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Fernanda Melgarejo is an associate at Jacob L. Ratzan, P.A.
As an associate with Jacob L. Ratzan, P.A., Fernanda Melgarejo represents clients nationwide and overseas in all areas of immigration law, with a concentration in employment-based non-immigrant and immigrant visas supporting investors, entrepreneurs, individuals with extraordinary ability, and professionals. Ms. Melgarejo also has extensive experience with family-based immigration as well as waivers of inadmissibility.
Ms. Melgarejo earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law in December 2013. While in law school, Ms. Melgarejo was the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Moot Court and interned at the legal departments of two renowned multinational entertainment companies. Prior to and during law school in the U.S., she also clerked at Miami-based law firms with international clientele dealing in a wide array of business law matters and business immigration cases.
In June 2009, Ms. Melgarejo obtained a Master's Degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Salamanca where she was a "Fundacion Carolina" scholar. While residing in Spain, she volunteered at "Salamanca Latina," a non-profit initiative supporting entrepreneurship and social inclusion of Latin American immigrants and promoting the Latin American culture in Spain.
In December 2006, Ms. Melgarejo graduated Magna Cum Laude (equivalent) from the National University of Asuncion where she obtained a Bachelor of Laws (equivalent). In Paraguay, Ms. Melgarejo clerked at various divisions within the Department of Justice.
Ms. Melgarejo is a native of Paraguay and is fluent in Spanish and English. She also has working proficiency in Portuguese and Italian. Her personal journey towards United States citizenship allows Ms. Melgarejo to identify with her clients' challenges and guide them to achieve the best outcome in their cases. She is a member of the Florida Bar, the Paraguayan Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and the American Bar Association (ABA).