ABOUT US

OUR WORK

Cano Law, LLC is a Charleston, SC-based law firm dedicated exclusively to the practice of immigration and naturalization law, including all matters before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and immigration courts located in Charlotte, NC, and Stewart, GA.  Our bilingual legal team understands that the immigration process is life-changing and complex which can be intimidating for most people. This is why our office philosophy is to work with clients step-by-step so that you can make informed decisions throughout the entirety of your representation. We cannot promise results but we do promise honesty, hard work, and zealous advocacy to all of our clients


Whether you are petitioning immigrant benefits for your relative, or you need representation in immigration court, we have the experience and dedication to assist you through this difficult process.


Our office has provided legal assistance people from all over the world including Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile, Venezuela, the Philippines, Ireland, Egypt, Ghana, Colombia, and India.

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MEET THE TEAM

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MARIBEL SANTIAGO

Paralegal

Maribel is a College of Charleston graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Psychology and  is fluent in English, Spanish, and Mixteco.  After graduation, Maribel worked as an early interventionist providing children with developmental delays the essential support needed to access critical services. Maribel uses these skills daily as a paralegal on our family-based petition team to serve our clients. Whether you need help getting medical records for your immigration applications or support in preparing your case, organization, intelligence, and experience are the skills Maribel contributes to the Cano Law team.  Maribel takes pride in giving back to her community by facilitating their immigration case, something that is already intimidating as it is. Maribel looks forward to working with you and your family to continue helping families remain united.

MELANIE DELGADO

Legal Assistant

Melanie is a recent Citadel graduate and is fluent in English and Spanish. Before graduating with her Bachelor's Degree in Political Science in December 2021, Melanie worked for a Congressman in Washington, D.C., where she found that constituent/community service and casework were her passion. Her profound passion in immigration law and other forms of human rights advocacy comes from her immersive experience being a first generation student born to immigrant parents. Melanie has been able to enjoy the best of both worlds since she has Colombian and Salvadoran roots. Melanie is eager to be of service to the Charleston immigrant community. 

NIKKI HABINA

Legal Intern

Nikki is currently attending Charleston School of Law and projected to earn a Doctor of Jurisprudence in May 2023. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Miami majoring in Political Science while minoring in Criminology and English. Nikki is experienced in immigration law and criminal law with her demonstrated work at the District Court for the District of New Jersey, State Attorney's Office for 17th Judicial Circuit of Florida, Florida Immigration Coalition, and at Cano Law. She looks forward to serving the immigrant community of Charleston!

NINA CANO RICHARDS

Attorney, Owner

Attorney Nina Cano has exclusively practiced immigration law since 2013 when she began representing unaccompanied minor children at the Texas-Mexico border in Harlingen, TX. This is where she learned how to handle deportation defense cases in a high capacity stressful environment. Nina wanted to dedicate her career to reuniting immigrant families so in 2015, Nina opened Cano Law LLC to begin serving the immigrant population in her hometown of Charleston, SC. Since Cano Law LLC's opening, Nina has represented hundreds of families in immigration proceedings in the Charleston area. Her dedication to promoting immigrant rights does not stop there, Attorney Nina Cano also participates and is a board member in numerous nonprofit organizations such as Charleston VOTA, Charleston Immigrant Coalition, and others. Attorney Nina Cano’s kind heart but strong voice for justice vibrates in any room she enters. She also enjoys teaching and inspiring other law students and community members on immigration law in hopes of getting them infected with a passion to practice or learn more about immigration law!

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ROSA MORATAYA

Law Clerk

Rosa is a 2L at Charleston School of Law and is involved with several organizations including the school's National Black Law Students Association, the Immigration Law Association, and the Latino Law Student Association. Rosa is a graduate of the University of North Carolina where she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Global Studies: Peace, War, and Defense. With Nicaraguan roots and experience living in Spain, Rosa is bilingual and always happy to assist our clients or staff in research projects. Last Summer, Rosa researched various issues involving inadmissibilities in immigration family petitions. On her off time, Rosa likes to travel and spend time in the outdoors! 

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MARIA ROJAS ALFONZO

Paralegal

Maria joined the firm in May 2020 as the office receptionist during her college Summer vacation from Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C. Maria quickly gained the skills to help clients with pressing immigration questions on the phone and in person under the supervision of Attorney Nina Cano. Maria is now a paralegal at Cano Law that works with immigrant victims of crime and domestic violence survivors to navigate the immigration system.  With Mexican roots, Maria is native Spanish speaker and eager to help our clients communicate with our legal team in English or Spanish.