Dr. Marshall Duke, a professor of psychology at Emory University, has this theory that the “people who know a lot about their families tend to be more resilient when facing life’s challenges.” Immigration Attorney Nicolas “Nick” Caraquel, one of the top Attorneys of North America-2018-2019 edition of The Who’s Who Directories, personifies that theory and adds further, “that the unconditional love for family will complete anyone’s life journey.”
An industrial engineer earlier in his career, Atty. Caraquel, Immigration Attorney of US Immigration Law Office of Nicolas Caraquel (83-15 Queens Blvd, 2nd Floor Elmhurst, New York), obtained his New York State license to practice law in 2012. Since practicing law, he’s been helping various clients all over the world to secure their immigrant US visas as a first step in achieving their American Dream, whose original idea has been evolving, according to him. “I used to hear the concept of the ‘American Dream’ was being able to buy a house in the US. As an immigration attorney, my clients have redefined the ‘American Dream’ as being able to bring their family here and share the blessings of ‘America’ with them,” Atty. Caraquel told Fil-Am Who’s Who in an interview.
“No matter how big the house you buy, if you live by yourself, there’s no joy in living in it,” he added.
Although he grew up in a poor family in Davao City—a breadwinner for the family who sold sweetened saba bananas to famished passengers at a bus terminal at the tender age of nine—his love for his family never waned, even an instance. To immigrate his own family in the US, to spend more time with them remains his “American Dream.”
An immigrant himself, Atty. Caraquel understands the challenges and the complexity of going through the US immigration process. He entered the US originally as a tourist in 2007. He was hired as an industrial engineer three weeks after his arrival and obtained his multinational executive visa in four weeks. He became a green card holder in 2008 and now holds a dual Filipino-American citizenship.
Although he’s been a legal counsel for US immigration in under a decade only, he’s considered a seasoned practitioner among his peers and a rapidly growing roster of clients, whose misconceptions about the US immigration law have been recurring. He explained, “The immigration law is not anti-illegal immigrants. As a matter of fact, some provisions and regulations provided better guidance on how to help illegal immigrants to find solutions to their problematic immigration status. All they need to do is consult the right people and get help from the right sources.”
If you choose to work with Atty. Caraquel, his well-grounded industrial engineering skills, besides his expertise in the US immigration law, will help you find practical and quicker solutions to your immigration concerns. “My industrial engineering skills made it easier for me to navigate through the employment and entrepreneur-based petitions. Business models, re-organizations, financial management, strategic planning, etc. come in handy as I explore employment and investment-based petitions. My industrial engineering training gives me an advantage in solving even the most complicated immigration problems. Also, my strong problem-solving skills give me the instinct to offer ‘options’ to my clients on their immigration concerns.”
“Being an engineer has molded my ‘can do,’ ‘there’s a better way,’ ‘we’ll find ways’ attitude. That’s why I’m winning my immigration cases,” he said.
Atty. Caraquel is an alumnus of Xavier University (Ateneo de Cagayan)- Bachelor of Laws, and Ateneo de Davao University-Bachelor of Science. He’s a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, New York State Bar Association, and Integrated Bar of the Philippines. He received the Empowerment Awardee: Excellence in Legal Profession from the Fiesta in America, 2017, The National Advocates’ Top 40 Under 40 from the The National Advocates, 2017, and the Client’s Choice from Avvo, 2013-2016.
In addition to his legal office in New York, Atty. Caraquel has a satellite office in his hometown, Davao City.
For more information, visit his website IDream-America.com.