Giacomo Jacques Behar

Giacomo Jacques Behar is an attorney licensed to practice law in the state of California since 1993 and a Certified Specialist in Immigration & Nationality Law by the Board of Legal Specialization of the California State Bar. He has over 30 years of practicing experience in all aspects of U.S. Immigration and Nationality law. Giacomo Jacques, a world traveled polyglot, is FLUENT in 7 languages: French, Spanish, Italian, German, Turkish, Hebrew and of course, English. As the founder of Behar International Counsel, PLC, a full-service immigration law firm active throughout the entire United States & worldwide Giacomo caters to the immigration needs of his clients in most of these languages on an almost daily basis

Giacomo, himself an immigrant and a naturalized U.S. citizen, was born in Istanbul, Turkey, to an Italian father and a French-speaking mother. Prior to coming to study in the U.S in 1981 Giacomo lived, studied and worked in Turkey, Israel, England, France, Italy and Switzerland. After arriving in the U.S. Giacomo, a native Spanish speaker, spent considerable time in Mexico almost every year.

Prior to his arrival in the U.S. in September 1981, Giacomo completed his linguistic studies at the Interpreters’ School in Zurich, Switzerland, where he was trained as a translator and conference interpreter. Giacomo also worked for various regional Swiss tourist authorities. He later received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, as well as Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in Finance from the U.S. International University in San Diego, California (1983 and 1984). In December 1992 Giacomo received a Juris Doctor (Law) degree from the California Western School of Law in San Diego, California.

As an experienced family and business immigration lawyer in the U.S., Giacomo is admitted to practice before the California Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Regularly commuting between his residences in San Diego, as well as Los Angeles, Giacomo maintains extensive contacts with the business and legal communities in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego and actively caters to all the immigration needs of Southern California residents, as well as those of immigration clients across the U.S. & worldwide.

Giacomo has been a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) since 1993 and served as the Chairman of its San Diego chapter’s liaison committee with the Immigration Service’s California Service Center in Laguna Niguel, California. He is also an active member of AILA’s Rome and Mexico chapters.

Giacomo dedicates himself to all aspects of U.S. immigration law, including employment, corporate and investor visas, deportation defense, political asylum, family immigration matters, as well as representing clients at U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide. We serve a highly diverse clientele from all around the world, over 45 countries in total.

Giacomo is a frequent lecturer on U.S. Immigration law issues to numerous ethnic and multi-cultural associations across California, Mexico, Europe, Turkey and Israel.

Our dedicated attorneys are eager to meet with you and learn about your specific immigration issues. For assistance, please call our office


Behar international counsel provides a full-range of immigration legal assistance to our clients. Contact us today to learn how we can help you.
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Giacomo J. Behar
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Mr Behar is a brilliant immigration attorney. He was very accommodating in scheduling my husband and I for a urgent consultation. He gave us honest and direct advice on what options we have, as well as the pros/cons of the path forward. He is a creative thinker and clearly has an in-depth knowledge of not only US immigration but international affairs as well.
Thank you Giacomo.
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Professionalism, expertise and genuine concern for my case
I had a very useful consultation with Mr Behar on my case. Mr Behar thoroughly understood the intricacies of my situation and outlined every step of the legal process with clarity and transparency. His ability to break down complex legal concepts into understandable terms is truly remarkable.
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Mr. Behar and his team took great effort to understand my case thoroughly and produced a strategy that worked efficiently in resulting in the positive outcome.
Will definitely come back to him for my future immigration needs.
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Highly informative, well knowledged and helpful. Highly recommend
I needed assistance ASAP regarding my J-2 work authorization request. I called Giacomo on Saturday and we setup a call for the same day! Giacomo Is highly skilled and it very much shows that he is VERY knowledgeable about the all immigration process.
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The Best Immigration Lawyer
Tatyana and her team of professionals are exceptional. She handled my case expertly and I highly recommend her services. Working with her was a great decision, resulting in time and money saved. My experience with her was wonderful due to her prompt communication and readiness to answer any questions.
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I highly recommend Tatyana Edwards, she did a great job with my asylum case. My case had been pending for almost 8 years since 2015 . She took a look at my case, and managed to place it on on the standby list not on the waiting list which would have taken longer. Last month, I had an interview notice, did my interview, picked up my decision ( granted).
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My friends who also had a positive experience working with Tatiana Edwards recommended this lawyer to me. My case was very complicated, the trials lasted for several years and the judge extended the hearings because of the large amount of information and documents.
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Bravo! Bis!
Professionalism, intelligence and precision! Necessary benevolence and human kindness! May you be lucky to find a protector, like-minded person and ally in Tatyana's face!
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