The Immigration Law Office of Kathy L. Hensley

The Immigration Law Office of Kathy L. Hensley

Providing immigration services for businesses, entrepreneurs, and families in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and the Central California area.

Firm Overview

Kathy Hensley has over 20 years of experience as a lawyer. She focuses exclusively on immigration law because she is passionate about it. Her clients know that they will receive top-quality legal work, individualized service, and exceptional client communication.

For businesses, Kathy helps employers obtain the personnel they need to prosper. Her work includes assisting international investors who wish to come to the U.S. for the purpose of creating businesses and jobs here. She also advises on the best approach for securing visas for intra-company transferees, foreign nationals in specialty occupations, entertainers, religious workers, and others.

For families, Kathy uses her experience to help loved ones stay together or reunite. She has assisted many U.S. citizens who want to sponsor their spouses, parents, or children for green cards. She is there for her clients at all stages of this process, including the final interview with USCIS. For consular processing outside the U.S., Kathy informs clients of the special requirements for each respective U.S. embassy or consulate, and ensures that everyone is fully prepared.

In addition to her knowledge of immigration law, Kathy is committed to developing an outstanding rapport with her clients. She listens carefully to their unique situations and desired outcomes, and then works diligently to create and implement solutions to achieve their specific goals.

Kathy has traveled extensively throughout the United States and the world. She wholeheartedly believes that the diversity of the people living and working in the U.S. make this country a much richer nation.

Main Office

Main Office
8070 Soquel Drive, #240
Aptos, CA 95003


(831) 251-1603


(831) 536-1080

Immigration Law

Providing immigration services for businesses, entrepreneurs, and families in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and the Central California area.

The Law Office of Kathy L. Hensley is devoted solely to immigration law. We take great satisfaction in helping families reunite, businesses to obtain the personnel they need to prosper, and international investors to create jobs in the United States.

PERMANENT RESIDENCE (aka "Green Card"): Permanent Residence allows a person to live and work anywhere in the United States for an indefinite period of time. We help people obtain green cards through (a) family members who are U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents, and (b) employment by a U.S. company or their own extraordinary talents.

TEMPORARY VISAS: A temporary visa allows a person to enter the U.S. for a specific purpose and to stay for a limited amount of time. Our firm provides legal representation for people seeking to come to the U.S. under temporary visas, including:
E-2 Visas for investors;
H-1B Visas for people in specialty occupations;
J-1 Visas for exchange visitors coming to study, work, or train;
K-1 Visas for fiances of U.S. citizens;
L-1A Visas for intra-company transferees; and
O-1 Visas for people with extraordinary abilities in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics.

UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP: U.S. Citizenship can be acquired at birth, as a child through naturalization of a parent, or through naturalization as an adult after becoming a Permanent Resident. Our firm helps resolve any issues or questions related to U.S. citizenship, as well as provides counsel and assistance in obtaining U.S. Citizenship through naturalization.

NO DEPORTATION OR CRIMINAL CASES: Please note that our office does not handle deportation cases or cases involving felony arrests.

US Citizenship

US Visa

Green Card

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

We are committed to individualized service, top-quality legal work, and exceptional client communication.

Individualized Service: Every aspect of your case is handled by an attorney. We listen carefully to your goals and the unique circumstances of your situation, and we create a plan that is designed specifically for you. Moreover, we work closely with you throughout all the stages of that plan to help achieve a positive outcome.

Top-Quality Legal Work: We have been assisting clients with their legal needs for over 20 years, providing smart solutions to complex issues. We stay up-to-date on the latest developments related to immigration law. We also have a keen eye for detail; we prepare your petitions and supporting documents with meticulous care and thoroughness to ensure the best possible chance of success.

Exceptional Client Communication: We understand that great customer service involves an open line of communication. From the beginning, we keep you informed of the legal issues, procedures, and timelines in your specific case. We also promptly return phone calls and respond to your emails.

Kathy Hensley

The Immigration Law Office of Kathy L. Hensley

After receiving her bachelor's degree from Duke University, Kathy graduated with highest honors from McGeorge School of Law. She was admitted to the California State Bar in 1987.

Kathy's experience as a lawyer started with a big firm in San Francisco. While honing her research and litigation skills through complex business cases, she began doing pro bono immigration work representing HIV-positive clients who were seeking permanent residence status in the U.S.

Kathy now focuses exclusively on immigration law. She has successfully helped clients obtain family-based green cards, employment-based green cards, E-2 visas for entrepreneurs, K-1 fiance visas, I-601A unlawful presence waivers, O-1 extraordinary ability visas, prosecutorial discretion dismissals, and other positive outcomes. She is member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and also devotes many hours each month to pro bono work. She regularly volunteers at a local legal clinic for refugees and asylees, and she provides legal counsel to members of the armed forces and their families through the Military Assistance Program.

When not working, her passion for traveling has led her throughout the United States and around the world. When not working or traveling, she enjoys dirt biking, mountain biking, and planning her next great travel adventure.


Bar Number: 129866
California, 1987

Kathy Hensley

The Immigration Law Office of Kathy L. Hensley

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