The Salvatierra Law Group is dedicated to immigration and nationality law, as well as criminal defense of noncitizens in state and federal court. We focus on family based immigration petitions, deportation defense, and victim advocacy, while also handling a substantial amount of appellate work before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Firm actively seeks to change immigration policy at the local and national level through casework.

Adam Walsh Act


Appeals to the BIA and Petitions for Review before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals: Representing noncitizens in appealing a negative determination by the Immigration Judge or answering an appeal filed by the Department of Homeland Security after removal proceedings have concluded.

Citizenship and Naturalization

Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Consular Processing

Regularly represent spouses, children, and parents, of lawful permanent residents and United States citizens who are eligible to become green card holders after interviews with U.S. Consulates abroad. This includes the filing of both I-601 and I-601A waivers for persons subject to unlawful presence bars.

Criminal Defense in State and Federal Court

Representation predominately focused on noncitizens charged with committing forgery and identity theft, weapons misconduct, and drug possession.

Employment-Based Petitions

Employment based immigrant visas are divided into five preference categories. Certain spouses and children may accompany or follow-to-join employment-based-immigrants.

Forfeiture Defense

Arguing for the release of property seized by Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and state and local police, during the course of an arrest.

Form I-9 Compliance

By establishing and maintaining effective Form I-9 compliance policies, employers can prevent and mitigate potential violations and liability. We can assist in implementing consistent procedures that result in uniform preparation and maintenance in order identify and prevent legal exposure.

Marriage Fraud

Analyzing and combating allegations of marriage fraud by USCIS or ICE during the petition process and removal proceedings.


Petitions before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services:

  • Adjustment of Status
  • Removal of Conditions on Residency
  • U and T Nonimmigrant Status
  • VAWA
  • Naturalization
  • Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and
  • Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

Removal Defense

Representation before the Immigration Court for all types of noncitizens. Our expertise includes custody redetermination, defensive applications for benefits ranging from Cancellation of Removal for Certain Nonpermanent Residents to 245i Adjustment of Status with a Waiver and Asylum Claims.

Stays of Removal

Applications filed with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations, requesting that an individual be allowed to remain in the United States for a temporary period of time following a removal order requiring their departure from the United States due to certain humanitarian circumstances.

Victim Advocacy

Our staff regularly advocates for individuals who have been victims of crime, sex trafficking, and spousal abuse, in submitting petitions for U and T Nonimmigrant Status, and applications for VAWA.

Writs of Habeas Corpus

Filed on behalf of individuals who have suffered an unconstitutional arrest, imprisonment, or detention.

Writs of Mandamus

Filed on behalf of individuals ordering a government agency to either issue or make a decision on a requested benefit such as an N-400, Application for Naturalization, or an application for a United States passport.

1326 Charges (Illegal Presence after Re-entry)

Defend charges brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Illegal Re-Entry before the Federal District Court in Arizona.

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