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Elias Mendoza

Strengthening families by obtaining legal residency in the United States
  • Immigration Law
  • Arizona, Washington
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Biography

Elias Mendoza, Esq., is a dedicated immigration lawyer serving Sacramento, CA, and Mesa, AZ, with over a decade of experience in Immigration Law., leads the legal team at Mendoza Immigration (www.mendozaimmigration.com). Licensed to practice Federal Law, Elias holds bar licenses in Washington (WSBA 43857) and Arizona (AZ 036789). As the Chief Legal Officer and President of Mendoza Immigration, our office leverages extensive knowledge to benefit a diverse clientele.

Beyond our legal practice, Elias co-founded Harmony Legal Inc., a pioneering law practice management software company. This innovative platform has garnered recognition for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of legal practice management. Elias also contributes to the legal community as a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Technology Advisory Board, where he helps guide the integration of technology in legal practice.

At Mendoza Immigration, our approach to immigration law is client-focused, ensuring that each case receives the attention and expertise it deserves. Our commitment to our clients is matched by our dedication to advancing the field of immigration law through technology and innovation. Whether dealing with complex immigration cases or helping families achieve their dreams of legal residency, our team brings a wealth of experience, compassion, and professionalism to our practice.

We are strong advocates for immigrant rights and are dedicated to providing top-notch legal services to those seeking a better future in the United States. If you are looking for an experienced immigration lawyer in Sacramento, CA, or Mesa, AZ, Elias Mendoza and our legal team are ready to help you navigate the complexities of the immigration system.

Education
Brigham Young University
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Professional Experience
Technology Advisory Board Member
American Immigration Lawyers Association
- Current
As part of the Technology Advisory Board, Elias contributes to developing and implementing technological solutions that streamline case management and improve client communication. His efforts help in making legal services more accessible and effective. Elias’ expertise as an immigration lawyer, combined with his technological skills, ensures that Mendoza Immigration provides services tailored to meet the needs of clients in Sacramento, CA, and Mesa, AZ. Whether assisting families in Sacramento or individuals in Mesa, Elias’ work on the AILA Technology Advisory Board supports his role as an immigration lawyer committed to advancing the field and providing reliable legal support.
Co-Founder
Harmony Legal, Inc.
- Current
As an experienced immigration lawyer, I recognized the critical need for a robust law firm practice management solution that not only enhances case efficiency but also safeguards the integrity of the attorney license. In 2018, I invested significant time and resources to cofound an award-winning, cloud-based platform that addresses these needs. This innovative solution streamlines operations, manages case workflows, and improves client communication, all while ensuring compliance with legal standards. My motivation stemmed from the challenges I faced with existing tools that often overlooked the importance of protecting the attorney license. By focusing on these crucial aspects, I created a system that supports attorneys in delivering high-quality legal services without compromising ethical standards.
Chief Legal Officer & President
Mendoza Immigration
- Current
As the Chief Legal Officer and President of Mendoza Immigration, Elias Mendoza leads our legal team in successfully assisting more than 15,000 clients in achieving their immigration goals. His commitment to clients is evident in the personalized and thorough legal support he provides. As a Sacramento immigration lawyer and Mesa immigration lawyer, Elias ensures that each client receives tailored advice and support. In addition to his legal practice, Elias is a co-founder of Harmony Legal Inc., a company that has received recognition for its innovative law practice management software. He also serves on the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Technology Advisory Board, where he contributes to the integration of technology in legal practice to enhance efficiency and client service. Elias’ dedication as an immigration lawyer and abogado de inmigración drives his continuous efforts to improve legal processes and client experiences through technology.
Publications
Speaking Engagements
UC Berkeley Immigration Workshop, UC Berkeley Campus
UC Berkeley Latina Organization
The workshop will be divided into three key topics, with an open Q&A session: Key Topic 1 - Adjustment of Status: Covering various scenarios such as marriage, family-sponsored petitions, and military-related adjustments. Key Topic 2 - Asylum: Providing insights into the asylum application process. Key Topic 3 - Addressing Victims of Crime/Workplace Harassment: Guidance on how to adjust status if someone has been a victim of a crime or workplace harassment.
Certifications
43857
Washington State Bar
Awards
Top Ranking Attorney
American Association of Attorney Advocates
Top Ranking Attorney
American Association of Attorney Advocates
10 Best Immigration Attorneys - California
American Institute Of Legal Counsel
10 Best Immigration Attorneys - California
Recognizing Excellence in Immigration Law
Lawyers of Distinction
Top Ranking Attorney
American Association of Attorney Advocates
10 Best Immigration Attorneys - California
American Institute of Legal Counsel
10 Best Immigration Attorneys - CA
Recognizing Excellence in Immigration Law
Lawyers of Distinction
Top Ranking Attorney
American Association of Attorney Advocates
10 Best Immigration Attorneys - California
American Institute of Legal Counsel
10 Best Immigration Attorneys - CA
Recognizing Excellence in Immigration Law
Lawyers of Distinction
10 Best Immigration Attorneys - California
American Institute of Legal Counsel
10 Best Immigration Attorneys - CA
Professional Associations
State Bar of Arizona  # 036789
Member
- Current
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Washington State Bar  # 43857
Member
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Arizona
State Bar of Arizona
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Washington
Washington State Bar Association
ID Number: 43857
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9th Circuit
ID Number: United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
    At Mendoza Immigration, we offer a comprehensive approach to consultations to ensure we best serve our clients’ needs. Our process begins with a phone screening to determine if your case aligns with our attorneys’ expertise and parameters. If the initial screening indicates that your case is a good fit, we offer a free in-person consultation to discuss your situation in detail and explore your options. However, if the phone screening suggests that your case may require more extensive evaluation or does not meet the criteria for a free consultation, we offer a paid consultation option. This ensures that every client receives the thorough attention their case deserves, regardless of the complexity. We believe in transparency and clarity, so there are no surprises when you come to our office. We let you know prior to scheduling whether your consultation will be free or paid, based on the initial phone screening. Our goal is to provide clear and effective legal guidance.
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  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    We accept all forms of payment, not quite ready for bitcoin though :)
Practice Area
Immigration Law
Languages
  • Korean: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. CR-1 Visa - Additional Evidence
A: It’s not uncommon for consular officers to request additional evidence during a CR-1 visa interview. The fact that the officer retained your wife’s passport and wedding photos suggests that the application is still under review and not necessarily refused. The “refused” status on your case often indicates that the application is pending further action rather than an outright denial.

The request for additional documents such as photos together, chat history, financials, and your travel history to visit your wife is a standard procedure. This helps the consular officer verify the authenticity of your relationship.

Since you have already emailed the requested documents, it’s now a matter of waiting for the consulate to review and process the additional evidence. It is also a good idea to regularly check the status of your case online and follow up with the consulate if you do not receive any updates within a reasonable timeframe.

In the meantime, make sure to keep copies of all the documents you submitted and any correspondence with the consulate for your records.
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Q. What to do when NO NVC letter after 90 days of I-130 approval and USCIS is unable to provide with petition to NVC?
A: When an I-130 petition is approved but there has been no communication from the National Visa Center (NVC) for over 90 days, consider taking these steps:

1. Verify Approval Notice: Confirm that the I-130 approval notice explicitly states that the case was sent to the NVC. This should be mentioned on the notice of action received from USCIS.

2. Contact NVC:

• Email NVC: Send an email to NVCInquiry@state.gov including your I-130 approval notice, your USCIS receipt number, and any correspondence received from USCIS indicating the approval. Mention that you have not received the Welcome Letter with your NVC case number and Invoice ID. Use this same email to inquire and confirm your contact information is up-to-date, as the information shared on the I-130 is where the NVC captures your contact information - could be a typo.

• Public Inquiry Form: Use the NVC Public Inquiry Form (https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/ask-nvc.html) to submit your query. Even though the form typically requires an NVC case number, use your USCIS receipt number and explain the situation. Sometimes the NVC can assist through this portal without the case number.

These steps should help in addressing the delay and ensuring that the case moves forward.
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Q. problems with One And The Same Person Affidavit
A: Navigating the complexities of Italian nationality law and the nuances of such affidavits can be challenging. It’s advisable to coordinate these legal matters with an attorney licensed to practice law in Italy. An Italian attorney will be well-versed in the specific requirements and procedures involved, ensuring that your application is properly handled.

To find a reputable attorney in Italy, consider:

1. Contact the Italian Consulate: They often have lists of recommended attorneys who specialize in nationality and immigration law.

2. Use Professional Associations: The Italian National Bar Association (Consiglio Nazionale Forense) has directories of licensed attorneys.

3. Personal Recommendations: If you know anyone who has gone through a similar process, ask for referrals.

5. Legal Forums and Expat Communities: Online communities can provide recommendations based on personal experiences.
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Websites & Blogs
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No se deje engañar por los mitos. El abogado de inmigración Elías Mendoza habla sobre la importancia de comprender los pasos que se toman para arreglar un estatus migratorio en los Estados Unidos. En este ejemplo, el abogado explica que no es un proceso sencillo ajustar un estatus migratorio "sólo porque su hijo/a cumplió 21 años". El abogado también explica que no existe la "regla de los 10 años" de la que muchos hablan. Siempre es importante consultar con un abogado de inmigración. Abogado de Inmigración - No se deje engañar por los mitos

No se deje engañar por los mitos. El abogado de inmigración Elías Mendoza habla sobre la importancia de comprender los pasos que se toman para arreglar un estatus migratorio en los Estados Unidos. En este ejemplo, el abogado explica que no es un proceso sencillo ajustar un estatus migratorio "sólo porque su hijo/a cumplió 21 años". El abogado también explica que no existe la "regla de los 10 años" de la que muchos hablan. Siempre es importante consultar con un abogado de inmigración.

¡Feliz Día de la Madres! Este Día de la Madres, estamos llenos de alegría al compartir una historia conmovedora que realmente encarna el espíritu de la familia y el amor. En nuestro despacho de abogados, tuvimos el increíble privilegio de ayudar a una hija a reunirse con su madre después de años separadas. Pero eso no es todo; la reunión fue aún más especial porque la madre también tuvo la oportunidad de conocer a su preciosa nieta por primera vez. Abogados De Inmigracion Ayudan a Una Hija Reunirse con Su Madre

¡Feliz Día de la Madres! Este Día de la Madres, estamos llenos de alegría al compartir una historia conmovedora que realmente encarna el espíritu de la familia y el amor. En nuestro despacho de abogados, tuvimos el increíble privilegio de ayudar a una hija a reunirse con su madre después de años separadas. Pero eso no es todo; la reunión fue aún más especial porque la madre también tuvo la oportunidad de conocer a su preciosa nieta por primera vez.

In their earnest pursuit of asylum in the United States, a brother and sister from Afghanistan encountered considerable challenges while seeking assistance. Faced with the constraints of legal professionals unable to accommodate new cases and non-profit organizations grappling with limited staffing capacities, the siblings found themselves in a predicament. The siblings were introduced to Mendoza Immigration's invaluable self-help tools which provided a solution to their predicament. Approved Asylum: Overcoming Asylum Challenges with Mendoza Immigration's Self-Help Tools

In their earnest pursuit of asylum in the United States, a brother and sister from Afghanistan encountered considerable challenges while seeking assistance. Faced with the constraints of legal professionals unable to accommodate new cases and non-profit organizations grappling with limited staffing capacities, the siblings found themselves in a predicament. The siblings were introduced to Mendoza Immigration's invaluable self-help tools which provided a solution to their predicament.

Carlos acaba de recibir su tarjeta de residente permanente legal. Él ha estado esperando mucho tiempo este día. Aquí en Mendoza Immigration, estamos orgullosos de ayudar a las personas a obtener su residencia permanente legal en los Estados Unidos. Nuestro objetivo es unir a las familias explorando todas las opciones que las personas pueden tener para obtener un beneficio de inmigración. Carlos recibe su tarjeta de residente permanente legal

Carlos acaba de recibir su tarjeta de residente permanente legal. Él ha estado esperando mucho tiempo este día. Aquí en Mendoza Immigration, estamos orgullosos de ayudar a las personas a obtener su residencia permanente legal en los Estados Unidos. Nuestro objetivo es unir a las familias explorando todas las opciones que las personas pueden tener para obtener un beneficio de inmigración.

Estamos orgullosos de tener una oficina en Ciudad Juárez, México con un equipo que no solo conoce los pasos del proceso consular, sino que también ha creado relaciones sólidas con las agencias gubernamentales, clínicas e incluso hoteles que permiten a nuestros clientes tener un proceso exitoso cuando necesitan ir a Juárez. #MendozaImmigration #CiudadJuarez #ConsularProcessing #ResidenciaPermanente #USA Ciudad Juárez, México - Cita Medica - Inmigración

Estamos orgullosos de tener una oficina en Ciudad Juárez, México con un equipo que no solo conoce los pasos del proceso consular, sino que también ha creado relaciones sólidas con las agencias gubernamentales, clínicas e incluso hoteles que permiten a nuestros clientes tener un proceso exitoso cuando necesitan ir a Juárez. #MendozaImmigration #CiudadJuarez #ConsularProcessing #ResidenciaPermanente #USA

¡Nuestro cliente pasó de tener una orden de deportación a obtener su residencia permanente en Estados Unidos! Nuestros abogados de inmigración lo hicieron posible, y ahora la esposa de nuestro cliente está en camino de obtener su residencia permanente también. #MendozaImmigration #Immigration #permanentresidency #residenciapermanente #abogadosdeinmigracion De Deportación a Residencia Permanente: Historia de Éxito con Nuestros Abogados de Inmigración

¡Nuestro cliente pasó de tener una orden de deportación a obtener su residencia permanente en Estados Unidos! Nuestros abogados de inmigración lo hicieron posible, y ahora la esposa de nuestro cliente está en camino de obtener su residencia permanente también. #MendozaImmigration #Immigration #permanentresidency #residenciapermanente #abogadosdeinmigracion

After living over 30 years in the United States, Edmundo and Maria were finally able to fix their immigration status. They share their story of how their child was able to help them fix their status and how Mendoza Immigration was able to assist in the process. www.mendozaimmigration.com #immigration #inmigracion #residenciapermanente #arreglarpapeles #USA #unitedstates #estadosunidos Después de 30 Años, Ellos Pudieron Arreglar sus Papeles

After living over 30 years in the United States, Edmundo and Maria were finally able to fix their immigration status. They share their story of how their child was able to help them fix their status and how Mendoza Immigration was able to assist in the process. www.mendozaimmigration.com #immigration #inmigracion #residenciapermanente #arreglarpapeles #USA #unitedstates #estadosunidos

At Mendoza Immigration, we use our proprietary technology to check client cases every 48 hours. This provides our team with important updates while snoozing or weeding out others - all prior to the mail arriving! By default, our system automatically saves a status update every 30 days to our case notes, ensuring no case is left unattended - even while many are stuck in long processing lines. #immigration Ensuring that no case is left unattended at our law firm

At Mendoza Immigration, we use our proprietary technology to check client cases every 48 hours. This provides our team with important updates while snoozing or weeding out others - all prior to the mail arriving! By default, our system automatically saves a status update every 30 days to our case notes, ensuring no case is left unattended - even while many are stuck in long processing lines. #immigration

The Sacramento Bee published a news article highlighting the struggles that the group of immigrants have experienced due to the lack of guidance, assistance, and resources promised to them by government officials and other organizations. The article: https://www.sacbee.com/news/equity-lab/article278997079.html Immigration attorney reacts to news article about the immigrants that Ron DeSantis sent to CA

The Sacramento Bee published a news article highlighting the struggles that the group of immigrants have experienced due to the lack of guidance, assistance, and resources promised to them by government officials and other organizations. The article: https://www.sacbee.com/news/equity-lab/article278997079.html

On October 21, 2023, Phi Lambda Rho Sorority, Inc. and Mendoza Immigration collaboratively hosted an immigration workshop at UC Berkeley. Our goal was to empower the Bay Area community with up-to-date insights on vital topics, including adjustment of status, pathways to permanent residency, asylum, and the critical skills to identify and mitigate fraud. #immigration #BayArea #ImmigrationWorkshop #CommunityEmpowerment #UCBerkeley #PhiLambdaRho #Rhosas #inmigracion Immigration Clinic at UC Berkeley

On October 21, 2023, Phi Lambda Rho Sorority, Inc. and Mendoza Immigration collaboratively hosted an immigration workshop at UC Berkeley. Our goal was to empower the Bay Area community with up-to-date insights on vital topics, including adjustment of status, pathways to permanent residency, asylum, and the critical skills to identify and mitigate fraud. #immigration #BayArea #ImmigrationWorkshop #CommunityEmpowerment #UCBerkeley #PhiLambdaRho #Rhosas #inmigracion

Estos clientes llevan 27 años sin ver a su familia. Nuestro equipo de Mendoza Immigration pudo obtener la aprobación de la documentación y ahora por fin podrán estar con su familia. #UnitedStates #Immigration #EstadosUnidos #inmigracion #abogados #familia Más de 27 años Sin Ver a Su Familia

Estos clientes llevan 27 años sin ver a su familia. Nuestro equipo de Mendoza Immigration pudo obtener la aprobación de la documentación y ahora por fin podrán estar con su familia. #UnitedStates #Immigration #EstadosUnidos #inmigracion #abogados #familia

Estas damas llevaban muchos años sin ver a sus familias. Nuestros abogados de inmigración pudieron ayudarlas a obtener su residencia permanente en Estados Unidos y ahora están con sus familias. Esto es lo que dijeron sobre nuestra asistencia durante su proceso de inmigración. #inmigracion #immigration #ImmigrationAttorneys #AbogadosDeInmigracion Mujeres obtienen su residencia permanente en Estados Unidos

Estas damas llevaban muchos años sin ver a sus familias. Nuestros abogados de inmigración pudieron ayudarlas a obtener su residencia permanente en Estados Unidos y ahora están con sus familias. Esto es lo que dijeron sobre nuestra asistencia durante su proceso de inmigración. #inmigracion #immigration #ImmigrationAttorneys #AbogadosDeInmigracion

This asylum seeker from Guatemala shares how the Asylum Self-Help tool from Mendoza Immigration helped her apply for asylum successfully and come across the border into the United States. Learn more about our tool on our website. #immigration #inmigracion #asylum #asylumseeker #USborder #USimmigration #USlaw #immigrant #migrantcommunities #sisepuede #asilo #asilopolitico #USA Nuevo sistema para pedir Asilo en Estados Unidos

This asylum seeker from Guatemala shares how the Asylum Self-Help tool from Mendoza Immigration helped her apply for asylum successfully and come across the border into the United States. Learn more about our tool on our website. #immigration #inmigracion #asylum #asylumseeker #USborder #USimmigration #USlaw #immigrant #migrantcommunities #sisepuede #asilo #asilopolitico #USA

This client came to the United States at the age of 3, and for many years lived without U.S. residency. Our team helped her from start to finish, making sure that when she went to Ciudad Juárez, Mexico for her final paperwork, we were there every step of the way. We pride ourselves in helping our clients obtain their U.S. residency. #immigration #inmigracion #USA #immigrationlaw #justice #justicia #sisepuede Obteniendo la Residencia de Estados Unidos

This client came to the United States at the age of 3, and for many years lived without U.S. residency. Our team helped her from start to finish, making sure that when she went to Ciudad Juárez, Mexico for her final paperwork, we were there every step of the way. We pride ourselves in helping our clients obtain their U.S. residency. #immigration #inmigracion #USA #immigrationlaw #justice #justicia #sisepuede

Después de 30 años de estar en Estados Unidos, Juan finalmente pudo convertirse en residente permanente. La orientación que Juan recibió en el pasado simplemente decía que no se podía, pero nuestro equipo de Mendoza Immigration pudo hacerlo realidad. Contáctenos hoy para ayudarle con su caso! www.mendozaimmigration.com #inmigracion #estadosunidos #residenciapermanente Residencia Permanente Después de 30 años

Después de 30 años de estar en Estados Unidos, Juan finalmente pudo convertirse en residente permanente. La orientación que Juan recibió en el pasado simplemente decía que no se podía, pero nuestro equipo de Mendoza Immigration pudo hacerlo realidad. Contáctenos hoy para ayudarle con su caso! www.mendozaimmigration.com #inmigracion #estadosunidos #residenciapermanente

Residencia Permanente en Estados Unidos Pasaron casi 18 años que el no veía a su familia. Nuestros abogados de inmigración lo ayudaron a obtener su residencia permanente. Su proceso requirió que fuera a Ciudad Juárez. Ningún problema. Aquí el habla de cómo fue su proceso y por qué eligió Mendoza Immigration. #UnitedStates #immigration #permanentresident #inmigracion #greencard #residenciapermanente Residencia Permanente en Estados Unidos

Residencia Permanente en Estados Unidos Pasaron casi 18 años que el no veía a su familia. Nuestros abogados de inmigración lo ayudaron a obtener su residencia permanente. Su proceso requirió que fuera a Ciudad Juárez. Ningún problema. Aquí el habla de cómo fue su proceso y por qué eligió Mendoza Immigration. #UnitedStates #immigration #permanentresident #inmigracion #greencard #residenciapermanente

Our law firm has launched a self-help tool that can help with the influx of #asylum seekers at the border. It provides free help with the first important part of the asylum submission - verifying eligibility and completing the credible fear declaration. www.mendozaimmigration.com Self-Help tool for Asylum Seekers

Our law firm has launched a self-help tool that can help with the influx of #asylum seekers at the border. It provides free help with the first important part of the asylum submission - verifying eligibility and completing the credible fear declaration. www.mendozaimmigration.com

Contact & Map
Ciudad Juarez Office - Available only to Firm Clients
Ciudad Juarez
Mendoza Immigration
Sacramento Office
2900 Northgate Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95833
Telephone: (916) 473-6422
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: We close from 12-1pm for lunch.
Mendoza Immigration
Mesa Office
1017 S Gilbert Road
Ste 208b
Mesa, AZ 85204
Telephone: (480) 666-5553
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: We close from 12-1pm for lunch.