Who we are
In 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice authorized IMPORTA to practice immigration law-the first such organization in Santa Barbara County. Since then IMPORTA has grown to be the largest provider of immigration legal services in Santa Barbsra County. Under grants from the State of California, IMPORTA has been able to provide all its immigration legal services without charge, including fingerprinting for background checks, translations and required passport photos.
Before IMPORTA received authorization from the Department of Justice to practice immigration law, all immigration legal services in Santa Barbara County were provided by expensive private attorneys or by illegal "immigration consultants" who victimized immigrants by incompetent and fraudulent legal work. IMPORTA’s Accredited Representatives had to meet high educational and ethical standards unlike lawyers who can claim to be immigration attorneys with no training in immigration law. IMPORTA is now the largest provider of immigration legal services in Santa Barbara County with a near 100% success rate.