ABOUT THE FIRM
GONZALEZ & HART is a law firm located in Hialeah Gardens, Florida, specializes in matters of United States Immigration and Nationality Law. Our emphasis is on business, professional visa processes and investment for companies and individuals all over the United States and abroad. We represent businesses in all areas of immigration, including temporary and permanent residence based on employment or family relationships, consular processing, naturalization, re-entry permits, Department of Labor audits and I-9 employer sanctions. Our firm is skilled in the preparation of all immigration petitions and applications and has developed checklists and technology-based procedures for streamlining the process for both the employer and the foreign national.
Why we're in business
With the passage of the Immigration Act of 1990, the U.S. immigration system was restructured to reflect a national recognition that skilled personnel, investors, and business owners were to be given preference over others. This legislation effectively created categories that permitted relatively rapid processing of temporary and permanent visas for qualifying persons or organizations. Our specialization reflects this regulatory recognition. More recently, we have began to provide guidance and support to foreign nationals and businesses now facing the difficulties of a less welcoming immigration environment.
Under the current U.S. administration, government agencies tasked with regulating immigration are narrowing the scope of opportunities for employers and foreign nationals to live and work in the United States. Our office is poised to represent you in this increasingly difficult immigration environment, including after you get permanent residence and even citizenship.
Gonzalez & Hart is committed to its active membership in the premier professional association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) on a national level, as well as participation in local AILA events in South Florida. We pursue continuous staff training and participate in teleconferences and annual conferences to ensure that we provide our clients with authoritative and cutting edge assistance in handling all their immigration needs.
In order to accommodate our clientele, our firm designates one attorney and paralegal as the contact team for each client to ensure a close working relationship, smooth communications, and to avoid inefficiencies and delays. This attorney analyzes the type of case, expiration and other important dates, deadlines and immigration strategies for each case. The attorney works closely with the client, whether an individual or company, to allow a smooth transition for those who have cases pending with a government agency. If appropriate, the attorney will travel to the company’s headquarters, or any field offices, and meet with company representatives to review cases, public access files and, if necessary, any I-9 files to ensure compliance. The company has complete access to the attorney by telephone, in person, and especially by email.
We speak English, Spanish, and French.
Kathrine Gonzalez, Esq. is founder and owner of Gonzalez & Hart, a law practice focuses on counseling investors, professionals, U.S. companies, foreign companies with U.S. immigration laws, assisting clients secure business and investor visas such as L1A, E1, E2, H1B, O1A and O1B. She has assisted numerous clients with securing U.S. permanent residence, including EB5 investors, multinational managers and executives, extraordinary abilities applicants, and individuals sponsored through the permanent labor certification (PERM) process.
Prior to opening her own practice in 2015, Kathrine worked as an Associate for David J. Hart P.A., representing and advising clients in all aspects of immigration law, with a focus on business and investment related cases. During her time at the firm, Kathrine handled complex immigration matters, including preparing and filing over one hundred (100) EB-5 cases for investors worldwide.
Kathrine earned her Juris Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center, graduating Cum Laude. She earned a Master Degree in Taxation from the W. Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship in 2006. Kathrine also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Nova Southeastern University.
During her law school studies, Kathrine interned at the Immigration Department of Legal Aid Service of Broward County, an organization providing pro bono legal services. During her internship, she drafted and filed petitions for victims of domestic violence under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Kathrine is admitted to practice law in the State of Florida and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association (AILA).
Jordana A. Hart
Jordana is of counsel to Gonzalez & Hart, a law firm in Miami, FL dedicated exclusively to U.S. immigration matters, including employment, investment, and family-based immigration, as well as U.S. consular matters, citizenship, and a host of other processes. She was the Managing Attorney of Hart & Associates, which succeeded David J. Hart, P.A., both U.S. immigration law firms in Miami. She started as an Associate Attorney with Ross, Silverman & Levy LLP (now Ross Silverman Snyder Tietjen LLP), a nationally recognized immigration law firm in Boston, MA.
Jordana has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Philosophy from Brandeis University and Master of Science in Journalism from Boston University. She graduated cum laude from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, MA with distinction in the International Law concentration.
Jordana has experience helping clients obtain H-1B, L-1, E, TN and O visas, as well as permanent residence through EB-5 investment, Labor Certification, I-140 self-petitions, National Interest Waiver, and other employment-based immigration options. She also has experience in consular processing, U visas for victims of crime, and Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
Jordana is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is a longtime member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). She founded and co-chaired the AILA South Florida chapter’s first Business and Investment Committee and co-chaired the chapter’s Media and Social Advocacy Committee. She has been an AILA panelist on the E-2 and O-1 visas. Jordana is a Foreign Legal Consultant in Nova Scotia, licensed to practice U.S. immigration law in the province. She is in the process of joining the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society to become a licensed Canadian practitioner.
Prior to law school, Jordana was a journalist with The Boston Globe for more than a decade. She has since written articles on immigration-related topics for The Miami Herald, Sun Sentinel, and other newspapers, as well as AILA’s Voice magazine and the American Bar Association’s International Law Committee newsletter.
Jordana A. Hart
Attorney at Law
Marbelly is an Immigration Paralegal who joined our predecessor firm in April 2007. A Nicaraguan-American, she has been working in the field of Immigration and Nationality Law in South Florida for more than 19 years.
Marbelly handles a variety of employment and family-based processes, including I-130 marriage petitions and I-140 employment-based petitions for permanent residence, as well as removal of conditions and naturalization. She specializes in compiling non-immigrant L-1A intra-company transferee and E-2 visa investor/treaty trader processes. She attended Miami-Dade College and studied psychology.
Marbelly counsels couples and families in her church. She resides with her husband and three children in Miami and is fluent in Spanish.