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About Us

The Immigration Law Center provides comprehensive immigration legal services to foreign-born individuals and their families. We offer legal assistance on immigration matters, ranging from consultation to full representation. Meet our legal team:

Ana Maria Candela

Ana Maria CandelaAna Maria Candela has practiced immigration law for over nineteen years. She is a former Assistant Chief Counsel who spent seventeen years as federal prosecutor with the United States Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. She also clerked for the United States Immigration Court, Miami in 1998. Her practice areas are business and family based immigration applications. Ms. Candela also has extensive experience in asylum and deportation defense. In addition, she has served as an immigration expert in state court. She has also been a guest commentator on “Legal y Real” on 710 AM.

Born of immigrant parents, Ana Maria is a first generation Cuban American who has lived in Miami her entire life. Through her family’s personal experience of exile, Ana Maria is deeply committed to helping the immigrant population find their own American dream.

Ms. Candela is a member of the Florida Bar and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She is a graduate of Boston University School of Law. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Boston College. Ms. Candela is fluent in Spanish and proficient in French.

Atara Eig

Atara EigAtara Eig has practiced immigration law for over twenty years. She is a former Federal Prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security. She also practiced civil litigation in California before she moved to Miami in 1995. With her background as a litigator, Ms. Eig maintains a tenacity and spirit to consistently find and achieve positive results for her clients. Her practice includes complex immigration litigation, non-immigrant and immigrant visa applications including H1B, L, and E visas, residency, asylum, criminal, immigration court litigation and habeas corpus as well as mandamus federal complaints.

Ms. Eig is a member of the California Bar, and is admitted to practice before every Immigration Court in the United States. She is a graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Ms. Eig is proficient in both Spanish and Hebrew.

Ms. Eig is a dedicated advocate and volunteer for underprivileged and disabled children, focusing her energies on raising community awareness of the needs of these special children through fundraising and organized events. She is also an accomplished athlete and marathon runner, combining her passion for running with her lifelong dedication to serving her community and helping others.

Richard Jurgens

Richard JurgensRichard Jurgens has practiced immigration law for over 13 years.  He is a former immigration prosecutor who worked for the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  He has worked on both detained and non-detained immigration court cases.

He is versed in all areas of immigration.  His practice areas include: immigrant and non-immigrant visas, employment and family based petitions, adjustment of status, naturalization and immigration appeals.  Mr. Jurgens is able to handle deportation defense and specializes in complex and troubled cases.

Throughout his illustrious career, Mr. Jurgens has championed the constitutional rights of all people, serving his clients with passion and commitment. A long time advocate of LGBT causes in South Florida, his firm has zealously represented same-sex couples filing both K-1 fiancee visas and green cards.

Mr. Jurgens is a member of the Florida bar and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he graduated summa cum laude with a double major in French and Spanish.  Mr. Jurgens was the first university exchange student at the Universidad Americana (UAM) in Managua, Nicaragua.  He also participated in a study abroad program at the Universite de Haute Bretagne Rennes II in Rennes, France.

Mr. Jurgens attended the University of Miami School of Law, in Miami, Florida where he graduated cum laude.  While in law school he was an Article and Comments Editor for the International and Comparative Law Review, the Vice President of the Honor Council, a member of the Moot Court Board, the International Moot Court Board, and on the championship team of a national Moot Court competition.  He was also chosen to be in the Bar and Gavel Society.  While in law school, Mr. Jurgens clerked at Florida Legal Services in Miami, Florida and also at the former Immigration and Naturalization Service headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Prior to law school, Mr. Jurgens was awarded a prestigious fellowship through the U.S. Fulbright program in which he studied and conducted research in Rabat and Fes, Morocco.  He also taught English in Xian, China through a volunteer service program.  Mr. Jurgens is proficient in French and Spanish and can speak basic conversational Arabic.

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