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Anna Hysell - North County Immigration

Immigration Attorney Located In Escondido, San Diego

San Diego Immigration Law Firm

The Law Offices of Anna M. Hysell is a San Diego-based immigration law firm that represents clients in the United States and throughout the world. Since opening its doors in 2002, the firm has provided strategic and creative litigation solutions for its clients. The managing attorney, Anna M. Hysell, has handled an array of the most complex cases since her career began with the United States Department of Justice. The firm provides legal services in various litigation areas, including immigration, criminal, citizenship, green cards, visas, employment, discrimination, and all civil rights matters.

It is the firm’s philosophy that each and every client is its priority and thus it dedicates its focus to details and personalized service. No case is alike; each new matter has its own specific set of facts and challenges. That is why the Law Offices of Anna M. Hysell ensures that every client receives the proper attention from a skilled and accomplished attorney. It is the firm’s goal to make a difference in each of its client’s lives, as it recognizes that immigration matters involve real people who are putting their trust in the firm.

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What Sets Us Apart

Former Government Attorney

With a background as a former Government attorney for both the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, attorney Anna M. Hysell acquired valuable skills in case litigation spanning immigration, criminal post-conviction relief, housing discrimination, and Constitutional violations. Hysell’s extensive prosecutorial experience sets her apart from competitors, consistently achieving positive results for clients. She approaches even the most formidable cases with confidence, having dealt with a wide array of challenging client issues.

Winning Complex Cases

Our success stems from our ability to think like the interviewing officer or opposing Government lawyer and remain three steps ahead of them. Trusted with the U.S. Government as her first client, attorney Hysell can be trusted with yours. We know that our work changes people’s lives and we take that responsibility seriously. Our strategy is to put our best foot forward from the start and to make each of our cases unbeatable. This strategy has proven successful as we have one of the highest success rates in the area. Our work has garnered a positive reputation in the legal community and when our name is attached to the case, the matter is given credibility. 

Experienced Litigation Team

Our staff is led by former prosecutor Anna M. Hysell. She leads a dedicated and highly-skilled team whose high standards result in client satisfaction. Rampant fraud and incompetence have dominated the legal field for vulnerable populations like immigrants and people of color. Our mission is to provide the most thorough, competent work in the area. As vocal advocates for the immigrant and minority communities, we have protected the rights of its members ensuring that each of our clients receives fair and just treatment.

Commitment To Helping

The Law Offices of Anna M. Hysell is dedicated to providing the best legal representation possible. We strive to minimize client stress and listen to our clients needs. We continuously work each day to ensure our client matters are handled properly and communicate the progress at the different stages of the matter.

Upfront Review Process

Bringing suit is no small matter. That is why at the Law Offices of Anna M. Hysell, we thoroughly review each matter with you during your Consultation. A full analysis is made including review of all relevant documentation. Anna Hysell determines through her proven analytical process what the weaknesses are in the case and how to overcome them. She determines what evidence will be necessary and what the most efficient way is for the client to get the results they want.

Full Service Law Firm

A full-service immigration law firm, the Law Offices of Anna M. Hysell is one of the top civil rights firms in the San Diego area. Led by former DOJ and DHS prosecutor, Anna Hysell handles all civil rights matters, with a focus on the more complex matters against Government defendants. We strategically design our lawsuits to have an impact from the start and are not afraid to take on the most challenging cases. Our goal is to always achieve justice for our clients.

Anna Hysell, a former D.O.J ICE Immigration attorney, regularly offers prospective clients consultations.


Anna was part of the prestigious Honors Program.


Anna M. Hysell is one of San Diego’s leading lawyers and founder of the Law Offices of Anna M. Hysell. Her experience as former Department of Justice and Homeland Security Attorney helps provide clients top legal aid.


Anna Hysell introduces former colleague and current San Diego ICE Chief Counsel to her team at the recent AILA California Chapters Conference.


Case Results

Successful Deportation Defense for a Military Family

NCI helped a client with a prior successfully avoid deportation on the grounds of hardship as the defendant’s children’s mother was deployed.

Successful Asylum Claim from the Ukraine War

NCI helped an asylee seeking to escape the devastation and heartbreak caused by the unprovoked actions of the Putin Invasion of Ukraine.

B-2 Visa Extensions Granted to Keep a Family Together

NCI was able to get 6-month extensions approved for 2 minors to stay with their ill father in the United States while he undergoes medical treatment.

Removal Stopped

NCI was able to halt the removal of a Brazilian national that was scheduled to be deported out of Houston International on the grounds of due process violations.

Reunification of an Escondido Family

NCI successfully helped an Escondido woman and her mother overcome some legal challenges and gain immigration status, allowing them to reunite.

Removal Order Rescinded

NCI was able to help rescind a removal order for our client who had the unfortunate luck of previously receiving poor counsel. 

Immigration Attorney FAQs

When Do You Need a San Diego Based Immigration Lawyer?

You might need an immigration attorney if/when you’re facing complex immigration issues that require legal expertise. Immigration laws can be intricate and subject to frequent changes, making it challenging for individuals to navigate on their own. An attorney can provide guidance and assistance in preparing and submitting applications, representing you in court, dealing with legal complications, and ensuring your rights are protected throughout the immigration process.

How Do I Find a Reputable Immigration Attorney?

Finding a reputable immigration attorney involves several steps:

  • Seek recommendations from friends, family, or colleagues who have used immigration services.
  • Check online directories of legal associations, such as the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
  • Read reviews and testimonials from past clients to gauge the attorney’s reputation.
  • Schedule consultations with potential attorneys to discuss your case and evaluate their knowledge and communication style.

What to Look For When Choosing a San Diego, California Immigration Lawyer?

When looking for and choosing an immigration attorney, consider these qualifications:

  • Experience: Look for an attorney with a significant track record in immigration law and cases similar to yours.
  • Licensing: Verify that the attorney is licensed to practice law in the relevant jurisdiction.
  • AILA Membership: Membership in the American Immigration Lawyers Association often indicates a commitment to the field and a network of resources.
  • Communication Skills: Choose an attorney who communicates clearly, listens to your concerns, and explains legal concepts in understandable terms.

What Types of Immigration Cases Do Attorneys Handle?

Immigration attorneys typically handle a wide range of cases, including:

  • Family-based immigration, such as spousal and parent-child petitions.
  • Employment-based immigration, including work visas and employment-based green cards.
  • Asylum and refugee cases for individuals fleeing persecution.
  • Deportation defense and removal proceedings.
  • Naturalization and citizenship applications.
  • Special immigrant visas, like U visas for crime victims and T visas for trafficking victims.

Can an Immigration Attorney Help With Both Family-Based and Employment-Based Immigration Cases?

Yes, most immigration attorneys can assist with both family-based and employment-based immigration cases. They have expertise in various visa categories and can help you navigate the specific requirements, documentation, and processes for each type of case. Whether you’re reuniting with family members, pursuing a job opportunity, or seeking permanent residency, a San Diego immigration attorney can guide you through the appropriate legal procedures and represent your interests throughout the application process.