Jacqueline Villalba is a Board Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law. She has extensive experience in the areas of business and family-based immigration. She represents clients before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) with regard to non-immigrant visa petitions; extraordinary ability, national interest waiver, and professional worker petitions; labor certifications; family based immigrant visa petitions; and applications for naturalization. Jacqueline also practices before the Executive Office for Immigration Review, representing clients in removal proceedings with regard to asylum requests, applications to adjust status to permanent residence, cancellation of removal, bond hearings, and other forms of relief.
Jacqueline is a member of the Executive Council of the Florida Bar Association’s International Law Section. She serves as Chair of the International Law Section’s Women in International Law Committee, Co-Chair of the DHS, Labor Department and State Department Liaison Committee and is a member of the Section’s Foreign Legal Consultant Committee. She is Co-Chair of AILA South Florida’s Luncheons Committees and has served as Co-Chair of the DMV Committee. Jacqueline has lectured at immigration seminars on business and family based immigration issues as well as on the effects of criminal convictions on a noncitizen’s immigration status and the relief available. In 2009, she was selected as a Florida Rising Star. A maximum of 2.5% of the state’s attorneys are named to the Rising Stars list.
Jacqueline received her B.B.A. from the University of Miami and her J.D. from St. Thomas University School of Law. She is admitted to practice in the State of Florida as well as in the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. She is also fluent in Spanish.