The Value of an U.S. Immigration Law Professional
If you broke your leg, would you seek a brain surgeon? No. You would probably locate an orthopedic surgeon for treatment. Like the practice of medicine, there are many areas of U.S. law. Attorneys may choose to limit their practice so that their clients can take advantage of their deep knowledge and experience in those areas.
Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm limits its practice to U.S. immigration law setting itself apart from other areas of practice. We pride ourselves on our profound understanding of U.S. immigration law, which is constantly evolving.
The practice of U.S. immigration law is also complex. The dense bureaucracies that are the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), the United States Department of State (USDOS), the United States Department of Labor (USDOL), the United States Customs and Border Patrol (USCBP) and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) present a challenge to foreign nationals and employers desiring to successfully navigate applications through them.
Garfinkel Immigration’s value is in its ability to make the immigration process as smooth as possible. Our lawyers and paralegals know U.S. immigration law. Steven H. Garfinkel is nationally-recognized by his peers and is a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in U.S. immigration law. All of our attorneys have dedicated their careers to the practice of U.S. immigration law. A number of our paralegals have worked for Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm for many years or have previous experience with U.S. immigration law.
This means that our clients should expect thorough advice, experienced staff, streamlined processes, current technology and timely responses to their questions and queries, whether e-mailed, faxed, phoned or in-person.
Although a commitment to the practice of U.S. immigration law and our attention to providing quality, prompt, and accurate service have made Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm the largest immigration law firm in Charlotte and one of the largest immigration law firms in the Southeastern U.S., our client base is not limited geographically. We represent clients around the U.S. and the world including one of the largest U.S. financial institutions, one of the largest Southeastern U.S. healthcare providers, one of the largest automobile parts manufacturers, multiple educational systems, colleges and universities, biotechnology companies and information technology providers.
If you are seeking an experienced professional to assist you or your company with a U.S. visa, green card, deportation/removal defense, or an application for citizenship, please allow Garfinkel Immigration, an experienced immigration law firm, to assist you with the process.
Steven H. Garfinkel is a nationally recognized immigration law specialist with over twenty-five(25) years of business immigration law experience. He is one of eighteen (18) attorneys certified as a Specialist in Immigration Law by the North Carolina State Bar and is the Immediate Past Chair of the Immigration Specialization Committee.
He has practiced Immigration and Visa Law in Charlotte, North Carolina, previously working in one of North Carolina’s largest law firms from 1989 to 1997 where he was the partner in charge of the immigration and visa practice of that firm’s Charlotte office from 1992 until September 1, 1997, when he established the Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm.
Mr. Garfinkel has been rated by his peers with an AV® Peer Review Rating and is listed in the International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers.
J.D., Wake Forest School of Law (1984)
B.A. (cum laude), Wake Forest University (1981)
Memberships and Associations
North Carolina Bar Association
North Carolina State Bar
Mecklenburg County Bar Association
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers
Past President - Carolinas Chapter, American Immigration Lawyers Association
Past Board Member - National Board of Directors, American Immigration Lawyers Association Papers, Presentations and Awards
S. Garfinkel, “B-1 Business Visitors and TN Nonimmigrants,” Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook (AILA 2003-04 Ed.).
S. Garfinkel et. al., “State Licensure Requirements - An Obstacle to H-1B Classification,” Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook (AILA 2004-05 Ed.).
Panel member: “Immigrant Visa Processing: Employment-Based Options”. American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference. (June, 2003)
Panel member: “H-1B Licensure Issues”. American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference. (June, 2004)
Panel member: “Overview and Application of The Occupational Information Network (ONET)”. American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference. (June, 2005)
Panel member: “Labor Certification-Based Immigration: Prefiling”. American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference. (June, 2006)
Panel member: “Audit This! Defensive H-1B Drafting Strategies”. American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference. (June, 2007)
“Employer’s Obligations Regarding Immigration Law Compliance“. The Employers Association. (January, 2008)
“Employer’s Obligations Regarding Immigration Law Compliance“. The Employers Association. (July, 2008)
“Employer’s Obligations Regarding Immigration Law Compliance“. Carolina Grounds Management Association, (March, 2008)
Panel member: “Immigration Law Issues from the HR Perspective“. North Carolina Society of Human Resource Professionals (SHRM) State Conference. (September, 2008)
Panel member: “The Lawyer as Employer”. American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference. (June, 2008)
“Immigration Law Overview“. Florida State University’s Center for Human Resource Management. (October, 2008)
“Immigration Law issues Impacting Colleges & Universities“. NC College and University Personnel Association for Human Resources Conference. (October, 2008)
“Employer’s Obligations Regarding Immigration Law Compliance“. The Employers Association. (January, 2009)
“Immigration Law Issues Impacting Public School Systems“. Personnel Administrators of North Carolina. (April, 2009)
“Employer’s Obligations Regarding Immigration Law Compliance“. The Employers Association. (October, 2009)
“An Immigration Law Update - Employers are now the Target“. Charlotte Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel. (November, 2009)
“Immigration Law Update/Overview“. North Carolina Association of Healthcare Recruiters. (March, 2010)
“Immigration Law for School Administrators“. North Carolina School Boards Association. (March, 2010)
Panel member. American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference. (June, 2010)
Panel member. Schloss Summer Lecture Series, Temple Beth El, Charlotte. (July, 2010)