Heather L. Poole - Immigration Attorney

Heather L. Poole - Immigration Attorney U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Law Immigration Attorney Heather L. Poole is exclusively focused in family-based U.S. immigration and U.S.citizenship law.
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She is one of few immigration attorneys who represent clients all over the world, including traveling to green card interviews, court appearances, and citizenship interviews all over the U.S. Heather is passionate about protecting the human rights of immigrants and has obtained numerous immigrant visa & criminal/unlawful presence waiver approvals, green cards, and citizenship for clients from all over the world. In addition, Heather has high approval rates and has received numerous commendations from community organizations for her work on behalf of immigrants.

Mission: "Lighting the Path to the American Dream" is our mission on a daily basis. We believe educating our clients on the process, what to expect, and giving them the honest truth on their chances help prepare our clients to choose the right immigration path. We are not document preparers. Heather represents clients until the very end of the case, including being by the client's side at the green card interview or in removal proceedings when everything is on the line. You are not alone in this. We're here to help.

Check out our latest video: "Deported? Come Back the Right Way Before Your Order is Up", part 1 of a 2 part series based...
09/25/2020

Check out our latest video: "Deported? Come Back the Right Way Before Your Order is Up", part 1 of a 2 part series based on common questions by those serving a 5 or 10 year removal order from the US and how to reunite with family or return to the US: http://ow.ly/2zqx50Byf9V

Finally back with a new video!  COVID & this Admin has kept us busy! Check out: "The Permanent Bar: I've Served My 10 Ye...
09/22/2020

Finally back with a new video! COVID & this Admin has kept us busy! Check out: "The Permanent Bar: I've Served My 10 Years Abroad. How to Come Home Again" - answers to questions from families separated for years who are trying to reunite: http://ow.ly/Wha950ByeB3.

03/20/2020

COVID 19 has now shut down USCIS offices for all in person visits - n no green card or natz interviews, no infopass, nada. However, filings and RFEs that are due must still be filed! Service Centers are open (mail in). Don't miss deadlines! Also, keep any postponement notice from USCIS -even if your interview date is outside of the date it states on the notice that they are cancelling interviews for - this is your proof that you were told not to attend. It's a bit chaotic with the feds right now, protect yourself and your case.

GOVERNMENT OFFICE CLOSURES DUE TO COVID-19: Check out this USCIS pag: https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/uscis-office-closin...
03/13/2020
USCIS Office Closings

GOVERNMENT OFFICE CLOSURES DUE TO COVID-19: Check out this USCIS pag: https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/uscis-office-closings for the most recent list of any temporary office closures. For any Immigration deportation court temporary closures, follow the Courts on Twitter: @DOJ_EOIR. Unless you see a closure or receive a notice rescheduling your case, you must show up to Court or your interview! Serious immigration consequences could occur. Consult with an immigration attorney if you believe you have a serious reason as to why you cannot attend, prior to your interview.

We list offices that are closed or have temporarily changed hours. This information can change quickly, so please check this page on the day of your appointment.

03/13/2020

COVID – 19″ CURRENTLY NO IN-PERSON APPT REQUESTS AVAILABLE. Only Skype and Phone Appts are available at our firm. This is purely a preventative measure to better protect the health and well-being of our clients and staff while the COVID-19 virus is being monitored nationwide. All legal services remain ongoing and it is otherwise, business as usual.

Attorney Heather and CARECEN Director speaking on "What can we expect from the new Public Charge rules?" for SoCa AILA t...
09/03/2019
- AILA Southern California

Attorney Heather and CARECEN Director speaking on "What can we expect from the new Public Charge rules?" for SoCa AILA to update attorneys on the new federal rule going into affect for green card applicants in October. Register/more info: socalaila.org

Founded in 1946, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is a national bar association of attorneys who practice and teach immigration law. AILA Member attorneys represent tens of thousands of U.S. businesses and industries, foreign students, entertainers, athletes, and asylum seekers, o...

Attorney Heather and CARECEN Director speaking on "What can we expect from the new Public Charge rules?" for SoCa AILA t...
09/03/2019
- AILA Southern California

Attorney Heather and CARECEN Director speaking on "What can we expect from the new Public Charge rules?" for SoCa AILA to update attorneys on the new federal rule going into affect for green card applicants in October. Register/more info: socalaila.org

Founded in 1946, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is a national bar association of attorneys who practice and teach immigration law. AILA Member attorneys represent tens of thousands of U.S. businesses and industries, foreign students, entertainers, athletes, and asylum seekers, o...

Attorney Melissa Continues our Firm's Ongoing Support of Local Domestic Violence  Resource Center - "Shepard's Door" by ...
07/22/2019

Attorney Melissa Continues our Firm's Ongoing Support of Local Domestic Violence Resource Center - "Shepard's Door" by Hosting an Advocate Training on Legal Issues for Abused Immigrants. Here with Representative Judy Chu at Shepard's Door Open House.

My Sense of Justice in the World Restored Today. Thrilled to Receive Grant of Asylum for Gay Brazilian Man Who Escaped F...
05/09/2019

My Sense of Justice in the World Restored Today. Thrilled to Receive Grant of Asylum for Gay Brazilian Man Who Escaped Frequent Harassment, Humiliation, and Physical Scarring for Daring to Be Out in Brazil's Increasing Anti-LGBT Environment. Many thanks for Melissa Wong, Esq. for a Great Closing.

Kismet! As Melissa and I finished our 601 Waiver Speaking Gig for the OCBar, 2 tough waiver cases came in with approvals...
04/10/2019

Kismet! As Melissa and I finished our 601 Waiver Speaking Gig for the OCBar, 2 tough waiver cases came in with approvals! Both misrepresentation waivers, one couple separated for two years with wife stuck in Philippines, one fearing the worst while in Peru at consulate hoping 601A would not be revoked. They're coming home!

Attorney Heather & Attorney Melissa to Speak at Orange County Bar on "Protecting Yourself and Your Client: The Tricky Wo...
03/26/2019

Attorney Heather & Attorney Melissa to Speak at Orange County Bar on "Protecting Yourself and Your Client: The Tricky World of 601 Waivers" - Covering Immigration trigger problems - unlawful presence, crimes, prostitution, misrepresentation, and more. 4/9/19 in Newport Beach, CA. Register online: http://ow.ly/yiX650od7iu

Congrats to our very own Immigration Attorney Melissa Wong - Just elected to Immigration Section executive board of the ...
12/11/2018

Congrats to our very own Immigration Attorney Melissa Wong - Just elected to Immigration Section executive board of the Orange County Bar Association. Melissa brings her years of 601 waiver, LGBT, and VAWA immigration experience to the board. Get to know Melissa on Instagram!

So proud of HEATHER L POOLE PC - Immigration Lawyers' very own Attorney Melissa Wong - just honored by LA County Bar Ass...
09/25/2018

So proud of HEATHER L POOLE PC - Immigration Lawyers' very own Attorney Melissa Wong - just honored by LA County Bar Association for her pro bono and immigration work as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Did we mention how awesome she is? http://ow.ly/mplw30lYkLo

Attorney Heather to speak on "Immigration Issues and Liability Exposures" for High Risk Insurers with Attorney Louis Cas...
08/20/2018
Surplus Line Assocation of California

Attorney Heather to speak on "Immigration Issues and Liability Exposures" for High Risk Insurers with Attorney Louis Castoria, a professional liability defense and insurance coverage attorney in a special training event hosted by the CA Surplus Line Association on 8/21/2018 at the Universal Hilton, in Universal City, Hollywood. Advance Registration required. http://ow.ly/JHz850ifjnP

Surplus Line Association of California website.

04/25/2018

Happy to share a new win for a joint I-751 removal of condition on green card case to save a green card for a spouse who is separated from his wife and hasn't filed for divorce. Approved within 30 days of taking over the case after the client received an RFE, and with no interview! There is justice in the world! Tip for all: Don't let immigration officers force a divorce action or require one to be filed and conversion to a waiver - the law doesn't require it!

04/23/2018

WARNING re I-601A Waivers: In Feb 2018, CIS began transferring all provisional I-601A waivers to the Nebraska Service Center away from NBC (the National Benefit Center) where they've been filed from the start of the program, which could be alarming for processing times for I-601As. Nebraska Service Center takes 1 1/2 years on average to adjudicate traditional I-601s. We can only hope that they won't lump I-601as into this awful processing time; I-601a approvals have come back for us in 2-3 months on average for the past 2 years. It's a new era. . . ugh.

04/21/2018

Attorney Heather is off to Vegas (yes, feel sorry for her! not really, she loves it there). Speaking tomorrow on "Immigration Options for Victims" under VAWA as well as U visas for crime victims and T visas including waivers for unlawful presence and crimes for the American Immigration Lawyers Association's So CA chapter at their annual Spring Conference. Lake Las Vegas, NV.

What were they thinking?! Just named again to Superlawyers.com annual list of top 5% of immigration lawyers in Southern ...
02/18/2018
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What were they thinking?! Just named again to Superlawyers.com annual list of top 5% of immigration lawyers in Southern California over 40 (finally a benefit of getting old?!) Thanks to my colleagues and clients for supporting me in what I love.

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Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP
09/22/2017

Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP

Los Angeles’s premier 24 hour News Radio station, KNX 1070, features on air interview with SGG Attorney Heather Poole in sad case of a woman whose Vietnamese aunt was barred entry to donate her needed Stem Cells.

Family & Removal Group Partner Heather Poole contributes to story on Repeated Visitor Visa Denials for Stem Cell Donor In Vietnam.

Link: http://ow.ly/7jBA30fl718

The power of civil protest! The view from my office in Downtown  LA today. March against inhumane immigration policies o...
05/01/2017

The power of civil protest! The view from my office in Downtown LA today. March against inhumane immigration policies of Trump and the need for more attention to human rights issues.

To My Fellow Immigration Lawyers in So Ca - Please Vote for my colleague, Tiffany, for AILA So Ca Secretary - She's a ri...
05/16/2016
AILA Southern California Chapter Online Voting: BallotBox Login

To My Fellow Immigration Lawyers in So Ca - Please Vote for my colleague, Tiffany, for AILA So Ca Secretary - She's a rising star in our field, has been pro bono liaison for the past 2 years, has a huge heart, and wants to see AILA succeed and make an impact for us all - http://ow.ly/Yka8300bClm

Your AILA number is your member ID number. Your password is your SoCa AILA website password.

Tomorrow! Do Good. Earn CLEs. Atty Heather speaking on waivers at Immigrants List CLE Fundraiser at USC. Sign up! http:/...
03/17/2016
CLE Registration - Immigrants List Civic Action

Tomorrow! Do Good. Earn CLEs. Atty Heather speaking on waivers at Immigrants List CLE Fundraiser at USC. Sign up! http://ow.ly/ZszrA

Register to attend Immigrants' List Civic Action's CLE in Los Angeles this March. CLE will offer Basic to Advanced removal and business immigration...

Join Me! Earn Your CLEs While Helping defeat anti-immigrant rhetoric! Immigrants List Spring CLE raises money for a caus...
03/15/2016
Immigrants List Civic Action

Join Me! Earn Your CLEs While Helping defeat anti-immigrant rhetoric! Immigrants List Spring CLE raises money for a cause we all believe in - immigration reform education in legislative races around the country + provides CLE credit on cutting edge immigration practice (removal, waivers, prosecutorial discretion, and more). Ira Kurzban and many of So Ca's most experienced immigration lawyers on the faculty. This Friday at USC! Limited Availability. http://ow.ly/Zsyhr

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Warping young minds yet again! Hi everyone - I'm pleased to announce that my Immigration Law for Paralegals course offer...
02/05/2016
Admissions & Records :: Online Application

Warping young minds yet again! Hi everyone - I'm pleased to announce that my Immigration Law for Paralegals course offered through Fullerton College's Paralegal Studies AA program is now open for Spring 2016 enrollment. For those of you who live in the Southern California area and/or know someone who wants to get into the immigration law field to work for immigration attorneys, this is a lengthy introduction. To sign up: http://admissions.fullcoll.edu/application.html

Fullerton College, Admissions & Records Office. (714) 992-7075

06/18/2015

Hi everyone: I'm thrilled to report that I was just elected to the American immigration lawyers Association's national board of governors for a three-year term. Thank you for everyone who voted for me, my wonderful colleagues who supported my vision

03/04/2015

What is going on with Immigration Reform? New Event Announced - Attorney Heather's Speaking on March 11 - "Immigration Reform in Flux - The Future of Executive Action Implementation After Texas State Court Injunction." - City Club Los Angeles Lawyers Dinner, 6:30pm. To register, call 213.620.9662.

Lies, Crimes, and Smuggling - Attorney Heather to speak at the American Immigration Lawyers Conference in Palm Springs t...
02/26/2015
AILA Southern California Chapter

Lies, Crimes, and Smuggling - Attorney Heather to speak at the American Immigration Lawyers Conference in Palm Springs this Saturday at 11am on these tricky I-601 Inadmissability Waivers. Visit www.socalaila.org to register (open to attorneys) http://ow.ly/JC7VG

Founded in 1946, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is a national bar association of attorneys who practice and teach immigration...

02/24/2015
Gay Marriage Green Card Issues to Watch Out For_Part_2

It's a New World at DHS and You Never Know Which Officer You're Going to Get in Your Interview. Check out Attorney Heather's latest second video in the series - "Gay Marriage Green Card Issues to Watch Out For - Part 2" now available on youtube. http://ow.ly/JkXGM. If you like what you see, join us - become a subscriber! http://ow.ly/JkY0U

Gay Marriage Green Card Interview Issues to Watch Out For - Part 2 Share this Video: http://youtu.be/Re8-T_TkVf4 Subscribe and Get More Immigration Advice ht...

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Immigration Attorney Heather L. Poole has been practicing over 16 years in solely complex family immigration and deportation defense law. She is one of few immigration attorneys who represent clients all over the world, including traveling to green card interviews, court appearances, and citizenship interviews all over the U.S. Heather is a certified Specialist in Immigration & Nationality Law by the State Bar of California but represents clients in every state and frequently travels outside of our home state of California to represent clients in removal proceedings and citizenship and green card interviews.

Heather is passionate about protecting the human rights of immigrants and has obtained numerous immigrant visa & criminal/unlawful presence waiver approvals, green cards, and citizenship for clients from all over the world. In addition, Heather has high approval rates*and has received numerous commendations from community organizations for her work on behalf of immigrants.

*Past results do not guarantee future outcome. Always consult with a competent immigration lawyer about the facts of your case.

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