Karen Weinstock is the managing attorney of Weinstock Immigration Lawyers, the premier immigration law firm in Atlanta, Georgia. With over 16 years of experience, she has developed expertise representing U.S. and international companies in securing global talent and ensuring the employees and their families have a good experience in immigrating to the United States.
Karen was born and raised in Israel and immigrated to the United States in 2000. Her genuine passion for immigration law is a direct result of her personal experience as an immigrant. This ability to identify and empathize with immigrants, and her commitment to excellence in obtaining results for her clients differentiate her as one of the top immigration attorneys in the South. Prior to opening her own immigration law firm, Karen was the managing attorney of a regional immigration law firm’s Atlanta office for over 11 years. Her personal experience emigrating to the U.S. from Israel and experiencing many obstacles, cross-cultural differences and employment challenges, all enable her now to have stronger empathy for her international clientele and better serve their particular needs. She is fluent in English, Hebrew and Spanish.
Areas of Expertise in Immigration Law
- Employment-based non-immigrant visas: H-1B, L-1, E-1, E-2, O, TN, J
- Employment-based immigrant petitions: EB-1, EB-2, EB-3
- Labor certifications (PERM)
- Permanent residence for intra-company executives and managers
- Permanent residency for people with extraordinary & exceptional ability in the sciences and arts
- Training and educating company management and HR on ex-pats
Awards and Honors
- Martindale-Hubble's preeminent AV rating (5.0 out of 5.0), 2007 - present
- Best Lawyers in America, Immigration, "Best Lawyers in America", 2010 - present
- Leader of one of the Best Immigration Law Firms, “Best Lawyers in America”, 2014 - present
- Selected by her peers as a top corporate immigration attorney in "The International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers", IBA & American Bar Association International Section, 2010-present
- Legal Elite, Georgia Trend Magazine, 2012
- AVVO’s 10.0 out of 10.0 superb rating
- International Women of Influence Nominee, Global EXEC Women and the International Council, 2008
Kumykov V. U.S. Department of Labor, Federal District Court
This case is the first in the country of its kind. The court ordered DOL to immediately decide a pending PERM application (foreign labor certification) after finding the agency had unreasonably delayed in doing so. We brought the case to federal court in order to ensure that the I-140 immigrant petition for their client could be filed with USCIS before the client’s son turned 21, after which point he would no longer be eligible to obtain a green card with the rest of his family. But the I-140 petition could not be filed until DOL decided the labor certification and the agency refused to expedite a decision on the pending PERM application on the basis of the plaintiff’s son’s “ageing out,” or for any reason, including the fact that the application had been pending 4 months beyond DOL’s stated processing times. USDC agreed it was an unreasonable delay and DOL approved the case 48 hours later.
Haswanee v. U.S. Attorney General, USCA 11th Circuit — Immigration judge denied continuance while petitioner had an I-140 immigrant visa petition pending. The 11th Circuit found the immigration judge abused his discretion by refusing to continue so that USCIS will finish adjudication of the I-140.
Zafar et al v. U.S. Attorney General, USCA 11th Circuit — First impression case at the 11th Circuit where the court determined it did in fact have jurisdiction to review for abuse of discretion standard an immigration judge or board of immigration appeals decisions over continuances, motions to reopen and such cases.