Veronica B. Guinto

Veronica B. Guinto

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Immigration Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Fallon Bixby Cheng & Lee, Inc.
 | 130 Battery Street, Suite 550, San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415-781-2338
Fax: 415-781-6564
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2016 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2005
Practice Areas:
  • Immigration: Consumer (60%),
  • Immigration: Business (40%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
    Attorney Profile

    I am an immigration attorney and come from an immigrant family. No two stories are ever the same. My clients come from all over the world. Their ethnicities are as diverse as the journeys each took to get to America. The unifying thread is their belief that the U.S. is a place of hope, freedom, safety, and opportunity.

    Most of my clients are afraid that they will be separated from loved ones. My job is to keep families together and reunite loved ones. That is not always easy especially because U.S. immigration laws are constantly changing and DHS agencies and consular posts sometimes have varying practices.

    Family/Humanitarian Immigration

    My office handles family-based and humanitarian immigration cases. I focus particularly in waiver cases where a foreign national has triggered a ground of inadmissibility and the Government is requiring submission of an “extreme hardship waiver.” My office has success with both I-601 and I-601A waiver cases for foreign nationals from all over the worlds, from the Philippines, Africa, Mexico, Tibet/China, Guatemala, and other Latin American countries.

    - Waivers/Hardship Cases (I-601/I-601A)

    - Fiancee/Fiance/Spouse/Child/Sibling petitions

    - Consular processing

    - Adjustment of Status

    - Removal of Conditions (I-751)

    - DACA

    - U visas

    - Advance Parole/Parole in Place for Military families

    - Humanitarian Reinstatement of I-130 after death of petitioner

    - Asylum

    - Termination of Removal Proceedings

    Employment Immigration

    My employment-based immigration case load involves working with small business owners who seek to employ foreign nationals as employees in the U.S. I have successfully obtained H-1B visas for applicants from around the globe, including those from South Korea, Canada, and China.

    - H-1Bs

    National Interest Waivers

    I also have experience with assisting highly-skilled and internationally-recognized individuals who are seeking a waiver of the labor certification requirement. I help these individuals obtain legal permanent residency on their own merit and application through the National Interest Waiver program.

    I provide honest feedback so my clients always know what challenges to expect and how such hurdles can be overcome. Once engaged, I work collaboratively with clients and guide them through the entire process from beginning to end.

    My office is conveniently located steps away from the 12th St. BART station.


    About Veronica Guinto

    Admitted: 2005, California

    Professional Webpage:


    • Northern California Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2016
    • Top 40 Under 40 - California Immigration Law, American Society of Legal Advocates, 2017
    • Recognized for being a leader in the field of immigration law services and as an exclusive member of the Latino Who's Who Round Table, The Latino American Who's Who Round Table for Immigration, 2014
    • Northern California Rising Star, 2018
    • Top 40 Under 40 for Immigration Law, The American Society of Legal Advocates, 2015

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Member, Filipino Bar Association of Northern California, 2014
    • USCIS liaison, American Immigration Lawyers Association - Northern California chapter, 2015
    • AILA, Northern California, MCLE Director, 2018
    • Co-Chair, Solo & Small Firms Committee of the Asian American Bar Association of Northern California, 2013
    • New Members Division Co-chair, American Immigration Lawyers Association - Northern California, 2014
    • USCIS liaison, AILA - Northern California chapter, 2017
    • Co-chair, Solo & Small Firms Committee of the Asian American Bar Association of Northern California, 2014
    • Member, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, 2015
    • USCIS liaison, AILA - Northern California chapter, 2016
    • Bar Association of San Francisco, Solo & Small Firms Committee Member, 2018

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Pastoral Council Member, St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church, Oakland, CA, 2012
    • Volunteer at Legal Clinics, Oakland Community Organizations, various locations, 2011
    • Volunteer attorney, International Institute of the Bay Area - Oakland, CA office, 2011
    • Volunteer Attorney, Legal Clinics - Oakland, CA - for Asian American Bar Assocation of Northern California , 2015
    • Volunteer attorney at various clinics sponsored by Oakland Community Organizations, Oakland, CA, 2016
    • International Institute of the Bay Area, 2011
    • Volunteer at various DACA and naturalization pro bono clinics throughout the Bay Area, 2011
    • Founding Member, Pope Francis Legal Clinic, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland, CA, 2016

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Author, "Buy American, Hire American" - Hurting U.S. Companies?, AILA Insight, American Immigration Lawyers Association (national), 2018
    • Featured Speaker, President Obama's November 20, 2014 Executive Action, Explaine, San Pablo Public Library, San Pablo, CA, 2014
    • Featured Speaker, Immigration Law and Minors, San Pablo Public Library, San Pablo, CA, 2013
    • Featured Speaker, "Know Your Rights - Preparing for the Trump Administration", Merritt College - Oakland, CA, 2016
    • Speaker, "How to Get a Green Card for a Loved One", Consulado General de Peru, San Francisco, CA, 2015
    • Panelist Speaker, "Immigration Forum: DAPA & DACA Immigration Reform and its Impact on the API Community, Bay Area Asian Pacific American Law Student Association Conference, San Francisco, CA, 2015
    • Featured Speaker, DAPA and the Expansion of DACA, Merritt College and Fruitvale Education Center, Oakland, CA, 2015
    • Featured Speaker, Immigrants and the Trump Administration, CA, Mission Hiring Hall, Restaurant Workers, SF, 2017
    • February 13, 2017, Workshop Discussion Leader, Know Your Rights for Community Support, ROC the Bay and Access Women's Health Justice, California, Oakland, 2017
    • Speaker, Immigration Red Flags, Bar Association Of San Francisco - Barristers Section, 2018
    • Co-Presenter, Immigration Presentation, Surplus Line Association, 2018
    • EB adjustment interviews are now required in all cases. Now that we are over nine months into this process, our panel of experts will discuss developing trends, how well field office examiners are trained on employment issues, and how best to prepare clients. Panelists also will explore strategies for dealing with lengthy delays at local offices and when consular processing is a better alternative.  Featured Topics  Best Practices for Preparing Clients for the Interview The Role of the Attorney at the Interview Can Examiners Re-Adjudicate the I-140, and Will They Understand Portability? Strategies for Dealing with Delays—e.g., Medicals, Visa Backlogs, etc. When Is Consular Processing a Better Way to Go?Faculty:Sheila Mahadevan (DL), AILA New Members Division Steering Committee Chair, Washington, DC Roberta Cooper, Athens, GA Veronica Guinto, San Francisco, CA, Co-Presenter, Web Seminar: Employment-Based Adjustment Interviews: Good, Bad, or Indifferent, American Immigration Lawyers Association (national), 2018
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    130 Battery Street, Suite 550
    San Francisco, CA 94111

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