Why choose Villegas Law Office, PLLC to help with your immigration concerns?
We take a comprehensive approach to immigration law.
U.S. immigration law is one of the most extensive and difficult areas of law to navigate. We limit our practice exclusively to immigration law, allowing us to continuously build upon our extensive knowledge and experience in that area. As our client, you can rest assured that you have a strong, focused legal team working on your side.
We have personally gone through the immigration process.
Ana Maria Villegas, our principal attorney, understands the stress and uncertainty that often accompanies an immigration case. She has experienced firsthand the feeling of putting your future hopes and dreams into the government’s hands. When you call our office for help, you will connect with an attorney who understands what you are going through on a personal level.
We have dedicated ourselves to a client-centric legal practice.
As a licensed Master Social Worker, Ana Villegas has the skills to connect with her clients and approach the unique issues they face in a tactful, sensitive manner. As a client, you will deal directly with an attorney from beginning to end. We value each and every one of our clients, which is why we believe in guiding them through the process step-by-step.
Meet Ana Maria Villegas
As an accomplished immigration attorney and a third-generation immigrant from Mexico, Ms. Villegas understands both the legal and personal sides of immigration law. A fluent Spanish speaker, she was raised in the Rio Grande Valley overlooking the Mexican-American border, and every day she sees how immigration concerns affect life in the southern tip of Texas.
Ms. Villegas graduated from Texas A&M University in 2001 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agricultural Economics. She went on to receive a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Texas — Pan American in 2003. Her business background gives her unique insight to aid business clients planning for their immigration needs, including employee immigration H-1B petitions.
Ms. Villegas also obtained a Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Houston in 2006. While she was there, she was awarded the Center of Mexican American Studies Fellowship Award. She utilized her social work skills to help refugees in Houston and to help women in Costa Rica fight for equal rights and equal treatment.
From there, she attended DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois, receiving her Juris Doctor (JD) in 2009. She started her legal career assisting domestic violence survivors in and around the Chicago area.
Ms. Villegas has always felt it was her passion and purpose in life to fight for human rights. Before attending DePaul, she attended the American University Washington College of Law’s Academy of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Summer Program. While in law school, Ms. Villegas focused her studies on international law, international human rights, and immigration and refugee law. She also participated in the Immigration and Asylum Law Clinic.
She is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and Texas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She is dedicated to helping immigrants, their employers, and families secure their status and protect their futures.
|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||2009||01/22/2020|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyers’ Rising Star 2019 award||Super Lawyers||2019|
|10 Best Attorney - Immigration Law Division||American Institute of Legal Counsel||2017|
|Center of Mexican American Studies Fellowship Award||Center of Mexican American Studies||N/A|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Texas Bar College||N/A||2017 - Present|
|Cameron County Women's Law Section||Member||2017 - Present|
|Federal Bar Association||Member||2017 - Present|
|National Association of Professional Women||Member||2017 - Present|
|State Bar of Texas||Guardianship Certification||2016 - Present|
|Cameron County Bar Association||N/A||2015 - Present|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association (Texas chapter)||N/A||2011 - Present|
|Hidalgo County Bar Association||N/A||2011 - Present|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||N/A||2008 - Present|
|American Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Villegas Law Office Blog||7 Steps to Obtaining Your Green Card||2019|
|Villegas Law Office Blog||Immigration for Children: Understanding SIJ Petitions||2019|
|Villegas Law Office Blog||What You Need to Know About Merits Hearings||2019|
|Villegas Law Office Blog||Understanding Asylum||2019|
|Villegas Law Office Blog||Immigration for Immediate Relatives: The IR Visas||2019|
|Villegas Law Office Blog||Understanding Cancellation of Removal||2019|
|Villegas Law Office Blog||U.S. Immigration 101: Understanding the Adjustment of Status||2018|
|Villegas Law Office Blog||5 Possible Deportation Defenses||2018|
|Villegas Law Office Blog||Understanding the Violations That Could Lead to Removal||2018|
|Villegas Law Office Blog||What to Expect at a Master Calendar Hearing||2018|
|DePaul University College of Law||Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)||2009|
|University of Houston||Master of Social Work (Licensed since 2017)||2006|
|American University, Washington College of Law||Academy of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Summer Program||2006|
|University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work||Mediation Certificate||2006|
|University of Texas System, Pan American||Master of Business Administration||2003|
|Texas A&M University||Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics||2001|
|Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance||Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)||2017|
|Humanities Week||Civic Engagement||2017|
|Lower Valley Chapter of Society for Human Resource Management||Surviving the Fire Swamp: I-9s, Immigration-related anti-discrimination and unexpected challenges of unusual size||2017|
|South Texas College Sociology Club Courageous Dialogue Series||The American Dream||2017|
|Cameron Park Town Hall Program||Cameron Park Town Hall Program||2017|
|Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)||Ask the Expert: Informational Session about DACA||2017|
|Cameron County Bar Association’s Immigration Law Conference||Special Immigrant Juvenile Status||2017|
|Self-Hosted||Hosted Free Legal Clinics For the Community||2017|
|Community Law School||Community Law School||2015|
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