Board Certified Immigration Attorney
Catherine R. Henin-Clark, P.A. focuses uniquely on U.S. immigration and immigration law. This includes business, family, and employment based immigration. Although our niche is in extraordinary ability visas, non-immigrant visas, and immigrant visas, our office currently handles all types of immigration cases. From Employment Based immigration to removal/deportation defense and immigration waivers. From family based immigration to athlete and artist visas and Green Card, and to the most complex EB-5 investor visa cases, we are the firm to trust for your immigration matters.
Individuals looking for non-immigrant visas, naturalization and citizenship help, or green card representation can trust in our law firm for help as well! We also offer our knowledge for your immigration matters regarding I-9 compliance and asylum. As a huge supporter of equal immigration rights, we can assist couples who need immigration help as a result of the ever shifting changes within the LGBTQIA community.
Drawing from more than 30 years of experience, Ms. Henin-Clark's practice focuses on nonimmigrant (temporary) and immigrant (permanent/"green card") visa petitions and applications on behalf of investors, intra-company transferees, extraordinary ability professionals, athletes, artists and scientists, and other skilled foreign professionals and their U.S. employers. This includes E, H, L, O, P, R nonimmigrant visas and EB-1, EB-2, PERM, EB-3 employment based immigrant applications. She also represents investors of all continents with the EB-5 (direct and Regional Centers) immigrant investor visa processes.
Ms. Henin-Clark also represents U.S. employers in connection with immigration-related regulatory compliance proceedings (employment eligibility verification, I-9 audits, E-verify).
Ms. Henin-Clark often undertakes humanitarian cases such as asylum cases, I-601 waivers, 212d(3) waivers, and represents individuals facing removal proceedings before the Immigration Court. She also represents individuals in family related matters and naturalization (U.S. citizenship) applications.
Ms. Henin-Clark was born in Madagascar and raised in Paris, France. Prior to immigrating to the United States, Ms. Henin-Clark graduated Valedictorian from the prestigious Paris Pantheon-Assas University and was admitted to the Paris Bar Association. She then pursued her studies in the United States, obtaining her law degree from Stetson University College of Law and admitted to The Florida Bar within two years and while working full time.
Immigration is her passion and she is one of the few board certified experts in that field since 1995. She served on the Board Certification Committee in Immigration and Nationality Law for many years including as the Chair of the Committee.
Ms. Henin-Clark taught immigration law at the prestigious Levine College of Law of the University of Florida.
T: (407) 335-4002
Attorney Melia-Acevedo is admitted to practice in front of all Immigration Courts in the U.S. and the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
Attorney Melia-Acevedo exclusively practices in the area of Immigration and Nationality law. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics from The Catholic University of America, Washington D.C. and her Juris Doctorate from Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida.
She handles all types of immigration related matters including:
EB-1: Employment Based Extraordinary Ability;
EB-2: National Interest Waiver
H-1B: Specialty Occupations;
H-2B: Temporary Non-Agricultural Worker;
I-601A Unlawful Presence Waivers;
L-1A/ L-1B: Intracompany Transferees;
O-1: Extraordinary Ability;
P-1A: Internationally Recognized Athlete;
P-1S: Essential Support Personnel;
U and T visas;
Temporary Protected Status (TPS);
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA);
Adjustment of Status;
Attorney Rosa Melia-Acevedo initially developed an interest in Human Rights law during college while interning with the American Bar Association’s Death Penalty Representation Project. Rosa realized her desire to practice Immigration and Nationality law shortly thereafter because of the human rights component that is inherent to the practice of Immigration law. Prior to being sworn in as an attorney, Rosa’s passion in immigration law began after interning for a not-for-profit organization in Washington, D.C. called Mil Mujeres. Mil Mujeres provides low-cost, non-litigation legal services to low-income Hispanic immigrants and their families with a specialty in specific immigration benefits including U visa, VAWA and DACA. Following this internship, Rosa became a Student Clinician in Florida Coastal School of Law’s Immigrant and Human Rights Clinic (formerly the Immigrant Rights Clinic). During her time in the Immigrant and Human Rights Clinic, Rosa had the pleasure of representing clients, under the supervision of an attorney, who were applying for U visas, T visas, Prosecutorial Discretion, and Asylum. In her last year of law school, Rosa worked as a legal intern for the Department of Justice’s Office of Immigration Litigation-Appellate Section in Washington, D.C. During her time with the Office of Immigration Litigation, Rosa wrote stay motions and appellate briefs for asylum cases on behalf of the Department of Justice. While in law school, Rosa devoted a lot of her time to helping those who would otherwise be unable to afford legal representation and as a result she provided over one thousand hours of legal pro bono work throughout her three years at Florida Coastal School of Law and was awarded the Pro Bono Honors Award.
Rosa has represented clients in all areas of Immigration law, including family based immigration, business immigration, asylum, and immigration litigation (deportation and removal defense), bond redetermination, and appeals.
Attorney Rosa Melia-Acevedo is licensed to practice in the state of Florida and remains actively involved with the American Immigration Lawyers Association and its Central Florida Chapter as well as other legal associations such as the American Bar Association and Orange County Bar Association Immigration Law Section.
Languages: English and Spanish
T: (407) 335-4002