ICE Arrests

& Detention


& Credible Fear

Criminal Defense for

Citizens & Non-Citizens

Family-Based Petitions,

Residency & Waivers

DACA & Special Immigrant

Juvenile Status

Visas for Victims of Crimes

& Domestic Violence

Welcome to Walker Gates Vela

We’re glad you’re here. Let us help you stay.

At Walker Gates Vela PLLC, we believe that immigration is a human right. We recognize and honor the role of immigrants in our country’s success, and we welcome the opportunity to fight for clients in the process of obtaining legal immigration status here. Through excellent and tenacious legal representation, and exceptional customer service, Walker Gates Vela fights for the immigrant community in their quest to build lives with security, prosperity, and justice in the United States. With that mission in mind, WGV advocates for clients using every tool at our disposal. We help clients with family-based immigration, criminal defense, deportation defense, asylum and credible fear, detention release, visas for victims of crime, trafficking, and domestic violence, and applications for naturalization and citizenship. We are glad you are here, and we want to help you stay.

WGV in the News

Jose “Chito” Vela discusses the new changes to asylum policies with FOX 7 Austin’s Mike Warren and Rebecca Thomas.

Meet Our Partners

Jennifer Walker Gates

Jennifer Walker Gates

Attorney at Law

Proud graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Jennifer has practiced exclusively immigration law since 2005. Jennifer is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Read More.

Jose "Chito" Vela III

Jose "Chito" Vela III

Attorney at Law

Jose “Chito” Vela III was born and raised in Laredo, Texas. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996 with a degree in History, he went on to obtain a Masters Degree in Public Administration before pursuing his law degree at the University of Texas School of Law. Read More.

Jacqueline Watson

Jacqueline Watson


Jacqueline offers seventeen years of experience representing clients from diverse backgrounds in citizenship and naturalization applications, family-based immigration cases, defense from removal, asylum, and other complicated immigration matters. Read More.

Contact Us About Your Case


505 East Huntland Drive,
Suite 300
Austin, TX 78752

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