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Choose a stress-free approach to the American Dream by choosing Familia America. Familia America will walk you through your best options, prepare and submit your case, and monitor your case for updates with as little stress as possible.

Schedule a Consultation with Ms. Gloria Cardenas, Esq.

Schedule a consultation to meet with Ms. Gloria Cardenas to discuss your immigration process. Our communication, thorough preparation of your application, and knowledge of the law and ever-changing immigration procedures have resulted in an exceptionally high approval rating from 98% for our clients.

Simply call the office or schedule the consultation 
here. Although we do charge $100 for a consultation, it is 100% refundable if after consulting we decide not to work together. The more information and documents that you provide to us before the consultation the better. Ms. Cardenas will review it and will be prepared to discuss all of your immigration options during the consultation. We will provide you with a detailed written estimate and we offer a payment plan. 


Retain Us to Professionally Submit Your Immigration Application

Within 48 hours of retaining us, you will be contacted by one of our experienced paralegals. You will be provided with our Welcome Package which includes a questionnaire and a list of documents required for your process. Communication is key. We will be keeping up with all laws related to your case, policies, and procedures, and if anything changes, we will implement those changes quickly. We will prepare and submit your case with an eye on success. 


Let Us Monitor Your Case, Communicate With You, and Prepare You for an Interview.

After your case is filed with the immigration office, and a receipt notice has been issued, we will monitor your case. We will let you know when we receive any updates to your case. We have a digital system to track your case at all times. When your interview is scheduled, we will prepare you and if permitted by the government, Ms. Cardenas will personally attend the interview with you, either in person or by telephone. You will be relaxed and ready for an important day in your life.


Immigration Law

Immigration laws and policies change as frequently as the US Presidency. We keep up to speed at all times. Each of our clients is handled with compassion and will have a well-thought-out legal plan for them. When the going gets tough, we dig deeper, use our resources, and advocate for our clients.
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Green Card

Countless families throughout the country have relatives living abroad with dreams of building a better life in the United States. Often times, a person is already in the United States and would finally like the opportunity to live, work and travel freely in the United States without restrictions.  Obtaining a green card is important, but acquiring a green card is not easy. It is important to have an immigration lawyer on your side to help apply to gain residence in the United States. My name is Gloria Cardenas and I am a green card attorney. The immigration legal team at Familia America is committed to helping families find the best solutions to obtain residency in the United States for themselves and members of their families.  Employers want to apply for residency for their hard workers.  We are ready to represent you too. 

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Same Sex Immigration

The legal team at Familia America strongly believes in the equal treatment of all of our clients. Same-sex immigration attorney, Gloria Cardenas, and her entire staff are personally committed to supporting you and your immigration goals. We warmly welcome members of the LGBT community to our office and zealously represent your unique challenges in the immigration process. We believe that every person deserves fair treatment by the US immigration system, regardless of his or her sexual orientation.

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Fiance Visa

Romance can happen anywhere. Countless Americans have met the love of their lives while traveling, working, or studying abroad. When that romance develops into a special long-term relationship, it does not have to end once a person returns to the United States. If you are an American citizen and looking to bring your significant other to this country for marriage, a K-1 visa can make your dreams come true. Also known as a fiance visa, the K-1 allows your fiance to come to this country for the purpose of getting married. My name is Gloria Cardenas and I am a fiance visa attorney. A K-1 fiance visa allows couples 90 days to get married. Once married, your fiance must also apply for a Green Card before the 90-day expiration. Over the years, the immigration legal professionals at Familia America are proud to have brought many couples together by helping them obtain a fiance visa.

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DACA/DACA Renewals

The USCIS is accepting new DACA applications and renewals! If approved, your DACA will be valid for two (2) years, as well as your employment authorization. You can renew your DACA even though it expired and even if it expired years ago. You may also file for Advance Parole, which permits you to return to the United States after you travel abroad!

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Advance Parole

An Advance Parole Document is a form of temporary travel authorization to return to the United States upon departure from the United States.  The Application is Form I-131.  Nonimmigrants in the United States (such as adjustment of status applicants (people applying for their green cards), DACA recipients, TPS recipients, refugees/asylum applicants) are eligible to reenter the United States after traveling abroad without risking losing their immigration benefit.  

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The immigration legal team at Familia America can provide several solutions to help immigrants obtain United States citizenship. Before a person can fill out an Application for Naturalization, they must fulfill some basic requirements. From the time a client schedules their initial consultation to the day they become a citizen, we will be in your corner throughout the whole process. Because the process can sometimes get complicated, it is important to seek assistance from a citizenship attorney with the knowledge and legal resources to help.

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Consular Processing

Many immigrants must obtain their lawful permanent residency visa from the United States Consulates and Embassies abroad, which involves working with the Department of State, and coordination between this agency and the Department of Homeland Security is often critical. It is often a frustrating and time-wasting process if you don’t know what you are doing. Submitting forms, pertinent information, and documents to the consulate are just a few things that need to be handled. Biometrics, medical examination, and an interview at the consulate are all part of this process. Our team at Familia America, LLC., is highly experienced in this process and has successfully processed immigrant visas in numerous consulate offices and embassies.

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Certain applicants for immigration benefits may be determined “inadmissible” to the US based on prior legal violations or administrative decisions entered against them. Because an applicant may be inadmissible, the applicant must submit a waiver (sometimes referred to as a pardon). Based on this inadmissibility, US immigration authorities may deny their applications for visas or adjust their status. A waiver of inadmissibility, however, may be available, depending on the charges raised against the applicant and the type of visa for which they are applying.

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Parole For Military Families

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced executive actions to change immigration policy. One of these reforms expanded the existing “parole in place” program for the spouses, children, and parents of members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Parole in place is a status that allows undocumented family members of those who are in the US Armed Forces the right to reside in the United States AND qualify for certain benefits, including employment authorization and, for some people, eligibility to obtain their lawful permanent residency in the United States without having to leave the United States to go through the consular process. 

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Victims Of Crime Visas

There is extensive evidence that must be gathered in support of these forms of relief. Victim visa attorney Gloria Cardenas and her team are experienced and caring individuals and will personally guide you through this application process mindful that you are a victim and may need special attention and patience. We welcome you. Battered Spouses / Children of US Citizens or US Permanent Residents.

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Employment Visas

Working in the United States for a fixed period of time is possible for many immigrants. In most cases, a potential employer must file a petition with the USCIS.  Once this is approved, your interview is scheduled at a US Consulate or Embassy, and after that, your visa may be issued to you. Oftentimes, your spouse and children can also obtain a similar visa so that they can join you in the United States. 

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EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa

Foreign investor applicants and their spouses and children under 21 years old can obtain their permanent residency green card through an EB-5 Visa program that was recently relaunched in the United States.  

In general, the investor must meet capital investment amount requirements, job creation requirements, and ensure that the business receiving the investment qualifies for the EB-5 program. Once all requirements have been successfully met and approved by the USCIS, EB-5 visa applicants, their spouse, and their children under 21 will obtain their permanent residency green cards.  

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The Biden administration announced a special parole program for Ukrainians that began April 25, 2022. The program is a streamlined process for Ukrainian and Venezuelan citizens to request permission to travel to the United States and apply for Humanitarian Parole. Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a temporary immigration status provided to nationals of certain countries experiencing problems that make it difficult or unsafe for their nationals to be deported there. TPS has been a lifeline to hundreds of thousands of individuals already in the United States when problems in a home country make their departure or deportation untenable.

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Seeking asylum in the United States is available every year to people who come to the United States seeking protection because they have suffered persecution or fear that they will suffer persecution in their home country due to: Race, Religion, Nationality, Membership in a particular social group, and Political opinion. Oftentimes winning asylum in the United States takes more than simply submitting your personal statement, and that is why it is recommended that you seek an attorney who is experienced in presenting strong country conditions, reports, and expert declarations that support your reasons for seeking asylum.  

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Success Stories

We have a 98% approval rating from our clients. We listen to our clients carefully and we prepare applications thoroughly. We know the law, and keep up to date on consistently changing immigration policies and procedures under different United States Presidents and their administrations. 

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Meet Our Team

Meet our qualified legal team with more than 30 years of experience in successfully representing countless immigrants with various legal situations.
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Our Legacy

Gloria Cardenas, an experienced United States immigration lawyer and founder of Familia America, LLC, was inspired to help out those looking for a better life from a very young age. Gloria is the daughter of The Honorable Raymond Cardenas, Retired, one of the first Mexican American Judges in the State of California, and a founding member of the Mexican American Bar Association. She is the daughter of a mother who was orphaned in England and came to the United States for a better life.  Ms. Cardenas has the heart of an immigrant. 



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Familia America has two physical offices located in Salt Lake City, Utah and San Jose, California. Although we have two physical locations, Familia America is licensed to provide immigration services in all 50 states and around the world. We do consultations on ZOOM, WHATSAPP, and on the phone so no matter where you are in the United States or abroad, Familia America is ready to help you.

Contact a Salt Lake City Fiancé Visa Attorney at Familia America Today

Attorney Gloria Cardenas brings more than 30 years of experience in immigration law to help protect the rights of clients and their family members. She and her knowledgeable team at Familia America work diligently behind the scenes to help process fiancé visa applications as quickly as possible. To learn more, contact the legal professionals at Familia America in Salt Lake City and schedule a consultation to discuss your case.

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