"If you are in need of an above the edge immigration lawyer, I can only recommend Grace Alano. I had worked with three different immigration lawyers on three different visa typs -all successfully-, before Grace Alano was recommended to me. Grace Alano was very considerate and truly accurate in the
way she dealt with my then green card process. Her thoughtfulness as well as her calmness in a process of such magnitude for a client involved was the icing on the cake. Grace, the Oscar goes to you. Without a doubt! Thank you very much und vielen Dank." FB
"If you need an immigration lawyer, Grace is someone I wholeheartedly trust for competence, compassion, and getting the job done! Plus, she's a sincere, a very nice lady. She has been working in my case for many years untill i got my Green Card, She is great in keep following
"I can't even begin to thank Grace Alano for her outstanding and timely work on my case.  I had a very convoluted case and required very personal attention, which is what Ms Alano can do very well.
I was greeted very warmly for a one-on-one consult in her office.  She would follow up on all the developments of my case within a couple of hours (max).  She managed the communication with all other lawyers involved in the case very very well.  She was always available (during reasonable
In the end, she prepared an beautiful brief to be sent back to US CIS, which came back with a my status granted back to me!!!! (after almost 9 months of being out of status).
Due to the extremely complicated nature of my case, Ms Alano did something which impressed me.  She hired a colleague of hers (the attorney fees I paid were just for Ms Alano), so that my case can have a second pair of eyes in preparing, reviewing, collecting all cases' precedents,
"Throughout my immigration case it was clear my husband and I were in capable hands. We came through the experience with our sanity intact; Grace Alano's patience and wisdom made every step of the way easier." DA
“I had a complex and difficult case.  Attorney Grace Alano explored all my options, got second opinions and fought for me.  Her suggestions worked and I won my case.  I am so grateful to her.”  MT

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AILA Answers Questions on Asylum for Venezuelan Nationals

Friday, 14 March 2014 11:46

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has posted a new video which answers questions about the possibility of political asylum for Venezuelans. It is natural that people are curious to know about whether there are any special provisions for people fleeing the political turmoil that is currently happening there. The short answer is no, unfortunately. However, they may apply for asylum if they meet the eligibility requirements.


Eligibility for political asylum depends on an applicant’s particular facts and circumstances. Generalized violence or strife in one’s country does not create blanket asylum eligibility. The basic requirements are that one must have been persecuted or have a well-founded fear of future persecution “on account of” his or her race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or particular social group, among other factors, and cannot be internally relocated. The video further summarizes asylum eligibility and talks about current advocacy for Venezuelans. It is important to speak with an immigration attorney (whether in private practice or at a non-profit) to review your asylum case before applying, because frivolous or non-eligible cases may be referred to the Immigration Court for removal proceedings.



By Grace Alano.  Grace Alano is an immigration attorney at The Law Offices of Grace R. Alano in San Francisco, CA. Find Grace Alano on Google+

What is happening in Venezuela

Sunday, 16 February 2014 6:58

As a person of Venezuelan heritage, I share this post with sorrow.  The world needs to know about what is happening there.  Warning – there are some graphic photos.  ”Venezolanos somos todo.”



By Grace Alano.  Grace Alano is an immigration attorney at The Law Offices of Grace R. Alano in San Francisco, CA. Find Grace Alano on Google+



Meet Marilyn

Thursday, 13 February 2014 5:19


I’d like to introduce our new Legal Assistant, Marilyn Martinez.  She is a graduate of UC Davis and has previous immigration law office experience.  Marilyn is also a Community Organizer at OCO (Oakland Community Organization).  She is fluent in Spanish and speaks conversational French, is big on sports such as swimming, baseball and soccer, and loves to dance.  Marilyn is drawn to immigration law because she comes from an immigrant background, has close ties to the immigration community, and likes helping people.  I agree that as a field of law, immigration is about healing and helping people.  In particular, Marilyn likes working on political asylum and K-1, fiancee visa cases.  We look forward to working with you!


By Grace Alano.  Grace Alano is an immigration attorney at The Law Offices of Grace R. Alano in San Francisco, CA. Find Grace Alano on Google+

What’s On My Radar

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 9:41


Collage 2.11.2014

1) My about.me page views randomly exploded when I uploaded one of my new headshots by Portraits to the People.  I am, for the time being, a staff pick.  It’s a nice social media barometer in a way and am glad to see that people like the new picture, bio, and feel a connection to me somehow;

2) I’ve always been fascinated by Mexico and geography.  The other night I was roaming the world on my iPad map and zoomed in on this pretty beach in Acapulco and saved the screenshot;

3) I’m not only fascinated with Mexico, I’ve always been intrigued by Frida Kahlo.  I found a recipe for her mole and am dreaming that someone will make it for me at her kitchen at La Casa Azul (the laundry list of ingredients is too daunting);

4) I’ve loved figure skating since Dorothy Hamill mania in the 70′s when I rocked her bowl cut.  Evgeni Plushenko was outstanding the other night in the team competition and I can’t wait to see him and the other skaters over the coming nights.


By Grace Alano.  Grace Alano is an immigration attorney at The Law Offices of Grace R. Alano in San Francisco, CA. Find Grace Alano on Google+