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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
724 Questions Answered

Q. It's been 6 months and still no marriage interview appointment. Anything we can do for an update or to expedite?
A: A lot of the time it takes to be scheduled for an interview depends on where she will have it. Large cities have longer waits just because more people are applying for immigration benefits there. Visit the following website to get an estimate of how long it will take in your jurisdiction. https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times/
Q. I have visa F1(PhD student) and my husband F2, an employer is offering a permanent job to him (EB3), how to do it?
A: Yes. Because the visas are available only to foreign workers who can show they won’t be taking jobs from Americans, the employer has to show that they have done their due diligence to try to find a US worker to fill the position.
Q. My partner got denied a tourist visa for the US. We want to get married, should we wait till I become a US citizen?
A: It will be hard for her to show ties to the UK is she is planning to come to the US to marry you. Applying for an immigrant visa is very different. The expectation is that she will immigrate to the US. If the nonimmigrant visa was denied simply because she couldn’t show connections to the UK, then that won’t impact an immigrant visa application at all.
Q. In Form I-130, do I need to write beneficiary's name and address in their native language?
A: Since that is specifically requested, we recommend that you find someone who can put that information in that section for you. Alternatively ask your wife to write it down and send it to you. Then trace it onto the form.
Q. Will getting an Earned Income Tax Credit or an ACA Exemption affect my chances of being granted permanent residency?
A: First, you’ve already passed the period when a public charge determination would be made. Filing the I-751 doesn’t change that. As long as you are otherwise eligible for those things, you won’t have any problems.
Q. For the I-864 immigration form, is it ok to send a W-2 worksheet in place of the actual W-2?
A: No, but it doesn’t matter. You don’t need to send your 2016 W2, only your most recent one—ideally 2018 but you can still submit 2017 until the end of March. You can get transcripts of W2s at your local IRS office or online.
Q. Summoned to court and I am a non citizen, will proveing my character help with my case if ICE is contacted?
A: Unfortunately, simply being a good person and paying your taxes is not enough to excuse you are in the country without permission. It is possible that you could be detained by ICE at court, yes. It does happen. The fact that you have been here for so long, and the fact that you have strong connections to the United States, including (it sounds like) US citizen children, you might be eligible for some immigration relief before an immigration judge. Talking with an immigration attorney would be a very good idea in your case.
Q. Am I eligible for a green card?
A: There is nothing that you have said that indicates you are eligible to apply for permanent residence at this time. If you marry a USC, that would change your situation, but based on the information you provided, that is the only thing that would under current law. We recommend that you consult with an immigration attorney to see what other options might be available, based on your individual circumstances.
Q. Does your American spouse have to submit taxes of the last year or of the last 3 years when applying for my residence?
A: I-130s take about 8 months or so to get approved, so you shouldn’t have to wait much longer. You do not say it, but it sounds as if you are in the United States. If that is true, then once the I-130 is approved you can apply for permanent residency. If your husband is a citizen, and if you entered the US on a visa, you might be able to apply for residence in the United States. If so, you can apply for a temporary work authorization at the same time. Once you have that, you can get a social security number. That takes about four or five months after you apply. If your husband isn’t a citizen, and/or if you didn’t come into the US on a visa, you will likely need to apply for a visa in your home country. There are other considerations, too, so we strongly recommend that, if you have not done so, you and your husband consult with an immigration attorney.
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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