Guzmán Ariza signs cooperation agreement on US Immigration matters with Malcolm Cisneros

Guzmán Ariza, the leading immigration law firm in the Dominican Republic, and Malcolm- Cisneros, a US-based law firm specializing in US immigration law, have entered into a cooperation agreement to provide assistance to Guzman Ariza clients seeking US legal immigration services.

Maria De La Luz Hernandez, head attorney of Malcolm-Cisneros’ immigration department will be in charge of coordinating US immigration services to Guzmán Ariza clients. Ms. Hernandez has extensive experience in representing clients in US immigration matters.

Among the US Immigration Services to be offered through the agreement are:

Non-Immigrant Visas:

  • K-1, Fiancé(e) of U.S. Citizen
  • K-3, Spouse of U.S. Citizen under the LIFE Act.
  • B-1, Temporary visitors for business
  • B-2, Temporary visitors for pleasure.
  • P-1, Internationally recognized artists, athletes and entertainers.
  • F-1, Academic students.
  • H-1B, Specialty occupation professionals and fashion models.
  • H-2B, Nonagricultural temporary or seasonal workers.
  • J-1, Exchange visitors and scholars.
  • L-1A, Intra-company executives and managers.
  • L-1B, Intra-company transferees with special knowledge.
  • O-1, Aliens with extraordinary ability.

Immigrant Visas:

  • Family-based petitions, (I-130, I-485 principal)
  • Employment-based petitions (PERM, I-140, I-485)
  • Investors.
  • Naturalization.

Special Concerns:

  • Waiver of Inadmissibility
  • Removal Defense.
  • AAO and BIA Appeals
  • Derivative Citizenship
  • Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) Issues
  • Motion to Reopen


Founded in 1927, Guzmán Ariza is the first and only national law firm in the Dominican Republic, with 27 lawyers distributed in seven offices covering the Santo Domingo metropolitan area, including Juan Dolio and Boca Chica, the northern part of the island -Sosúa, Cabarete, Cabrera, Las Terrenas, Samaná, San Francisco de Macorís- and the southeast -Punta Cana, Bavaro, Miches, Macao. Our attorneys have concentrated their practice in servicing the business and personal needs of international corporations and individuals, especially in the following areas: Real Estate Law, Foreign Investment, Tourism,Business and Corporate Law, Litigation, Expert Witnesses in Dominican Law, Trademarks, Foreign Investment, International Tax Law, Labor Law, Immigration and Family Law.

Guzman Ariza attorneys have an extensive experience in working together with international immigration law firms and agencies, providing their multinational and individual clients with swift and reliable immigration solutions in the Dominican Republic. Our immigration lawyers have assisted employees of many multinationals such as: The Gap, The Coca Cola Company, Philip Morris International, Eaton Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, Corning and Steelcase.


Malcolm-Cisneros, a Law Corporation, represents financial institutions in Federal District, Bankruptcy and State Courts in jurisdictions across the country and handle Immigration Related Cases. Malcolm-Cisneros is a minority owned firm and a member of the California Minority Counsel Program. The firm has achieved coveted “Best Counsel” awards from national servicers and have been Freddie Mac’s designated counsel for over a decade, retaining them as their counsel in California and Arizona.

Maria De La Luz Hernandez, Associate with Malcolm-Cisneros, was born in Guanajuato, Mexico. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Spanish in 1998, she went on to pursue her Juris Doctor Degree which she received from Western State University College of Law in Fullerton in 2005. In 2006, Ms. Hernandez received her Master’s Degree in Ethnic Studies from California State University Los Angeles. Ms. Hernandez currently handles all Immigration matters for the firm including employment and family based immigration petitions as well as both immigrant and non immigrant visas. Ms. Hernandez is admitted to practice law in the State of Florida and can practice Federal law nationwide in the US. Ms. Hernandez is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Mexican American Bar Association and the Florida Young Lawyers Bar Association.