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Camiel Becker

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Immigration Attorney in Oakland, CA

Becker & Lee LLP
1322 Webster Street, Suite 300
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: 866-297-5930
Fax: 415-233-7016
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2015 - 2018
Licensed in California Since: 2005
Practice Areas: Immigration: Business, Immigration: Consumer
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
Attorney Profile

A partner at Becker & Lee LLP, Camiel Becker focuses his practice exclusively on immigration issues, and he has been certified as a specialist in immigration and nationality law by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California. Based in Oakland, he provides representation to businesses and individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area, throughout the state, and across the country, and he has been admitted to practice before all California state courts since 2005.

A significant portion of Mr. Becker's practice involves employment and business immigration matters. In this regard, he helps clients to obtain temporary work permits such as H-1B visas, P visas for athletes, entertainers, and artists, and O visas for people who possess what is termed as "extraordinary ability" in certain fields such as education, motion pictures, television, business, science, arts, and education. Mr. Becker also handles individual and family immigration, and his fluency in Spanish is advantageous when he is dealing with clients from countries in Latin America. These matters have included K-1 fiance(e) visas, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals cases, and U visas for victims of domestic violence or human trafficking. Mr. Becker's experience also encompasses the representation of people who are seeking asylum in the U.S. as well as the defense of those who are facing deportation. His successful track record in all of these areas has resulted in his receipt of a "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo.

Mr. Becker has delivered dozens of presentations to professional groups on a variety of topics related to his practice area, including strategies for obtaining H-1B visas, green cards for same-sex couples, and visa options for entrepreneurs. His legal education was obtained at Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, and he was awarded his Juris Doctor in 2004.

Practice Areas
  • 60%Immigration: Business
  • 40%Immigration: Consumer
Focus Areas

Asylum, Naturalization & Citizenship


4 Years Super Lawyers
4 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2015 - 2018

Certificates and Credentials

About Camiel Becker

First Admitted: 2005, California

Professional Webpage:

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Asian Law Caucus
  • El Centro Legal de La Raza
  • Volunteered as a mentor on numerous asylum cases for the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights
  • National Center of Lesbian Rights

Educational Background

  • University of Montana, Missoula, Spanish and Psychology

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified as a specialist in immigration and nationality law by the California Board of Legal Specialization

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Executive Committee Member, Immigration Section, Alameda County Bar Association, 2018 – 2020
  • LGBT Coordinator for the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association of Northern California (“AILA NorCal”), 2013
  • Co-Chair of the Immigration Section of the San Francisco Bar Association’s Barristers Club, 2013 – 2015
  • Immigration and Nationality Law Advisory Commission, State Bar of California, 2015 – 2019


  • Super Lawyers – Northern California Super Lawyers (2019)
  • Rising Star – Northern California Super Lawyers, 2015 – 2018

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • “Same-Sex Couples and Asylum,” Lavender Law Conference, Miami, Florida, August 2010
  • “I-864 Affidavit of Support: Intersection of Immigration and Family Law,” The Bar Association of San Francisco; The Barristers Immigration Section and the Barristers Family Law Section, San Francisco, California, July 23, 2013
  • “Practice Tips on Preparing and Strengthening Waiver Applications,” Bar Association of San Francisco, San Francisco, California, April 12, 2011
  • “Overview of US Immigration Law,” Catholic Charities event provided to Social Workers, San Francisco, California, August 16, 2011
  • “Immigration Law: Political Asylum for HIV+ LGBTQ-Identified Persons in El Salvador,” AIDS Legal Referral Panel and AILA Nor Cal, San Francisco, California, October 18, 2011
  • “Hot Topics in Prosecutorial Discretion and the Defense of Marriage Act,” All Star American Immigration Council CLE, San Francisco, California, October 21, 2011
  • “Advocacy: Prosecutorial Discretion,” American Immigration Lawyer’s Association’s California Conference, San Francisco, California, November 10, 2011
  • “I-601A Waivers,” AILA Nor Cal, San Francisco, California, May, 2013
  • “Pre-filing Strategies for H-1B Cap Season”, Alameda County Bar Association, Oakland, California, February 5, 2019
  • “Overview of Asylum Law from Asylum Office to Immigration Court,” Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, San Francisco, California, September 16, 2013
  • “Green Cards for Same Sex Couples,” Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, San Francisco, California, November 15, 2013
  • “Alternatives to the H-1B,” American Immigration Lawyers Association, Northern California Chapter, San Francisco, California, April 15, 2014
  • “Foreign National Scientists Obtaining Work in the United States,” American Chemical Society’s National Meeting and Exposition, San Francisco, California, August 10, 2014
  • “Immigration Options for Start-ups,” Event hosted by Hattery, a co-working space for entrepreneurs and start-ups, San Francisco, California, September 2014
  • “Obama’s Executive Action: How it Impacts Undocumented Immigrants, Employers and Foreign Employees,” Bar Association of San Francisco, San Francisco, California, May 7, 2015
  • “Immigration Options for Entrepreneurs and Investors: A Substantive two hour MCLE dedicated to both (E-1/E-2) non-immigrant and (EB-5) immigrant visa options for entrepreneurs and investors,” Moderator for both sessions, co-sponsored by the Bar Association of San Francisco and AILA Nor Cal, San Francisco, California, September 29, 2014
  • “New Year, New Rule: the DHS Final Regulations for High-Skilled Workers,” Bar Association of San Francisco, San Francisco, California, January 9, 2017
  • “Practice Management CLE: Managing for Success”, AILA NorCal, San Francisco, California, February, 17 2017
  • “Overview of Employment-Based Immigration,” guest lecturer, Immigration Law, JFK Law School, Pleasanton, California, February 18, 2017
  • “Immigration Law in the Employment Context,” San Francisco Small Business Week, San Francisco, California, May 17, 2017
  • “Employment-Based Options for DACA recipients,” Festival of Undocu Innovation, Sausalito, California, September 23, 2017
  • “Screening DACA recipients for Eligibility for Employment-Based Cases,” AILA NorCal, San Francisco, California, October 12, 2017
  • “Screening TPS Recipients For Eligibility For Employment-Based Cases, ” Becker & Lee LLP, CARECEN of Northern CA, & AILA NorCal, San Francisco, California, December 11, 2017
  • “Exploring Alternative Options For Salvadorans Before TPS is Terminated in 2019,” Consulate of El Salvador in San Francisco, San Francisco, California, February 24, 2018
  • “TPS to Employment-Based Green Card: Identifying Employment-Based Options for TPS Recipients Before It Is Too Late,” LA County Bar Association, Family-Based Immigration Law Symposium, Los Angeles, California, March 10, 2018
  • “Forming and Dissolving Partnerships,” 2018 AILA Annual Conference, San Francisco, California, June 15, 2018
  • “Temporary Protected Status is Over – Now What?”,  Alameda County Bar Association, Oakland, California, July 24, 2018
  • “Relief for the Undocumented in the Workforce”, 31st Annual AILA California Chapters Conference, San Diego, California, November 2, 2018
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Office Location for Camiel Becker

1322 Webster Street, Suite 300
Oakland, CA 94612

Phone: 866-297-5930

Fax: 415-233-7016

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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