Luis, originally from Brazil, holds a law degree from PUC-Goias, Brazil, and a Master of Law (LL.M.) from Loyola University New Orleans. He began his career as an attorney in Brazil before relocating to the United States to specialize in immigration law, driven by his fascination with the U.S. legal perspective. During his time at Loyola, Luis engaged in various pro bono cases, including asylum cases, further deepening his commitment to immigration advocacy and cross-cultural understanding.

Before joining UF, Luis served as a DSO and ARO for a small liberal arts college in rural Pennsylvania, where he provided guidance to students throughout their immigration processes and acclimatization to campus life. He also partnered with faculty and staff campus-wide to advocate for international and exchange students, as well as visiting scholars.

At UF, Luis serves as the Director and Responsible Officer (RO) for Exchange Visitor Services. In this role, he oversees immigration compliance for UF’s visitors, manages immigration paperwork, and coordinates daily operations within the EVS division. He is also certified in facilitating intercultural learning and actively promotes cultural exchange initiatives where exchange visitors share their perspectives and engage in meaningful dialogue.

Additionally, Luis is dedicated to fostering international understanding and collaboration as a Fulbright liaison for international scholars at UF and a contributor to the Fulbright commission. He is also a distinguished graduate of the NAFSA Academy, enhancing his expertise in international education.

Outside of work, Luis enjoys shopping, spending quality time with his family, and indulging his passion for cruise travel. His dedication to facilitating cultural exchange underscores both his professional and personal endeavors.


Job Title: 

Director, Exchange Visitor Services - RO

Phone Number: 

(352) 273-1514

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