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Francisco Fraerly Symphorien-Saavedra

Immigration Attorney at Orlando, FL

5.0   107 reviews

also known as "Frank"


Licensed for 14 years

About Francisco Fraerly

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  1. Immigration
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    Removal Defense Business Immigration Family Immigration Consular Processing Federal Litigation

    14 years

Francisco “Frank” Symphorien-Saavedra
Board Certified Expert



"Frank" Symphorien-Saavedra’s practice is focused on high stakes immigration and nationality law. Board certified in immigration and nationality law, a distinction limited to less than 8% of all Florida lawyers, Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra is an expert who is AV rated “Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell and has been designated a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine. Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra has also been a member of The National Advocates; Top 100 and The National Advocates: Top 40 under 40. As of May 2021, Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra is the only board certified immigration expert within the State of Florida who is a Venezuelan native as of October 2022.

Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra’s unique practice focuses on removal defense, federal court litigation, and extraordinary ability visas or national interest waivers. He also handles all other aspects of U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law, including family immigration, asylum and U.S. Citizenship claims. The tenacity which drives Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra’s practice has led him to successfully brief and win cases before administrative and Circuit appellate courts to secure successes for his clients.

A native of Venezuela, Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra immigrated to the United States when he was 11 years old. His father worked 24-hour shifts as a taxi driver in New York City in order to bring his wife and children to the United States. Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra attended West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Florida, where he participated in the law magnet program and won a mock appellate brief competition. His promising young career was evident when he presented mock oral arguments before the Florida Supreme Court at 16 years of age. Thereafter, Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra attended The Florida State University College of Law after graduating with high honors from the University of South Florida. Following a clerkship at the Orlando Immigration Court, his personal experiences and education led him to settle early and passionately on the field of immigration law. Thirteen years later, immigration continues to be Mr. Symphorien’s exclusive focus in his practice of law.

Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra cherishes his Latin heritage and is deeply devoted to this land of opportunity and freedom, which he calls home. He empathizes with the plight of other immigrants, immigrant families, and is passionate about providing opportunities for talented and driven professionals to contribute to the fabric of this great country. Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra particularly values opportunities to help thriving businesses collaborate with talented professionals in order to add to the strength and ingenuity of this country.

Currently, Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra serves on the Florida Bar Immigration and Nationality Law Certification Committee and will serve Chair during the 2022-2023 term. Previously, he served in committee leadership roles for the Orange County Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association-Central Florida Chapter, and the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and he regularly provides commentary on Univision, and various local media outlets including Unimas and News13. He is a regular speaker at national and local conferences that equip immigration lawyers and his opinions and analysis on the subject of extraordinary ability visas and federal court litigation have been published in professional journals.

Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra is fluent in Spanish and English and continues to strive to learn Portuguese. He is married to Litty Symphorien, an educator, and they are parents to three young children ages 13, 9 and 3. He is an active member of Horizon West Church. On a leisurely day off, you’ll find him with his immediate and extended family grilling for a hungry crowd.

 

 

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Licensed for 14 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2008
Updated 11/23/2022

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Symphorien-Saavedra Law, P.A.
189 S. Orange Avenue, Ste 1800
Orlando, FL, 32801

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Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2014
Gets results
I will definitely recommend Atty. Symphorien to other people seeking legal help regarding immigration issues. He is very knowledgeable and worked hard to get results. Overall we are very satisfied with the efforts he made to get the job done.
Posted by Cath | November 17, 2013
Best Immigration Attorney in Orlando
I contacted NeJame Law few years ago looking for advice on a very complicated Asylum case.. Frank was pointed out to do my consultation.. Right from the beginning Frank engaged with my situation and was prompt to find a way to help, my case is a very particular immigration case on a verge of deportation.. Frank didn't give up and found a way to stop my deportation, my case still far from being resolve due to our broken immigration system although I feel confident by having Frank as my attorney. Frank is not only an amazing counselor, he is very knowledgeable and honest, he's work ethic is impeccable and he will NEVER give up on you.. Frank saved my life and I am forever grateful for that..
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Posted by Paul | November 7, 2022
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Client
My case was very unique and needed the expertise of the right attorney. Thank God for Frank! I only wish I can give more than five stars. Frank and his team went above and beyond to represent me. Not only did they fight for me each and every step of the way, but they reassured me with confidence that we will accomplish what we set out to achieve. We Did!! I will use Frank and his team each and every time and I highly recommend them.
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Posted by Noemi Espinosa | October 26, 2022
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Excelente
Admiro su excelente dedicación a su trabajo,usted predica con el ejemplo,me siento muy honrado con sus servicios es un profesional que ama lo que hace,felicito su equipo de trabajo por tener un ser humano tan brillante que los dirije,gracias por su dedicación y entrega en mi caso,muchas felicidades y éxitos en su trabajo y vida personal.
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Posted by Liz | October 24, 2022
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very grateful for the results
My husband and I are very grateful and very satisfied with the results that attorney Frank and Reynaldo, his assistant, gave us. They both definitely make an excellent work team, they know what they are doing, they are very responsible, and they speak to you honestly. I definitely recommend them.
Posted by Maureen | September 26, 2022
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Immigration Case - Green Card
My husband hired Symphorien-Saavedra to handle his immigration case. We immediately decided to hire him after having a consultation meeting. Symphorien-Saavedra answered all the questions we had and made us feel confident that he could handle our case. Since hiring this team, Symphorian-Saavdra and Reynaldo (case manager/intake) have been very responsive with addressing all notices received by USCIS and informing us of our next steps. My husband was able to get his green card in 7 months with no interview required. It would behoove anyone considering hiring an immigration lawyer to have a consultation with this team and dare I say, hire this lawyer. You will be in great hands!
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Posted by Mike | September 15, 2022
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Immigration expert that will help you get it right the first time
We hired Symphorien-Saavedra Law to help us get tourist visas for my wife's parents. They had been denied once before and an advisor we hired (not associated with Symphorien firm) made some errors on their second application that we didn't discover until just a couple weeks before their visa interview. We thought we might have to just withdraw and re-apply, which would have put them on a 2 year waitlist. Frank and his team jumped in, helped us clear up the errors best as possible, and walked my in-laws through what to do at their consulate appointment. I really like that Frank has an assertive approach and frequently emphasizes "just be honest." Being honest seems obvious but the challenge is getting busy staff at the consulate to listen you. This is Frank's expertise. He prepares you to assertively and quickly make your case to the consulate staff, which helps them and you.
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Posted by Daniela | September 8, 2022
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I trust and recommend to friends with my eyes closed.
I did my green card and citizenship process with Dr Frank and Dr Milagro and it really was the best thing I could have done. Fair, competent. I trust and recommend to friends with my eyes closed. very happy thanks Dr Frank
Posted by anonymous | September 7, 2022
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Immigration Case
I strongly recommend Symphorien-Saavedra Law for any immigration related matters. Our Attorney “Frank” helped me so much to get my wife’s immigration visa approved which was initially refused by the embassy. Attorney Frank use to keep me updated throughout the process until everything was taken care of. They really deserve 5 stars. Highly recommended
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Posted by Lorena | August 18, 2022
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Knowledgeable
I am absolutely satisfied with all the team of professionals who worked on my case. They're very knowledgeable, great communication skills, responsible for delivering the best service. Visa case approved! Thank you so much Melissa Trivino, Pedro Perotti, Symphorien Saavedra, you guys are the best!
Posted by Kevin Gomez | July 28, 2022
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Kevin Gomez
Son exelentes abogados 100% recomendados son los menjores Muchas gracias x cumplir nuestro sueño de tener documentos gracias gracias Dios los Bendiga
Posted by Lucas | July 27, 2022
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Diversity visa
Had a complicated case since I filled for asylum back in 2018 and was on immigration courts, got selected in the diversity visa program in 2021 and frank and his team took every step to make the things right. Since I was on courts frank got my case dismissed so I could attend my interview abroad and since the visa officer perceived a that I was inadmisible to the United States my application was put on administrative processing, Frank contacted the embassy explaining them why I was not inadmissible and finally got my visa issued! He is a very thorough lawyer and will explain all the risk and outcomes possibles, won’t promise anything that he knows he can’t obtain and will be extremely responsive on a timely manner to you as a client. I strongly recommend him as his team to take matters on your immigration case. Rest assured that you are on good hands. Thanks Frank and Pedro for making this possible
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Posted by Angley | June 30, 2022
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Excelente profesional
El abogado Francisco Symphorien es un excelente profesional que, junto a su equipo, trabajó arduamente para estructurar mi caso y lograr excelentes resultados. Conocimientos, experiencia, mística, ética y gran calidad humana son las palabras con las que puedo describir al abogado Symprhorien.
Posted by Jorge | June 28, 2022
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Excellent to work with
Their process was easy and the results exceeded expectations. Great law firm to work with.
Posted by Ryan | June 21, 2022
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P1 athlete visa
EXTREMELY HAPPY WITH FRANK & PEDRO, the best immigration lawyers around! We got a 3 year visa which is very hard to get a P1 for athletes thank you guys so much! A*
Posted by Andrea | June 3, 2022
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Excelente profesional
Muchas gracias por acompañarme y a mi familia en cada detalle Estaremos en contacto Saludos
Posted by Michelle | April 26, 2022
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Best immigration attorney
Frank Symphorien-Saavedra was the most thorough and diligent attorney I have ever encountered! Choosing him as our attorney was the best decision we have ever made. Our immigration process was handled in a very timely manner!
Posted by Maria | April 6, 2022
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Great service!!
From beggining the lawyer guided us to achieve the success in my asylum case. He and his team are really care for their clients. They follow the case step by step and care for all the details, good attention and good service.
Posted by Letty | April 4, 2022
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Professional
Very professional and a guide in every part of the process. Very professional, since you sit in the consultation you know that he is very well prepared. Grateful
Posted by Elizabeth Monge | March 30, 2022
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Excelente Abogado.
El Abogado Francisco fue una excelente recomendación que llego a nuestras manos, en todo momento ha estado presente en el desarrollo de nuestro caso de inmigración. Su conocimiento, profesionalismo y la seguridad que nos brindo fue punto clave para el resultado positivo de nuestro caso. Segura estoy de que su satisfacción sera igual que la mía teniendo al Abogado Francisco como su representante legal en su caso de inmigración. Muchas Gracias Abogado Frank.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Symphorien-Saavedra Law
  • 2021 - Present
  • Director, Immigration Division
  • Martinez Manglardi, P.A.
  • 2016 - 2021
  • Partner
  • NeJame Law
  • 2013 - 2016
  • Associate Attorney
  • NeJame Law
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Associate Attorney
  • Stoller & Moreno, P.A.
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Summer Fellow
  • Community Legal Services Of Mid Florida, Inc.
  • 2006 - 2006
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Education

  • The Florida State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • University of South Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Legal Cases

  • Matter of MR
  • Cancellation of Removal and Lawful Permanent Residence Granted
  • Matter of ODR
  • Adjustment of Status Granted
  • Jane Doe v. U.S. Attorney General, 11th Circuit—15-15003
  • BIA Decision Vacated and Remanded
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Associations

  • Florida Bar
  • Immigration & Nationality Law Certification Committee Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • CBP Liaison Chair
  • 2013 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Attorney Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • Attorney Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Chair, Executive Committee for Immigration and Naturalization
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida
  • Board Member, Bylaws Chair
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida
  • Board Member, Public Relations Chair
  • 2010 - 2012
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • CBP Liaison Chair
  • 2009 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • English
  • Polish
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Awards

  • Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
  • Board Certified Specialist- Immigration & Nationality Law
  • 2014
  • Top Contributor Award for 2013.
  • AVVO
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • 2019 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law
  • Setting Yourself Up for EB-1 Success: You Can Get There From Here!
  • 2019
  • Sports Immigration Law Conference 2019
  • Fighting the Good Fight – Post-denial Options
  • 2019
  • BOOT CAMP BASICS OF A FAMILY IMMIGRATION LAW PRACTICE
  • Admissibility and Removability under INA 212 and INA 237
  • 2016
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association of Central FL in partnership with Orange County Bar Association Immigration Committee
  • BASICS OF PRACTICING IN IMMIGRATION COURT
  • 2015
  • The Ins and Outs of Consular Visa Processing
  • Consular Processing, Venezuela
  • 2014
  • Econmic Impact of Immigration Reform
  • Immigration Reform Seminar
  • 2013
  • What's at Stake for the Supreme Court
  • Legal implications of DOMA & Prop 8 Cases for Florida Practitioners
  • 2013
  • Should the Sunshine State Become an Immigration Legislation State
  • State Immigration Statutes
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (21)
Given (27)
Immigration Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Attorney Symphorien and I have co-counseled on litigation of immigration matters in federal court. His expertise in litigation provided the winning edge for our clients. Frank is truly one of the most knowledgeable and competent immigration attorneys not only in Orlando, but in the entire state."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Symphorien's authority in immigration law is unquestioned in the legal community. You would do no better than to look to him for any immigration issues."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. As one of the youngest board certified immigration lawyers, he is aggressive, as well as talented and experienced. If you are in need of an outstanding lawyer in a difficult immigration matter, I strongly recommend Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Frank is a dedicated attorney to his clients. He works hard to address the needs of each party he represents. His knowledge of Immigration Law is supported by the fact that he has attained board certification in the State of Florida at an early point in his career. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"Frank does a great job for his clients. He works incredibly hard for their interests and successfully navigates them through very complex situations."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Francisco. Highly respected in the legal community with an outstanding reputation for client advocacy and dedication."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Frank for some time and see him both at Immigration Court and USCIS frequently. I consistently feel that his clients are in good hands as he is always well prepared and extremely knowledgeable. I found out today that he has been board certified for immigration and I do believe he is truly deserving of this honor. I endorse him fully and without reservation. He is an excellent immigration lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Extremely knowledgeable and highly respected in the legal community."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Frank is a tremendous immigration attorney with a mastery of immigration law. When we discuss cases, I can see how much he truly cares for his clients and the deep level of knowledge of immigration law. I fully endure Frank as one of the best immigration attorneys I have ever known."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Frank is a top-notch attorney. We've worked together on both criminal and immigration matters. Frank is very compassionate and caring with his clients. I have also seen him obtain amazing results for his/our mutual clients. I wouldn't have any doubts about hiring Frank for any immigration related legal issues."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have the pleasure of working with Frank at NeJame Law. Frank has extensive knowledge and experience in immigration law; this experience is one of the reasons for NeJame Law's success in this area of practice. I highly recommend Frank as an attorney for anyone who may have an immigration case, or a case that has immigration concerns..."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"Francisco (Frank) Fraerly is a fantastic immigration attorney who any client in need of immigration assistance would be fortunate to have. Frank is an extremely knowledgeable and strong advocate in all areas of immigration law. I have repeatedly witnessed him achieve tremendous outcomes on behalf of his clients, oftentimes when clients seemed to have had almost no chance of prevailing before they retained him. He seems to have an uncanny ability to know how to approach a situation, whether seeking a favorable resolution from a practical and pragmatic analysis or having to find a creative solution to some of the most challenging cases. Any immigration client of Frank's will indeed be in good, capable and caring hands."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Symphorien-Saavedra takes his client concerns seriously and works zealously to represent them. Moreover, he is a knowledgeable advocate for any client to have on their side."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"Frank is an extremely bright and hard working attorney who is passionate about his clients. He is a zealous advocate that seeks creative solutions where none seem to be found. He is well respected in the legal community and I gladly endorse Frank."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Francisco is an excellent advocate for his immigration clients. I have seen with my own eyes the representation his clients receive. I would recommend him to anyone seeking a consultation for an immigration related matter in the Central Florida area."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the pleasure of working with Frank on several matters. He has a great legal mind and is able to communicate and explain complex matters to clients in a clear and understandable way. Frank's ability to spot issues and develops legal strategies is among the best."
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Orlando Immigration Lawyer Francisco Fraerly Symphorien-Saavedra
Francisco Fraerly Symphorien-Saavedra
Immigration Attorney
Orlando, FL
Licensed for 14 years