IMMIGRATION & NATIONALITY LAW
Ana Maria Schwartz is the daughter of immigrants from Chile and most of her family still resides there. She has traveled, lived, studied and volunteered on five continents. Prior to focusing on immigration issues, Ms. Schwartz worked in the fields of criminal law, software licensing, and small business law.
Ana Maria Schwartz earned her Bachelor's Degree from Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania where she majored in Political Science and minored in Spanish. During her time at Bryn Mawr College, she volunteered with Spanish-speaking communities in Philadelphia and brought United Nations officials to the College to speak on various international matters.
Ms. Schwartz furthered her education at the Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, where she earned a Juris Doctorate in 2003. During law school, Ms. Schwartz spent a summer studying international law in Rome, Italy. She also served as Vice President of the Law School's Student Bar Association and Vice-President of the Latin American Law School Association. In addition, she was awarded a Hispanic Bar Association as well as a S.P.A.C.E. scholarship for her contributions to the community.
Ms. Schwartz is a member in good standing of the State Bar of Texas, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the Houston Bar Association. She is fluent in Spanish and proficient in French and Italian.
Ms. Schwartz is married to a fellow attorney who practices in a completely different area of the law. She and her husband are proud parents of three young children- two boys and a girl, who keep them exceptionally busy. Whenever possible they like to swim together, spend time at parks, playgrounds, the zoo, and visit museums. Ms. Schwartz also loves cooking and a good game of Boggle.
"Advanced DACA Issues: What You Need to Know in 2022," 05/12/2022 AILA.
"Advanced Family & Litigation Track: Waiver Updates," 04/01/2022 AILA Texas Chapter Spring Conference.
"Solving the Parole Puzzle," 03/11/2022 AILA 2022 Midwest Regional Conference.
"“90 Day Fiancé” and Other Marriage-Based Options in the Time of COVID," 2021 AILA National Conference.
"Hot Topics Regarding Deferred Action, Parole, and Parole-in-Place," 03/12/2020 AILA.
"2019 DACA Update: Where Are We Now and What Can We Expect?," 07/18/2019 AILA.
"Replying to Ridiculous RFEs in Family-Based Cases: Alice in Wonderland," 04/26/2018 AILA.
"It’s All About Procedure: Filing Applications for Waivers and Humanitarian Parole—From the Basics to Pro Tips, and How to Avoid Mistakes," 04/ 28/2017 2017 AILA Interactive Workshop on Waivers.
"Hardship Waivers," American Immigration Lawyers Association (DC chapter) Fall 2016 Conference.
"Fraud and Misrepresentation Issues: Analyzing INA 212(A)(6)(C) and the Effective Use of INA 212(I) and 237(A)(1)(H) Waivers," 2016 AILA Waivers CLE Conference.
"I Have To Go To My Home Country To Do That? Waiver Strategies," 2012 AILA Fall Joint Conference, New Orleans.
"Citizenship and the Selective Service" The Austin Chronicle, September 12, 2008.
"Student Looking for Work Visa," The Austin Chronicle, September 22, 2006.