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Since 1982 we have successfully represented multi-national corporations, investors, people of extraordinary ability, professionals, skilled workers, religious workers, athletes, spouses, and other family members in the field of Immigration Law.

The reason for our high success rate is that we will not take on a case, unless we believe we can help our client. Our reputation for success and fair dealing is far too important to us to ruin by charging fees for impossible cases that have no chance. In complex cases, we explain the challenges in the case so that our client understands the issues and risks before we start the case.

We no longer practice in the area of deportation, vehicle seizure, and political asylum. We prefer to specialize and be among the best at obtaining permanent residence (green cards), visas and citizenship for our clients.

In the area of Business Law we incorporate corporations, form partnerships, and negotiate and prepare contracts for international and domestic business.

After representing thousands of clients from all over the world, we understand that the characteristics and qualities that people want in a lawyer are caring, knowledge, experience, and determination.

Please let us know how we can serve your needs.

Leon J. Snaid
Attorney at Law

  • Certified Immigration Law Specialist: as certified by the
    State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization
  • AV Rated – “preeminent” attorney
  • Who's Who in American Law since 1987
  • Author of the Newcomers Guide to Living in the USA, finalist
    for the Benjamin Franklin Award
  • Past President, San Diego County Bar Association Immigration
  • Author-Best Business Buddy, The Golden Rules and Strategies of Smart Business


The following is a list of the different legal services, which we provide to our clients in the areas of Immigration Law and Corporate/Business Law.

If you know which area of law applies to your immigration or business case, we suggest that you skip reading what follows and move directly to the links that apply to your needs.

If you cannot find what you are looking for on our web site, please do not hesitate to call or contact our office by e-mail (858) 412-1309 or


Our Mr. Snaid immigrated to the San Diego in 1981. As an immigrant to the USA he understands that immigration law cases have profound consequences for his clients. While he has practiced business and corporate law for close on 37 years, both in the USA and South Africa, he knows that the outcome of an immigration law case can have far more significant consequences than the consequences in most business, corporate or other law case, because the outcome of an immigration law case will affect the lives of many generations of people in a family. Accordingly, we approach every immigration law case with the gravity that it deserves.

Investor/Business Immigration Law:

We are often consulted in complex Business and Investor immigration law, because of our extensive knowledge and experience of representing clients in the trenches of business and corporate law. We know the strategies and techniques of how corporations and LLC’s can be adapted to comply with the immigration laws.

Sometimes it is necessary in Business Immigration law to fit a square peg in a round hole, while complying with all the laws. In these circumstances it is necessary to have an immigration lawyer, who also is experienced and knowledgeable in corporations, LLCs and business law.

We represent clients in applications for Treaty Investor (E-2) visas; Treaty Trader (E-1) visas; and intra company transfers for multinational executives and managers (L-1) visas, which are all temporary resident business visas. (See the link Working Visas)

In the area of Business Immigration Law, we apply for clients’ green cards as multi-national executives/managers in the Priority Workers category. This is sometimes referred to as converting a L-1 visa to permanent residence. (See the link Employment/Permanent Residence)

Immigration laws were changed in 1990 to make it possible for investors to get permanent residence by creating new businesses through investing $1m. ($500k in certain targeted areas), which will employ 10 people. This is known as the Employment Creation Visa (EB-5 visa) it is also known as the Investment Green Card.

In 1993 this immigration law was expanded to permit prospective immigrants the right to invest in business ventures (Regional Centers), where their involvement did not require daily management, but rather limited their business involvement to making policy decisions. (Please see the link Investors)

Family Immigration Law

Marriage and fiancé immigration law is the area of immigration law that Mr. Snaid describes as “a joy to practice.” Why? Because it is replete with love stories of how people of different cultures and countries found each other.

Unfortunately, the U.S. Immigration Service does not share our view on romance. There are complex immigration laws that can create havoc and hardship on couples, if they innocently believe that love and marriage to a U.S. citizen is all they need to get green cards. See our link

We will only take on genuine marriage cases and our reputation for integrity in this area of immigration law has been rewarded by the fact that we have never once had a case where the Immigration Service have investigated and interrogated our clients as to genuineness of their relationship.

Parents, children, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens are other ways to immigrate to the USA (See our link Family Permanent Residence)

Working Visas (Employment Immigration Law)

This is the area in immigration law of both temporary work visas and permanent residence work visas. Sometimes a temporary work visa prompts an employer to apply for a permanent residence work visa.

Temporary Work Visas in Immigration law include:

Professionals in Specialty Occupations (H-1B visas), Interns/Trainees (J-1 visas), Extraordinary Skilled workers (O visas); Entertainers, Athletes, Performers (P visas); Religious Workers (R-1 visas). (TN) for people from Canada or Mexico, who qualify under (NAFTA, as well as other types of visas.

Permanent Residence Work Visas

Getting a green card through a person’s occupation under the U.S. immigration laws generally requires a Labor Certification through a PERM application, but there are employment green card categories, where a person can apply for permanent residence straight off, without going through the Labor Certification (PERM) process.

The Labor Certification process requires an employer to prove to the Department of Labor that there are no U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are ready, able and willing to do a particular job for the prevailing wages and working conditions associated with the job in a particular geographic area.

The categories of green card applications that do not require Labor Certifications include: People of Extraordinary Ability in the Sciences, Arts, Education, Business or Athletics; People of Exceptional Ability and Outstanding Professors and Researchers whose services will be in the National Interest and Multinational Executives and Managers, certain Religious Workers and Special Immigrants

Citizenship and Naturalization Law

Most of our work in the area is in applying for citizenship through Naturalization for our clients.


S Corporations, C Corporations, LLC’s & Partnerships

As Business lawyers we advise clients which business entities are the most advantageous for their particular business goals.

In Corporate law formations we provide a full and complete service from Articles of Incorporation through creation of By-Laws and Minutes, the initial Organizational Meeting, obtaining an Employer Identification Number; filing the Statement of Information with the Secretary of State and the Section 25102(f) Notice with the Commissioner of Corporations.

In LLC formations we attend to the corresponding legal requirements. Partnership Agreements are also negotiated and prepared by our law office.

Business Law

In the area of business law we prepare contracts for different situations. This includes reviewing and negotiating contracts on behalf of our clients.

Here is a list of some of those contracts: Sales and Purchases of businesses; Partnership contracts; Agreements between Stockholders; Buy-sell Agreements; Merger and Acquisition contracts; Joint Venture Agreements; Sale of Stock Contracts; Employee contracts, including Management contracts; Dissolution of Partnership arrangements; Affiliate Contracts for the Internet; Agency contracts; Independent Contractor agreements; Professional contracts, Licensing agreements; Distributor Agreements.


Immigration Law is federal law so the same Immigration laws apply in all 50 states. Since all visa applications and petitions must be mailed into the Immigration Service, it does not matter if you reside in another state and use our services as your Immigration lawyers.

We have also represented clients from all around the world, but most of our clients are residents of the following areas:

San Diego County, San Diego North County, San Diego East County, Orange County, Los Angeles County, Riverside County and San Bernardino County.



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