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Elinor K Tesfamariam

Immigration Attorney at Arlington, VA

4.9   67 reviews
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2006
    Status
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About Elinor

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Practice area
  1. Immigration
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    18 years, 500 cases

EMPOWERMENT IS THE VALUE AND MISSION OF OUR LAW FIRM

Elinor Tesfamariam is a managing member and immigration attorney at Plenpovo Law.  Mrs. Tesfamariam has well-rounded experience in all forms of immigration law, particularly family petitions adjustments of status; asylum; Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions, detention and employment-based visas. Mrs. Tesfamariam is particularly knowledgeable about detention processes and has a successfully negotiated with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on behalf of many clients

 

Prior to establishing Plenpovo Law, Mrs. Tesfamariam was the co-founder and Managing Member of Immigration and Human Rights Law Group, where she successfully managed many employment-based visa cases, family visas, and detention cases.

 

Passionate about ensuring justice for all, Mrs. Tesfamariam has vigorously developed  an expertise in immigration and human rights issues. Actions taken by Mrs. Tesfamariam regarding, key human rights and immigration issues include:  holding “Know Your Rights” seminars, holding seminars on female genital mutilation (or cutting) (FGM or FGC), offering educational sessions on the Rwandan genocide, assisting in the creation of fair anti-drug enforcement laws and sentencing guidelines. 

 

Mrs. Tesfamariam is originally from Eritrea, East Africa.  She immigrated from Africa to the United States at the age of 13 years old.    Mrs. Tesfamariam  has experienced the difficult living conditions in Africa first-hand, and is also familiar with the struggles and triumphs faced by an immigrant in the United States.

 

Mrs. Tesfamariam earned her law degree from Seattle University School of Law.  She also holds a bachelor degree in Law and Diversity from Western Washington University.  She is a member the Washington State Bar Association.

Awards

Client's Choice 2024,2023,2022,2021,2020,2018,2017
Client's Choice
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Location

Elinor K Tesfamariam
4601 N. Fairfax Drive Suite 1200
Arlington, VA, 22203

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  67 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2024
Client's Choice
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Posted by GIFT | August 9, 2018
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PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
Ellinor is a dedicated and experienced attorney,very passionate and attentive to detail.She was excellent in the administration of my asylum case and everything went on smoothly.I am extremely overjoyed I have been granted asylum in the United States.Thank you Ellinor,your PA is a star too!!
Posted by anonymous | August 8, 2018
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MD
I am extremely happy with her work. She is very professional. Extremely smart and works very well with all clients.
Posted by Azemera goder | May 10, 2024
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Citizenship application
Thanks for service for working with me I really appreciate it you. You have good service I am very satisfied by your business thanks a lot
Posted by Kidist | April 12, 2024
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Exceptional Lawyer
Elinor is an incredibly professional, knowledgeable, and hardworking lawyer with a kind heart. She puts in tremendous effort to complete tasks, regardless of the challenges. Her respectful treatment of everyone is commendable.
Posted by Tirhas hailu | April 1, 2024
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Ms
My lawyer helps my son's case to get to the right direction and she is very knowledgeable about what we needed most to fix his status in united state.
Posted by Winta Elias | March 19, 2024
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Great experience
Great experience with this law firm. Elinor worked on our case, took the time to pay close attention to the specifics of our case, and worked with us closely until our case being approved. We got her help with an N400. She was always very responsive, and I could tell the work she was doing was high quality.
Posted by Tsehay | March 5, 2024
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Excellent lawyer
Elinor K Tesfamariam was a huge help when I applied for my citizenship. She was there for me every step of the way, answering all my questions and making sure I understood everything. But what really stood out was how she went above and beyond. She checked in on me regularly, gave me extra guidance when I needed it, and even helped with translations. I'm not just thankful for her expertise, but also for her kindness and willingness to go the extra mile. She's not just a great professional, but also a caring and supportive person.
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Posted by Zewdi | December 4, 2023
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Very grateful for their help
Best lawyer ever. She is very helpful, and she was always available whenever we needed her. Thank you Elinor and Ayda!
Posted by anonymous | November 13, 2023
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Good lawyer
She wad a good helpful lawyer.she helped me with afordeble price and her consoltation was helpful until the end of the process
Posted by Sara | October 21, 2023
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Excellent Attorney!
With in short time my family member green card problem solved. I strongly recommend Elinor k. Tesfamariam.
Posted by Danait Mebrahtu | October 13, 2023
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Great attorney
Elinor K Tesfamariam was a beacon of hope to my father at a time when our options appeared limited and the likelihood of a satisfactory resolution seemed impossible. Not only was she able to defend us but I know she works with so many people in my area where she helped them & were very much satisfied with her calm and empathetic demeanor offered emotional succor to myself and those I care about most. My father and I are eternally grateful for her service and I hereby recommend Ms. Elinor without reservation.
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Posted by Fithawit | October 13, 2023
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Elinor
Thank you Elinor Tesfamariam so much for your professionalism, for your help, for getting such good results that not every lawyer can do. I appreciate you very highly as a professional and as a person.
Posted by Hana | October 10, 2023
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Elinor
Elinor is an exceptional lawyer. Her expertise, professionalism, and attention to detail are exceptional. She always goes above and beyond to ensure that i receive the best possible outcome. She has great communication skills. She was always available to answer my questions and address my concerns, making me feel comfortable and confident throughout my asylum process. I highly recommend Elinor.
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Posted by anonymous | October 6, 2023
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Great lawyer
Elinor was really helpful in helping me with my citizenship process. I had an amazing experience with Elinor and I was really impressed with her professionalism when it came to helping me with what I needed help with and communicating with me all the time.
Posted by Abrham | October 3, 2023
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Thanks for everything that was great
She done great job and the right way keep it forward I hop you and ur family god bless u
Posted by Alem | October 3, 2023
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Review
Elinor and Adia have been a very big help in getting my citizenship. They both helped with the application, and interview. It was an Awesome and Professional experience!
Posted by Bakal | September 6, 2023
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Attorney
I hired Elinor as my lawyer to represent me through my immigration process. Elinor, did an excellent job getting my case in-order, preparing me for interviews, and filing all the appropriate files. Elinor have a knee eye for detail and her knowledge around the USCIS immigration law is exceptional. She is a very friendly, professional & detail oriented.
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Posted by Lominat | September 6, 2023
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Ms
I am very lucky to hire Mrs Elinor Tesfamariam as my attorney. She is very professional and attentive. She really did incredible job in guiding me through the whole process. She is extremely caring, knowledgeable and resourceful in her area of expertise. Because of her, I was able to file my immigration papers without any delays and without requiring additional information. Then, I obtained my permanent residency. I highly recommend her in any immigration process because she's an excellent representer and an amazing lawyer God bless her and her family. Thank you so very much Mrs Elinor Tesfamariam, Esq!
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Posted by anonymous | June 15, 2023
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Client
She is the best. I definitely would recommend her to anyone who is serious about finding a quality lawyer
Posted by Sandra | June 2, 2023
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VAWA self-petitioner
I found attorney Elinor Tesfamariam through a friend, and I am so glad that I have seen her as she won my son's case, and due to her excellent knowledge of immigration law, he became a permanent resident of the U.S. His case was complicated. We had to go through many immigration steps during the covid period; it wasn't easy. Elinor helped my son and me in every step of our case even though I needed to improve in speaking English since I speak French. During the entire immigration process, Elinor was highly professional, very meticulous, patient, honest, and caring. My son and I are incredibly grateful to her as she took him out of immigration darkness to light and gave him so much happiness because it would be difficult to envisage a return to the homeland in the current political situation. Elinor is genuinely the Best Immigration lawyer and a wonderful person. I recommend her services to all people who need immigration assistance.
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Cost

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Resume

AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Plenpovo Law, PLLC
  • 2009 - Present
  • Immigration Attorney & Managing Member
  • Immigration & Human Rights Law Group
  • 2007 - 2009

Education

  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Western Washington University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Associations

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • National Black Law Students
  • Job Fair Coordinator
  • 2005 - 2006
  • National Black Law Students
  • Sub Regional Director
  • 2004 - 2005

Languages Spoken

  • Amharic
  • Tigringa
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 40 Under 40
  • Leadership Center
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • Sports Immigration Law Conference
  • Individual Athletes and Their Woes
  • 2019
  • BCF Roundtable: African Refugees in Israel Face New Emergency; Threats of Detention and Deportation
  • African Refugees in Israel
  • 2018
  • Know Your Rights Seminar
  • Know Your Rights
  • 2017
  • Immigration Clinic
  • Know Your Rights
  • 2017
  • Know Your Rights Seminar
  • Know Your Rights
  • 2008
  • Know Your Rights Seminar
  • Know Your Rights
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

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Immigration Attorney | Dec 06
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Immigration Attorney | Nov 30
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Immigration Attorney | Nov 30
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"I endorse this lawyer. She leaves her clients feeling satisfied and has many years of immigration law experience."
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Immigration Attorney | Nov 30
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