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Facing an immigration matter can be intimidating. You need a professional on your side who can ensure your rights are not overlooked and your well-being is not compromised.

Attorney Erin O’Neill is the principal attorney at the Southern California Immigration Law Center.


Here at the Southern California Immigration Law Center, our vision is simple – to treat each client with dignity, work diligently to ensure each client is empowered, and, ultimately, to ensure justice is served in every single case we take on.
At the SoCal Immigration Law Center, we focus solely on immigration cases. It is our belief that we are all one people, striving toward the same goals, and, as such, deserve to enjoy the same fundamental, unalienable, basic human rights. We believe that we have a duty to protect and defend all people and stand up to those who would disagree. Together, we can take a step toward turning this dream of equal enjoyment of our human rights for all into reality.


Situated conveniently off of Route 15, with plenty of free, on-site parking, the SoCal Immigration Law Center is dedicated solely to providing the best representation for your immigration needs. Our office provides services for deportation defense as well as affirmative petitions. Some of the case types we handle include:

Removal/Deportation Defense
Removal defense involves representing someone facing deportation from the United States in immigration court. There are many reasons someone might be ordered to appear before or referred to an immigration court for removal proceedings, during which an immigration judge will evaluate the individual’s eligibility to remain in the United States. Regardless of the reason you find yourself in front of an immigration judge, having an attorney represent you greatly increases your chances of success.
Asylum is a form of protection offered to people fleeing their country because they have been persecuted or fear persecution due to their race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. A successful asylum case can lead to permanent residency and, eventually, citizenship. Asylum cases are very complex, and not nearly as straightforward as one might initially think. It is crucial that you work with an experienced immigration attorney to navigate this complicated area of law.
Juvenile Protection

Immigrant juveniles have multiple paths available to seek lawful status or protection within the borders of the United States. One common option is Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. Consult with an immigration attorney to find out which option, if any, is best in your specific case.
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status is a unique form of protection offered by our government to those individuals who entered the United States as a minor and have been abused, abandoned, or neglected by one or both of their parents. These cases are long and complicated. They involve state court proceedings and a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) application and interview. The time and care required by this process can be worth it, because a successful outcome leads to permanent residency and can eventually lead to citizenship.

Business/Work Visas and Legal Status
There are various paths an employee, potential employee, or investor in a business can take to attain temporary or permanent legal status in the United States. Becoming a legal permanent resident through work or gaining lawful entry through a work visa may be a viable option. Some ways this could work for you include planning to invest money into a business located in the United States, having certain skills that a company in the United States is seeking, or looking to transfer to a branch of the company you work for that is in the United States. Consult an experienced immigration attorney to see if this is a viable option for you.
Green Card/Legal Permanent Residency

The phrase “green card” really refers to someone’s status as a Legal Permanent Resident (LPR). An LPR in the United States has the ability to travel, live, and work freely inside of the United States, but is not allowed to vote. Becoming an LPR is a required step on the path to citizenship.
People may qualify for Legal Permanent Residency in a variety of ways, but there are also many obstacles to qualifying. If one of these obstacles applies to you, you may still be able to seek a waiver. Speak to an experienced immigration attorney to get a comprehensive analysis of your particular case before applying.

Prosecutorial Discretion
Prosecutorial discretion is an agreement from the government that it will no longer pursue your immigration case at the current time. It is a discretionary power that can be exercised in a variety of ways. It does not lead to any immigration benefit or legal status. While still an option in some cases, the evolving immigration landscape is making the possibility of success of a request for prosecutorial discretion less and less likely.
Stay of Removal
A Stay of Removal is an order from the Department of Homeland Security to delay removing a certain immigrant from the United States. It can be granted by a number of authorities, including an immigration judge, the Board of Immigration Appeals, or Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE). If someone has a final order of removal or is on an order of supervision, a stay of removal may be necessary to prevent deportation. Consult an immigration attorney to determine if submitting an application for a stay of removal is appropriate in your case.
Family-based Visas and Legal Status
Getting a green card through a citizen or Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) qualifying relative might be an option for certain people seeking admission to the United States. The process involves two steps. First, the qualifying relative submits a visa petition and must establish the required relationship. If the visa petition is approved, the second step requires the hopeful immigrant to file an application for permanent residence. There are many intricacies involved in each step that can affect the viability of attaining legal permanent residency. Consult an immigration attorney to find out if it is a good option for you.

Naturalization is the process through which someone becomes a United States citizen. Becoming a citizen has many advantages, including the ability to vote, to travel outside of the U.S. with a U.S. passport, and to potentially help a family member adjust status.
The naturalization process involves an application, a test, an interview, and a swearing-in ceremony. Depending on the specific facts of your case, the process may not be as simple as it appears. Therefore, it is important to seek the advice of an experienced immigration attorney before initiating the naturalization process.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). It is a special form of protection granted to undocumented immigrants who entered the United States before the age of 16, subject to several other criteria. DACA status is temporary and is not a pathway to legal permanent residency. It does, however, provide temporary protection from removal, work authorization, and the ability to apply for a social security number.

Success Stories and Testimonials

Our office recently represented a client from the Democratic Republic of Congo who fled the country after being persecuted on account of her political opinion. After facing extreme torture and the eventual escape from the DRC, nearly seven years of limbo in the United States, a denial of her affirmative asylum application by USCIS, and three individual merits hearings with the immigration court, our wonderful, beautiful and resilient client was finally granted asylum! Not only can she now move on with her life without the constant fear of being returned to a country that would not allow her to return alive, but now we can focus on getting her kids (who she has not seen in almost seven years) to the safety of the United States.

-Immigration Asylum Client

The testimonials, endorsements, and success stories do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter.

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