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Orlando Immigration Attorneys Martinez Manglardi, P.A. is a law firm of immigrants fighting for immigrants. The families of our founding partners, Julio Martinez and Michael Manglardi, both suffered at the hands of repressive regimes. Julio Martinez and his family escaped the Castro regime in Cuba while he was still a child. Michael Manglardi’ s family suffered at the hands of fascist rule in Italy during World War II. Likewise, we have partnered with, Francisco F. Symphorien-Saavedra, an Immigration Board Certified Specialist, who emigrated at 11 years of age from Venezuela, a country ravaged by socialist rule.  Our experiences and our collective story as immigrants steer our commitment and passion for immigration law and our immigrant clients.

Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra’s Board certification is the Florida Bar’s highest evaluation of competency and experience. Only seven percent of all lawyers in Florida have earned Board Certification.

Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, and is AV rated “Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell. He currently serves on the Florida Bar Immigration & Nationality Law Certification Committee and has a leadership role as the Vice-Chair of the committee for the 2021-2021 term. He has also been a member of the National Advocates Top 100 and Top 40 Under 40, and he further served on the Executive Committee for the National Advocates Top 40 Under 40. Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra is rated “10.0 Superb” by AVVO.

Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and other prominent news organizations. He regularly provides commentary on Univision and has previously provided commentary on Unimas, News 13, and other local news media outlets.

Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra previously managed our immigration department for over five years.  In accordance with Florida Bar rules, immigration matters originating from Martinez Manglardi, P.A., are handled jointly with Symphorien-Saavedra Law, P.A.

Immigration news

Venezuelan asylum seekers should be especially wary of advice from “notaries” or Venezuelan trained lawyers.

In the midst of one of the largest humanitarian crisis the world has ever seen, Venezuelan immigrants have flocked to the United States in droves. In their desperation to find help, many are turning to a growing group of “notarios” or Venezuelan trained lawyers who are equally desperate to find work and are seizing upon the desperation of immigrants seeking legal help. In a world where immigration officers are increasingly under pressure to ferret out asylum fraud, many are aware of the lengths that notarios are willing to go—creating stories and fabricating evidence. In such an environment, the odds are that many asylum applicants using the wrong help will be discovered and this will have permanent adverse consequences on their possibility of gaining asylum.

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MMPA News Release: Supreme Court allows Trump administration to widen restrictions on immigrants who might need public benefits.

On January 27, 2019, the United States Supreme Court lifted a nationwide injunction barring the government from widening its scrutiny on immigrants who are deemed as likely to become a public charge. The Supreme Court order lifting the injunction means that the Trump administration may proceed with plans to restrict residency to a wider group of immigrants who receive government benefits or who come from disadvantaged groups, including the young, elderly, and the poor.

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