Due to the health risks posed by the Corona Virus tragedy, our office is following the directives of the governor of California in order to minimize the risks to our staff, our clients and our community. Our office will continue to operate fully, as it has thus far, observing our normal schedule, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. We will continue to schedule appointments to meet with clients and will do this via ZOOM or Telephone only.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with any of our lawyers or staff members, please do so by calling our office at 619-291-1112. You can also contact us via e-mail at [email protected]

Thank you for your understanding.


Debido a los riesgos para la salud planteados por la tragedia del Virus Corona, nuestra oficina está siguiendo las directivas del gobernador de California para minimizar los riesgos para nuestro personal, nuestros clientes y nuestra comunidad. Nuestra oficina seguirá funcionando a pleno, como lo ha hecho hasta ahora, cumpliendo con nuestro horario habitual, de lunes a viernes de 8:30 a.m. a 5:30 p.m. Continuaremos programando citas para reunirnos con los clientes y lo haremos solo a través de ZOOM o por teléfono.

Si desea programar una cita con alguno de nuestros abogados o miembros del personal, hágalo llamando a nuestra oficina al 619-291-1112. También puede contactarnos por correo electrónico a [email protected]

Gracias por su comprensión.

Resolving Immigration ProblemsIn An Honest & Responsible Manner

What is a “Notice To Appear” and what action should you take? 

If you receive a Notice to Appear (NTA) as a foreign national, this is the first step taken by the U.S. Government in initiating deportation proceedings against you. This will happen following an investigation by the Homeland of Security and can be for any number of reasons. Commonly this may be as a result of the commission of a criminal offense or overstaying a visa. 

If following the investigation the decision is to initiate deportation proceedings, you will be issued with a Notice to Appear. Below are some of the steps you should take if you are in this position. 

You’ll be required to attend a hearing

You will be given a date to attend immigration court for a Master Calendar hearing which will be at least ten days from receipt of the notice. It’s important that you thoroughly read through the Notice to Appear before you attend this hearing as it will tell you the grounds on which the Department of Homeland Security is using to try and deport you. It will also give your current immigration status and if this is incorrect, you will need to state to the judge why you believe it to be wrong. 

If you deny the charges, you’ll attend a merits hearing

This is where both you and the government are given the opportunity to give reasons for and against your removal. Prior to attending this hearing, there are a number of documents you’ll need to provide to the court, including an application for relief. This is important as failure to do this can mean you waive your right to a hearing. 

Given the technicalities, tight timescales and heavy burden that falls on you in defending yourself following a Notice to Appeal, it’s important you have some experienced legal help on your side to guide you through the process. 


We are open Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and we accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

For our clients’ convenience we offer English and Spanish speaking services.