Green Card Lawyer In Escondido, San Diego

  • Former government attorney
  • Reputation for winning complex cases
  • Honest evaluations & realistic expectations
  • Seventy+ 5-star reviews on Google
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Green Card Attorney

Understanding Your Path to a Green Card

At North County Immigration, we understand the profound significance of obtaining a Green Card. It’s more than just a legal document; it represents hope, opportunity, and the promise of a new life in the United States. Our dedicated team, serving the Escondido and San Diego areas, is committed to guiding you through the complex and often challenging journey toward legal permanent residency.

How We Can Assist

Navigating the intricacies of immigration law can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to do it alone. Our experienced Green Card lawyers specialize in:

  • Family-Based Petitions: Uniting families is a cornerstone of our work. Whether it’s through marriage, as a relative of a U.S. citizen, or other family-based avenues, we’re here to help.
  • Employment-Based Green Cards: For those seeking to contribute their skills and labor to the American workforce, we offer guidance on employment-based paths to residency.
  • Adjustment of Status and Consular Processing: Whether you’re transitioning from a temporary visa or applying from abroad, our team is skilled in managing both adjustment of status and consular processing.
  • Special Circumstances: From asylum seekers to victims of crime, we provide compassionate and effective legal assistance to those in special situations.

About North County Immigration

North County Immigration has been a pillar of support in the Escondido and San Diego communities for over a decade. Our firm is built on a foundation of empathy, understanding, and an unwavering commitment to achieving positive outcomes for our clients. We pride ourselves on our:

  • Personalized Approach: Every story is unique. We listen, we understand, and we craft strategies tailored to your situation.
  • Expertise and Experience: Our legal team stays abreast of the latest changes in immigration law to provide you with knowledgeable and effective representation.
  • Community Commitment: We are more than lawyers; we are advocates for the immigrant community, dedicated to making a difference in the lives of those we serve.

Take the First Step Today

The journey to a Green Card is a journey to a new life. Let North County Immigration be your guide and advocate. Contact us today to schedule a case consultation and start turning your American dream into reality.

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What Our Client Say About Us

My husband and I began working with North County Immigration almost 4 years ago. My husband immigrated to the United Sates as a child; has never left the country since then, never been arrested, and legally married me (a U.S. citizen) in 2014 after over a decade of dating. I don’t wish to disclose too much information about my husband’s case other than it was an absolute battle that Anna and her colleagues unyieldingly fought for us. Throughout the process Anna always explained to us the status of our case and let us know the benefits, as well as the consequences, each of their steps could grant. If she couldn’t directly address something we needed, someone in her office was able to help us out. We hit many road blocks along the way and even dead ends that at the time seemed unsurpassable. Because Anna is so well versed in immigration law and has many colleagues throughout the country, she did not hesitate to use her resources to fully research and execute the best possible approach to our situation each and every time. On top of being knowledgeable, Anna is most importantly kind, warm, and truly concerned about her clients. There were times of distress and definitely times of frustration, but it all stemmed from the way the system handled our case, not because Anna wasn’t doing her part as an attorney. As of today, my husband is a proud permanent resident and it’s all thanks to the unrelenting work Anna and her team put forth.

Now if you’re reading this far into this review, I’m assuming you’re looking to find cost information. I’ll make it simple: it’s not cheap. But my best advise is that you reach out to North County Immigration directly and set up a consultation, it’s the best way to determine what costs you’ll incur and how Anna can best help you.

Cindy G.

I highly recommend North County Immigration, they are patient, helpful and absolutely nice. Special thanks to attorney Anna Hysell, Claudia Sandoval and paralegal Jeanette for helping us with our family immigration packet. It was a pleasant experience working with them as we felt welcomed and successfully were able to receive our green cards thanks to their help!

Kaylee C.

My husband (who is from Australia) and I couldn’t be more pleased with the service we received from Atty Anna Hysell and her knowlegable staff at North County Immigration. After our inititial consultation with Atty Hysell we mostly communicated with our wonderful case manager Gaby Cosio. She helped us through the mountainous task of paperwork and documentation to prepare our immigration case for them to file for his permanent residency. Throughout this arduous process, everyone at North County Immigration was communicative, honest, and supportive to us whether it was via emails or phone calls. They explained the process and told us what we could possibly expect and not just what we wanted to hear. Finally a year after the filing, we received great news that his green card was ‘in the mail”. We really appreciate the awesome work from everyone we dealt with at North County Immigration, not only from Atty Hysell and Gaby but also Mariela and Maria….Thanks again for being the best at what you do and looking forward to the next step in the process!!!

Linda M.

I highly recommend Anna Hysell and her team! She helped my husband with his green card at a very critical time. They were compassionate and quick with all the paperwork. She told us exactly what she was going to do and never left us in the dark. We never felt alone through this process. Anna and her team are the best in the business!

Maria C.

I found Anna and North County Immigration through Google and was happy to find that she was exactly how she was described. She is professional but friendly and she really knows what she is doing. She helped a very close friend get her green card. We were worried because she overstayed her visa and was here illegally. But Anna was able to alleviate our fears and proved her word to be true during the entire process. My friend was able to adjust her status in less than 6 months.

Jonathan B.

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Are you facing immigration challenges and seeking expert guidance to navigate the complex legal landscape? North County Immigration is here to help!

What Sets Us Apart

Former Government Attorney

Attorney Anna M. Hysell is a former Government attorney for both the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Winning Complex Cases

We think like the interviewing officer or opposing government lawyer. We have earned a reputation for taking on and winning complicated immigration cases. 

Experienced Litigation Team

In a field with rampant fraud and incompetence, where many are taken advantage of, our experienced team protects the rights of our clients, ensuring that each receives fair and just treatment.

Commitment To Helping

We strive to listen to our client’s and minimize their stress. We 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

During your consultation, a full analysis is made including a review of all relevant documentation. The weaknesses in the case and how to overcome them are determined, as well as 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

The Law Offices of Anna M. Hysell is one of the top civil rights firms in the San Diego area. 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.

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. 

Green Card Attorney FAQs

What is a green card and what does it do?

A Green Card, officially known as a Permanent Resident Card, allows an individual to live and work permanently in the United States. It’s a critical step for those seeking to become U.S. citizens. As a Green Card holder, you have the right to apply for government-sponsored financial aid for education, work in any job (subject to certain restrictions related to security), and be protected by all laws of the United States, your state of residence, and local jurisdictions.

What is the difference between a green card and citizenship?

The key difference between a Green Card and citizenship lies in permanence and rights. While a Green Card grants permanent residency, citizenship confers full rights and responsibilities, including the right to vote and obtain a U.S. passport. Citizenship is typically the next step after holding a Green Card for a certain period and involves a naturalization process.

How long does a green card last for?

Most Green Cards are valid for ten years, after which they need to be renewed. However, some conditional Green Cards, like those obtained through marriage to a U.S. citizen, are valid for two years. In these cases, the conditions must be removed before the Green Card can be renewed.

What's the difference between a visa and a green card?

A visa is a temporary permit to enter the U.S. for a specific purpose and duration, such as tourism, study, or work. Visas have expiration dates and conditions based on the visa category. A Green Card, on the other hand, allows for permanent residence in the U.S. While a visa can be a pathway to obtaining a Green Card, they serve different purposes and have different rights and restrictions.

How many years after green card can you be a citizen?

In most cases, you can apply for U.S. citizenship through naturalization after five years of being a Green Card holder. If you’re married to a U.S. citizen, this period is reduced to three years provided you meet all other eligibility requirements.

How long can I stay out of the US with a green card?

As a Green Card holder, you should not be outside of the U.S. for more than one year without obtaining a reentry permit. Staying outside the U.S. for more than one year, or beyond the validity period of a reentry permit, may result in losing your permanent resident status.

How can a green card lawyer help?

A Green Card lawyer can assist in several ways, including guiding you through the complex application process, helping with paperwork, ensuring you meet all eligibility criteria, and avoiding common mistakes. They can also represent you in dealings with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and provide legal advice tailored to your specific circumstances, such as if you have a complicated immigration history or are facing potential inadmissibility issues.

What are the different green card categories?

Find out all about the many, many different green card categories available on our page: A Complete List of Green Card Categories