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Patricia C. Wall-Santiago

Patricia C. Wall-Santiago

Stok Kon + Braverman
  • Immigration Law, Appeals & Appellate, Gov & Administrative Law
  • Puerto Rico
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Biography

Ms. Patricia C. Wall is an energetic and passionate attorney. She received her law degree in June 2003 from the Interamerican University School of Law. In May 2004, after passing her bar exam and being admitted to practice law by the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico, she started working for a former INS prosecutor, giving her a vast understanding and experience with US immigration and nationality laws.

When it comes to helping, guiding, and counseling clients from all walks of life and more than 15 countries, Attorney Wall attributes her success to her multicultural education, multilingual background, and extensive immigration experience. She has been an avid advocate of foreign nationals’ rights and their families in and outside the US.

On April 8, 2019, Attorney Wall was awarded by the Coral Gables Police Department the “Justice for All Award” for her outstanding contribution representing and advocating for victims of crimes through her pro-bono legal work. She worked to give victims a voice in the criminal justice system and through the US immigration laws, providing much-needed services to survivors in need. This nomination was part of the National Victim’s Rights Week celebrated every year in collaboration with the US Department of Justice through the Office of Justice Programs.

Attorney Wall practice focuses exclusively on helping foreign nationals and immigrants interested in doing business, investing, and residing in the US. Although her practice has been in South Florida, she has represented individuals nationwide.

Practice Areas
    Immigration Law
    Citizenship, Deportation Defense, Family Visas, Green Cards, Immigration Appeals, Investment Visas, Marriage & Fiancé(e) Visas, Work Visas
    Appeals & Appellate
    Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
    Gov & Administrative Law
    Administrative Law, Legislative & Government Affairs
Additional Practice Areas
  • E-2 Investor Visas / Treaty Countries
  • Investors Visas EB5
  • Family based immigration
  • U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident Status
  • SEVP Compliance issues (Schools)
  • E-VERIFY & I-9 Compliance issues (Employer)
  • U.S. Work Authorization
  • U.S. Naturalization Representation
Fees
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Puerto Rico
Colegio De Abogados y Abogadas De Puerto Rico
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Languages
  • English
  • Spanish
Professional Experience
Chairwoman Immigration Department
Stok Kon + Braverman
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Immigration Attorney
C.A.S.A.
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Colombian American Services Association, better know as C.A.S.A., is a legal non-profit that served the South Florida immigrant community.
Education
Interamerican University of Puerto Rico School of Law
J.D.
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Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Law School Exchange Program (2002) | European Union Constitution, Organized Crime in the EU
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University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez
B.A. | Philosophy
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Awards
Victim's Right Justice for All Award
U.S. Department of Justice's Office for Victims of Crimes
Professional Associations
American Bar Association
Member
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American Immigrations Lawyers Association  # www.aila.org
Member
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Activities: The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is the national The American Immigration Lawyers Association is a national association of more than 15,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law. AILA member attorneys represent U.S. families seeking permanent residence for close family members, as well as U.S. businesses seeking talent from the global marketplace. AILA members also represent foreign students, entertainers, athletes, and asylum seekers, often on a pro bono basis. Founded in 1946, AILA is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that provides continuing legal education, information, professional services, and expertise through its 39 chapters and over 50 national committees. AILA's Mission The American Immigration Lawyers Association is the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.
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Publications
Websites & Blogs
Website
Patricia C. Wall-Santiago's Website Profile
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Stok Kon + Braverman Website
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US Citizenship & Immigration Services
Legal Answers
35 Questions Answered
Q. Does CSPA apply to derivation of citizenship through naturalized father, 10 years after permanent bar?
A: If the child was the principal beneficiary of a family petition when he was 14 in 2012, he should not have been bar from applying for a visa at that time. A child under 18 does not accrue unlawful presence. If the child was a derivative beneficiary as the son or daughter of a principal beneficiary and the principal beneficiary was bar because of his or her unlawful presence in the US, the child cannot immigrate unless the principal beneficiary gets an immigrant visa as well. If the principal beneficiary could have applied for an unlawful presence waiver if he had a spouse or parent that is a lawful permanent resident or a US citizen. At this point, I will assume the principal beneficiary did not have the qualifying relatives to happy for the unlawful presence waiver, and now he could get the visa because of the passage of time. Now the child is 24 years of age. If the father never filed a separate petition for the child will not derive citizenship unless she meets the stringent regulatory requirements. A naturalized father can petition for the adult child now and the adult child will need to wait for the visa to become available for that category. But if the principal beneficiary is now eligible to receive his/her immigrant visa now because of the passage of time, the adult child will be protected under CSPA because the principal beneficiary, as well as the derivative, SOUGHT to acquire the immigrant visa within a year of the visa availability. You can show that you sought to acquire by submitting proof of the principal and derivative beneficiary completed Immigrant Visa Electronic Application (Form DS-260), Part I to the Department of State (DOS); proof of payment of the immigrant visa fee to DOS; proof of payment of the Affidavit of Support (Form I-864)(provided the applicant is listed on the Affidavit of Support); or having a properly filed Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition (Form I-824) filed on the applicant’s behalf. I strongly advise that you consult with an experienced immigration attorney to address this matter as soon as practicable. All the best!
Q. I filed I-130 petition for my brother and it was approved in 2009. Can he apply for adjustment of status w/o the letter?
A: Dear Concerned Brother, When your brother applied for adjustment of status with USCIS, the burden is on him to show that he is eligible for the benefit sought. As such, he needs to provide evidence of the approved petition that forms the basis for his adjustment of status. Regarding NVC, in general, a family petition, once approved, gets transfer to NVC if the option for consular processing was selected. Once at NVC, NVC communicates with the petitioner and beneficiary to proceed with the visa processing. If the petitioner or beneficiary failed to communicate with NVC, then the petition is terminated. If the petition was terminated, then your brother may not have a basis for adjusting his status. If you need further assistance, please consult with an experienced immigration attorney.
Q. if my spouse worked self employed and paid taxes do we still mark worked without authorization on the I485?
A: Dear Husband, Your wife must answer any question on any immigration form truthfully. If she worked without authorization and is adjusting as the spouse of a US citizen, that in itself will not make her inadmissible; she should be able to adjust her status to that of a lawful permanent resident. But if she is adjusting status on another basis, like employment-based through you or herself, working without authorization is a ground of inadmissibility, and she may not be able to adjust. If you have any questions or doubts about the application process, I strongly recommend consulting with an experienced immigration attorney. As part of her adjustment application, she needs to show that she has good moral character (GMC), and the fact that she filed taxes may help her show she possesses GMC, but it depends on the legal basis for her adjustment application. Best, Patricia C. Wall Practice Limited to Immigration & Nationality Law
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