Giselle Sotelo is an immigration attorney specializing in deportation defense and family-based immigration law. The daughter of an immigrant from El Salvador, she is fluent in Spanish. Giselle graduated with honors from Harvard University. She received her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law.
Giselle has extensive experience in immigration law, including but not limited to: representing respondents in removal and bond proceedings; representing applicants for asylum, NACARA, adjustment of status and naturalization, credible and reasonable fear interviews with USCIS; preparing unlawful presence, fraud and deportation waivers, and U visa and VAWA applications.
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Giselle is a member of the State Bar of California, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
As part of her litigation expertise, Giselle has advocated on behalf of numerous clients who have been charged with or convicted of crimes. Her litigation successes include obtaining asylum for a woman and her minor daughter, who were victims of a domestic violence, under Matter of A-R-C-G-; and winning cancellation of removal, fraud waivers and de novo removal of conditions for permanent residents, which allowed them to keep their green cards.
Giselle also has extensive experience in preparing successful appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals, motions to reopen before the Immigration Court and Petitions for Review in Federal Court.
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