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Immigration and Nationality

Yacoubian & Powell LLP’s Immigration and Nationality practice provides comprehensive legal services to its rapidly growing clientele, which includes professional athletes, entertainers, business and corporate executives. This area of the Firm’s practice primarily focuses on the foreign professional, medical, business, investment, athletic and entertainment fields.  

We are fortunate to have Cristina Perez, one of California’s preeminent experts in immigration law, lead this area of practice for the Firm.  Cristina effectively represents clients before INS/governmental agencies including the U.S. Department of Justice, Immigration & Naturalization Service, the State Department, the Department of Labor, and the federal court system, and state administrative agencies.  We serve our clients in a professional manner, through innovative and traditional means, with an emphasis on efficiency and personal attention.  Our Immigration and Nationality services include:

Temporary/Professional Work Visas

  • Professionals and Investors
  • Temporary Nonagricultural Workers
  • Canadian and Mexican Professionals
  • Intra-Company Transfers
  • Professionals with Extraordinary Ability in Business or Sciences
  • Foreign Investors/ Traders
  • Entertainers, Artists, and Athletes

Permanent Residence (Green Cards)

  • Family Based Petitions
  • Multinational Executives and Managers
  • Employment Related Petitions
  • National Interest Waivers
  • Investor Applications
  • Labor Certifications
  • Asylees/Refugees
  • Relinquishment of Permanent Residence
  • Diversity ("Lottery") Applications

Employer Sanctions

  • I-9 Compliance and Advice on Record Keeping
  • Assistance with Government Audits
  • Representation at Hearing


  • Federal Courts
  • Administrative Appeals Unit
  • Board of Immigration Appeals
  • Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals

U.S. State Department

  • Advisory Opinions and Visa Re-Issuance


  • Relinquishment of Citizenship
  • Derivative Citizenship
  • Naturalization

Consular Processing

  • Personal Representation and Filings