Ortega, Canossa & Associates, Plc

IMMIGRATION ATTORNEYS

Nonimmigrant Visa for Business Visitors (B1)

Nonimmigrant Visa for Diplomats and Foreign Government Officials (A)

Nonimmigrant Visa for Domestic Employee With Foreign Employer (B1)

Nonimmigrant Visa for Employees of a organization/NATO ( G1-G5, NATO)

Nonimmigrant Visa for Military Personnel in the U.S. (A-2, NATO1-6)

Nonimmigrant Visa for Foreign Nationals with Extraordinary Ability (O)

Nonimmigrant Visa for FTA Professionals: Chile, Singapore (H-1B1)

Nonimmigrant Visa for International cultural exchange visitors (Q)

Nonimmigrant Visa for Intra-company Transferees (L)

Nonimmigrant Visa for Medical Treatment (B1)

Nonimmigrant Visa for Media and Journalists (I)

Nonimmigrant Visa for NAFTA Professional Workers MEX/CA (TN/TD)

Nonimmigrant Visa for Nurses Coming to Shortage Areas (H1-C)

Nonimmigrant Visa for Performing Athletes, Artists, Entertainers (P) Nonimmigrant Visa for Physician (J, H-1B)

Nonimmigrant Visa for Professor, Scholar, Teacher Exchange Visitor (J) Nonimmigrant Visa for Religious Worker (R)

Nonimmigrant Visa for Occupations With Specialized Knowledge (H-1B)

Nonimmigrant Visa for Students: Academic, Vocational (F,M)

Nonimmigrant Visa for Temporary Agricultural Workers (H2-A)

Nonimmigrant Visa for Temporary Workers (H-2B)

Nonimmigrant Visa for Tourism, Vacation, and Pleasure Visitors (B2)

Nonimmigrant Visa for Training Not Primarily for Employment (H-3)

Nonimmigrant Visa for Treaty Traders/Treaty Investors (E)

Nonimmigrant Visa for Transiting the United States (C)

In some instances, other fields of the law such as criminal or family law may become an important part of an immigration case.  We therefore work closely with other members of the legal community to ensure that clients with special circumstances obtain complete legal counsel.  We often reach out for experts in the family and criminal fields of law to assure that all aspects of our immigration cases are being handled.

U.S. Embassy and Consulate Practice


The purpose of the intended travel to the United States and personal circumstances will determine which type of visa a person must apply for at the Embassy or Consulate abroad.  For example, we are able to prepare, guide and support our clients in their applications for:


Immigrant Visas:


Family-Based Immigrant Visa

Adoption under Hague Convention Immigrant Visa

Adoption for Orphan Immigrant Visa

Diversity Visa Program

Religious Worker Immigrant Visa

Special Immigrant Visa

Waiver of Ground of Inadmissibility (I-601 Waiver)


Nonimmigrant Visas:


Nonimmigrant Visa for a Spouse (K-3)

Nonimmigrant Visa for a Fiance(e) (K-1)

Nonimmigrant Visa for Athletes, Amateur & Professional (B-1)

Nonimmigrant Visa for Exchange Visitor (J)

Nonimmigrant Visa for Australian Professional With Specialty (E-3)

Nonimmigrant Visa for Mexicans or Border Crossing Card: Mexico (BCC)

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Practice


The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") is a component of the Department of Homeland Security. It is the government agency that supervises legal immigration to the United States. Included among the immigration benefits USCIS oversees are: citizenship, lawful permanent residency, employment authorization, international adoptions, asylum status, replacement of immigration documents, and foreign student authorization.


At Ortega, Canossa and Associates, PLC we prepare all types of immigration packages and carefully review all documents submitted to the Immigration Service to avoid unnecessary delays or confusion. We then submit our appearance as attorneys of record and accompany our clients to their interviews with the before Immigration Officers. If necessary, we also inquire and follow up on all of our clients’ pending applications. We communicate with USCIS in person, telephonically, through e-mail, mail and faxmile. For example, we are able to prepare, guide and support our clients in their applications for:


Action on an Approved Application or Petition

Adjustment of Status or Permanent Residency through Employer

Adjustment of Status or Permanent Residency through Relative

Adjustment of Status for Amerasian

Adjustment of Status for Cuban Citizen

Adjustment of Status for Special Juveniles

Adjustment of Status for Religious Worker

Adjustment of Status for Other Special Immigrant

Adjustment of Status or Permanent Residency through Registry

Adjustment for Widow(er)

Adjustment for VAWA Cases

Admission into the United States After Deportation or Removal

Adoption of a Child from a Convention Country

Adoption of Orphan as an Immediate Relative and Advance Processing

Advance Permission to Return to Unrelinquished Domicile

Advance Permission to Enter as a Non-Immigrant

Appeal or Motion to Reopen or Reconsider a USCIS Decision

Asylum and Withholding of Removal

Citizenship Certificate Issuance

Citizenship Under Section 322 of the INA

Citizenship Posthumous

Citizenship through Naturalization

Citizenship Disability Exceptions based on Medical Certification

Employment Authorization

Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status

Family Unity Benefits

Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act Request (FOIA)

Inquiry About Status of I-551, Alien Registration Card

Petition by Alien Entrepreneur

Petition for Alien Fiance(e)

Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant

Petition Based on Blanket L Petition

Petition for Immigrant Worker

Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker Visa

Petition for Immigrant Relative

Petition for Refugee/Asylee

Relative Premium Processing Service for Qualifying Applications

Removal of the Conditions of Residence in General

Removal of the Conditions of Residence by Entrepreneur

Replacement of Nonimmigrant Arrival Document

Replacement of Permanent Resident Card

Stay of Deportation or Removal

Special Rule Cancellation of Removal (NACARA)

T Nonimmigrant Status (Visa)

Temporary Protected Status

Travel Document U Nonimmigrant Status (Visa)

U-1 Nonimmigrant Status (Visa)

V nonimmigrant status while in the US or extension of V status

Waiver of Ground of Inadmissibility (I-601 Waiver)

Waiver of Ground of Inadmissibility (Under former INA 212(c))

Waiver of Grounds of Excludability by Refugee



practice areas

immigration lawyers at Ortega, Canossa and Associates, PLC provide zealous legal representation at all levels of the United States immigration system.  We represent business and individuals before the United States Department of Labor, United States embassies and consulates, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service, the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals and Circuit Court of Appeals.


Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Practice


All Board of Immigration Appeals decisions are subject to judicial review in the Federal courts. Ortega, Canossa and Associates, PLC represents clients in the filing and litigating of immigration petitions for review before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.


Board of Immigration Appeals Practice


The Executive Office for Immigration Review ("EOIR,") as an office within the United States Department of Justice is composed by United States Immigration Court and the Board of Immigration Appeals. The Board of Immigration Appeals ("BIA") has national jurisdiction to hear appeals from decisions rendered by Immigration Judges and DHS in a variety of proceedings in which the Government of the United States is one party and the other party could be an immigrant , a citizen, or a business. Decisions of the Board are binding on DHS officers and Immigration Judges unless overruled by the Attorney General or a Federal court.


The majority of Ortega, Canossa and Associates, PLC's practice at the BIA level includes appeals, motions to reopen and reconsider of previously rendered decisions, and the filing of accompanying applications for relief from removal. Our office is able to file appeals for decision rendered by Immigration Courts and DHS all throughout the Nation.


Immigration Court Practice


The Executive Office for Immigration Review ("EOIR,") as an office within the United States Department of Justice is composed by United States Immigration Court and the Board of Immigration Appeals. The Immigration Court determines whether a person from a foreign country should be allowed to remain in the United States or is removable (formerly called “deportable”) or inadmissible under the law. They have jurisdiction to consider many forms of relief from removal. Immigration Judges conduct formal proceedings and should act independently in deciding the cases before them. Immigration Judges also conduct hearings to adjudicate the immigration status of immigrant detainees. Their decisions are final unless appealed or certified to the Board.


Ortega, Canossa and Associates, PLC is able to represent clients before all Immigration Courts throughout the Nation. We also represent immigrant detainees. In some instances we are able to administratively close or terminate court proceedings. Generally we file applications for relief. For example, we are able to prepare, guide and support our clients in their applications for:


Adjustment of Status or Permanent Residency through Employer

Adjustment of Status or Permanent Residency through Relative

Adjustment of Status for Amerasians

Adjustment of Status for Cuban Citizens

Adjustment of Status for Special Juveniles

Adjustment of Status for Religious Workers

Adjustment of Status for Other Special Immigrants

Adjustment of Status or Permanent Residency through Registry

Adjustment for Widow(er) Adjustment through Approved VAWA Self Petition

Asylum, Withholding of Removal and Convention Against Torture

Cancellation of Removal for Certain Nonpermanent Residents

Cancellation of Removal under VAWA Provisions

Cancellation of Removal for Certain Permanent Residents

Removal of the Conditions of Residence in General

Suspension of Deportation

Suspension of Deportation Special Rule Cancellation of Removal (NACARA)

Temporary Protected Status De Novo Review

Voluntary Departure Relief

Waiver of Ground of Inadmissibility (I-601 Waiver)