help. We indeed choose the right attorney!
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Posted by khaliun | July 25, 2010
The best lawyer i would say!
He is very good at his job and always knows what he is doing, Most importantly he really do cares about you and your case, I think he is really good!
Posted by Evans | July 21, 2010
The best in this business
He is the best in this tough business.He took my case and worked his butt off to save me from being deported.He kept me fully informed of what was going on and what to expect.Through his hard work my wife is already here and we are expecting our kids to join us. He gave his cell phone No and was literaly on call 24/7.I never called him and missed him he always returns my calls.He is quite understanding as with his fees and very flexible payment plan.God bless you Patrick.
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Posted by anonymous | July 17, 2010
Excellent attorney!
Me and my siblings were placed in removal proceedings because we committed fraud in obtaining our immigrant visas to come to the United States. From the first consultation we had until our case was finished, Atty. Cantor insisted that we be truthful and put everything on the table so that the Immigration Judge would understand what we did, why we did it, and not to make any excuses. By the time we got our day in Court, the Immigration Judge barely asked us any questions, allowed us to keep our status permanent residents. Now, we are all U.S. citizens. After being separated from my wife and kids for so many years, we are now all here. Thanks to Atty. Cantor and to the U.S. government!
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Posted by anonymous | March 31, 2011
Good Atty not great staff
I have used Patrick for a number of mine and my family's immigration cases. He is very knowlegdable and blunt. I found working with him was great but his staff is rude and not organized. I missed my first interview for my green card bc his staff failed to follow up if I had received the letter informing of my interview. They also forgot to call me when my mother's passport arrived in their office. Also they misplace my dr exam in their office when my dr sent it a week prior too and very rudely informed me that it was my fault that they hadn't received it only to be called 3 hours later to be told that they have "received it that day" but the postmark was days prior.
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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Buttar & Cantor, LLP, Attorneys at Law
  • 1998 - Present


  • University of Washington School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • University of Washington -Seattle
  • Bachelor of Arts Cum Laude
  • 1991
  • Lindbergh High School in Renton
  • 1987

Legal Cases

  • Shrestha v. Holder, U.S. Attorney General
  • Singh v. Holder, U.S. Attorney General
  • Tamang v. Holder, U.S. Attorney General


  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington State chapter)
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2nd Place
  • PBL Seattle Basketball League
  • 2007
  • Finalist - Tennis
  • University of Washington Intramural Sports
  • 1988

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (8)
Endorse Patrick
Immigration Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Patrick Cantor is a skilled, responsive and experienced immigration lawyer whom I wholeheartedly endorse. He is an excellent choice."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Patrick is smart, hardworking, diligent and effective in handling immigration matters. I have known him for over 16 years. As a criminal defense attorney, I often have questions regarding the consequences a legal conviction may have on my client's immigration status--Patrick is the first person I call and he has always been able to help me. Additionally, when I was starting out as a lawyer I initially practiced immigration law and Patrick was the one who mentored me in the area and answered my many questions. I highly recommend him!"
Immigration Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is brutally honest and straightforward. He thinks of others before himself. He respects the law."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I'm endorsing Pat for his wisdom, knowledge and tiger legal mind."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Pat Cantor is highly respected in the Seattle legal community. His success for his clients is well known."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Patrick Cantor since 2003, when I was working as a Canadian immigration lawyer in a very busy immigration law office in Seattle. In 2008, I had the opportunity to work at Patrick's office as a contract attorney. Patrick Cantor is a wonderful attorney with a sound knowledge of immigration law. He has been very helpful to me and has provided me with support on very complex issues related to immigration law. Patrick is very devoted to his clients and work. He always provides outstanding legal representation to his clients and the cases he handles have a high rate of approval. Therefore, I refer Patrick all my clients dealing with deportation and asylum because of his vast expertise in that area. I fully endorse Patrick Cantor and his work."
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Tukwila Immigration Lawyer Patrick Ontiveros Cantor
Patrick Ontiveros Cantor
Immigration Attorney
Tukwila, WA
Licensed for 29 years