Immigration Attorney Profile
Maria De La Luz Hernandez, Esq.
Maria De La Luz Hernandez, Owner of the Firm, was born in Guanajuato, Mexico. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Spanish in 1998, she went on to pursue her Juris Doctor Degree which she received from Western State University College of Law in Fullerton in 2005. In 2006, Ms. Hernandez received her Master’s Degree in Ethnic Studies from California State University Los Angeles.
Ms. Hernandez has also attended the University of Guanajuato in Guanajuato Mexico where she took classes in Mexican Law. Furthermore, Ms. Hernandez attended the Autonomous University of Guadalajara in Mexico where she took advanced Spanish courses. While in law school, Ms. Hernandez was the recipient of a Certificate of Public Service and a Criminal Law Certificate. Ms. Hernandez currently handles all Immigration matters for the firm including employment and family based immigration petitions as well as both immigrant and non-immigrant visas.
Ms. Hernandez is admitted to practice law in the State of Florida and can practice Federal law nationwide. Ms. Hernandez is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Mexican American Bar Association, the Orange County Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Hispanic Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Florida Young Lawyers Bar Association.
Ms. Hernandez has volunteered her time and legal expertise to assist victims of domestic violence as well as victims of crimes in filing for immigration relief through the Los Angeles Legal Aid Center. Ms. Hernandez has also provided pro bono representation to hundreds of naturalization applicants referred by NALEO. Ms. Hernandez currently serves on the AILA Latin American and Caribbean Chapter as a Board Member and is one of the founding members of the Chapter which covers all of Central and South America as well as the Caribbean.
Ms. Hernandez is especially proud of her pro bono representation of victims of domestic violence and other crimes, and has processed over 150 pro bono citizenship cases through NALEO (National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials). Ms. Hernandez has obtained many humanitarian visas for victims of criminal activity, domestic violence, and human trafficking under the U, VAWA, and T visas.
Ms. Hernandez has notably represented and counseled doctors, engineers, professors, CEO’s, CFO’s, artists, actors and many Major League Baseball players from the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Japan.
Finally, Ms. Hernandez currently focuses on Business based visas such as PERM Labor Certification for employers wishing to sponsor employees for permanent residency, Investment visas such as EB-5 for individuals wishing to invest 500 to 1 million dollars in a U.S. business or Regional Center and other work visas that allow foreign nationals to enter the U.S. on a temporary basis to work. Ms. Hernandez currently serves clients world-wide and has meeting locations throughout the United States, in Mexico, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic.
12 years, 3,300 cases
English, Spanish, Portuguese
|FL||Member in Good Standing||2010||03/03/2022|
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Public Service Award||Western State College of Law||2004|
|Criminal Law Certification||Western State College of Law||2004|
|Owner/ Managing Immigration Attorney||Law Offices of Maria De La Luz Hernandez||2015 - Present|
|Senior Immigration Attorney||Higbee & Associates||2014 - 2015|
|Managing Immigration Attorney||Malcolm Cisneros A Law Corporation||2008 - 2014|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Latin American and Caribbean Chapter of AILA||Board Member||2014 - Present|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|Orange County Hispanic Bar Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|Mexican American Bar Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|Florida Bar, Young Lawyers Division||Member||2010 - Present|
|Thesis CSLA Master's Program||The Immigration Labyrinth||2007|
|Western State College of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2006|
|California State University, Los Angeles||Masters Degree||2006|
|University of Guanajuato||Mexican Law||2001|
|Cal State Fullerton||Bachelors Degree||1998|
|Autonomous University of Guadalajara||Spanish||1998|
|Taller de Ciudadania||Citizenship Workshop||2016|
|Mexican Consulate in Santa Ana Conference||Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals||2015|
|Sicarios Llegaron a su propia casa||Univision News coverage||2015|
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