Can Ortega, Canosssa and Associates, PLC help me resolve my immigration case?

What guarantees do I obtain from your attorneys?

Are your attorneys authorized to practice immigration law in my state?

What are your hours and days of operation?

Can I speak with your attorneys over the phone?

Where is your office located?

Is there parking facilities in your office?

Do you validate parking?

When can I have my first consultation?

What documents should I provide in my first consultation?

What is a criminal history report?

Why do I need a criminal history Report?

How do I obtain my criminal history report?

What is a CA DOJ report?

Why do I need a CA DOJ Report?

How do I obtain my CA DOJ report?

What is a criminal court disposition?

Why do I need a criminal court disposition?

How do I obtain a criminal court disposition?

How much are your consultation fees?

How much are your fees per case?

Do you offer payment plans?

How do I get involved to support immigration reform?


Can Ortega, Canosssa and Associates, PLC help me resolve my immigration case?

The answer to this question varies on a case by case basis. An immigration attorney at Ortega, Canossa and Associates, PLC will evaluate your case and then determine whether you can improve your immigration status.  This determination is usually made during the first consultation. If some additional information is needed you will be asked to return and obtain a definite answer. In every case we do our best trying to apply immigration laws to a person's benefit. But at the same time the immigration lawyer will provide an honest and ethical answer.


What guarantees do I obtain from your service?

In general, no attorney can or should make any guarantees regarding a case's outcome. However, it is at all times our duty to provide you with effective assistance of counsel.


Are your attorneys authorized to practice immigration law in my state?

Yes. The attorneys at Ortega, Canossa and Associates, PLC are authorized to practice immigration law (which is federal law) in all states of the United States. Our attorneys can represent clients before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service and the Executive Office of Immigration Review including all Immigration Courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals. For more information about our attorneys please visit our members page.


What are your hours and days of operation?

The office of Ortega, Canossa and Associates,  PLC is open Monday through Thursday from 8 A.M. to 6 P.M., Friday from 8 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. Ortega, Canossa and Associates,  PLC observes the following holidays: New Years Eve, Good Friday, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanks Giving Day and Christmas Day. During these days, the office will be closed.  For more information please visit our Office Information webpage.


Can I speak with your attorneys over the phone?

Yes. However, Ortega, Canossa and Associates, PLC prefers and encourages visitors to appear personally. Upon request we will provide a telephonic consultation. You must send in advance via email or fax a copy of all the documents associated with your case. To expedite our assessment of your rights we recommend our visitors to send copies of all of their immigration documents in chronological order. For visitors that have been fingerprinted by a police officer, arrested, or convicted of any crime, we recommend sending a criminal background report and updated certified court dispositions.


Where is your office located?

The office of Ortega, Canossa and Associates,  PLC is located at 315 W 9TH ST, STE 408, Los Angeles, CA 90015.  The office is located in the corner of  9TH ST. and Olive St.  The office building  is in the northwest corner of the intersection.  The office is in close proximity to the 110  highway, in the southern outskirts of downtown Los Angeles.  If driving on Highway 110  South or North, exit om 9TH ST; continue East towards downtown, cross Figueroa until reaching our address.  The building will be located on the left hand side. The building can be observed from blocks away. There is a very large "CHASE" sign on top of the building.  For more information please visit our Office Information webpage.


Is there parking facilities in your office?

There are parking lots located in two of the remaining corners of 9th St. and Hill St.  There are additional conveniently located parking lots on Olive St. (between 9th St. and 8th St.) and on Hill St. (between 9th St. and 8th St.).  There may be some available street parking on 9th St. Hill St. and Olive St.  However, strict parking rules are enforced so street parking is not recommended.


Do you validate parking?

Ortega, Canossa and Associates, PLC does not provide parking validation.


When can I have my first consultation?

New case consultations can be scheduled at 10:30 A.M., 3:30 P.M. or 5:00 P.M. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.


What documents should I bring or send for my first consultation?

To expedite our assessment of your rights we recommend you to bring all of their immigration documents in chronological order. For visitors that have been arrested, fingerprinted by a police officer, or convicted of any crime, we recommend bringing a criminal background report and updated certified court dispositions.


What is a state criminal history report?

Each state has the capability to produce a criminal history background report.  This report is used  as evidence of a person's existent or non-existent criminal record. In some instances these checks may need to be performed at the city or county level.Why do I need a state criminal history report?A state criminal history report will assist immigration attorneys, USCIS and EOIR Judges to establish whether past arrests or convictions will affect a person's eligibility to become or remain a legal permanent resident of the United States. It can also be used as evidence of a clean criminal record and a good moral character. Immigrants are often asked to obtain this report by their attorneys, trial attorneys, immigration officers or judges as a requirement to complete their immigration process. We ask that all of our clients obtain a report at least once every 12 months for every state in which they have resided. After 12 months, the CA DOJ report expires.  This is normally a requirement to obtain a green card status.


How do I obtain a criminal history report?

Depending on each state, or in some instances, the county, or the city, fingerprinting must be done by a certified fingerprint roller or qualified law enforcement personnel. Rolling fees vary from location to location and cover only the operator's cost for rolling the fingerprint images. Additional processing fees are usually required, but should be accessible.  You can find more information on how to obtain a criminal history report from the background check agency of your state.  Often times, this agencies have valuable information on their official websites; often times these agencies provide useful instructions over the phone.


What is a CA DOJ report?

The California Department of Justice provides an automatic system for criminal history background checks. Live Scan technology allows digitally scanned fingerprints and related information to be submitted electronically to the Department of Justice. The CA DOJ report document is usually one page long when there is no record and two or more pages long when the person has been arrested before. For more information you can visit the background check section of the California Department of Justice website or call (916) 227-3835.


Why do I need a CA DOJ report?

A CA DOJ report will assist immigration attorneys, USCIS and EOIR Judges to establish whether past arrests or convictions of a person who resides or has resided in the state of California will affect that person's eligibility to become or remain a legal permanent resident of the United States. It can also be used as evidence of a clean criminal record and a good moral character. Immigrants are often asked to obtain this report by their attorneys, trial attorneys, immigration officers or judges as a requirement to complete their immigration process. We ask that all of our clients obtain a CA DOJ report at least once every 12 months. After 12 months, the CA DOJ report expires.


How do I obtain my CA DOJ report?

All California Applicants must submit Live Scan fingerprints, and complete Form BCII8016RR. Applicants living outside California or the United States must submit manual fingerprint card, and complete Form BCII8705. The Live Scan system allows digitally scanned fingerprints and other personal information to be submitted electronically to the Department of Justice instantly and allows criminal background checks to be processed within 72 hours. In California, fingerprinting must be done by a certified fingerprint roller or qualified law enforcement personnel. Rolling fees vary from location to location and cover only the operator's cost for rolling the fingerprint images. Additional processing fees are required for the State (DOJ).   To find a provider near you please visit the California Department of Justice official fingerprint services providers listing. Most of our clients request their CA DOJ report through A1 LiveScan, Notary & Passport Photo Services conveniently located three blocks from our office at 553 South Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013, in the corner of 6th Street and Olive Street. To make an appointment you can call them at (213) 489-4559. For more information and to obtain instructions related to criminal history background you can visit the background check section of the California Department of Justice website or call (916) 227-3835.


What is a criminal court disposition?

While a criminal history background check provides essential but limited information, a court disposition provides in depth information regarding a person's criminal history. A court disposition provides valuable detail regarding a person's criminal court proceedings such as sentence, probation time, fines, a person's compliance with the Court's orders, existing warrants and the case termination date. Instead of a court disposition, a person can also request a certification of no record for a previous arrest as evidence of a clean criminal record and a good moral character. A court disposition is usually two or more pages long.Why do I need a criminal court disposition?A court disposition will assist immigration attorneys, USCIS and EOIR Judges to establish with more detail whether the past arrests or convictions of a person will affect that person's eligibility to become or remain a legal permanent resident of the United States. Immigrants with an arrest history are often asked to obtain this document by their attorneys, trial attorneys, immigration officers or judges as a requirement to complete their immigration process.


How do I obtain a criminal court disposition?

Certified photocopies of a criminal court disposition can be requested in the Clerk's Office at the appropriate Court location. You can usually find out where the appropriate Clerk's Office is located by inquiring in the same building where your criminal case was tried. Courts usually offer contact information on their official website. The Clerk’s Office will conduct a name search. You must provide the name used by the Defendant in the case, even if the Defendant used another name besides his own. Since this document is a public record, usually any one (not only the Defendant) can request a court disposition. Service fees vary by county and state. Court disposition information is usually not provided over the telephone, however, instructions may be available. You can contact your local Clerk’s Office for more information.For court proceedings that took place in the Los Angeles County you can request your court disposition at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center. There, name searches are limited to cases filed within Los Angeles County. Requests for court disposition may be made in person in the Clerk’s Office or through the mail. Results may be picked up or returned by mail in a self-addressed, stamped envelope. The Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center is located at 210 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. The criminal records office's phone number is (213) 974-6141 and it is located on the 5th Floor. For this particular office be prepared to pay a fee of 50 cents for each page of the document requested plus 25 dollars to have the document certified.


How much are your fees?

Ortega, Canossa and Associates, PLC must charge fees that can guaranty access to the resources necessary to provide efficient legal representation. However, at Ortega, Canossa and Associates, PLC we are also socially conscious and culturally aware. We understand the financial restraints of some of our clients. We have outreach programs for the less privileged members of the immigrant community in the United States. We provide free legal counsel to deserving individuals who are indigent or without any source of financial support. We also provide representation for a reduced fee to deserving individuals who may not afford complete fees.


Do you offer payment plans?

Yes. We offer monthly payment plans.


How do I get involved to support immigration reform?

Ortega, Canossa and Associates, PLC offers an immigration advocacy page. We hereby encourage our clients and visitors to stay informed, get involved, contact congress, contact the media and vote.

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