Why I practice immigration law
Immigration practice is my calling. It’s an opportunity to serve people. I’ve been an Immigration attorney for over 18 years and find the practice very rewarding as I help people from all over the world obtain legal status in the U.S. for the opportunity to access the American Dream! I can relate to their plight because I myself was an immigrant. I came to the U.S. when I was 12, after my mother, who got legal resident status as a nurse, petitioned for my father and her children. I became a U.S. Citizen at 18. Later on, I married someone who is also from the Philippines and ended up petitioning for him. With this background, I can honestly tell my clients I understand what they are going through, I’d been there myself!
I love to travel the world and see the countries where my clients are from. I get a deeper understanding of their cultures and the reasons they have chosen to live in America. I’ve been to 31 countries so far, counting the U.S. and the Philippines. I’ve seen the Amazon, the Andes and Himalayas. I’ve witnessed the beauty of the Taj Mahal, and my favorite country is Spain.
About Immigration Attorney Marlene Gonzalez
Over the past 20 years, Marlene F. Gonzalez has helped hundreds of clients in the area of Immigration Law in her. Recently she was recognized by the Utah Asian Chamber of Commerce as an “Outstanding Asian Professional”. In addition, Gonzalez Law USA received the honor of “Philanthropic Firm of the Year” by Holy Cross Ministries. Ms. Gonzalez has also been named as “Lawyer of the Year” by the Utah Minority Bar Association. And she has been recognized by the Utah Business Magazine as one of Utah’s Legal Elite in Immigration Law and Pro Bono work.
Ms. Gonzalez has served as Staff Attorney and Executive Director of the Multi-Cultural Legal Center in Salt Lake City, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the legal needs of Utah’s racial and ethnic communities. Moreover, she enjoys giving back to the community by contributing her time to civic organization and through active involvement in professional organizations.
Areas of Immigration Law
- Immigration Services
- Employment-based Petitions
- Family-based Petitions: fiance, spouse, children, sibling, parent
- Student Visas
- Tourist Visas
- U Visas
- VAWA Self-Petitions