Law Office of Gloria Vera, P.C.

Providing legal expertise in all areas of Immigration and Nationality Law in Texas for over 23 years!

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Firm Overview

At The Law Offices of Gloria Vera we are committed to meeting our clients' needs, and we shape our strategy to meet their needs and goals. Our clients come primarily from the Austin TX Area, but we represent people from all over the world.

We understand that clients want quality, effective, and timely solutions to their problems. We work hard to understand and meet the individual needs of our clients, approaching our work with diligence and commitment. We work as a team to provide effective, comprehensive services to each client. We seek to provide the highest quality of legal services and are committed to maintaining responsibility, integrity, and confidentiality in all of our relationships.

We provide in-person consultations to address the specifics of each client
Main Office

Law Office of Gloria Vera, P.C.
706B West Ben White Blvd. Suite 110B
Austin  TX  78704

Phone
  • (512) 443-4788
Fax
Immigration Law
We provide legal expertise in all areas of Immigration and Nationality Law, including:

Employment
Family
Naturalization
Citizenship
Asylum
Removal and deportation hearing representation

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As Immigration Lawyers we provide expert legal advice about United States immigration law and legal representation to a wide range of clients seeking entry to the United States. We serve:

Family members of current U. S. Lawful Permanent Residents or Citizens (by birth or Naturalization)
Persons who want to visit family members in the U.S.
Beneficiaries of the new "DREAM" Act program that grants Deferred Action to young people who came to the U.S. as children
Persons who are being detained by Immigration or who are at risk of being detained by Immigration
Current U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents who wish to seek Naturalization
Professional workers
Blue collar and migrant workers
Students
Foreign or domestic businesses seeking to place employees or establish a business in the U.S.
Diversity lottery recipients
Religious workers
Refugees and those seeking political asylum
Investors and Entrepreneurs

Our firm provides full-service professional legal advice and representation for your immigration and visa needs.
Immigrant Visas

Obtaining a green card indicating lawful permanent residency in the U.S.--is the primary goal of our clients who are planning to enter this country.

If that is your goal, too, please contact the Law Offices of Gloria Vera today to arrange a consultation and to learn how we can help you.

Having lawful permanent residency enables you to live and work in the U.S indefinitely. But because obtaining permanent residency has become more complicated since 9-11, applicants regularly need help navigating the process.
Non-Immigrant Visas

If you wish to enter the U.S. for a temporary period of time, a non-immigrant visa permits you to travel to a U.S. port of entry and request permission of the Department of Homeland Security to visit for a specific purpose. That purpose might be for work, schooling, a conference, etc., or to visit the country, friends or family.

A non-immigrant visa differs from an immigrant visa in that the non-immigrant visa only allows a person to enter temporarily, whereas an immigrant visa holder can enter and stay permanently.

The length of time someone can stay in the U.S. depends on the visa status under which they are admitted (for example, specialty occupation). And a person admitted in one status can often change their status in order to stay longer ”or to perform different activities. For instance, a medical school student may want to change his or her status to an employer-sponsored non-immigrant visa once they graduate and find employment (assuming their new employer will sponsor them). Several types of non-immigrant visas also allow a person to extend their status and thereby extend their stay in the U.S.

The process can sometimes be confusing and complicated. Our firm can make it much easier, determining the visa category that is right for you and assisting you with changing status from your current category to the new category. In appropriate cases, we can also obtain legal status and work authorization for your dependent family members.

Naturalization and Special Benefits for Lawful Permanent Residents

We also help current Lawful Permanent Residents of the U.S. obtain their citizenship. Often this helps speed up the process of family members who are seeking immigration benefits. Obtaining Citizenship entitles a person to vote, travel freely in and out of the U.S., and obtain public services more easily.

We also provide a wide range of services to people who are currently Lawful Permanent Residents. For example, we represent residents who wish to depart the U.S. temporarily, but for an extended period of time. We also renew "green cards" when they expire or are lost or destroyed. We also analyze criminal matters to determine if they would endanger a person's status.

Gloria Vera

Gloria Vera has been licensed to practice law by the Texas Supreme Court since 1976. She has been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Her professional activities and memberships have included the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Texas Bar Association, and the Bar Association for the Fifth Federal Circuit. Her trial experience includes jury trials in both state and federal courts. She has handled all types of administrative appeals, and has represented clients in federal and state courts.

Ms. Vera is a 1973 graduate of the Southern Methodist University (SMU) School of Law in Dallas, Texas, having received a full scholarship from the SMU faculty. As a journalism graduate of the Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas, with honors, she was the recipient of an Inter-American Press Association Scholarship for work and study in South America in 1970-1971. She completed the Negotiation Program at the Harvard Law School Program of Instruction for Lawyers in 1992, and the Mediation Program at CDR & Associates in Boulder, Colorado in 1993.

Ms. Vera has been practicing Immigration and Nationality Law since 1986, and has extensive experience in all areas of Immigration law. She was the hostess of a radio talk show on Immigration law issues from 1987 to 1992. Before founding the law firm in 1986, she served as an Assistant Attorney General for the state of Texas from 1976 to 1978; Assistant City Attorney for the City of Austin, Texas from 1980 to 1986, during which she acted as General Counsel for the city hospital earning an award for her outstanding contribution to the medical staff; part-time Municipal Court Judge from 1993 to 1995; and Associate for the Jones and Lewis Law Firm, McAllen, Texas from 1978 to 1980.

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