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Andrei Romanenko is a licensed immigration attorney in San Francisco, a member of the State Bar of California, a Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law. He is licensed to practice law in the State of California and can practice immigration law in all fifty states.


Andrei received his Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) degree from Berkeley Law, one of the most prestigious law schools in the United States.

At Berkeley Law Andrei majored in immigration and business law and was awarded a certificate of successful completion of the business law program.

Andrei graduated with honors from San Francisco State University and received a BA degree in Japanese language and literature. Prior to that, he completed four academic years at the Minsk State Linguistic University, interpreters’ department, where he studied Japanese, English, Russian, and Polish.

Andrei completed a summer program of Polish language studies at Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland.


Andrei Romanenko works as an immigration attorney in San Francisco, defends immigrants in removal proceedings in immigration court. Also, he represents clients at USCIS hearings, prepares cases for consular processing.

Previously he worked as an immigration attorney in San Francisco at the Law Offices of Kerosky Purves & Bogue. Before that he was with the Law Offices of Robert David Baker in San Jose, and the Law Offices of Dominic Capeci in San Francisco.

In law school, Andrei worked as an Assistant Managing Editor of the Berkeley Journal of International Law. In addition, Andrei interned with East Bay Community Law CenterAsian Law Caucus, and California Asylum Representation Clinic.

Also during his summer vacations, he interned with Immigrant Legal Resource Center and Contra Costa County Public Defender’s Office.


Andrei is proud to be a Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law.

California State Bar certifies legal specialists who have gone beyond the standard licensing requirements. In order to be certified, attorneys must complete 45 hours of education in their specialty field. Besides, education has to be completed during the three years before they apply to the specialization program.

The State Bar’s Board of Legal Specialization must approve each attorney’s application. Also, other attorneys and judges must give applicants a favorable evaluation. Once certified, legal specialists must maintain their certification by completing and reporting 36 hours of education every three years. 

Certified legal specialist are recognized as authorities on issues of local and national importance. Often times they are interviewed by media. Only certified specialists can be searched by practice area in the Attorney Search tool on the State Bar website.


In 2017 immigration attorney in San Francisco Andrei Romanenko was selected to Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers.

Every year Super Lawyers selects attorneys from all firm sizes and over 70 practice areas throughout the United States. Generally, no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state are named to the Rising Stars list.


In 2015, the Board of Supervisors appointed immigration attorney in San Francisco Andrei Romanenko a commissioner of the Immigrant Rights Commission (IRC).

Immigrant Rights Commission improves, enhances, and preserves the quality of life and civic participation of all immigrants in the City and County of San Francisco.In addition IRC provides advice and makes recommendations to the Mayor and the Board of Supervisors on issues affecting immigrants working and residing in the City.

Also, Immigrant Rights Commission holds annual public hearings to obtain input from the immigrant community. Furthermore, IRC collects feedback about programs, policies, and issues that relate to immigrants residing in San Francisco.

IRC cooperates with and makes recommendations to other City and County departments. Also, it guides agencies and commissions that administer and enforce regulations relating to health, human services, law enforcement. As well as regulations relating to human rights, language access, sanctuary city ordinance, municipal identification, and all other issues that affect immigrants in San Francisco.


Andrei enjoys learning foreign languages and loves to travel. He speaks the following six languages: Belarusian, Russian, English, Japanese, Spanish, and Polish. He is now learning Portuguese.


Andrei Romanenko is the best lawyer in the world! So, he helped us with the case of almost 10 years! He was very calm, professional and knowledgeable, researched extra information on certain updates and changes in related laws! Yet at the same time, he was very kind and attentive, which is very important while working with people and dealing with their problems, fears and emotions!

My family and I highly recommend Andrei Romanenko for any of your legal needs! Also, his office is always very responsive and helpful in resolving all possible issues.
Thank you very much again for everything, Mr. Romanenko!

—Yekaterina N. Raleigh, North Carolina, December 1, 2017. Review of immigration attorney in San Francisco on yelp.

I highly recommend Mr. Romanenko to everyone who is looking for Immigration lawyer. First of all, he is very honest attorney and would give you the best advice. Besides, he is very knowledgeable and experienced immigration lawyer. Exceptionally nice to deal with. He took time to explain everything I needed to know regarding my concerns.

Also, he answered every question I had quickly and in detail! He was on top of things on every stage of my immigration process.
Thank you, Andrei, for helping me and my family!

—Andrei P. Dublin, California, November 30, 2017. Review of immigration attorney in San Francisco on yelp.

Andrei was very helpful during our consultation, I really appreciated his attention to detail and thorough knowledge of the matter. Time flexibility and remote Skype conversation was another positive point that accommodated me greatly. 

Also, follow through, advice and timely replies to all my questions that came up later on was yet another service that I highly appreciated. Furthermore, his competence and knowledge are impressive. I always appreciate professionalism in people I am dealing with and it was very satisfying to work with Andrei. 
I definitely recommend his services.

—Aram N. Alhambra, California, October 23, 2017. Another review of immigration attorney in San Francisco on yelp.

In our local community he is known to be the best and everyone from my circles got their legal issues resolved with Andrey. I’ve been invited to so many «legal celebrations» he was definitely born to be a lawyer.

—Linsey M. Oakland, California, October 16, 2017. Review of immigration attorney in San Francisco on yelp.

Andrei helped me with my case tremendously. He is a very professional and  knowledgeable immigration attorney. Also, very responsible, always answers questions. Besides, he is the person I could really trust. Thank you Andrei for helping me and my family in one of the most difficult periods of our life.

—Natalia P. Tracy, California, September 21, 2017. Review of immigration attorney in San Francisco on yelp.

Andrei helped me with the whole green card process, made it very easy for my husband and I. He is extremely professional, helpful and so knowledgeable in his field. If my family or friends ever need any immigration advice I’m not gonna hesitate to give them Andrei’s number! Thank you again ))

—Kat D. Redway, California, August 24, 2017. Another review of immigration attorney in San Francisco on yelp.

When I first met Andrei, I was taken aback by his professionalism. In my home country, lawyers are two faced creatures almost never to be trusted. However Andrei is not like this. He explained the situation clearly and gave me the facts straight to his firm. There was an occasion or two when I had to work with his associates too which to my surprise, were very capable individuals as well. I cannot thank him enough!! 5 stars 10/10 2 thumbs up!!!!!!!

—Dan Z. San Francisco, California, July 27, 2017. Review of immigration attorney in San Francisco on yelp.

Andrei is one of a kind!!!! My situation looked incredibly bleak but he stayed with me every step of the way and basically led to fulfilling my life long dream. There are no words to describe how thankful I am for his services. He and his firm are professional and understanding. If you need legal assistance, CALL ANDREI ROMANENKO!!!

—Stephen S. San Francisco, California, July 27, 2017. Review of immigration attorney in San Francisco on yelp.

We are forced to take decisive decisions under the pressure of circumstances. Want to seek help from someone who knows the right decision. So in my case, such a person became a lawyer Andrei Romanenko. A professional, an expert who knows thoroughly all immigration in the US. His recommendations and advice helped me.

Also, his office is fast and incredibly productive. The city has a huge number of immigration lawyers, but Andrei Romanenko is one of the best. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your invaluable work.

—Roman L. Los Angeles, California, April 30, 2017. Another review of immigration attorney in San Francisco on yelp.

I highly recommend Andrei Romanenko as the best professional immigration attorney in San Francisco. 
He prepared me for the US Citizenship interview and prepared all paperwork and documentation. 
My case wasn’t easy, I had two Arrest Records. But thanks to his  professional knowledge we won the case. I was so nervous, and Andrei assisted me at the interview, that helped me so much. 
I am completely satisfied and thankful to Andrei Romanenko.

—Iryna Z. San Francisco, California, April 14, 2017

Thank you very much for your help and such a professional approach to work. I can say with huge confidence that you are the best in your business. We couldn’t solve the problem for 8 months, but once we appealed to you, less than a month I already have my green and a work permit. It was very pleasant to work with you. Infinitely grateful, thank you!

—Amalia S. San Francisco, California, April 9, 2017

I am picky about whom I engage for services, and tend to view most online reviews with a pinch of salt, after generally having found contradictions between the reviews and the service of most providers. There is usually some sort of hype/momentum/fluff that creates a gap between rhetoric and reality in those cases. Furthermore, it appears to me that most entities with high reviews tend to try and capitalize on that ‘hype’ by charging outlandish fees. So, I always proceed with caution.

I have had none of those issues with Andrei. Professional excellence, patience, succinctness, tech savviness and friendliness are traits that I pay particular attention to. And Andrei has put me at ease in all those respects. Indeed, I find him to be genuine and sincere and am looking forward to working with him. Besides, his other reviews are on the spot and I’d be happy to refer my friends to him without hesitation as well.

—A.K. Santa Clara, California, April 4, 2017

I heartily would  like to thank Andrei Romanenko as my attorney. Andrei and his crew are very professional  attentive and accurate. He is always on point and knows what he is doing. He successfully conducted my 3 cases. In case when i was lost and did not know what to do he was helping with advice. Andrei always answers my letters with questions. I got my green card under his supervision and will never want another lawyer to work with. I am very appreciative on his work and would love to share  the highest opinion about his attorney practice.
Marina Smith, long term happy  customer.

—Marina S. Grass Valley, California, April 3, 2017

Andrei was perfect. We were so worried about the whole process but as soon as we met Andrei we know everything would be ok. Not only is he extremely knowledgeable and professional he is also so nice and reassuring, very calm and composed. We knew we were in the best hands. The way he prepared us for the interview was amazing, we came in to his office scattered and nervous and walked out calm and reassured. 
He is a great and very personable (which is important) lawyer. We recommend him to everyone.

—Polina G. Berkeley, California, March 17, 2017 

Andrei is a very professional and knowledgeable attorney. I really felt that my case was in good hands. He was very honest and clear about what to expect and when, patient and articulate in answering all my odd questions both during those numerous phone conversations and office consultations. Andrei diligently prepared us for the immigration interview, making sure we feel comfortable and confident. Thank you very much!

—Alex P. Los Angeles, California, January 23, 2017

Mr. Romanenko assisted both my son and I to successfully acquire our green cards. As a matter of fact, our case was a little complex and he had answers to all of my queries.
Why does he get a five star rating?
1. Extremely Knowledgeable;
2. Very Professional;
3. Quick response time ( even after work hours — within the hour) ;
4. Well mannered; and 
5  Expect zero excessive billing from him! He is very honest and fair
If you are looking for an excellent Immigration lawyer, the buck stops here. You have found him. I highly recommend Andrei Romanenko. He offered high quality service that I was very impressed with.

—Monique T. Oakland, California, January 2, 2017

Andrei Romanenko is an exceptional immigration attorney. We could not be more pleased with his services. Also, he is highly knowledgeable in the field and an absolute professional every step of the way. Besides, he is always available for calls, emails, and consultations. Very easy to speak with and just a wonderful person in general. It is our pleasure to recommend Andrei.

—Jesse Y. Santa Rosa, California, December 1, 2016

It is my pleasure to recommend Andrei Romanenko as a great immigration attorney. I had about 10 consultations with Andrei for the last year. For any question I ever had, he already knew the answer. Although some of my cases were very tricky, Andrei helped me to successfully solve all of them. I am confident that I will contact Mr. Romanenko in a future for any immigration questions.

—Anton O. San Jose, California, November 19, 2016

I am very satisfied with Andrei’s consultation. Great knowledge, deep understanding about the immigration law and how the system works. Yet, reasonable price, very patient and friendly. So, I would recommend Andrei to anyone who needs legal help for immigration case.
I came into his office with much worry about my special case. Andrei carefully reviewed my situation, provided good analysis on any possible outcome. Besides, he advised me on the best solutions in a great detail. As a result I walked out of the office feeling very prepared and good.
The service is great that I am very happy to recommend Andrei.

—Ping L. San Francisco, California, November 16, 2016

I am so grateful to Andrei that he helped me and my son to get the Green cards after my marriage to the American citizen. He is well educated professional and he has a high competence in the field of the Immigration Law. He prepared all the paperwork and guided us for the interview. I highly recommend to work with him!!!

—Natalia S. San Mateo, California, October 15, 2016

Very knowledgeable and easy to work with. He’s trying to understand the situation you are in, and fixes it. Helped us in a case that was almost helpless. But we won.

—Olia M. Folsom, California, October 15, 2016

Andrei helped us to unite with our child. Great job! We are very grateful to him. Highly recommended.

—Natalia S. Mountain View, California, September 11, 2016

Andrei is very knowledgeable, trustworthy, and hardworking professional. He walked me through all process and made me feel calm and confident. Also, great communication, not overly expensive, thorough, his attention to details and passion to what he is doing has made our goal.
Definitely will recommend him to my friends.

—Dmytro K. San Jose, California, August 1, 2016

Andrey is the best attorney I ever met. My experience was nothing outside of amazing. And he handled my case in professional matter, always being very quick to respond. Great both in documents work, finding and fixing possible flaws, interview preparation and handling the interview process. After all, he is an expert in his field and he really cares about client case. I wish I could give Andrew 10 stars.

—Timur K. San Jose, California, June 30, 2016

Very thankful to Andrei for helping me with my case. Finally we won it! I would highly recommend him as a professional immigration attorney.

—Artur A. Los Angeles, California, June 1, 2016

Andrei and his colleagues did a perfect translation of various documents such as birth certificate, court and police documents etc. It was $25 per page.
The service was prompt, honest and very professional. Also, each document was supplemented with a verified certificate of translation.
Will recommend to anyone.

—Russ G. Chicago, Illinois, May 18, 2016

I don’t have enough words to describe how amazing the experience with Andrei Romanenko and his firm. Besides, they work very hard to make sure you have things done with perfect and positive results. He makes my family united here in USA. Also, special thanks from my parents 🙂
Will definitely recommend your service to my friends.

—Ravshan K. Los Angeles, California, April 12, 2016

Andrei was helping me with my case.
He neatly prepared all documents needed.
I was pretty nervous, but he calmed me by explaining me what should I expect. Also, Andrei knows the value of time, which was very important to me.
We had pretty tight timeline. So he was answering all my questions pretty quickly, even on weekends. In addition, he speaks many languages. So he checked the quality of translations my documents from Russia.
I am glad I’ve decided to work with Andrei. He is a polite, intelligent person and professional immigration attorney in San Francisco.
Finally, everything went smooth and easy. And outcome was positive.

—Nelly A. San Francisco, California, March 3, 2016

Andrei is a highly responsive and professional immigration attorney in San Francisco. 
His customers will never feel unattended or forgotten. Besides, he is always in touch and always kind and focused on result.
I really appreciate collaboration with him and truly thankful for the positive results.

—Oleksandr A. Walnut Creek, California, February 17, 2016

Andrei Romanenko is highly qualified, very professional and knowledgeable immigration attorney. Indeed, I was lucky to have him helping me resolve my situation. He was in touch with me every step during entire process. Besides, always willing to answer any questions. He made me feel confident and reassured. Great job and thank you, Andrei!
Highly recommended !!!

—Elena K. Las Vegas, Nevada, January 31, 2016 

Highly recommend! Andrei is a real expert, helped us in a complicated case and always was in touch with us.

—Ksenia S. San Francisco, California, October 9, 2015

Best Immigration attorney I interviewed in the city. Straight to the point, very professional and really knowledgeable. As a result, the entire process went without a single delay with positive outcome. 
Highly recommended!!!!

—Alexander C. San Francisco, California, September 29, 2015

Andrei handled a complex immigration case for us. He was amazing: knowledgeable, timely, and polite. Also the court investigator assigned to review his paperwork told us how impressed she was too. Thanks, Andrei!

—Yuval O. Pacifica, California, July 11, 2015

Andrei is articulate and has a mastery of immigration law. Highly recommended.

J R. Mount Sophia, Singapore, Singapore, November 24, 2014

Andrei was extremely helpful and professional in answering my questions during our consultation. I would highly recommend him in helping swim through the murky waters of immigration.

—Jon C. Seattle, Washington, November 15, 2014

I used Andrei’s services to help my friend get approved for a change of status from tourist to student. So after contacting Andrei we were able to schedule a meeting right away. Subsequently, Andrei guided us throughout the whole process. Up until, and including, the final submission of the forms. In addition he was very detail oriented and told us which documents we needed to gather to make a strong case. Eventually my friend had her new status approved. After all we were very satisfied with Andrei’s service and professionalism.

—Alex D. San Francisco, California, November 7, 2014

I recently needed consultation and some help with my questions. So, Andrei listened me carefully. He gave me answers for all my question. Also, information was very useful and understandable. I suppose he has a strong competence in his field. So I would definitely recommend to work with him.

—Marat V. Walnut Creek, California, July 17, 2014

Andrei is a real expert in the field of immigration law. Besides, he knows every little detail and is eager to share it with his clients. Not only he helped my husband and I prepare all the paperwork for the Green Card application. Rather, he guided us on every step. Always willing to answer any questions or concerns his clients might have. Indeed, Andrei makes you feel confident and reassured. So, I highly recommend Andrei Romanenko for any immigration issues.
Great to work with! Another successful case closed!

—Kseniya M. Madison, New Jersey, June 2, 2014

We came to Andrei for the initial consultation on my mom’s immigration case. Andrei made a great first impression. Also, he listened very carefully making sure every detail is noted. Than we was prepared to answer all of our questions. He gave us thorough recommendations for the next steps. Besides, there was no pressure to continue using his services. However I would definitely go back to him again and recommend him to my friends.

—Jane Y. San Francisco, California, May 26, 2014

I’m really grateful to Andrey for help with my case, for his patience while working with such disorganized client as I am 🙂 From the very first meeting I understood that Andrey knows exactly what to do and how to help me. So thank god he helped me with all this paperwork.

—Dasha D. Mountain View, California, February 4, 2014

I recently needed some legal help with my immigration case. So, a friend of mine referred me to Andrey. It was extremely helpful and he was extremely prepared every step of the way.  More than that, I felt like he truly cared about my situation.

—Viktor R. Mountain View, California, January 27, 2014

I’m Japanese. So, I can’t write in English well. But I really liked his job and sincerely appreciated for his help. So, I wanted to write about this lawyer.

I had an immigration problem with my green card. Besides, the time limit was coming in 3 weeks. So I tried to find an immigration attorney in San Francisco in such emergency situation. I called so many law office. Most of the lawyers said that my situation is complicated when I explained about my situation. And they told they will charge more than 3 thousand. So I felt like they just want money.

But he was the only lawyer who didn’t complain anything about how I created this problem. Nor how much short time I had left. And moreover he charged amazingly low price compared to other lawyer. His experience is only 2 years. So, I wondered first. But he was expert for immigration law.

When I met him first time, I felt that he had confidence what he was talking to me about. Besides, he had a lot knowledge through his explanation. I felt already so much relieved about my case even the deadline was coming soon.

Finally, he didn’t disappoint my expectation. So, it was not only his job what he did for me. Also, it was his personality. So, I sincerely appreciate that I could have him for my case.

He started to take care of my case immediately. So, even though I felt time pressure, I could feel comfortable. 

I can’t write well. But I just want to say at last, I will ABSOLUTELY introduce him to my friend who has immigration problem.

—Sayuri M. San Francisco, California, January 18, 2014 

I have no words enough to describe how I’m grateful to immigration attorney in San Francisco Andrei Romanenko. So, I thank him for his help to me and my husband in our very complicated case. We had changed 2 lawyers before Andrei, but the things weren’t going well for us. Because we had some issues with my husband at that time, and, overall, this all immigration process took over us. Without doubt, Andrei gave us a hope from the very beginning. Because he was very careful and attentive to every single detail for us and for my pursuing of green card.

I also appreciate his personal approach and personality. Overall, in spite the time was stressful, he was able to manage it in a  funny and cheerful way. In addition, my  first language is Russian. And as Andrei also speaks Russian it helped me to overcome a lot of language obstacles. Indeed, very professional, trustworthy lawyer that from my personal experience I truly recommend to my family and friends!

—Olga T. San Francisco, California, December 28, 2013