Mrs. Jossie E. Rivera-Cruz specializes in Immigration Law, including family based petitions, naturalization, Permanent Residence (green card) applications, employment based visas, H-1B/LCA, managing removal proceedings, I-601 and I-601A waivers, DACA, U visas, and litigation at the Immigration Court.
Mrs. Rivera, fully bilingual in 5 languages (French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and English) has extensive knowledge representing clients before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), the National Visa Center (NVC), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).
Spearheading AmeriCounsel’s local and international practice, she has managed a substantial amount of cases dealing with alien detainees at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Puerto Rico and represented companies in Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Dominican Republic, St. Marteen, and United States covering all the East Coast and California. She regularly counsels other attorneys and state Government agencies and served as mentor for the development and creation of an Immigration Law handbook under the Immigration Pro Bono program at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law.
Mrs. Rivera obtained her juris doctorate at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law where she was active in many externships including the Immigration Law Pro Bono program. She completed a one-year Legal Assistance Clinic in Immigration Law and worked as an Immigration Law Clerk for the Diaz Saviñon Legal Office. She translates documents for the EOIR, NVC, and USCIS, and teaches English and civics for adults seeking to become US Citizens.