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San Diego Immigration Lawyer Alejandro O. Campillo, A Professional Law Corporation, located in San Diego, California offers legal services in Immigration & Nationality Law. The emphasis of our practice is on advanced nonimmigrant and immigrant visa petitions. Our international clientele is composed of professionals, investors, entertainers, and multi-national corporations. We also have extensive experience in International transactional matters such as business development ventures, including manufacturing, trade, commerce, finance, mergers and acquisitions; federal extradition defense. Certified Specialist, Immigration & Nationality Law, Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California 1992 to present. Alejandro O. Campillo, A Professional Law Corporation offers legal services in Immigration & Nationality Law throughout Southern California. Counties include: Orange County, Los Angeles County, San Diego County, San Diego North County, San Diego East County, Riverside County and San Bernardino County. Cities include: San Diego, Irvine, Tustin, Santa Ana, Laguna Beach, San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Niguel, Long Beach, Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, San Clemente, Carlsbad, Oceanside, San Marcos, Vista, Encinitas, Cardiff by the Sea, Del Mar, La Jolla, Escondido, Rancho Bernardo, Poway, La Mesa, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Lakewood, Cypress, Chula Vista, San Ysidero, El Cajon, Scripps Ranch, Hillcrest, San Pedro, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Downey, Redondo Beach, Manhatten Beach, Sunset Beach, Los Alamitos, Marina del Rey, Pacific Beach, Solana Beach, Dana Point, San Onofre, Mar Vista, Hawthorne and South Bay.

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San Diego Immigration Attorney Alejandro O. Campillo Professional Experience: * Alejandro O. Campillo, A Professional Law Corporation 1981 to present

* Certified Specialist, Immigration & Nationality Law, Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California 1992 to present. Areas of Special Expertise:  Immigration & Nationality Law: emphasis on advanced nonimmigrant and immigrant visa petitions international clientele composed of professionals, investors, entertainers, and multinational corporations  International transactional matters: business development ventures, including manufacturing, trade, commerce, finance, mergers and acquisitions; federal extradition defense;

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Named Super Lawyer” 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011 by San Diego Super Lawyers Magazine American Immigration Lawyers Association: National Chairman, 1995, Budget & Audit Committee Chairman, San Diego Chapter, 1993-95 Member, National Board of Governors, 1993-95 National Chairman and founder, Hispanic Caucus, 1994-95 Member & Co-Chairman, select national committees on finance, management and administrative reorganization of national bar association U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce: o Vice President (San Diego/Tijuana) California Pacific Chapter, 1998 – 1999 o Member, Bi-National Board of Directors, 1995 – 2006 o General Counsel, Buen Vecino Internship Program, 1995 – 1999 o Co-Chairman, Border Task Force, 1998-99 o Co-Chairman, Maquiladora Task Force, 1995-98 o Co-Chairman, Workforce Development Task Force, 2002 – 2006

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Member, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer’s Judicial Appointment Advisory Committee, 1995 – 2000

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Director and principal in various commercial and industrial real estate development projects in Mexicali, Mexico and Calexico, California, 1985 – Present Director, developer and owner of a new construction Denny’s Restaurant franchise in Calexico, California; presently the largest Denny’s in the United States; 1992 – Present

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Advanced practice in nonimmigrant and immigrant visa petitions for ventures involved in commerce, manufacturing, entertainment and service industries Advanced trial practice in deportation, exclusion, and rescission proceedings Advanced practice in naturalization and citizenship issues Advanced practice in international extradition defense Advanced practice in nonimmigrant and immigrant visa petitions related to commerece, manufacturing, entertainment and service industries, including skilled workers, professionals, investors, intracompany transfers, and entrepreneurs. Advanced practice and experience in forming and representing start up companies and branch offices in U.S. and Mexico Advanced practice in naturalization and citizenship issues. Advanced practice in adjustment of status applications before USCIS Advanced practice in asset forfeiture proceedings Advanced practice in international extradition defense in federal court Advanced trial practice in deportation, exclusion, detention, bond, and recission proceedings before USCIS, ICE, and EOIR (Immigration Court). Advanced practice in appellate matters before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

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Represented numerous international manufacturing and distribution companies in directing start-up phase of operations, including leasing, buying, and building in Mexico, and obtained visas for international managers and executives as transfers of multinational companies Developed clients subpoenaed by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) regarding manufacturing operations in Mexico Represented industrial medical clinic in expanding operations along California border, and in the establishment of bi-national healthcare clinics and hospitals in Mexico and rural California Represented joint venture partner in development of condominium commercial shopping center Represented multinational company in debt reorganization plan in U.S. federal bankruptcy proceedings Representing U.S. and Mexican agent of international courier and package delivery company in NAFTA related import/export matters Represented Mexican in international divorce matter Represented Mexican international banking executive in extradition proceedings in U.S. District Court; complaint successfully defeated


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Successfully represented numberous international namufacturing and distribution companies in directing start-up phase of operations, including leasing, buying, and building in Mexico. Successfully obtained L-1A visas for international managers and executives as transfers of multinational companies, most recently from Australia, Europe, Mexico, Canada and Asia Successfully obtained H-1B visas for a wide variety of skilled professional positions Successfully obtained E-1 (treaty trader) and E-2 (treaty investor) visas for wide variety of pricncipal investors and treaty-national executive employees Successfully managed clients subpoenaed by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) regarding manufacturing operations in Mexico along U.S.-Mexico border. Successfully represented industrial medical clinic in expanding operations along Californbia border, and in the establishment of bi-national healthcare clinics and hospitals in Mexico and rural California Successfully represented joint venture partner in development of condominium commercial shopping center Successfully represented U.S.a nd Mexican agento of interational courier and package delivery company in NAFTA related import/export matters Successfully represented Mexican citizen in international divorce matter Successfully represented Mexican citizen in recovering jet airplane in asset forfeiture proceedings in federal court Successfully represented Mexican internatonal banking executive in extradition proceedings in U.S. District Court Successfully represented Mexican trucking company operating internationally per NAFTA Successfully represented major Mexcian produce growers and shipers in export operations to U.S. markets Successfully represented major Mexican food product manufacturer in expansion of proprietary brand and line of products to U.S. market Successfully represented major U.S. game ranch operation in negotiation and drafting of contracts with major network and producer for new national reality television program Successfully represented major Mexican companies and individuals in real estate purchases in U.S. for base of international operations.

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How can I become a United States citizen? What is Naturalization? How do I become a naturalized citizen? What are the requirements for naturalization? How long will it take to become naturalized? If I am naturalized, is my child a citizen? What is an Immigrant? What is a Visa? What is an Immigrant Visa? What is a Nonimmigrant? What is a Nonimmigrant Visa? What is a Permanent Resident? Is it possible to be a dual citizen of the United States of America and another country?

How can I become a United States citizen? A person may become a U.S. citizen by birth or through naturalization. Generally, people are born U.S. citizens if they are born in the United States or if they are born to a U.S. citizen. If you were born in the United States (including, in most cases, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands), you are an American citizen at birth (unless you were born to a foreign diplomat). Your birth certificate is proof of your citizenship. > Back to top


What is Naturalization? The act of making a person a citizen of the United States who was not born with that status. An application for citizenship is an application for Naturalization. > Back to top

How do I become a naturalized citizen? If you are not a U.S. citizen by birth, you may be eligible to become a citizen through naturalization. People who are 18 years and older use the “Application for Naturalization” (Form N-400) to become naturalized. Children who are deriving citizenship from naturalized parents use the “Application for a Certificate of Citizenship” (Form N600) to become naturalized.

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What are the requirements for naturalization? You may apply for naturalization if: (1) you have been a lawful permanent resident for five years, (2) you have been a lawful permanent resident for three years, have been married to a US citizen for those three years, and continue to be married to that U.S. citizen, (3) you are a lawful permanent resident child of United States citizen parents, or (4) you have qualifying military service. Children under 18 may automatically become citizens when their parents naturalize. > Back to top

How long will it take to become naturalized? The naturalization process is a long one. The average time for complete naturalization is two years.

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If I am naturalized, is my child a citizen? Usually if children are Permanent Residents they can derive citizenship from their naturalized parents. In most cases, your child is a citizen if all of the following are true: 1. 2. 3. 4.

The other parent is also naturalized or You are the only surviving parent (if the other parent is dead) or You have legal custody (if you and the other parent are legally separated or divorced.) and, The child was under 18 when the parent(s) naturalized, the child was not married when the parent(s) naturalized; and the child was a Permanent Resident before his or her 18th birthday. > Back to top

What is an Immigrant? A person coming to the US to remain permanently or for an indefinite period of time and to make the United States the primary place of residence. A permanent resident of the US is an immigrant. A person who plans to become a permanent resident is an intending immigrant. > Back to top

What is a Visa? An authorization issued by a US consul permitting a person to come to a US port or inspection point to apply to be admitted to the US for the purpose of the particular visa. A visa does not give the bearer the right to enter the US but only the right to apply to be admitted at an inspection point. > Back to top


What is an Immigrant Visa? An Immigrant visa is the visa given to a person by a US consul after qualifying for permanent residence. After arriving in the US, the person will receive a green card. Immigrant visas are issued to those who qualify for residence in the United States. There are various applications for residence some are listed below:

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Employment Based Visas and Special Ability Visas Family Relations Visas Lottery Diversity Visa Religious Worker Visa Investors/Entrepreneur Visas Refugee/Asylum/Protected Status > Back to top

What is a Nonimmigrant? A person coming to the US for a limited period of time who intends to return to another country after the stay in the US ends. Also, a class or type of visa issued for a non-immigrant purpose such as visitor, student, diplomat, and others. > Back to top

What is a Nonimmigrant Visa? A nonimmigrant visa is a visa that allows a nonimmigrant to remain within the United States for a particular purpose. A nonimmigrant visa for a particular category is valid for entry only for the purpose for which it was originally issued. For example, a student visa cannot be used for entry as a visitor, nor can the possessor of a visitor visa enter to study. A visa is not a guarantee of entry into the United States. The bearer of a visa is subject to inspection at the port of entry by US Immigration officials who have authority to deny admission. Therefore, the recipient of a visa should carry with him/her, for possible presentation to immigration inspectors, the evidence submitted to the consular officer when the visa was obtained. The validity period shown in a nonimmigrant visa relates only to the period during which it may be used in making application for admission into the United States, it does not indicate the length of time the alien may spend in the United States. The U.S. Immigration authorities at the port of entry determine the period for which the bearer of a nonimmigrant visa is authorized to remain in the United States. A nonimmigrant that remains in the United States beyond the period for which he/she has been granted permission to stay may become subject to deportation. > Back to top

What is a Permanent Resident? A status held by a person after qualifying and being registered by the Immigration Service. This status allows the person to live permanently in the US, to travel in and out without a visa, to work at any job, to accumulate time toward US citizenship. The status is shown by possession of an identification card commonly called a green card. > Back to top

Is it possible to be a dual citizen of the United States of America and another country? Yes. If you have been a dual citizen from birth or childhood, or you became a citizen of another country after already having US citizenship, you may qualify for duel citizenship. As long as the other country in question does not have any laws or regulations requiring you to formally renounce your US citizenship before US consular officials, then current US law unambiguously assures your right to keep both citizenships for life.


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