Center for U.S. Immigration Services: Tampa Office
At the Center for U.S. Immigration Services, immigration is personal: Our immigration lawyers in Tampa are immigrants who have walked through the doorway of opportunity and now reach back every day to hold the door open for others.
But navigating the complex immigration process alone can mean the doorway of opportunity opens to a maze of extra paperwork, complicated legal problems, and avoidable mistakes that result in significant financial costs and unexpected delays.
In fact, without an immigration attorney the majority of applications and petitions filed are denied.
That’s why our experienced immigration lawyer in Tampa are here to guide you. We’ll anticipate many legal obstacles ahead of time and design solutions before they result in delays and extra cost. Contact our Tampa Immigration Lawyer now.
We will listen compassionately to your story and answer the questions and concerns you have, advising you honestly on what plan is most likely to lead you to success. Whether your case is family immigration or business-related, we put your interests first and will only accept cases we believe we can win.
Fifth Third Center
201 East Kennedy Boulevard,
Tampa, Florida 33602
About Our Tampa Office
The headquarters of the Center for U.S. Immigration Services is in beautiful downtown Tampa. The convenient location is close to Tampa International Airport with direct flights to major world cities and strategically near USCIS field offices in Tampa and Orlando so travel between meetings with your attorney and immigration officials is reduced.
While our Tampa office serves clients globally via telephone, zoom and other digital means, many clients from surrounding counties, including Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk and Orange take advantage of in-person consultations.
Our immigration lawyers in Tampa will develop an honest, compassionate plan that always puts you and your business interests first.
Aside from our Tampa office, we also have offices in six other cities in Florida: Bradenton, Clearwater, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, and Orlando.
Business and Investor Immigration
Our Tampa headquarters offers comprehensive investment and business immigration services. When advising investors we can’t make specific recommendations for where or what to invest in, but we will critically analyze the immigration approval history for particular regional centers or projects so you will have sound analysis to base your decision on.
For businesses that need to bring noncitizens to the United States, any delay can be costly. We have more than 35 years of combined experience helping businesses minimize challenges and improve chances of approval for employment visas.
Another complicated process that can be time-consuming for businesses is ensuring USCIS-compliance and navigating audits. We are experienced in providing both USCIS compliance assistance to businesses.
Meet our Tampa Immigration Lawyers
Martins I. Imudia as an immigrant himself, is passionate about defending the rights of immigrants, whether they relocate for asylum, family, investment, employment, or other reasons.
At CFUIS, Martins has been the director since 2014. He brought with him over 20 years of experience practicing immigration and nationality law. He is an expert on a wide range of immigration issues, from labor certification to deportation defense, to employment and business visas.
Anthonia “Toni” Imudia was born in Lagos, Nigeria. She migrated to the U.S. in her early twenties and completed her undergraduate and graduate education in the U.S.
She is a board-certified family nurse practitioner and an adjunct assistant professor at Nova Southeastern University. However, she retired her nursing license and NP certification to focus on her new law career.
Prior to joining CFUIS, Toni did take a course in law office management and undertook a case study for strategic immigration practice management. Her hope is not just to add value to CFUIS management team, but to also assist clients seeking to obtain legal status in the U.S. With her background as a health care provider, she has an edge that will help in relating to clients who are going through stressful times in dealing with immigration issues. Moreover, her interviewing and counseling experience allow her to assist clients effectively, and to advocate for them using her litigation & advocacy skills.
Morten B. Christoffersen is originally from Denmark. He moved to the United States in 1997. Being an immigrant himself, he is in a special position to understand the challenges and obstacles newcomers to this country face.
Morten joined CFUIS in February 2016. He focuses on removal defense and family-based immigration. Morten pays close attention to the emotional challenges clients have to deal with on a day-to-day basis while assisting them in achieving their immigration goals.
Patricia “Patty” Sandoval was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Patty completed her first law school degree in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. While in Law school she worked as a Law Clerk at the Supreme Court of Honduras. After graduating she began working in her family-owned Law Firm which dated back several generations.
She quickly developed respect and a reputation among her colleagues and private individuals in family law, especially on international adoptions within a few years of becoming a legal practitioner. This allowed her to impact the lives of hundreds of abandoned and homeless children. She discovered a passion to work closely with disadvantaged people.
Why Hire CFUIS?
Immigration Services Offered at Our Tampa Office
This includes visas for businesses, investors, hiring of foreign nationals (employment) – whether short or long term.
U/T Visa: Victims of a Crime
- The U-Visa is for victims of specific crimes who have endured physical or mental harm.
- The T-Visa is for victims of sex or labor trafficking either in the process of entering the U.S. or when already in the U.S.
- Victims of crimes whether for U-Visa or T-Visa must have cooperated with law enforcement in order to be considered for approval.
Learn more about U-Visa Learn more T-Visa
As the name implies, it involves immigration for a U.S. citizen or permanent resident’s spouse, child, parents or siblings. The length of time for processing the visa depends on the family relationship.
Extraordinary Ability Visas and National Interest Waiver Visas
Individuals who have distinguished themselves in the arts, science or business may apply for visas based on exceptional ability in their fields. To determine eligibility, potential clients must go through initial consultation which includes, but is not limited to a review of resume/CV and field of interest in the U.S.
Waivers of Inadmissibility
Some visa applicants are barred from remaining in the U.S. or from entering the U.S. because of visa overstay, entry without inspection, immigration court removal order, misrepresentation or prior crime. Any person barred due to one or more of the stated reasons is inadmissible. An applicant may be able to waive inadmissibility if certain conditions are met.
Non-Immigrant and Immigrant Visas
A non-immigrant visa gives you permission to come to work or visit the U.S. for a short period of time. The U.S. government tells you exactly how long you’re allowed to stay in the country. The purpose of an immigrant visa, on the other hand is to apply for Permanent Residence. A Permanent Resident is allowed to live and work in the U.S. indefinitely. It is also the first step to becoming a U.S. citizen.
Learn more about Immigrant Visas Learn more about Non-Immigrant Visas
People whose lives are in danger in their home country can move to another country and apply for asylum. This means asking for permission from another country’s government to live there because it isn’t safe to return home.
The most common way a person becomes a U.S. citizen is by being born in the country. If you were born in another country, you can still become a citizen. The process of becoming a citizen is called naturalization. There are rules a non-U.S. citizen must comply with to be naturalized – Above 18 years, never registered or voted in election, paid taxes, does not owe child support, and has been of good moral character.
What is a deportation defense lawyer?
Many people around the world want to live in the United States, but just moving to the U.S. does not mean you are allowed to stay. If you don’t follow the right rules, the U.S. government can decide to deport you. That means they make you leave the country, even if you want to stay in the U.S.
A deportation defense lawyer is someone who helps you understand the rules of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which is the law the U.S. government uses to decide who should be deported. If the U.S. government thinks you have broken the law, a deportation defense lawyer will help you decide what to do next.
We provide comprehensive federal litigation to aggressively challenge the USCIS in federal court for stalled cases or to correct flawed decisions. If you are stuck waiting for a decision by USCIS or have received a clearly faulty decision, we can help you take the next steps.