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Francisco "Frank"
Symphorien-Saavedra
 -  Partner

Immigration Attorney

Francisco "Frank" Symphorien-Saavedra focuses his practice exclusively on immigration and nationality law.  A NeJame Law Partner in the Immigration Division, Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra has earned a perfect 10.0—Superb, Rating from AVVO, and a “Distinguished” rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

Outside of his practice, Mr. Symphorien—Saavedra is a strong advocate for immigrant rights.  Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra currently serves as the U.S. Customs and Border (CBP) Protection Liaison Chair for the American Immigration Lawyers Association.  Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra has also been actively involved in the past with the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida (HBACF) as the Public Relations and bylaws Chair.

Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra has provided commentary on WVENTV—Univision, Unimas, and other local news media outlets.  He has been a guest speaker on a myriad of immigration related topics, ranging from immigration reform, state immigration statutes, among others.  Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra is admitted to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

A native of Venezuela, Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra immigrated to the United States when he was 11 years old. Believing in America's promise of opportunity for his children, his father worked 24-hour shifts as a taxi driver in New York City so he could bring his wife and children to the United States.

Seeking to fulfill his father’s dream, Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra enrolled at The Florida State University College of Law after graduating with high honors from the University of South Florida. Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra excelled in law school, focusing his studies on Asylum and Refugee law, International Law, and serving as an editor of the FSU Journal of Transnational Law and Policy.

Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra worked as a summer law clerk for the Orlando Immigration Court. In this role, Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra drafted decisions for the Honorable United States Immigration Judges, Rafael Ortiz-Segura, Earl B. Wilson, and Victoria Ghartey.

In his practice, Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra fights deportation/removal charges in Immigration Court based on criminal convictions or other alleged conduct. Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra also regularly helps clients obtain lawful permanent residence (green cards) and non-immigrant visas through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). He provides legal counsel on the Department of State consular process at embassies around the world. Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra also processes employment visas and family petitions, and represents clients during USCIS naturalization or green card interviews.

Given the frequent delays in immigration processes, Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra frequently litigates cases in Federal Courts throughout Florida. Seeking to remedy extended delays, Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra regularly assists clients seeking a court order from the U.S. District Court requiring that their case be actively processed.

Additionally, Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra challenges legal errors made during immigration hearings, often filing appeals and petitions for review before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra’s employment-based immigration practice works closely with businesses to guide them in complying with immigration laws, obtaining the appropriate personnel, and achieving business objectives.

Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra meets with clients regularly for personal consultations. He would be delighted to assist you in achieving your immigration and criminal defense goals.

 

 

EDUCATION:

 

•  Juris Doctor, The Florida State University College of Law

•  Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, University of South Florida, Magna Cum Laude

 

BAR ADMISSIONS: Florida, 160 Combined Score

 

COURT ADMISSIONS: Florida Supreme Court; U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

 

PREVIOUS POSITIONS: Orlando Immigration Court, EOIR Summer Clerk; Florida Bar Foundation Summer Fellow

 

BAR ASSICIATIONS & LEADERSHIP ROLES: American Immigration Lawyers Association, Customs and Border Patrol Liaison Chair; Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida, Public Relations Chair; Paul C. Perkins Bar Association

 

LANGUAGES: English, Spanish

 

 

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