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Hector E. Quiroga

Hector E. Quiroga

Quiroga Law Office, PLLC
  • Immigration Law
  • Washington
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Hector E. Quiroga is an immigration attorney and a professor of law at Gonzaga University Law School. Hector immigrated to the United States in January, 2000. He spoke no English but had a strong desire to become an immigration lawyer. Hector worked in many jobs to support his career (from unloading trucks, to washing dishes, to installing antennas). He learned and mastered English and settled in Spokane, Washington. He graduated with honors and attended Gonzaga School of Law, where he graduated top of his class. He was part of the University Moot Court Room, where he earned distinguished awards.

More importantly, Hector’s passion for the American Dream has made him perfect advocate for those seeking legal status in the United States. Hector lived it. Today he is a citizen of the United States. He remembers vividly what it feels like to have a visa, a green card, and to apply and acquire citizenship to Untied States.

Hector is a husband and a father. He enjoys coaching soccer (a team of 12 kids 9 to 10 year olds). He founded the Quiroga Law Office, PLLC in 2009, with his wife, also an immigration attorney. Today, the law firm has offices in Spokane and Tri Cities and employs 25 people, including 7 lawyers. Hector and his team help and protect immigrants like themselves achieve the American Dream.

Practice Area
  • Immigration Law
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Washington
9th Circuit
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Partner
Quiroga Law Office, PLLC
- Current
Hector practices in the areas of: - Family Law - Personal Injury - Immigration - Bankruptcy
Clerk
Federal District Court
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Education
Gonzaga University School of Law
J.D. | Law
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Honors: - Gonzaga University School of Law Academic Dean's List - Gonzaga University School of Law Academic Honor Roll - Thomas M. Cooley Law School Academic Dean's List - Thomas M. Cooley Law School Academic Honor Roll - 25% Law School Academic Merit Scholarship Recipient - 2009 Moot Court Council Member- Gonzaga University School of Law - 2009 Washington Association of Corporate Counsel Academic Scholarship Recipient - 2009 Loren Miller Bar Association Academic Scholarship Recipient - 2009 Latina/o Bar Association of Washington Bar Preparation Scholarship Recipient - 2008 to 2009 Second Best Oralist (Linden Cup) - Gonzaga University School of Law - 2008 Latina/o Bar Association of Washington Diversity Scholarship Recipient - 2007 and 2008 Carl Maxey Diversity Scholarship Recipient presented by the Spokane County Bar Association / Diversity Section
Awards
Super Lawyer
Super Lawyers Magazine
Public Service and Leadership Award
Washing State Bar Association
Super Lawyer
Super Lawyers Magazine
Top Immigration Lawyer in Spokane for 2017
Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine
Super Lawyer
Super Lawyers Magazine
Top Immigration Lawyer in Spokane for 2016
Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine
Super Lawyer
Super Laywers Magazine
Top Lawyers in Spokane for 2015
Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine
Professional Associations
Gonzaga University School of Law
Professor of Law
- Current
Spokane County Bar Association
Member
- Current
Washington State Bar Association
Member
- Current
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Member
- Current
Publications
Articles & Publications
The Auto Policy and the Claim Investigation Process
Sabiduria Legal
Speaking Engagements
Immigration Civil Rights, Gonzaga University School of Law
Gonzaga University School of Law
Immigration Consequences of Crimes, Spokane County Bar Association
Spokane County Bar Association
Immigration Law Primer for English as a Second Language Teachers, Easter Washington University
Easter Washington University
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. 10th Annual Solo and Small Firm Conference., Gonzaga Univeristy School of Law
Gonzaga Univeristy School of Law
Protecting Immigrant Children and Youth Through Special Immigrant Juvenile Status in State Court Actions., Law and Immigration, Gonzaga Univeristy School of Law
Gonzaga Univeristy School of Law
Presentation on International and Immigration Law in the Private Sector., Law and Immigration, Gonzaga Univeristy School of Law
Gonzaga Univeristy School of Law
Certifications
Certified Spanish Translator
State Courts
Websites & Blogs
Website
Immigration Attorneys
Website
Website
Blog
Spokane Immigration Attorneys
Legal Answers
767 Questions Answered

Q. When do I actually file to remove Condition from my green card?
A: You can file to remove conditions 90 days prior to the expiration date of your green card.
Q. Can I file I-130 for my birth mother?
A: If you were not legally adopted—and the fact that your father married another woman does not mean you were adopted by her—you can file an immigrant visa petition for your birth mother.
Q. Will living in a government subsidized housing affect my change of status from non-immigrant to immigrant in the future?
A: Once new public charge guidelines come online, the fact that you live in public housing could be one factor that the government might consider in a public charge determination; however, it shouldn’t disqualify you outright.
Q. Can I travel outside USA when my EAD (under category A180) is under process?
A: As long as you are returning to the US on a valid L2, then a pending EAD application will not impact your ability to reenter in and of itself, nor should your brief absence impact your EAD application.
Q. Can a foreigner married to a US citizen (without Green Card) enter the US on F1 student visa and apply for GC within?
A: He can, but it’s risky. A student visa is for studying, but if his intent is to immigrate to the US, that could jeopardize his application. Being married to a USC carries a great deal of weight against approving the student visa. He’d have to show he was intending to return to Germany at the end of his studies, and being married to a USC carries the assumption that he would be staying. It would be less risky for you to petition him to come as an immigrant. Then he could start his studies once he’s arrived.
Q. How do I get my brother, an illegal alien in the USA, back to India? He doesn't come back because of the 10 years ban.
A: Based on the facts given, there is no way. If he is married to a USC, or if he has USC children over 21, a petition can be filed on his behalf by someone who meets that criterion, and he can apply for a green card. He might have to apply for a waiver of his unlawful presence.
Q. Whether I should find a new school to maintain my F1 visa before my I-485 application is approved. I am a F1 student.
A: You don’t need to do that. The transfer might be denied, given your pending adjustment application, since your intent is not to study but rather to immigrate to the US.
Q. What does a Nigerian have to do to come to America?
A: It sounds like you want to immigrate. If you have no family members through whom to apply, you can try an employment visa. For that you’d need a relationship with a US employer. You might want to look into the diversity lottery program, too.
Q. If the annual income meets the required annual minimum,does the amount of assets still matter?
A: Assets are optional, so if your husband’s income meets the minimum requirement for household size, then it isn’t necessary to show assets.
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Quiroga Law Office, PLLC
7935 W Sahara Ave
#103
Las Vegas, NV 89117
USA
Telephone: (702) 608-8591
Quiroga Law Office, PLLC
505 N. Argonne Rd.
Suite B-109
Spokane Valley, WA 99212
USA
Telephone: (509) 927-3840
Quiroga Law Office, PLLC
7101 W. Hood Place
Suite B-201
Kennewick, WA 99336
USA
Telephone: (509) 570-1451
Fax: (509) 210-4607