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We are an Immigration Law Firm providing high quality, cost-effective legal services for our clients. We understand the challenges presented by immigration law, and we are focused on making the process as smooth as possible for our clients. We are committed to understanding your immigration needs and providing an efficient and definitive solution.

We encourage our clients to be engaged in the process and we are always eager to answer your questions in a detailed and clear manner. We invite you to call us and schedule a consultation. All of our staff is fluent in English and Spanish to better serve your needs. During your initial consultation you will speak directly with Attorney Numa.

Our Staff

With dozens of years of collective experience, our staff is prepared to handle all immigration matters. Coming from different trainings and cultural backgrounds our team has a unique perspective on how to handle your case. Each staff member serves a different and important role in obtaining a favorable decision in your case.

Attorney Numa provides specialized legal services to a diverse array of clients. To learn how the firm can obtain a successful resolution to your legal matter, contact American Immigrant Legal Services, LLC at (813) 931-8807 to schedule an initial free consultation.

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    Maria Sheckels

    Administrative Legal Assistant

    Maria Sheckels provides support to the legal staff by managing the day-to-day operations and clerical duties of the law firm. Mrs. Sheckels has 20 years of experience in the area of Immigration Services, and has been recognized for her work and effort to serve with dedication and loyalty to the immigrant community.

    As an immigrant herself, Mrs. Sheckels has devoted her career to learning the ins and outs of the immigration world. She has built a unique expertise and provides our firm with the support needed to assist those most vulnerable in the immigrant communities. Besides her extensive work experience, she received training from numerous recognized sources of Immigration Law. Amongst them are the following:

    1. Training by the Department of Justice with regards to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
    2. Naturalization Training and Administration of the Naturalization exam by Houston Community College
    3. Attended numerous seminars hosted by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
    4. Certification for Advance Corporate Immigration Law by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education
    5. Training by the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)

    Monica Goncalves

    Legal Assistant

    Mónica Goncalves assists the staff that coordinates the legal management and the administrative tasks within the firm.

    She collaborates with the management of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, passed in October 2000, which aims to support victims of some types of aggression, such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, among other crimes, which have affected their mental and/or physical stability in some way. Despite their migratory instability, they are willing to assist law enforcement in the investigation and prosecution of criminal activity in the U.S. territory, therefore obtaining physical and labor stability benefits through the Visa U.

    Being an immigrant herself and a daughter of immigrants, she understands the fundamental value of helping people who, due to this condition, feel vulnerable and she finds in this process an effective contribution to the needs that emerge mostly in the Latino community.

    Angie Rivera

    Legal Secretary

    As Legal Secretary at American Immigrant Legal Services, Angie provides direct assistance to the attorney and staff.  She is responsible for welcoming our clients, and most of the calls and appointments are made through her. She is always willing to help and collaborate with our clients and office staff.

    She was born and raised in Puerto Rico and graduated from Inter American University obtaining a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, Industrial Management.

    She has an extensive 15-year career focused on customer service, where her streamlined and intuitive approach rests on empathy, efficiency, and problem solving. She also has an accounting background where she has maintained the books for various companies at different industries.

    In 2016, Angie relocated to the Tampa Bay area with her husband and two daughters looking for better opportunities for her and her family.

    Esperanza Montealegre

    Legal Assistant

    Esperanza was born in Miami, Florida to immigrant parents from Nicaragua. Working in customer service, she developed a passion for helping others. Esperanza started working for a law firm in Miami and also attended Florida International University (FIU) Legal Studies Institute, where she obtained her Legal Assistant Certificate. She enjoys working in the legal field and is currently pursuing her Paralegal Certificate at FIU online.

    Esperanza supports Attorney Numa by procuring important information from deportation officers, law enforcement and various immigration courts. She facilitates efficient communication between our clients and the Attorney by organizing and scheduling phone or in-person appointments. Facilitating seamless flow of information from our office to our clients and vice versa is one of Esperanza’s top priorities.

    Aysmara Miller

    Legal Assistant

    Aysmara Miller was born and raised in Cuba. She graduated from Medical School as a Dentist and continued her education at Seminary school obtaining a Bachelors in Theology and Bible.

    Her passion for helping immigrants and refugees began when she arrived in the United States in Portland, OR in 2008. She worked for two well-known agencies that helped immigrant families for over 30 years to become successful members of the community.

    Aysmara worked for six years as Office manager and legal assistant at SOAR immigration Legal Services, a nonprofit law firm. While there, she developed her skills and knowledge in all procedures of effective office management. Aysmara holds a certificate in comprehensive overview of immigration law from Catholic Legal Immigration Network, inc.

    Aysmara relocated to the Tampa Bay area with her husband in 2018 to be closer to, and support family in Cuba.  As Legal Assistant at American immigrant legal services, she provides direct assistance to the attorney and staff.  She works on additional projects and helps where needed to facilitate a successful office environment.

    Raysa Vasquez

    Legal Secretary

    Raysa Vasquez was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and arrived in the United States in 1992. Soon after, she volunteered at the Brooklyn Hospital Center as an inpatient accounting clerk. In 1995 she started working at a law firm as a secretary. She later entered York College in Queens, New York to better her education and improve her understanding of the English language. After attending college, she became a stay at home mom for few years before she became an office manager at a local landscaping company. Raysa later moved to Connecticut where she also attained an office manager position in which she was responsible for customer satisfaction, among all the other administrative duties. During her time working with customers, she found that her true passion was helping others and ensuring their needs are met.

    Raysa relocated to the Tampa area in 2017 with her husband and kids. As a legal secretary at American Immigrant Legal Services, Raysa strives for customer satisfaction and enjoys working with clients and helping them through the immigration process.


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    10128 Gallant Lane Tampa, FL 33625
    Phone: (813) 931-8807

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    1060 Woodcock Road Orlando, FL 32803
    Phone: (407) 401-9807

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    Mailing Address: PO Box 271370 Tampa, Florida 33688