With Two Immigration Law Professors on Staff, We Don’t Just Practice Immigration Law, We Teach it!

Florida Based Board-Certified Immigration Attorneys Serving Clients Throughout the United States

At the Rios Immigration Law Firm, our team of lawyers has devoted the last four decades to cultivating the skills and resources needed to serve clients from all around the world.

With 150 years of combined legal experience, our team includes a former head of ICE investigations, a board-certified attorney, experienced immigration law attorneys and paralegals, and two immigration law professors. Get to know our lead attorneys through this link or through an initial consultation:

The Rios Immigration Law Firm is the oldest law firm in the Tampa Bay area focusing solely on immigration. We also have on staff the oldest active law professor in Tampa Bay. As a leading authority in the field, Arturo M. Rios founded the Central Florida American Immigration Association Chapter, where our attorneys have served as elected members of the board for decades.

Our Immigration Services

As a solution-oriented firm founded in 1978, we value creative problem-solving and airtight strategies developed from scratch. Over the decades, we have built a comprehensive portfolio of services designed to assist individuals and families at all stages of their immigration journeys.

Our clients become friends whom we consider to be members of our family. We are run by generations, not corporations.

Come to the Rios Immigration Law Firm if you need assistance with any of the following:

  • Immigration litigation: We handle all types of immigration court cases, representing employees, employers and families in both affirmative and defensive cases before the federal district courts. Litigation may cover a broad range of matters, including admission, visa, asylum and naturalization issues.
  • Deportation defense: Deportation, referred to as “removal” in legal terms, occurs when the federal government orders an agency to remove a noncitizen from the United States. This can happen for several reasons, but it typically occurs after the immigrant allegedly violates immigration laws or commits a crime.
  • Appeals and waivers: The denial of an immigration benefit request can be reviewed on appeal. Additionally, several waivers to certain grounds of inadmissibility are available for specific conditions and situations.
  • Post-conviction relief: A criminal conviction can cause numerous immigration problems, but obtaining relief before the conviction triggers a removal proceeding is possible with qualified legal support and representation.
  • Asylum: If someone from another country proves they are facing or will face persecution based on a protected class (such as race or religion), they may be eligible for asylum in the U.S. This status can protect them from deportation, even if they entered the U.S. without permission.
  • Visas and adjustment of status: A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must obtain an immigrant or nonimmigrant U.S. visa. Adjustment of status is the process by which an eligible individual already in the United States can get permanent resident status (a green card) without having to return to their home country to complete visa processing.
  • Family-based visas: A U.S. citizen or permanent resident can bring relatives into the country through various types of family-based visas. Depending on the specific visa, they will likely need to demonstrate the ability to support their foreign family member.
  • Employment-based visas: A person who wishes to come to the United States to work on a permanent or temporary basis may be eligible for a variety of employment-based visas. Their employers typically apply for these visas on their behalf.
  • Labor certifications: To obtain an employment-based visa or green card, an applicant must possess labor certifications authorizing them to work in the United States. Labor certifications are issued by the U.S. Secretary of Labor.
  • Citizenship and naturalization: While some have an automatic claim to citizenship because they were born in the United States or their parents are U.S. citizens, others must apply for citizenship through naturalization. The major prerequisite for naturalization is permanent residency (in other words, a green card).

Government agencies and law firms alike tend to expect perfection from applicants and clients. The attorneys at the Rios Immigration Law Firm, however, do not hesitate to handle even the most complex cases and high-stakes issues. We are here to answer your questions and guide you in the right directions.

Discuss Your Immigration Goals And Explore Your Options With A Lawyer’s Guidance

Whether you were convicted of a crime, accused of unlawful entry or presence, or have a flawless record and upstanding moral character, our team is on your side and ready to help you build a better future.

Schedule a consultation by calling 727-416-7943 or use our easy online inquiry form.