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Elizabeth L.A. Garvish

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Ms. Garvish is the founding and managing member of Garvish Immigration Law Group, LLC. Ms. Garvish has dedicated her professional life to the practice of immigration law and is proud to be the granddaughter of immigrants from Hungary. She has been practicing exclusively in the area of immigration law since 1997, and has successfully handled all types of immigration matters for a diverse group of clients located around the country and across the globe. She assists U.S. corporations to obtain employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visas for essential alien employees working in the United States. Ms. Garvish's work includes securing nonimmigrant visas for multinational executives/managers and multinational employees with essential specialized skills, persons in specialty professional occupations, foreign investors, entertainers, religious workers, temporary workers, and trainees, among others. Ms. Garvish is knowledgeable in the employment-based preference categories and the related vehicles to obtain permanent residence, including multinational executives/managers, national interest waivers, outstanding professors/researchers, persons of extraordinary ability, investors, and professionals and skilled workers through PERM labor certification. Ms. Garvish is able to aid employers with I-9 compliance issues, E-Verify issues, the development of compliance programs, and self-audits. She has significant experience communicating with State Department officials at U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide regarding issues involved with consular visa processing.

Moreover, she focuses a large part of her practice on the provision of legal counsel and assistance to international medical graduates obtaining waivers of the J-1 two year foreign residence requirement, H-1B visas and extensions, as well as permanent residence through various vehicles including PERM labor certification and the National Interest Waiver for physicians. Ms. Garvish works closely with hospitals and medical institutions to obtain nonimmigrant visas and permanent residence for their physicians and other foreign medical personnel. Ms. Garvish prides herself on the superior client service she provides and her clients have come to expect. Moreover, she understands the obstacles facing today's foreign workers, their families and their employers, and she is committed to using creative immigration strategies to solve problems and achieve the desired results.

Additionally, Ms. Garvish possesses in-depth knowledge and experience in representing clients in family-based immigration matters, naturalization, consular processing, deportation defense, and political asylum. She is fluent in Spanish and well-versed in French and has written informative articles on immigration issues for publication in Spanish-language magazines. She appeared as a legal expert on a Spanish Language television program on Georgia Public Television called "Leyes Cotidianas" or "Everyday Law." On July 11, 2009, and again in April 2011, Ms. Garvish appeared as a guest on the community affairs show called "Nuestra Georgia" which airs Saturday evenings on the Spanish language based television channel Univision, discussing the requirements for citizenship. She frequently presents lectures instructing employers and human resources personnel on immigration topics.

Further, Ms. Garvish was recognized for her pro bono work in the area of immigration by her peers at the State Bar of Georgia and was awarded the 2008 H. Sol Clark Pro Bono Award. Ms. Garvish is active with the Georgia-Alabama Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and has served on various committees, including the USCIS Liaison Committee, which provides communication between attorneys and the USCIS to resolve delayed or problem cases. She has served on the Executive Committee of the 450 member AILA Georgia-Alabama Chapter for three years and will hold the position of First Vice Chair in her fourth year. For six years, she has chaired the Atlanta Chapter's Citizenship Day Naturalization Drive which is a one day event that brings together lawyers and volunteers to assist legal permanent residents on the path to U.S. Citizenship. In the Spring of 2011, Ms. Garvish was recognized by Colonel Jonathon C. Guden of Fort Stewart Army Base for her work coordinating a Military Assistance Program at the base which provided training on immigration issues to the JAG attorneys and legal assistance to soldiers and their families. She is responsible for the creation of the AILA Atlanta Chapter Military Assistance Program Committee. She currently serves on the AILA National Military Assistance Program Taskforce which coordinates Pro Bono immigration representation for military families worldwide. Further, she is slated to serve on the 2014 AILA National Annual Conference Committee.

Education:

  • J.D., Tulane University School of Law
  • B.A., International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Admitted to Practice:

  • Georgia, Texas, South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Awards:

  • Winner, 2008 H. Sol Clark Pro Bono Award, State Bar of Georgia
  • Agent of Change, April 2012, New Leaders Council
  • Selected to Georgia Super Lawyers 2013
  • Rated 10.0/10.0 on AVVO

Professional Activities:

  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member, International Medical Graduate Taskforce
  • Presenter at AILA Annual Conference, 2009 and 2010
  • Presenter at State Bar of Georgia CLE Program, "Nuts and Bolts of Business Law", February 2011
  • Panelist at Breaking Down Borders: A Look at Immigration Law in Georgia, John Marshall Law School, February 2012
  • Presenter, First Annual CLE Conference, AILA GA-AL Chapter, February 2013
  • Member, Lawyers Club of Atlanta

Languages:

  • Spanish
  • French

Email: egarvish@goimmigrationlaw.com 
Direct: 404.220.7615