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Fernando Perez III

Immigration Attorney at Tampa, FL

4.8   83 reviews
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  • Licensed for 42 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1982
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Fernando

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BOARD CERTIFIED, SUPER LAWYER RATED, FULL-SERVICE IMMIGRATION LAWYER SERVING CLIENTS FOR OVER 40 YRS.

As someone who immigrated to  the United States, I know about  the needs and struggles of immigrants. Unlike many other immigration lawyers, my office represents clients in all areas of Immigration Law.   In addition to being Board Certified by the Florida Bar, as a Business Lawyer and former Prosecutor, I bring a depth of knowldege to cases involving business/investment immigration and to cases involving criminal convictions that many immigration lawyers do not possess.

As a result of my expertise and specialization in immigration matters, I am a frequent speaker at law conferences, I am often consulted by the media, and appear on Fox and Univision as a commentator on matters involving Immigration Law.

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2022,2021,2020,2018,2017,2015,2013,2012,2010
Client's Choice
2022 2021 2020 + 6 ...

Photos and videos

Discussion of multinational executive (L1A) Visas.
Discussion of Treaty Investor (E2) requirements
Explanation of visa options for foreign investors

Location

Perez & Associates
1303 N Armenia Ave
Tampa, FL, 33607-5310

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  83 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2022
Client's Choice
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Posted by Luis | June 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Visa E2
Mr. Perez and Christine Conde provided me with professional service throughout my E2 visa process, they were always there to immediately answer all of my questions, they truly care. Highly recommend. El Sr. Perez y Christine Conde me han brindado un servicio muy profesional durante el todo el proceso para obtener la visa E2, ellos estuvieron siempre disponibles para atender todas mis consultas, realmente se interesan en el caso. Muy recomendado.
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Posted by Jair Osorio | May 5, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Abogado Fernando Pérez III, excelente calidad y servicio
Fui atendido por el abogado Fernando Pérez III, resultó una grata experiencia, muy profesional, siempre disponible y atento, resolviendo todas nuestras dudas de manera casi inmediata. Atención y calidad de primera!!
Posted by Aashanram | October 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best immigration lawyer in Tampa
Nothing but 5 stars for Mr. Perez and Christine. I’ve been with them for 6 years now and cannot think of a better firm to help you with your immigration needs. My case was rather complicated but Mr. Perez was able to get us through the hurdles and RFEs with ease. Mr. Perez helped me with my Green Card, RFE, L1A, H1B and other immigration legal advice
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Posted by Dino | September 9, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Citizenship
made the mistake of trying to apply for citizenship on my own. My application was denied by Immigration and that’s when I contacted Fernando Perez. He looked at my case and told me the denial was incorrect and Immigration had not followed the law. Mr. Perez filed an appeal of my decision. We won the appeal because Mr. Perez was able to prove to Immigration that they had not followed the law, but Immigration then denied my case for another reason that also did not follow the law. Mr. Perez would not give up. He told me Immigration was wrong and we filed for citizenship again immediately. Mr. Perez was able to show the officer why the previous denial was wrong and this time my case got approved! Thank you Mr. Perez for not giving up!
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Posted by Leomery | July 17, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Mejor Abogado de Inmigración/Best Immigration Lawyer
En un momento muy difícil y cuando nos sentimos derrotados, alguien nos dio el mejor consejo de su vida. Nos recomendó a Fernando Pérez y a su asistente, Christine Conde. Íbamos muy temerosos y desconfiados de lo que pudiera suceder con el caso de mi esposo. Desde un primer momento nos demostraron amabilidad, nos infundieron confiabilidad y redujeron nuestro estrés. La pandemia se atravesó, pero nunca dejamos de tener contacto con ellos. Debido a la preparación previa y de sus acertados consejos, la entrevista fue todo un éxito y ahora solo estamos esperando la llegada de la Green Card de mi esposo. La experiencia de Fernando y Christine hace que cualquier caso de inmigración se resuelva de manera positiva. Ellos saben lo que hay que hacer y los pasos correctos a seguir. Ellos manejan el: “¿Como?, ¿Cuándo? y ¿Donde?”. Nuestra recomendación personal es no cometer nuestro error inicial que fue hacer un proceso de USCIS sin ir de la mano de un abogado. Lo correcto es que los casos de inmigración sean manejados por abogados expertos como Fernando y Christine. A la larga esto será un ahorro de dinero y tiempo. Ahora ellos tienen un lugar especial en nuestras vidas. In a very difficult moment and when we felt defeated, someone gave us the best advice of her life. She recommended Fernando Pérez and his assistant, Christine Conde. We were very fearful and distrustful of what might happen with my husband's case. From the first moment they showed us kindness, instilled in us trustworthiness and reduced our stress. The pandemic got through, but we never stopped having contact with them. Due to the previous preparation and their wise advice, the interview was a success and now we are just waiting for the arrival of my husband's Green Card. Fernando and Christine's experience makes any immigration case resolved in a positive way. They know what to do and the correct steps to take. They handle the: “How? When? and Where?". Our personal recommendation is not to make our initial mistake, which was to do a USCIS process without going hand by hand with an attorney. The right thing for immigration cases is to be handled by expert attorneys like Fernando and Christine. In the long run this will save money and time. Now they have a special place in our lives.
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Posted by Rolando and Andre | May 26, 2021
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Green Card / permanent Resident
I was recommended to Mr. Fernando Perez by a co-worker who hired him years ago for a complex immigration case. I contacted him and was impressed by his knowledge and clear explanation of the process, and what to expect. He prepares you for the worse case scenario. (No sugar coding) His assistant Christine, is by far super efficient and helpful. She was very responsive and resourceful. At the end, we had a smooth process with a positive outcome. We are forever grateful and we will be retaining him whenever there is a need.
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Posted by Yanina | October 6, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Undoubtedly, the BEST Immigration Attorney in Tampa Bay!
Words are not enough to express our family's gratitude to Perez & Associates. My immigration case (Cancellation of Removal) was extremely complex, intimidating, and emotional, but Mr. Perez and his wonderful assistant Christine were there for me through every step. Although, the entire process took years, I got the satisfying outcome, that I wanted. It is a surreal feeling that would not have been possible without expertise of an amazing Perez & Associates firm! I’m proud to say that I will not trust anyone else, but Mr. Perez to represent me in my other immigration needs. Mr. Fernando Perez III, ESQ. is beyond knowledgeable, reputable, professional, confident, straightforward and proactive attorney. He always answers your emails and phone calls promptly and keeps you informed about what is happening with your immigration process. Mr. Perez and his team not only prepares your legal paperwork thoroughly and carefully, but they also prepare you mentally, so that you understand what to expect and what is expected of you. They truly treat every client like they are first priority and provide round the clock service. Perez's team is absolutely phenomenal and I highly recommend them for all your immigration law needs! A thousand thanks would not do to show how appreciative my family is for all the hard work Mr. Perez did on our behalf. I found Mr. Fernando Perez III ESQ. in 2015 by reading his past clients’ reviews, and it is my honor to help his next clients to make the right decision by writing about my personal experience with this firm. Please search no longer for the BEST immigration lawyer! Thank you for taking time to read my long review!
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Posted by Jose | January 27, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
AMAZING!!!
I have known Fernando since 2008 and find him to be one of a kind in the best possible way. He evaluates your situation when you meet with him initially and advises accordingly without missing a beat. Extremely professional and covers all the angles well. I have used him to represent my family 5 times (E2 Status and Permanent Residence) and referred him numerous clients over the years. I would not use any one else as he is the best at what he does and will make sure you understand everything, he and his team always have your best interests at heart. If you need an immigration attorney, look no further!!!
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Posted by Mo | August 3, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you so much
It was a long stressful journey specially with the COVID-19 delay, but with your experience and our faith in you it was easier and smoother. Thank you so much
Posted by Zhiyu | November 25, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing lawyer
Thanks to Mr. Perez, we got our green card! We were in a state of despair because we thought getting the green card was impossible, then we found Mr. Perez. He helped us through the process and got us our green card.
Posted by Attila | June 19, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
They get the job done !!!
Very meticulously run office. Very pleasant and professional. Quick to respond to questions and concerns. Thank you so much for everything.
Posted by Walid | April 29, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
investment E2
My experience with Mr. Fernando and his assistant Christine was very pleasant. Mr. Perez provided me with professional service throughout my E2 process. He was a very good listener and very detailed oriented. His detailed on time responses were vital pillars during my process. I can describe his knowledge as someone who can spread a "fairy dust" into some difficult situation and turned it into positive outcome. I highly recommend his services for the following reasons that I will brief:- 1)- On time response. 2)- Knowledgeable and professional 3)- Very pleasant to communicate with. 4)- Great support from his office Manager
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Posted by anonymous | November 27, 2022
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Citizenship N-400 case
I am highly recommended to Mr. Fernando Perez because he is a great Attorney, patient, good listener, friendly, very professional and knowledgeable, probably without your help, I couldn’t got my Citizenship easily and together with Christine make a grateful team. Just I want to say Mr. Fernando and his staff are one of the top in the Tampa area. Thank you both of you for all your support during my experience, Thank you for helping me and taking care of my N-400 case. Cristine, his assistant, she is the best and took care very well of every single detail during my process, and she is responsible, follow up all my mails and always she Welcome to respond to any question or meeting request with Mr. Perez that you ask, until my case completed. Thank you so much for all.
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Posted by Yingjun | October 31, 2022
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A good lawyer
Mr. Fernando is very professional, and he knows what is best for me and what I need to provide for my case. His assistant, Christine, is very helpful, too. I appreciate them a lot.
Posted by Jihad | October 30, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Great choice I have made.
Mr. Perez and Christine were a great help and the best support for my case. They are always on top of the questions and issues to address all needed and important process.
Posted by HASAN | September 13, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
E1-E2 Visa, The Best Lawyer
We started working with Mr. Perez in 2016. We fully explained our situation to him and he drew a roadmap for us. First, we applied for and received the E1-E2 investor visa. Then we applied for a permanent residence with the sponsor for the green card. Although the process is a bit long, we have received it as of this month. One of the most important things I can say with Mr. Fernando is that as long as you listen to him and do exactly what he says, you have no chance of failing in your cases. Everything he told us from the very beginning was just as he said. He is a lawyer I can definitely recommend. I have referred at least 4-5 of my friends besides me and I have not heard anyone who is not satisfied with him. I am grateful to Mr. Fernando and Christine Conde for everything they do.
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Posted by Vera | September 12, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent!
I want to say thank you very much to Mr. Perez and Christine Conde for their excellent service, kindness, and availability to help/and explain things. It was a pleasure to work with you. Very professional and knowledgeable. Thank you.
Posted by Rebeca Sanz Barriuso | September 8, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Super Professional & Knowledgeable
Perez & Associates helped us with our E2 visa. So professional, so knowledgeable. Such a pleasure to work with Fernando Perez and his team.
Posted by Jauregui | April 18, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Permanent Resident
Mr. Fernando Perez is a great Attorney and together with Christine Conde make an outstanding team. Just want to said they are the best of the best. Thank you both for all your support during this experience. El abogado Fernando Pérez y Christine Conde. Son un equipo excelente y muy profesional. Son los mejores… Muchas gracias para ambos…
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Posted by anonymous | February 7, 2022
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Green card
Mr. Fernando Perez is a great lawyer and together with Christine Conde make an outstanding team. Christine was a great help during the whole process while gathering all the information and documents needed and Mr. Perez made sure everything went smooth before the interview. Thank you both for all your support during these past 10 months. Gracias !!!
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Perez & Associates
  • 1998 - Present
  • Partner
  • Anderson & Orcutt
  • 1996 - 1998
  • Managing Partner
  • Fernando Perez III, P.A.
  • 1992 - 1996
  • Partner
  • Fotopulos Spridgeon & Perez, P.A.
  • 1987 - 1992
  • Attorney
  • Lima & Elliott
  • 1983 - 1987
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • Hillsborough County Office of the State Attorney
  • 1982 - 1983
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Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • Georgetown University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1977

Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • 1983 - Present
  • British American Business Council of Tampa
  • Director
  • N/A
  • Hispanic Business Institute
  • Director
  • 1995 - 2003
  • Greater Tampa YMCA
  • Director
  • 1995 - 1998
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Central Florida Chapter
  • Past President
  • 1989 - 1990
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Board of Governors
  • 1989 - 1990
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Tampa Bay's Top Lawyers
  • Tampa Bay Magazine
  • 2018
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers
  • International Who's Who
  • 2018
  • Top Attorneys in Florida
  • Wall Street Journal
  • 2018
  • Florida Super Lawyer in Specialty of Immigration Law
  • Florida Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
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Publications

  • 2017 Central Florida Advanced Immigration Law Conference Handbook
  • 15 Treaty Visa Myths
  • 2017
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Treaty Visas: Mastering the Hard To Prove Cases
  • 2005
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Treaty Visas: Did You Know That...
  • 2004
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Treaty Visas in the Post-September 11 World
  • 2003
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Treaty Visas
  • 2001
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Speaking Engagements

  • 2017 Central Florida Immigration Law Conference
  • Treaty Visa Myths
  • 2017
  • 26th Annual Immigration Law Conference
  • O & P Visas (Advanced Track)
  • 2014
  • 25th Annual Immigration Law Conference
  • Talk to the Experts: Removal and Post-Conviction Relief
  • 2013
  • 2008 Annual Conference on Immigration Law
  • Naturalization
  • 2008
  • Current Issues in Labor and Employment Law
  • Immigration Law Update for Employers
  • 2006
  • 26th Annual Immigration Law Update
  • The L and E Visa Categories: Mastering the Hard To Prove Cases
  • 2005
  • 25th Annual Immigration Law Update
  • Intracompany Transferees and Treaty Traders/Investors
  • 2004
  • 24th Annual Immigration Law Update
  • Intracompany Transferees and Treaty Traders/Investors
  • 2003
  • 22nd Annual Immigration Law Update
  • Intracompany Transferees and Treaty Traders/Investors
  • 2001
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (1)
Endorse Fernando
Immigration Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Fernando is simply exceptional. I learned a lot from him during my days when I worked for him which was almost for 8 years. I think there are few immigration Attorneys who could match his Knowledge."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I proudly endorse this lawyer. For nearly 20 years, our firm has been referring Mr. Perez immigration cases. He is well-versed and knowledgeable. Many lawyers say they handle immigration cases, but they quite often do not deliver. This is the lawyer you need. Cuado tu necesitas un abogado para immigracion, este es el abogado que tu tienes que llamar."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Fernando Perez is one of the best immigration attorneys in Florida."
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