Martins I. Imudia
Martins I. Imudia was born in rural Oza-Nogogo in Delta State, Nigeria. He was the first college graduate in his family, thanks in large part to the emphasis his late father placed on the importance of education for personal and social success. As an immigrant himself, he is passionate about defending the rights of immigrants, whether they relocate for asylum, family, investment, employment, or other reasons.
Martins has been married for over 20 years to Dr. Anthonia N. Imudia, a former assistant professor at Nova Southeastern University. She is currently an attorney with CFUIS and the managing partner of Imudia Law – a litigation law firm. Together they have a daughter and a son. In their free time, they enjoy traveling and learning about new cultures.
Martins holds an LLM degree from Tulane University Law School, a doctorate in business administration from Walden University, and a JD equivalent degree from Abo Akademi University in Abo, Finland.
Experience with the Center for U.S. Immigration Services (CFUIS)
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.
Previous law experience
Prior to joining CFUIS, Martins practiced law at his firm Martins I. Imudia & Associates, located in New Orleans. During this time he consulted on project management and investment with influential development agencies, such as the United Nations and the World Bank. He was also a board member of the African Chamber of Commerce and served as managing director from 1995-1997.
Organizational board experience
Martins is on the board of the Clifford Ojeriakhi Imudia Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit organization that focuses on bringing sustainable healthcare and education to the most vulnerable people in Africa. He is proud to serve on several other boards as well.
Martins is a coauthor of the book Why Projects Fail in the Public Sector and the author of The Investors’ Guide to U.S. Immigration Law.
Associations and memberships
Martins was admitted to The Louisiana State Supreme Court and the Federal District Court, Easter District, in 1997. He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association as well as the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Central Florida Chapter.