Our San Diego Immigration Services have united many families by providing them a “Gateway To America“

John R. Rodriguez is an experienced immigration attorney in San Diego,CA.  He has helped many clients defend and overcome immigration obstacles.  Our Office has helped clients trying to petition their spouse, parent, child, or other family members get their green card or naturalize to become US citizens. Whether through adjustment of status or by consulate process our legal team is ready to help you get your green card or become a citizen of the United States.

Our mission at The Rodriguez Law Firm is simple.  As champions of hope and family unity we offer our clients the guidance, knowledge, and professional experience that increases their chances of getting an approved application for a green card, work permit, and naturalization. We work directly with the immigration court and with our help the USCIS offices have approved our client’s green card applications, immigrants have become U.S. citizens, and deportations have been stopped. San Diego immigration lawyer – John R. Rodriguez and his staff can help you fight to win your case so that you and your family can live the American dream.

Choosing the best San Diego immigration lawyer is a task that requires one to devote a reasonable amount of time and effort. Immigration law can be very complicated hence the need to hire a highly qualified, committed and experienced attorney. Your immigration lawyer will not only perform services for you but also become your advocate in dealing with a government bureaucracy that can be time-consuming and unpredictable.

Before making the hiring decision, it’s important to know whether the attorney you’re considering is the best possible option for your case. Having adequate counsel can make all the difference when dealing with immigration matters. There are several things to bear in mind to find the best match based on your needs:


While credentials do not necessarily make a lawyer good, they are a critical first step. It’s not uncommon for unscrupulous frauds to try and take advantage of unsuspecting immigrants for their personal gain. Our lawyers are licensed and legally authorized to represent you in San Diego immigration matters. When you hire our attorney, you essentially have an immigration expert who will help you every step of the way and has an in-depth understanding of how the system works.


Getting references from other clients is often a good start, particularly if the recommendations come from people who have had a seamless experience with the attorney. We have lots of experience in San Diego immigration law and will be more than happy to provide a list of references you can talk to regarding the quality of our work. We are committed to providing nothing short of the best service, and our team is always ready to help. Our history of success with numerous clients and the speed with which we have been able to reach resolutions is an indication of our dedication.

Thorough Knowledge of the Law

Immigration laws can be quite complex and are often changed and amended. And that’s why we take every measure to maintain professional competence by understanding the law and keeping up to date on changes and most recent developments. One of our core objectives is to be able to provide our clients with the best legal representation.

Creative Problem-Solving

When it comes to immigration matters, it’s not unexpected for something to happen no matter how much you and your lawyer are prepared. New information is required, dates are moved, and other issues can come up in the justice system. It is at such times that you should trust your lawyer to have good judgment and legal acumen.

Our lawyers have excellent problem-solving skills to overcome obstacles that challenging cases may present. We make use of our creativity and analytical skills to come up with solutions to every unique problem. We appreciate the fact that every case has unique facts and give our undivided attention to understanding the facts so as to gear our efforts towards the most suitable outcome.

Excellent Communication Skills

Every lawyer should possess excellent communication skills to allow efficient communication with the client and keep them informed regarding the developments of the case. We understand the value of proper disclosure in any attorney-client relationship and that why we take the time to keenly listen to our clients and strive to explain what the client needs to know accurately. From face-to-face meetings to phone calls and email, we consider various communication options depending on what our clients find comfortable and what we want to accomplish depending on the different situations involved.

When dealing with legal immigration matters, our lawyers will always discuss all potential avenues and fully consider your preferences and options. We foster numerous communication channels to listen to your concerns and take necessary legal action to work towards your preferred outcome.


Sometimes, an immigration lawyer may have all the answers to your questions, but he/she doesn’t seem approachable. Maybe you’re just not comfortable when you visit their office, or maybe he/she is dismissive. We understand that by the time you’re probably stressed out about immigration issues, you deserve to feel welcome and comfortable. When you work with us, you will be able to get ahold of your lawyer whenever you need advice, simply need reassurance about your case and or when you have questions.

Planning is an essential part of any legal procedure, and that’s why we allow all our clients to plan and prepare. Our experience in dealing with immigration matters enables us to provide accurate estimates of how much time it’s going to take so that clients are adequately prepared to invest their time and money. That means you can have your fee structure ahead of time.

We value every client and appreciate the fact that every case has its unique circumstances. Immigration law is not only a specialized area but also has many subspecialties within it. Our lawyer will strive to explain your case and what they’ll do to help. Our approach to helping you out is designed to acquaint you with the process you’re getting into and come up with the best approach.


The legal process can be quite daunting and take a considerable amount of time to run its course. Our lawyer will represent you to the best of their ability every step of the way. We work together with our clients to get as much information as possible to form a strong case and ensure the most desirable outcome.


In addition to positive opinions and experience, positive results are also crucial indicators of a competent attorney. Our track record of favorable decisions and positive outcomes for our clients speaks for itself. Our lawyers specialize in immigration matters and have numerous experience with the particular aspects of immigration law for which you need help.

Professionalism is also of critical importance when looking for the right San Diego immigration lawyer. We maintain transparency regarding fee schedules, offer a straightforward contract before getting into any commitments and maintain utmost professionalism when dealing with our clients. Feel free to contact us and schedule a consultation with us today.

Call for Free Consultation with our Immigration Law Firm 

Our first consultation is free for 30-45 minutes. If a more thorough review of your case and documents is needed a small flat fee is charged. Your consultation will focus on spotting legal issues, providing an opportunity to meet the attorney, and find out how we can help you with your specific concerns. Contact us for an appointment at 858-279-5200 or by email at

For more information about the immigration lawyer San Diego services that we provide our clients please see below:

Family-based Immigration — Green Cards, Spousal Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Sponsors of family, Naturalization/Citizenship, DACA, VAWA petitions, and more.

Visas — Fiancés/Fiancées, Temporary Workers, Spouses, children, relatives, Temporary Visitors.

Naturalization and citizenship —N-400 Form Application and supporting evidence.

Lawful Permanent Residency (LPR) — Get your green card through adjustment of status or Consulate Process.

ICE Holds — Remove an ICE hold

Bond Hearing —We get you out of jail by submitting all the paperwork and aggressively representing you during the Bond hearing.

Stay of Deportation — We contact the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and request that deportation be stayed, preventing your family member from being removed from the United States.

Criminal Defense —Immigrants have benefited from John R. Rodriguez’s extensive criminal defense experience for the last 19 years. Whether charged with a DUI, domestic violence, robbery, drug offense, or fraud John R. Rodriguez will aggressively represent you throughout the criminal justice process.

Waivers (3 & 10 year bar)  — A hardship waiver, I-601, may be available if you are married to a US citizen or LPR parent.  To qualify for the waiver the immigrant may be able to lawfully re-enter with a visa without waiting for 3 or 10 years.

Asylum Petitions — Pursue affirmative or defensive asylum, withholding of removal or convention against torture.

Motions to Reopen a Closed Case  — Our office has the experience and skills needed to provide clients with the guidance and submission of the legal motions and supporting evidence needed to reopen a previous decision.

FOIA Requests — We can obtain access to your alien file (A-file) documents in possession of USCIS, CBP, the FBI, and other government agencies possess.

Cancellation of Removal for LPRs — This type of relief or defense is available to lawful permanent residents during removal or deportation proceedings in front of a judge and court.

Cancellation of Removal for Non-Permanent Residents — This type of relief or defense is available to people that are not permanent residents during a removal or deportation proceeding in front of a judge.

Notice of Action — This document, called I-797 form, is sent to individuals by USCIS to notify them that the document they submitted was either approved by USCIS or that they need additional information.

El Salvador

Temporary Protective Status (TPS)

The Department of Homeland Security has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of El Salvador (and for those that are not nationals, but, who habitually resided in El Salvador) for an additional 18 months, effective Sept. 10, 2016, through March 9, 2018.

TPS for El Salvador beneficiaries who want to extend their TPS must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from July 8, 2016, through Sept. 6, 2016. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) encourages beneficiaries to re-register as soon as possible once the 60-day re-registration period begins.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with our office to extend your TPS from El Salvador, please call our office at 858-279-5200.

The guidance of an experienced lawyer is invaluable. Win your case with an aggressive lawyer that always stands by your side.  Call right now and speak with an experienced San Diego immigration attorney.


Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

On June 15, 2012, President Obama signed a memo calling for deferred action of certain undocumented individuals who came to the United States as children and have pursued education or military service. The law is commonly referred to as ‘The Dream Act,’ and those who qualify or apply are referred to as ‘Dreamers.’

Deferred action status allows an individual to apply for a work permit (employment authorization) for two-year period.

Individuals who meet the following requirements can apply for deferred action for childhood arrivals:

  • Under 31 as of June 15, 2012
  • Arrived in the United States while under 16
  • Have resided in the United States from June 15, 2007 to the present
  • Entered the United States without inspection before June 15, 2012, or had lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012



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  • Physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making the deferred action request
  • Currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a GED, or have been honorably discharged from the Coast Guard or armed forces
  • Have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or more than three misdemeanors and do not pose a threat to national security or public safety