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Gloria Cardenas Esq.

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Founding Partner
West Valley City, Utah
877-415-9604 (Toll free)
American Immigration Lawyers Association Member 2014

Ms. Cardenas is the founding partner of FAMILIA AMERICA, LLC, Immigration, and an accomplished and results-driven attorney with a 22-year record of successful representation of clients in state and federal courts.  Since 2010, she has represented over 1,000.00 individuals before the USCIS, and EOIR. In October, 2001, she was recognized by the Daily Journal as one of the "Top Up and Coming Litigators in California", for her extensive and impressive courtroom successes for her clients. In 2009, Ms. Cardenas commenced on an exclusive immigration practice, imparting to her clients her knowledge of immigration law and her ability to successfully navigate complex immigration matters. In May 2011, she was recognized by Utah Business Magazine as one of the "30 Women to Watch in Utah." Ms. Cardenas is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Salt Lake City Chapter. She participated in extensive immigration training at the AILA National Conference on Employment-Based Immigration, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (January 2010), the AILA Annual National Conference in Washington D.C. (July 2010), the AILA Annual National Conference in San Diego (June 2011), and the AILA National Conference in San Francisco (June 2012). Ms. Cardenas is an active participant in the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., receiving over 200 hours of training on complex immigration law issues. In November 2010, Ms. Cardenas participated in a seminar held in El Paso, Texas with special guest Santiago Burciaga, Chief of the Immigrant Visa Section for the U.S. Consulate General Ciudad Juarez, where she obtained in-depth knowledge and strategies for successful Visa applications. She is an author of numerous articles on immigration.  In February 2012 and 2013 her Letters to the Editor where published in the Salt Lake City Tribune address issues of comprehensive immigration reform, the high levels of deportations in Utah, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrives. In April, 2011, she co-wrote Utah Enacts Harsh Immigration Laws in CLINIC about Utah's State legislation regarding immigration. Ms. Cardenas is an active member of the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Advisory Committee and Chamber, a Board of Director of the Catholic Business Network, a pro bono volunteer at the EOIR, Salt Lake City (Immigration Court) and was an independent member of the Utah Latino Legislative Task Force in 2011. She is the host of a Saturday morning radio show on LaGrandD F.M.102.3 educating her listeners on U.S. immigration laws for the past three years. Ms. Cardenas earned her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1990, and her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1986. Ms. Cardenas has been an active member of the California State Bar in good standing since 1991. She practices immigration exclusively in Utah and represents clients throughout the United States and abroad.

Areas of Practice

  • Asylum
  • Deportation Defense
  • Naturalization & Citizenship
  • U Non-Immigrant Visas
  • Family Based Visas and Consular Processing
  • Fiance Visas
  • Immigration & Naturalization Law
  • Waivers of Inadmissibility

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1991


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D. - 1990
  • University of California, Los Angeles, California
    • B.A. - 1986
    • Major: Political Science

Honors and Awards

  • 30 Women to watch Business Magazine - May, 2011

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Member, Advisory Committee
  • Catholic Business Network of Utah, Board of Directors, 2012 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Salt Lake City Chapter, Member, 2010 - 2011

Pro Bono Activities

  • EOIR, Salt Lake City, Pro Bono & Low Bono Representation, 2011 - Present
  • Holy Cross Ministries, Pro Bono Representation, 2010 - 2013


  • Spanish


  • Kappa Kappa Gamma

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Gloria Cardenas Esq.

Ms. Cardenas is the founding partner of Familia America Immigration ~ Gloria Cardenas. With a 21+ year record of... Read More

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Familia America Immigration ~ Gloria Cardenas
2470 South Redwood Road, Suite 207
West Valley City, UT 84119

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Toll Free: 877-415-9604
Local: 801-990-1512
Fax: 801-975-7006

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