Lilia  Alcaraz

Lilia Alcaraz

Board Certified Specialist in Immigration Law by the State Bar of California
  • Immigration Law, Tax Law, Estate Planning
  • Arizona, California
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LILIA ALCARAZ has over 20 years of experience in immigration and tax law. She is licensed as an attorney in Arizona and California and has been certified as a specialist in immigration and nationality law by the State Bar of California. Her work today brings her before federal courts and administrative agencies across the United States, at US ports of entry, and to US diplomatic missions worldwide.

While growing up in an immigrant community as the first member of her family to be born in the United States, Lilia bore first-hand witness to the struggles immigrants face when trying to adapt and live in a new country. Her work, today in immigration, is not just a career—it has been a passionate way of life for her for as long as she can remember.

Ms. Alcaraz helps her clients obtain treaty trader and investor (E-1 and E-2) visas, employment (H-1B and L-1) visas, TN visas for employees under the USMCA and NAFTA, and visas for people in the sciences, education, business, performing arts, and sports (O and P visas). She has extensive experience with pursuing permanent resident status in the United States for people through business (EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, and EB-5) immigration programs, family-based adjustments of status or consular processing (K visas) through marriage or other personal relationships, and national interest waiver applications with the US Department of Homeland Security.

Lilia Alcaraz advises companies on immigration compliance issues during corporate mergers and acquisitions and advises foreign nationals with pre-immigration tax and estate planning in the United States. She also coordinates and defends against ICE Homeland Security Investigations Form I-9 audits and raids. Finally, she helps managers design, implement, and evaluate worksite labor compliance programs.

Her trial work and legal arguments have been noted and adopted in several published opinions by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

Sorbonne, Paris, France
Law School Certificate in International Law | International Law
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University of Denver Law School
LL.M. (2002) | Tax Law
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Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
J.D. (2001) | Law
Honors: Judicial Clerkship at the Phoenix Immigration Court (Executive Office for Immigration Review). Multiple Scholarships, including receiving the Valdemar Cordova Scholarship several times.
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University of Arizona
B.A. (1997) | Psychology and Spanish
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Speaking Engagements
American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conferences, National Annual Conference
American Immigration Lawyers Association
American Immigration Lawyers Association University, AILA University
American Immigration Lawyers Association
American Immigration Lawyers Association Winter Conference, National Winter Conference
American Immigration Lawyers Association
American Immigration Lawyers Association Philadelphia Annual Conference, Annual Conference
American Immigration Lawyers Association Philadelphia Chapter
City of Phoenix Trilateral Trade Conference
City of Phoenix Know Before you Go Conference
City of Phoenix
National Business Institute (NBI)
Board Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law
State Bar of California Department of Legal Specialization
Professional Associations
California State Bar  # 248695
- Current
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Arizona State Bar  # 020970
- Current
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American Immigration Lawyers Association AILA
Hispanic Latin Immigration Group Co-Leader
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Activities: Ms. Alcaraz has been a frequent Speaker and Author for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Additionally, she serves as the Co-leader of the AILA National Hispanic Latin Immigration Group.
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
State Bar of Arizona
ID Number: 020970
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State Bar of California
ID Number: 248695
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9th Circuit
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U.S. Court of International Trade
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U.S. Supreme Court
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U.S. Tax Court
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United States District Court for the District of Arizona
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Practice Areas
Immigration Law
Citizenship, Family Visas, Green Cards, Immigration Appeals, Investment Visas, Marriage & Fiancé(e) Visas, Student Visas, Visitor Visas, Work Visas
Tax Law
Estate Tax Planning, International Taxes, Tax Planning
Estate Planning
Trusts, Wills
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. Hi, my spouse and I have our I-485 marriage based interview coming up tomorrow after applying for adjustment of status l
A: It’s great to hear you're preparing for your adjustment of status interview. While it's always best to have all of your original documents with you, don't worry if you don't have them all. Just take what you have available with you to the interview. The USCIS officer conducting the interview will let you know if they need any additional documentation from you and will provide you with the necessary time to provide it.

In most cases, if you've submitted all the copies of documentation required for your application, the USCIS officer won't ask for original documentation during the interview. However, it's always best to be prepared and have all relevant documents with you.

If you're feeling unsure about the process or have any questions about what to expect at the interview, I highly recommend consulting with a local immigration attorney. They can guide you through the process and represent you at the interview if necessary.

I wish you the best of luck with your adjustment of status interview!
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Q. Hi there. I have a consular processing question for a spouse.
A: Hello New Yorker!

Yes, a person can travel to work in another country if they have the necessary visas, work permits, and fulfill other legal requirements of the country they are traveling to.

This advice only applies to a consular processing case where the intending immigrant is not in the U.S. If the foreign national is in the U.S., other rules apply.

Fun travels for you and your spouse!
Q. So what forms exactly do I need to fill out to sponsor someone?
A: Rise and shine, Texas! I agree with Mr. Mejia. To be a supporter for a named beneficiary in the US, the supporter must be a US citizen, national, lawful permanent resident, have a lawful status in the US, pass security and background checks, and demonstrate sufficient financial resources to support the beneficiary. The supporter must also be willing and able to receive, maintain and support the beneficiary in areas such as housing, basic necessities, education, and employment for the duration of their parole. A separate Form I-134A must be filed for each beneficiary. Two organizations that provide information and resources are and Community Sponsorship Hub. Best of luck with the process! ... Read More
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ALCARAZ TOCCHINI - Immigration Lawyers
2390 E. Camelback Road
Suite 130
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Telephone: (602) 648-2202
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed