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Overview

Maria supports clients as they navigate the complex legal regulations involved in hiring and retaining immigrant employees.

Maria’s interest in law is driven by her desire to help people, and she always knew that immigration law was a field that would allow her to do just that. As the daughter of immigrants from El Salvador, Maria has an inside perspective on the immigration process, and she knows firsthand how difficult and intimidating it can be to navigate without professional assistance. She also understands how crucial the outcomes are, both for immigrants and their families and for the companies that depend on their skills.

Maria helps businesses hire foreign citizens and routinely handles related petitions and applications, including:

  • H-1B
  • TN
  • R-1
  • DS-160
  • I-140
  • I-485 Adjustment of Status
  • I-751
  • I-90
  • N-400

In addition to her work with corporate clients, Maria also has experience working directly with immigrant employees. As a native Spanish speaker, she can communicate directly with employees whose first language is Spanish.

Maria is known for going above and beyond to meet deadlines and client needs, and for her gift for remembering minor case details that can help her repurpose previous solutions for future clients. Most of all, though, she’s known for how deeply she cares about her work: Maria understands that both clients and their employees are depending on the accurate, timely immigration assistance she delivers.


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Education

  • Paralegal Certificate, Johnson County Community College
    • President's Honors
  • M.S., University of Central Missouri
    • Criminal Justice
  • B.S., University of Central Missouri
    • cum laude
    • Criminal Justice and Political Science

Languages

  • Spanish, native
Experience
  • Managed a high-volume caseload of non-immigrant and immigrant petitions, including H-1B, TN, R-1, DS-160 Applications and I-140 Petitions, and prepared Requests for Evidence.
  • Prepared employment and family-based I-485 Adjustment of Status applications, I-751 Petitions, I-90 Applications and N-400 Applications.
  • Served as bilingual paralegal and communicated directly with clients' Spanish-speaking employees.
  • Prepared estate planning documents, deeds, wills and trusts.
  • Prepared and submitted probate court filings.
Outside the Office

Maria loves to travel. She aims to visit a new destination every year and names previous favorites as Italy, London and Paris.

When she’s at home in Kansas City, she’s often buried in a book, listening to a podcast, baking treats or tackling a home improvement project. Maria also loves to spend time with her family, friends and dog, a Shih Tzu/Bichon mix named Dobby.

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