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Rosa Cristina Melia-Acevedo

Immigration Attorney at Winter Park, FL

5.0   17 reviews

also known as Rosa, Melia

  • Licensed for 10 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2013
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Rosa

Learn Rosa’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Immigration
    99%
    Includes Family and Business Immigration (Employment Based petitions (National Interest Waivers and Extraordinary Ability Petitions), E-1, E-2, H-1B, H-2B, L-1, O-1A, O-1B, P-1)

    11 years

  2. Asylum
    1%

    11 years

Attorney Melia-Acevedo is admitted to practice in front of all Immigration Courts in the U.S. and the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida and represents clients at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) and U.S. Embassies all over the world.

Attorney Melia-Acevedo exclusively practices in the area of Immigration and Nationality law. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics from The Catholic University of America, Washington D.C. and her Juris Doctorate from Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida.

She handles all types of immigration related matters including:

  • EB-1: Extraordinary Ability
  • EB-1: Multinational Managers/Executives
  • EB-2: National Interest Waivers (NIW)
  • E-2:Treaty Investor
  • E-1: Treaty Trader
  • H-1B: Specialty Occupations
  • H-2B: Temporary Non-Agricultural Worker
  • I-601A Unlawful Presence Waivers
  • L-1A/ L-1B: Intracompany Transferees
  • O-1: Extraordinary Ability
  • P-1A: Internationally Recognized Athlete
  • P-1S: Essential Support Personnel
  • U and T visas
  • Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
  • Asylum
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • Adjustment of Status
  • Naturalization.

Attorney Rosa Melia-Acevedo initially developed an interest in Human Rights law during college while interning with the American Bar Association’s Death Penalty Representation Project. Rosa realized her desire to practice Immigration and Nationality law shortly thereafter because of the human rights component that is inherent to the practice of Immigration law. Prior to being sworn in as an attorney, Rosa’s passion in immigration law began after interning for a not-for-profit organization in Washington, D.C. called Mil Mujeres. Mil Mujeres provides low-cost, non-litigation legal services to low-income Hispanic immigrants and their families with a specialty in specific immigration benefits including U visa, VAWA and DACA. Following this internship, Rosa became a Student Clinician in Florida Coastal School of Law’s Immigrant and Human Rights Clinic (formerly the Immigrant Rights Clinic). During her time in the Immigrant and Human Rights Clinic, Rosa had the pleasure of representing clients, under the supervision of an attorney, who were applying for U visas, T visas, Prosecutorial Discretion, and Asylum. In her last year of law school, Rosa worked as a legal intern for the Department of Justice’s Office of Immigration Litigation-Appellate Section in Washington, D.C. During her time with the Office of Immigration Litigation, Rosa wrote stay motions and appellate briefs for asylum cases on behalf of the Department of Justice. While in law school, Rosa devoted a lot of her time to helping those who would otherwise be unable to afford legal representation and as a result she provided over one thousand hours of legal pro bono work throughout her three years at Florida Coastal School of Law and was awarded the Pro Bono Honors Award.

Rosa has represented clients in all areas of Immigration law, including family based immigration, business immigration, asylum, and immigration litigation (deportation and removal defense), bond redetermination, and appeals.

Attorney Rosa Melia-Acevedo is licensed to practice in the state of Florida and remains actively involved with the American Immigration Lawyers Association and its Central Florida Chapter as well as other legal associations such as the American Bar Association and Orange County Bar Association Immigration Law Section.

Languages: English and Spanish

Photos and videos

Attorney Melia-Acevedo (far left) alongside NeJame Law staff at a volunteer hurricane relief event for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands  in Orlando, FL.

Location

Catherine R. Henin-Clark, P.A.
1065 W Morse Blvd
Suite 202
Winter Park, FL, 32789

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Reviews

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Posted by Sarah | February 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic attorney
I was looking for a great immigration lawyer and Rosa is truly amazing. She is knowledgeable in immigration field and treated my case with great attention.
Posted by anonymous | November 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The only lawyer you'll ever need for immigration cases
I hired Rosa to help obtain my green card after marrying my husband who has American citizenship. While working with Rosa, it was quite obvious that she was very knowledgeable in her area of expertise. Additionally, without fail, she always responded in a timely manner for any concerns and questions I've had and continually made me feel like I was a priority. I have recommended her to two other clients and would never hesitate to recommend her to anyone else.
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Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Rosa Melia es excelente abogada de migración!!!
La Licenciada Rosa Melia es excelente abogada, muy profesional se toma su tiempo para verificar cada detalle de la aplicación sin importante que tan mínimo sea antes de proceder. Es muy educada, amable y su buena presencia la representa, te da seguridad. Maria su asistente es perfecta un encanto sin exagerar, humilde, muy atenta, responde todos los correos de inmediato y da un seguimiento único, super organizada. Son un dúo dinámico una el complemento de la otra definitivamente me siento muy a gusto con el servicio recibido. Mi esposo y yo la recomendamos a ojos cerrados.
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Posted by Mateo Blanco | February 3, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thanks Rosa ! My Family is United and Happy
If you are looking for a great immigration lawyer - please, look no further! Rosa is truly amazing. Not only she is extremely knowledgeable and experienced in immigration field - she is super attentive and dedicated and will treat your case/problem as her own. She is always available via email or phone, answers all the questions in details, and during meetings - she is always prepared and will spend extra time with you. Rosa will be in touch, guiding your thru the whole process until full success.I am very glad I chose Rosa as my lawyer and highly recommend to use her services if you need help in your immigration process.
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Posted by Cilia | February 3, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Alta recomendación
Fui a la consulta porque quería hacer mi ciudadanía. Ella me explico todos los pasos a seguir y los requisitos. Me dijo que se encargaria de ayudarme con todo mi proceso. Es una persona muy profesional, dulce y habla español perfecto.
Posted by Rosemary | February 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer ever
Mi esposo estuvo al punto de ser deportado y ningún abogado nos daba esperanza de deterner su deportación y gracias a María por su buen servicio mi esposo pudo salir de una carcel de inmigración estoy muy agradecido y feliz de tenerla como abogada representando el caso de mi esposo :)
Posted by anonymous | November 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very professional, highly recommended!
Very professional, attentive, fast and left nothing to chance. You really feel like you have someone on your team
Posted by anonymous | September 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best Immigration Attorney Ever! Do not waste your time looking around for someone else!!
Attorney Rosa was amazing from day one. I hired her for an immigration case for my husband. She knew what she was doing and answered all our questions. She is very responsive to questions and will help out in any way needed. We visited Rosa several times for our immigration case, and she spent her time making sure we fully understood what we were doing. She practiced with us for the immigration interview, and let us know what and what not to do to ensure the process goes very smoothly. On the day of the interview, she was on-time and ready to help us out. She made sure we remain calm and made sure we were ready for all the questions that will be asked. We had earlier discussed all the paperwork/evidence that I must bring to the interview. Without her help, I would have probably forgotten many essential pieces of evidence. Everything she had asked me to bring to the interview was requested by the immigration officer! Without Attorney Rosa's help, we would have struggled a lot. Because of her, the case was approved and my husband now has a greencard! We are so happy to have chosen Rosa as our attorney. She was great.
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Posted by Jad | September 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
AMAZING IMMIGRATION LAWYER!!
Rosa was great! My wife and I had applied for a change of resident status by marriage and Rosa helped us all the way. She was extremely knowledgable and knew exactly what we needed to do. The first day we met her for the consultation, we immediately hired her as our attorney without any hesitation. We had been to almost five other attorneys before her, and did not even dare to directly hire anyone. Once you sit with her, you will notice that she is the one for the job! She helped us fill out the applications step by step, making sure we understood every detail before signing. She also helped us prepare and practice for the immigration interview, and believe me that was definitely needed! Without Rosa, I don't know if I would have received my greencard! Thanks to her, it was a breeze!
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Posted by Gordon | August 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Capable, Knowledgeable, Experienced
Attorney Rosa Melia was exceptionally professional in every sense of the word. She proved time and again her commitment to my case despite having many other clients, I am sure. She provided unfailing reassurance through her clear and concise explanations of complicated legal matters which in turn, demonstrated her obvious mastery of the field. As with most legal matters, clients often look for optimism and a sense of security from their attorneys, which can be difficult to guarantee. Attorney Melia somehow found a way to remain optimistic but realistic enough so as to not provide any false sense of security. My case was entirely successful and her counsel was invaluable. All in all, I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been advised by such an authority of the law.
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Posted by Nelines | July 22, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Abogada de Inmigración con Experiencia
Ella es una abogada dedicada a su profesión y muy competente. Sabe escuchar y aconsejar a sus clientes. Defiende vehemente y con convicción a sus clientes en corte o en las agencias de Inmigración. Altamente recomendable.
Posted by anonymous | July 21, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Diligent and courteous
Rosa is an outstanding attorney who leaves no stone unturned for her clients. She is an excellent advocate and I recommend her.
Posted by Marcio S. | July 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Immigration Lawyer!
Rosa is very professional and compassionate, she really helped A LOT on my case (Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility) since the I-601 Application to the final steps and we landed it successfully! Did a great job with research and accuracy. Totally recommend ! Thank you very much!
Response from Rosa Melia-Acevedo August 2, 2017
Marcio, thank you for your kind words! It was an absolute pleasure representing you throughout the I-130 and I-601A process. I am elated that you are now a Lawful Permanent Resident of the U.S!
Posted by Fernando | July 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great service
Excellent service and communication...definetly recommended..got the job done in a very timely manner....thank you rosa for all your help ....very thankful for all your effort and with the results
Response from Rosa Melia-Acevedo August 2, 2017
Fernando, thank you for entrusting me in representing your brother-in-law in his bond proceedings. Nothing brings me more joy than bringing families together!
Posted by Sarfaraz | February 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer and wonderful person
I have hired Nejame law firm for my Business Visa, Lisa has tremendous knowledge and great experience, she understands the need of clients and advised clearly. She always kept things clear and transparent. I found her very helpful throughout, and finally we have received our approval letter. I highly recommend Lisa for Immigration and business visas.
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Response from Rosa Melia-Acevedo August 2, 2017
Sarfaraz, it was a pleasure representing you and your wife throughout the E-2 visa process. I wish you both best of luck in all of your business endeavors!
Posted by Ruth | April 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service
Ms. Melia-Acevedo has been a tremendous joy to work with. She constantly seeks out new ways to better represent me and is always more than wiling to help.
Posted by VIRGINIA SANCHEZ | March 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
PROFESSIONAL, HARD-WORKING ATTORNEY
Rosa did an outstanding job representing an employee of ours. She was quick to respond to our questions. At every hearing, she conducted herself in a professional and courteous manner. We would have never been able to navigate the complex immigration court system without Rosa's help. I highly recommend her!!
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Cost

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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Associate Attorney
  • Catherine R. Henin-Clark, PA
  • 2022 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Colombo & Hurd, PL
  • 2021 - 2022
  • Partner
  • NeJame Law, PA
  • 2018 - 2021
  • Associate Attorney
  • NeJame Law, PA
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Associate Attorney
  • Catherine R. Henin-Clark, PA
  • 2013 - 2016
  • Law Clerk
  • Suzanne E. Vazquez, PA
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Student Clinician
  • Florida Coastal School Of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Law Clerk
  • U.S. Department Of Justice Office of Immigration Litigation, Appellate Section
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Legal Intern
  • Mil Mujeres Legal Services
  • 2011 - 2011
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Education

  • Florida Coastal School of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor
  • 2013
  • Catholic University of America
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2010

Sample of Legal Cases

  • E-2 visa approved in U.S. Embassy in London
  • Approved
  • Bond Redetermination
  • Bond approved
  • L-1 New Office Extension
  • Approved
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Associations

  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • Attorney Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Brazilian American Business Council
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • FL Arab American Community Center
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Central Florida chapter)
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • 2022 Florida Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • 2021 Florida Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • 2020 Florida Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • 10 Best Attorneys for Florida
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2018
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Pro Bono Honors Award
  • Florida Coastal School of Law
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • Welcome Home
  • Immigration and Missions
  • 2018
  • Seminar
  • Immigration Under Trump
  • 2018
  • University of Central Florida College of Medicine
  • President Trump's Executive Orders and their effect on J-1 Medical Students
  • 2017
  • Town Hall
  • Know Your Legal Rights
  • 2017
  • Seminole State College of Florida
  • President Trump Executive Orders on Immigration
  • 2017
  • Brazilian American Business Council Lunch and Learn
  • Immigration Know Your Rights
  • 2017
  • Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law Immigration Law Society
  • Comparing Immigration Policies of Presidential Candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton
  • 2016
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Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (11)
Endorse Rosa
Immigration Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Rosa as Immigration counsel!"
Immigration Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rosa is highly knowledgeable and personable. She will do the best to fight for her clients. I highly recommend her services"
Immigration Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rosa is an intelligent and hard working attorney. Her clients are fortunate to have such a dedicated individual advocate for them."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"Rosa is a fantastic attorney who takes time with her clients and cares for her clients and their needs."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Rosa is simply fantastic. She is dedicated, compassionate and committed to her clients and their cause. On top of all this, she brings a positiveness and optimism that is infectious to all who work with her and to those she represents. She is not only a joy to work with but a lawyer who any client would be happy to have her on their side."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"Rosa Cristina Melia-Acevedo is an intelligent, hard working attorney who always strives for the best results her clients. I know several attorneys who practice immigration law, but I always go to Rosa for advice because she is hands down the best."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"Attorney Rosa is a very knowledgeable attorney who works tirelessly for her clients. Moreover, she is an excellent communicator and makes sure that her clients understand their options and their case process. I certainly endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ms. Melia-Acevedo is a zealous advocate for her clients and she brings a wealth of passion and skill to every case that she handles. I endorse Ms. Melia-Acevedo."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent immigration attorney"
Immigration Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rosa is an excellent attorney who is passionate and hard working. Highly knowledgeable in immigration law. I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rosa is hard-working, passionate and very dedicated to achieving the best results for her clients. I endorse this lawyer."
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Immigration Attorney
Winter Park, FL
Licensed for 10 years