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Cristina María Santiago
  • Associate Attorney






Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Cristina María Santiago obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Puerto Rico, School of Law in 2012. While in Puerto Rico, Ms. Santiago worked at a local law firm and served for 4 and a half years in the Puerto Rico House of Representatives, where she held several positions.

In early 2018, Ms. Santiago began to practice immigration law after moving to Miami, Florida. She went on to server as an Associate Attorney at various firms, appearing in immigration courts and USCIS in various states, including Florida, North Carolina, New Jersey, Louisiana, and California.

In late 2020, Ms. Santiago moved with her family to Dallas, Texas. Prior to joining Chavez & Valko, LLP, Ms. Santiago for another immigration law firm in the Dallas area. She has assisted clients with a complete range of family-based immigration matters including adjustments of status, naturalization, U Visas, TPS, and VAWA petitions. She has also represented clients in removal proceedings before the immigration court.

Ms. Santiago is admitted to the State Bar of Puerto Rico and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She is fluent in Spanish and English. She currently lives with her partner in Uptown Dallas. In her spare time, Ms. Santiago enjoys travelling, cooking, running, and spending time with her family.

Practice Areas

  • Immigration Law 100%


  • University of Puerto Rico Law School, San Juan, Puerto Rico
    • Juris Doctorate - 2012
  • University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, Puerto Rico
    • B.A., Political Science - 2009

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Present


  • Spanish
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“Mr. Chavez I cannot THANK YOU enough for helping us in reuniting our family. The WAIVER you completed for my husband was EXCELLENT. We will forever be grateful to you and your professional staff. I knew from my first consultation that you were sincere about helping your clients. You are an example of what a great attorney is. I HIGHLY recommend your law firm to everyone.“

– Elizabeth C., Crowley, TX (I-601 Waiver of inadmissibility in Cd. Juarez, Mexico)

“I am the General Counsel for a global internet security company. I have been working with Martin and his team for over three years on immigration matters including permanent residence, intracompany-transferee, investor’s, and H-1B matters. My experience has been outstanding. Martin or anyone in the firm always respond promptly and professionally. I usually work on very tight deadline and Martin and his team have always helped us achieve our goals. In my experience in comparison to working with other immigration lawyers, Chavez & Valko makes the complicated and burdensome process feel like a breeze. I would recommend Chavez & Valko to anyone who wants precision, promptness and professionalism.”

– Alexandra Albro, General Counsel, ESET ESET

“My husband WAS detained in a detention center, facing the possibility of deportation. As of today, my husband is home . . with the judge granting his cancellation of removal, and he was able to keep his permanent resident status here in the United States. . . The law firm of Chavez & Valko was wonderful to work with, guiding us through this long and difficult process with such conviction and compassion, that they gave my family and I that peace of mind of hope and encouragement that everything will be fine. . . I highly recommend the law firm of Chavez & Valko to anyone with immigration matter(s). . . Please continue doing what you do because you guys really do change lives. ”

– Removal client, Dallas, TX (Cancellation of Removal of Lawful Permanent Resident)

“My family and I would like to thank the attorneys from the immigration law firm of Chavez & Valko LLP for the great work fulfilled in my immigration case which had a happy ending. . . the immigration law argued that a criminal case like the one I had was eligible for deportation and my options were minimal. . . With their experience and great knowledge in immigration law, their perseverance and professionalism, they were able to win my case in my favor in Dallas immigration court (EOIR). I would like to give special thanks to the law firm of Chavez & Valko, who was with us at all times giving us support, security and great optimism.”

– Cecilio & Family, Dallas, TX (Defense against deportation in immigration court with 212(h) Waiver and Cuban Adjustment)

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