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Kory P.

Kory Pryor

15 reviews
Kory Pryor is an attorney at law with almost two decades of experience. He specializes in real estate law, immigration law and business formation. Some of his most recent corporate clients include Realty Capital Solutions, Stansberry & Company, and Bank of the Ozarks. Kory is licensed to practice law in Georgia. He received his degree in law from the Emory University School of Law. Kory is currently serving as an attorney at Howick, Westfall & Kaplan, LLP.
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Christopher R.

Christopher Richardson

3 reviews
Christopher Richardson is an attorney at law with more than a decade worth of experience. He is licensed to practice law in multiple states, including Georgia and North Carolina. Christopher received his J.D. in law after he graduated from the Duke University School of Law. He primarily specializes in dealing with cases that involve labor and employment law. Christopher is also experienced in immigration law. He has been serving as a counselor at Nelson Mullins since March 2018.
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Joshua M.

Joshua Moore

3 reviews
Joshua Moore is an attorney at law who has been serving corporate clients for the past 17 years. He is licensed to practice law in Georgia and received his Juris Doctorate degree in law from the University of Georgia. Joshua primarily specializes in legal matters that involve immigration law. He is also experienced in drafting, negotiating and reviewing commercial contracts. Joshua has been serving as a partner attorney at Gogo & Moore since January 2016.
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Asiyah S.

Asiyah Sharifi

2 reviews
Asiyah Sharifi is an immigration attorney with more than eight years of experience. She is licensed to practice law in New Jersey and has also been admitted to the New Jersey Bar Association. Asiyah is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She obtained her legal degree from the Washington College of Law, American University. In February 2017, Asiyah founded her own law office, where she now acts as the managing attorney.
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Ryan L.

Ryan Locke

2 reviews
Ryan Locke is a trial lawyer with hundreds of hours of experience in the courtroom and thousands of hours representing clients in criminal defense, personal injury, and civil litigation cases. He is a strategic problem-solver who is able to write elegantly and effectively. In 2015, Mr. Locke was ranked in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association.
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Karen W.

Karen Weinstock

2 reviews
Karen Weinstock, managing lawyer at Weinstock Immigration Lawyers, focuses on finding solutions for complex immigration problems. Originally form Israel, she is herself an immigrant to the United States. This personal experience drives her passion for practicing immigration law. She understands the difficulties of the immigration process and hopes to help her clients with their transition.
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Jay B.

Jay Brownstein

A seasoned attorney with 25-plus years of experience, Jay Brownstein focuses on complex personal injury and business and employment litigation. At trial, on appeal, and in settlement Jay has recovered millions for his clients: $1 mil wrongful death; $5 mil. consumer class action; $2 mil. investor fraud. Jay is AV- and Preeminent-rated (Martindale-Hubbell) and a Georgia Top Rated Lawyer (2012).
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Kara L.

Kara Lawrence

Kara Lawrence is an immigration attorney that also specializes in drafting and negotiating commercial contracts. She was recently licensed to practice law in Georgia and obtained her Juris Doctor degree in law from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Kara often represents startup companies and entrepreneurs with their legal issues. She founded her own legal firm, the Lawrence Legal Group, in August 2016.
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Umar F.

Umar Farooq

127 reviews
Umar Farooq focuses on corporate legal matters that include commercial contracts, employment matters and business operation management. He has represented Vodafone, RBS, ExonMobil and various other large corporations. Umar graduated cum laude from the University of Buffalo School of Law in 2007. He also received an Adelbert Moot Scholarship while attending the University in 2006. Umar started his own law firm in 2012 and is currently the managing business attorney.
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Anna K.

Anna Kerner Andersson

101 reviews
Anna Kerner Andersson understands the importance of getting immigration issues right the first time. She works with both families and businesses to address virtually any immigration issue that may come up. She is a former U.S. State Department Consular Officer, which means she has a behind-the-scenes view of the immigration process that many attorneys simply do not have.
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"I am an Australian citizen working in the US under an E3 visa. I am now looking to file an E2 visa application for a new company that I have formed that meets the requirements of an E2 visa. I have previously held an E2 visa and I am familiar with the process. I am looking for a lawyer who would guide me through the process. Based upon what I know, most of the application comes down to information that I will be gathering and preparing myself. The visas will be for 2 Australian employees."
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Why Hire an Immigration Lawyer?

An immigration lawyer is a valuable contact for anyone involved in, or intending to be involved in, an immigration case. This includes:

  • Immigrants living in Atlanta without a valid visa.
  • Americans who want to bring family members or romantic partners living overseas to Atlanta.
  • Foreign nationals who want to move to Atlanta to pursue career opportunities.
  • Atlanta businesspeople who want to employ residents of other countries.

As the United States government allows people to complete their own visa applications, many Atlanta residents feel they don't need to use an immigration lawyer. But just as it's better to see a doctor for preventative care, it's smart to have a qualified attorney on your side to prevent immigration hassles.

Immigration lawyers in Atlanta can perform many tasks for you, including:

  • Helping you complete immigration forms and ensuring no part of your application is overlooked.
  • Interpreting complex immigration laws and explaining how they pertain to your case.
  • Offering strategic advice to boost your chances of a successful application.
  • Helping you collect compelling evidence and testimony to strengthen and support your immigration application.
  • Personally advocating on your behalf to the immigration and consular officers.

Immigration lawyers are especially helpful in complex immigration cases, such as those involving people with a criminal record or people who have lived illegally in the United States for some time. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is resistant to granting visas to people in these circumstances, but a good immigration lawyer can be of help.

However, even people with relatively simple cases can benefit from an immigration lawyer's help. Think of your lawyer as a valuable resource for interpreting immigration law and a trusted partner you can count on to shoulder some of the burdens of the immigration process. People who use immigration lawyers typically feel less stressed than people who file applications alone.

Even in simple cases, it's easy to leave parts of the application empty and miss vital pieces of evidence. A top immigration lawyer will make sure your application is complete and convincing.

How to Find the Best Immigration Lawyer in Atlanta

First, make sure you're dealing with a real immigration lawyer. Some people without a license to practice law try to help people with immigration matters. These people are called visa consultants, immigration consultants, petition preparers, or notarios. While these professionals can be helpful, they cannot appear in court for their clients if needed. With some research, it's easy to learn who is a real immigration lawyer and who isn't.

After earning at least a Juris Master at an American Bar Association-approved law school, lawyers in Atlanta must receive Certification of Fitness to Practice Law by the Board to Determine Fitness of Bar Applicants. This certification determines the applicant is of good standing in the community. After receiving certification, graduates can sit for the Georgia Bar Exam. Attorneys must usually pass the Georgia Bar Exam to practice in the state.

Alternatively, licensed lawyers from other states can practice in Georgia after passing the Attorneys' Examination in Georgia.

Make sure your prospective attorney has a current license. Lawyers in Atlanta must complete 12 hours of mandatory continuing legal education every year to continue legally practicing law.

You might also look for attorneys who belong to the American Immigration Lawyers Association. While membership isn't required to practice immigration law, the organization is a great resource for current information about immigration law and future legislation that could impact your case. Membership denotes that your lawyer is up on all recent and future changes and takes a great interest in immigration law.

Watch out for lawyers who approach you at the USCIS or other immigration offices. The State Bar of Georgia doesn't consider this behavior ethical. The best immigration lawyers will also be too busy helping their clients to engage in this practice.

It's also a good idea to determine that your immigration lawyer hasn't received any disciplinary action. You can verify this via the State Bar of Georgia website, which has a searchable directory of all attorneys licensed to practice in the state. This directory lists contact details, membership information, and public disciplinary history records. You can get more information about an immigration attorney's status by calling the State Bar of Georgia helpline at 404-527-8700.

Questions for your Immigration Lawyer

  • What experience do you have with cases like mine?
  • What do you think my chances of success are?
  • Will you personally represent me? If not, can I meet the person who will?
  • How would you prefer to communicate with me?
  • How frequently can I expect to hear from you?
  • What fees do you charge and what do they cover? How much can I expect this work to cost in total?
  • Do you have a list of references I can call?

Do your homework and you can feel confident you're choosing the best immigration lawyer in Atlanta for your needs.

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Our Atlanta immigration attorneys & lawyers can help you or your company secure a work visa for business-related matters, such as advising you on obtaining a short-term visa for business trip or a work visa that will allow an employee or executive work within the United States or abroad for an extended period of time.

Some of the types of visas that the Atlanta immigration attorneys on UpCounsel have helped clients obtain include: H-1B visas, which is for temporary employment in specialty occupations, O-1 visas, where an individual possesses extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, L-1, which is for employees of an international company with offices in both the United States and abroad, E-2 visa, which is for investors, along with several other popular work visas.

Whether you or your company requires advice on obtaining a work visa for an executive, employee, or foreign national in regards to U.S. immigration or matters abroad such as: visitor visas, employee work visas, legal permanent residence (green cards), investor visas, and citizenship - our immigration attorneys can help you throughout the entire process.

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