ARRIVING FROM BARRANQUILLA, COLOMBIA, NERA GRISALES SHEFER SET OUT TO MAKE A CHANGE IN SOUTH FLORIDA AND BEYOND. AS AN IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY FROM SHEFER LAW FIRM AND GRSH LAW SINCE 2004, HER HIGH ASPIRATIONS AND CASE-BY-CASE DEDICATION HAS ALLOWED HER TO ACHIEVE IT.
By Annabella Goshen
As a Colombian, Nera Shefer graduated from high school at the age of 17 and became a lawyer at 22 in her native country. Notwithstanding, once she decided to move to the United States, she knew she had to begin from scratch, because her profession could not be validated in this country. Not only did she have to begin pursuing her studies in the scope of law, but she also had to attain a visa in order to work as an immigration lawyer. Rather than dealing with the intricacies of a visa while pursuing her studies, she knew the thing to do was arrive already with it, so prior to her arrival, she diligently applied and successfully obtained it.
Her adaptation to the United States was not easy. She knew she had to excel in her studies, adjust accordingly, and polish her skills. Through her hard work and constant determination, she did extremely well, receiving numerous accolades and honors, such as the Dean’s List and Book Awards while in Law School. As an Immigration lawyer she has received awards and recognition including Super Lawyer, Most Effective Lawyers by the Daily Business Review, Florida Top Lawyers by the Wall Street Journal, Latino American Who is Who, Legal Elite Award, as well as a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for community work.
In her opinion, immigrating to the United States with the proper visa can help reduce tension as it allows adjusting to the American way of life, without the added ordeal of a visa process. As she has seen with many of her clients, pursuing your dreams or starting a business while attaining a visa can be overwhelming.
Shefer’s Perspective on Immigration
As the immigration debate intensifies, people are concerned with jobs and Americans. For this immigration attorney, there is enough potential and businesses to provide jobs for everybody. The United States can highly benefit from individuals that plan to contribute to this country, as students, entrepreneurs, investors or workers. Employing a skilled professional right out of college is advantageous for this country, from this immigration attorney’s perspective. She says it is not a problem if “we do it right”.
Each case and client can lead to a world of opportunities. For some clients, even though they may have limited education, they can work for a certain time period while providing assurances to go back to their home country. Her advice to those who come to work or open a business temporarily, is to focus on what really matters, which is to get the job done and to comply with the requirements and terms of their visas.
Nera Shefer was the immigration attorney in charge of Daniela Pelaez’s successful case, in which this valedictorian student risked deportation despite her impeccable student track record. To date, almost one million students have benefited from this immigration benefit (DACA) first obtained by her for Daniela Pelaez.
A Path to Excel
Nera Shefer says, “I always thought that even though there were many lawyers out there, I could make a difference if I believed in myself and that the key to success was to love what you do and do it with passion while remaining focused.”
She credits her husband Izhar and her two sons, Leor and Ilan, for their support as she became a mother before becoming lawyer in the United States. She also credits her parents and siblings for always trusting her judgment and her law professors for devoting their time to teach not only the law, but also the ethics and professionalism needed to excel in any business.
She believes that regardless of their home country, every foreign individual residing or working in the United States should embrace the American culture and respect its laws without losing their identity and the love for their heritage. She believes that in the U.S. anyone can dream big and with hard work, make it happen.