A first-generation immigrant, Maria was born in the colonial town of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. When Maria was seven years old, she and her parents immigrated to the United States, and began residing in Granbury, Texas.
In 2012, Maria moved to Lubbock to begin her college education at Texas Tech University, and graduated magna cum laude with a double Major in Political Science and Spanish in 2015. Maria started her immigration career working as a legal assistant for Whittenburg & Strange, P.C. for a year before attending the Texas Tech University School of Law from 2016-2019.
During her time in law school, she continued working for Whittenburg & Strange, P.C. as a Law Clerk. She also served as a student attorney in the Family Law and Housing Clinic and was a staff editor for the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal, where her student comment, “Undocumented and Afraid: An Overview of the Implications of Texas’s Senate Bill 4 on Police Departments and Communities,” was selected for publication in the journal’s 20th volume.
Maria has witnessed the hardships of immigrants through her own personal experience and her professional experiences have greatly helped solidify her desire to assist people just like herself navigate the complex immigration process. Maria’s experience involves assisting clients in family-based immigrant visa petitions, adjustment of status, BIA appeals, consular processing, waivers of inadmissibility, citizenship and naturalization applications.
Although Maria’s great passion is immigration, in her free time, she also enjoys the outdoors, travelling, and spending time with her dog, Charlie.
- U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law
- State Bar of Texas, 2019
- Doctor of Jurisprudence, Texas Tech University School of Law, 2019
- Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and Spanish, Texas Tech University, 2015