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Michael W Lin

Immigration Attorney at Arlington, VA

4.9   67 reviews


  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 19 years
    Maryland - MD 25 years
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2004
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1998
    Active No misconduct found

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Practice area
  1. Immigration
    As the managing partner, Mr. Lin supervises cases ranging from employment-based visa work, family immigration matters, to political asylum and naturalizations. Mr. Lin handles complex criminal immigration related matters before immigration courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals. Mr. Lin is appointed as a Special Assistant Attorney General for West Virginia.

    25 years

Michael W. Lin is the principal attorney of BRAVLIN PC, formerly Braverman & Lin.  Mr. Lin’s immigration career began at the age of 21 when he started working for the present firm right after graduating from the Johns Hopkins University with a bachelor’s degree in Economics.  Mr. Lin started as a legal assistant for about two years during which he was trained to handle basic immigration application processes and client services. In 1994, Mr. Lin began his law school study at the American University, while maintaining his full-time position at the firm. Mr. Lin believed that practical experience in the legal field was as important as the academic training.  Mr. Lin completed his law school study in 1997 and graduated with honor, cum laude


In June 1998, Mr. Lin was admitted to the Maryland State Bar and has been a practicing attorney ever since. Mr. Lin became a partner in January 2000.  Because Mr. Lin started his immigration career at the young age of 21, Mr. Lin has amassed years of legal experience in immigration law to handle cases of a wide degree of complex legal issues.  


Mr. Lin has extensive experience in representing corporate clients and individual investors in various visas, such as E-1, E-2, L-1, H-1B, etc. Mr. Lin also devotes significant portion of his time in representing institutions of higher education. Mr. Lin is designated as Special Attorney General by the Office of Attorney General, West Virginia, to represent state universities. Mr. Lin has in-depth understanding of what faces foreign students when they are seeking to change status to H-1B and related issues particularly dealing with the H-1B cap. Besides his corporate and business immigration experience, Mr. Lin represents individuals facing removal because of past criminal convictions.


Mr. Lin is a volunteer attorney for Catholic Charities Legal Services and Maryland Pro Bono Resource Center.  Mr. Lin also provided pro bono services to homeowners who were facing foreclosure during the mortgage crisis. 



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Michael W Lin
4001 N 9th Street.
Suite 222
Arlington, VA, 22203-1900


4.9 / 5.0
  67 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | July 9, 2022
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Greatly appropriated
Thank you for your tremendous effort on getting us through the interview. My wife now has a permanent resident card.
Posted by Julian | August 5, 2019
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Great Lawyer
Michael is a very professional and knowledgable immigration lawyer. He and his team worked diligently that the application would be successful and supported us along the process in the best way possible. If you are looking for an immigration attorney you will be in good hands with him.
Posted by Liubov | July 2, 2019
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Best lawyer! Excellent lawyer!
Thanks so much! I got from lawyer Michael W Lin a very competent consultation. He helped me send documents to the immigration department. Highest grade of his work!
Posted by Niki | June 1, 2019
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Michael helped me first with permanent residence and then citizenship. Michael and his team are professional , friendly and knowledgeable. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Nitish | May 28, 2019
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Michael helped me with the H1B process. One good thing about Michael is that he made sure that I have done all the paperwork and pushed me to complete all the paperwork on time. Michael was always available to resolve the issues and because of his attention to detail, I got my H1B approved without any RFE. I highly recommend Michael and wish him all the best for the future!
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Posted by Jason | April 17, 2019
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Thank You, Michael!
其實在去見Michael Lin律師之前我們找過別的律師,而且很有名氣,但是那個律師是讓我們失望的,雖然他名氣很大但是他的團隊和他的態度不能讓我們信任的將如此重要的事情托付,所以在見到林律師之前我們並沒有抱很大的希望,但是剛剛見到他時,他那神采奕奕且友好熱情的態度就打動了我們,他讓我們感覺到了幹練和睿智。我們便決定好好交流一下我們的事宜,對於法律專業我們畢竟是外行,但是Michael律師一邊聽一邊在電腦上做簡短記錄,在我們談話結束後他也已經有了一個簡單且詳盡的資料,同時也在第一時間從法律專業方面為我們判斷出可行方法,且告知我們流程。而且在簡短的交流中讓我們感覺到Michael律師是一個品德高尚、做事有原則的人,於是,在第一次見面時我們就決定請他和他的團隊做我們的律師,感覺他是一個可以信任的人,是一個可以托付的人,事實證明我們的判斷沒錯,Michael律師和他的團隊做到了比我們想象中還好的結果。 後來我們又有過兩次簡短的會面,之所以簡短是因為他和他的團隊做事很有條理,對我們這些非專業人士講話也是簡單易懂條理分明,我們按照他的指示和要求準備各種材料和證據,交給他以後他都很快有下一步指示或問題,而且在我們回國後,無論什麼時間聯繫他,他都會很快給我們回復,這讓我們很感動。在最後一排資料整理完整交給他之後,我們等待了有兩個星期,我們有些著急,他說,他覺得將資料準備完善,努力做到最好比什麼都重要,我們認可他的觀點,但是不明白我們已經寫的那麼完善的資料為什麼會等待那麼久還沒有整理好,直至後來我們收到他和他團隊整理好資料才明白,他們做了那麼多的工作,而且作為不是我們專業的人士將我們的專業和術語理解通透後又變成專業的法律的文字體現在文章中,他們是怎麼做到的!可以看出,他們是用心在做,那麼負責任,那麼踏實,那麼不怕麻煩的查閱了很多資料才能得出那麼完善的文章,我們很感動,感動到不知該如何感謝他和他的團隊。資料遞交以後,僅僅七天就有了結果,我覺得這也離不開他們整理資料的調理分明,簡單明瞭。 在此特別感謝Kendell律師,小姑娘不僅人長大漂亮,整理出來的資料更漂亮,真難為她一個完全不懂中文不懂中國國情的小姑娘將我們的專業理解的那麼透徹,寫出來的文章那麼完善且沒有錯誤,曾經一次我告訴她有個地名的拼音出錯了,其實這對於一個完全不懂中文的人來說很正常,但是她在深夜一點修改好了,並將所有的拼寫都檢查了不止一遍,後來再也沒有發現錯誤,我想,她是一個很有前途的律師! 我為我們正確的選擇了一個好的律師團隊而慶幸!在此向大家推薦,你們可以放心大膽的將自己的事情托付與Michael律師和他的團隊,相信他不會令你失望!
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Posted by Yenifer | January 21, 2019
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Lawyer Michael
Recommended by family members whom has dealt with him with immigration cases. Great experience. My husbands case was faster than expected. Great service and very informative. Definitely will continue to recommend his services with friends and family.
Posted by Aldous | January 11, 2019
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Excellent Service
Michael Lin and his staff took care of me and my wife’s green card application process from start to finish very carefully. They have a very good customer service and Michael responds to e-mail quickly and even before or after working hours and weekends too. I am truly glad that I did not hesitate to use his services when he was recommended to me.
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Posted by Konstantinos | January 6, 2019
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Successful H1B visa application
Mr. Lin is extremely professional, knowledgeable, and trustworthy and has successfully guided me through the process of getting my work visa. He was always on time and provided advice and guidance 24/7. Doing business with him and his stuff was an absolute pleasure. Highly recommended!
Posted by anonymous | January 2, 2019
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Very insightful and helpful
Mr. Lin provided me with so many good ideas and sound advice during one short phone call. He is insightful and patient. I highly recommend him to anyone who needs legal advice pertaining to immigration.
Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2018
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Best Immigration Attorney in Northern Virginia
I came to the office with what I thought was a simple matter. It turned out to be a nightmare. The firm listened to me and treated me with patience, respect, and consideration beyond my belief. Mr. Lin made a very stressful situation seem like nothing. He is a professional who knows what he is doing. He is fair, considerate and kind. He treated me like family and answered all my questions. He is a life saver!!! Thank you, Michael Lin. I will forever be grateful.
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Posted by ANNE | September 2, 2018
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I was referred to Michael by a friend at a time when I had almost given up hope. He was the best thing that ever happened in my life. Mine was a complex issue but Michael handled it with Professionalism and skill!. He is very kind, smart, knowledgeable empathetic, patient and understanding of his clients' situations.No matter what time or day of the week, Michael would never miss to respond to my emails or text. He will listen and comfort you when you are at the very bottom and advise you in a way that leaves you looking forward with more hope. His, is a special Calling to assist those in need and not specifically for financial gain. I wish we had many of his likes out there! Thank you so very much for all you do Michael...still with you. May God continue to guide you and your whole team.
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Posted by M.Powell | August 19, 2018
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Highly Recommended.
Michael was amazing, from the first time I went to his office until the task was complete. Very honest and reliable, He made the stressful process extremely easy. Michael, is very professional and knowledgeable of the laws. Great working with him, highly recommended.
Posted by Navin | July 19, 2018
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Family Friendly with Long Term Commitment
Michael has been our family's immigration attorney for the past 16 years since coming to DC Metro region. He has taken care of every member of our family and has represented us in front of immigration judge, immigration officials and have successfully processed our cases. He is a straight shooter and tell you exactly what is possible and what is not possible. He is well versed in all aspects of immigration laws.
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Posted by Catherine | December 4, 2017
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An excellent professional
My family hired Mr.Lin for several cases. He always is highly professional, friendly, and the perfectionist. You feel totally prepared, supported, and protected. He wins difficult cases and helps his clients. I recommend him as an excellent lawyer.
Posted by lolita | October 23, 2017
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greencard and citizenship
He was good at his job, he always kept me informed always gave me updates about the paper work. He made the process go smoothly. I would recommend him 100%.
Posted by Mariya | October 23, 2017
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Brilliant Immigration Attorney
If you are reading the reviews posted here, you will notice that most of Michael’s clients describe him as: “knowledgeable”, “experienced”, “very professional”, “trustworthy”, “very helpful & thorough”, “extremely prompt”, “absolutely amazing”. It really is difficult to describe Michael without using such positive expressions. Michael handled my permanent residency application, as well as my complicated citizenship case earlier this year. Throughout the process Michel did not cease to amaze me with his exceptional attendance to my case, his quick and prompt responses to all my questions (even on the weekend), his extreme attention to detail, and most of all his impressive expertise in all immigration related matters. I cannot thank Michael enough for his amazing support! If you are looking for an immigration lawyer, please take my advice and look no more!
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Posted by Timothy | October 6, 2017
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Detailed oriented immigration attorney
Michael handled a number of my immigration cases - H1B transfer, EB2 and the whole citizenship application process. He is detail oriented and always on top of things. Highly recommended.
Posted by Huong Nguyen | October 5, 2017
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Thank you
As you know, I've got an approval from USCIS. I think and believe that you can feel how I feel this moment. Thank you so much for your affectionate guidance, for your understanding, and your belief that I was worth being your client. I've learned so much about how to navigate the life I have been so eager to set sail upon from observing and listening to you. We did not really have much contact but you made an impression on me that softened the stress and encouraged me to take responsibility for my choices. I am stronger, optimistic and confident because you always beside me as my attorney.
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Posted by Lixia | October 1, 2017
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Smooth process helping New York case
I’ve heard so many wonderful things about Michael Lin's firm before reaching out to him for his service. Michael was very attentive and patience throughout the whole process. I was able to get my questions answered quickly, sometimes even after working hours and on the weekends. His team is great too. After he took my case, the team quickly reached out and started helping my husband and I with all the necessary paperwork, and updating us with the latest status of our case. Couple weeks before the immigration interview, Michael started to prepare us for the interview. Michael’s guidance in preparing the immigration interview was invaluable. He walked us through the process, and pointed out important things that we need to pay attentions to. Today, we’re proud to say that my petition has been approved, and my husband has been granted permanent resident status in the United States. My husband and I are grateful to be working with Michael Lin and his team. Although they are more than 400 miles away from where we live in New York, they were there for us every step of way in this process. I highly recommend Michael’s service to anyone who is looking for immigration assistance.
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AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Volunteer Attorney
  • Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services
  • 2015 - Present
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • Maryland Pro Bono Resource Center
  • 2014 - Present
  • Principal
  • Michael W. Lin, PC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Special Assistant Attorney General
  • WV state universities
  • 2008 - Present
  • Partner
  • Michael W. Lin, PC (formerly Braverman & Lin, PC)
  • 2000 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • Stanton Braverman, PC
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Legal Assistant
  • Stanton Braverman, PC
  • 1992 - 1998
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  • American University, Washington College of Law
  • JD
  • 1997
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992
  • John F. Kennedy High School
  • HS Diploma
  • 1988

Legal Cases

  • Domestic Assault and Battery in VA
  • the removal proceedings were terminated. client retained his LPR status
  • N400 - 319(b)
  • Approved


  • Asian American Chamber of Commerce
  • 2013 - Present
  • NASFA - Association of International Educators
  • 2013 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (DC chapter)
  • 2005 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • Thai
  • Vietnamese
  • Mandarin
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Honors and Awards

  • Cert. of Appreciation for Foreclosure Prevention ProBono Pjt
  • State of Maryland
  • 2013


Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (7)
Endorse Michael
Immigration Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is an experienced and knowledgeable attorney. I personally endorse him for a high quality legal services."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I'm pleased to endorse Michael. He is a top-notch immigration lawyer and a zealous advocate for his clients. A highly recommended attorney."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have the distinct pleasure to endorse Attorney Michael Lin as an Immigration practitioner of the highest quality. I have worked with Attorney Lin on numerous complex business immigration matters. Mr. Lin possesses a high level of expertise in the field of business immigration law and is a valuable resource in this area. He is a creative practitioner capable of offering solutions to the most difficult immigration problems. I would highly recommend Attorney Lin."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael is an extraordinary lawyer in the field of immigration, on which he has been totally focused throughout his illustrious career. His methods are creative, personal service oriented and steeped in the law. His ethical standards are also the highest and I hold him in great esteem."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Having consulted with him on many occasions on complicated business immigration issues, I can honestly say that I've met few immigration attorneys of Michael's caliber, and I can recommend him with no reservations whatsoever."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Michael several times. He listens to his clients -- not just immigration, but business and other law. His clients trust him"
Immigration Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I wholeheartedly endorse this attorney. I have worked with and known Mr. Lin for well over 10 years now. As a criminal defense attorney with a great number of clients with immigration issues, I have referred Mr. Lin and consulted with Mr. Lin about a great number of immigration cases. These cases ranged from brief immigration consultations to in-depth and complex immigration cases. Mr. Lin has always demonstrated the highest standards of professionalism, expertise, trustworthiness, honesty, and efficiency. I trust Mr. Lin so much that I have referred family members and close friends to him. Everyone who I have referred to Mr. Lin has expressed to me the exact same sentiment that I express in this endorsement: Mr. Michael Lin is an excellent immigration attorney who returns calls, moves the process forward, has an excellent and in-depth knowledge of the process, offers fair rates"
Immigration Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mike for over five years. He is a person with great integrity. I have sought his opinions on some of my complicated immigration cases. He was always willing to share his experience and knowledge."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael Lin has been and remains my go-to source for complicated employment-based immigration questions."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Mr. Lin professionally for several years. Our first contact was when he asked for my assistance on an matter related to his client with a substantial immigration issue. Mike wanted me to look into a couple of matters for this client and eventually he was able to preserve his client's ability to remain in the United States. Since that time Mike and I have sought one another's input on a number of matters. Mike is a compassionate and hard working attorney who cares deeply about his clients."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a good and responsible attorney. It is not easy to find an attorney with his quality in this field."
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Arlington Immigration Lawyer Michael W Lin
Michael W Lin
Immigration Attorney
Arlington, VA
Licensed for 25 years