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Emanuela Prister

Immigration Attorney at Cary, NC

4.8   18 reviews
  • State Years
    North Carolina - NC 7 years
    Texas - TX 21 years
  • Licensed for 7 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2016
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2002
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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I have 14 years experience in immigration law. Most of my clients are healthcare workers, RN Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Medical Technologists, Physical Therapists, etc. I have had tremendous success helping them navigating our convoluted immigration system from the moment they graduate from school until they become citizens. I take pride in my work, I care about my clients and I care about the law.

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The Law Office of Emanuela Prister, PLLC
2054 Kildaire Farm Rd
PMB 408
Cary, NC, 27518


4.8 / 5.0
  18 customer reviews
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Posted by Jesilinah | November 18, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Migration stuff
I would not have asked anything more than a lawyer who is enpathetic, trustworthy, loyal, kind , truthful, and hardworking. Emanuela Prister tells you the truth about ur situation and walks with you through it , giving you realistic and possible ways to make it happen which are genuine and true. Of course at the end of the end the day you walk this walk, but she will always be there to reassure you , return your calls promptly and stay on top of the migration stuff. She is very knowlegeable and up to date with cureent stuff. I have recommended her to many of my friends, and would recommend her to anybody who is looking for an honest, trustworthy and empathetic lawyer.
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Posted by Sun Keun Han | November 16, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She is a great lawyer who helped my family with the long process of obtaining the greencard. Despite the difficulty, she was organized and always tried to help our needs. She truly wanted to help our family and through her help, we wouldn't have been able to receive our greencard. Will always be thankful for what she did for our family.
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Posted by Krunal Parekh | May 4, 2023
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| Consulted Attorney
Immigration help
Ms. Prister returned my phone call in less than 15 minutes to answer immigration questions I had for my mom while most lawyers wouldn't get you in without appointment. She takes her time to answer (in detail) all the questions. I definitely recommend her and will consult her in future for immigration help.
Posted by Kristie | December 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Green card
I found Emanuela on this website because I didn't have any references and couldn't have chosen better. She walked me thought how the process works and the possible outcomes based on my case. She always answered my phone calls and e-mails promptly and made sure that everything was submitted as quickly as possible. Working with her was a pleasure and made navigating the immigration process much easier than I thought it was going to be. I would highly recommend Emanuela to anyone who is need of assistance with their immigration status. Her knowledge of the process is thorough and based on years of experience. She is a pleasure to interact with, and she makes sure that her clients have an understanding of all of the challenges that might arise. Even after I received my green card, Emanuela followed up and made sure that there were no other issues.
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Posted by Jim | August 27, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
H1b & I-140
Emanuela has always done a great job from the very beginning when I joined the hospital. She has done my H1b transfer, renewed my visa couple of times and I-140. All my applications were approved first time and never got any RFE. I highly recommend Emanuela.
Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I search through the mire of attorneys, for what I was looking for, as soon as I started talking to Emanuela Prister, I felt relaxed confidant, that she inspired in me extremely professional, Emanuela Prister goes beyond the norm in client Attorney, she care passionately how she can help and care about her clients, HIGHLY RECOMMNEDED.
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Posted by anonymous | November 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Dependable Lawyer !
I endorse this lawyer! Not after your money, all she want is you to get your green card. Emanuela Prister is an excellent , dependable, and honest Immigration attorney! She is very knowledgeable and undoubtedly an attorney who has skillfully mastered her primary area of practice. Emanuela is very compassionate about her clients’ welfare and uses her skills unselfishly to represent them in the immigration matters. She took care of my immigration matter in a timely and very professional manner.  I applied my green card through my employer, took about 8 months and I had my 10 years permanent resident card. She always responded to my calls and always keeping me informed as well. Answered all my questions, explained every step and I always knew things ahead. Thank you Emanuela your are such a treasure !.
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Posted by Sharon Stephens | November 22, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Marriage Immigration
Ms Emanuela Prister did an amazing job in helping me to get the green card, she handled my marriage case. I'm so glad she represented me, I wouldn't have done it without her. she's an excellent attorney, honest, kind, very professional and knowledgeable. Even though I moved to another state due to my husband's work, we were always in communication during the whole process and she explained and answered all my questions about my case right away. I Would definitely recommend her without hesitation.
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Posted by Marie-Laure | November 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Green card process
Emanuela Prister helped me with the Green Card process for my parents. She was nice, knowledgeable and responsive, She helped us through every bump on the road and quickly got the matters resolved. She was also always available to answer questions and help us through the paperwork. I would highly recommend hiring her for legal help with that process.
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Posted by anonymous | August 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
empathetic, always available and highly knowledgeable immigration attorney!
Emanuela helped me more than half a decade of my stay here in USA with all the immigration related documents, queries and processes. I would say, hands down, she was a greatest legal support to me and my family for all these years. I have never met with any other attorney who makes themselves available, listens to you and provide the support in a language you understand. Emanuela goes above and beyond to help you with your immigration processes. I would highly recommend her!
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Posted by My | November 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
H1b and green card
I am very lucky to find such a professional and thoughtful lawyer. For any questions I have,she responded promply and figured out the best ways for my case. Highly recommend her to everyone.
Posted by Damaris | November 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Adjustment of status
Emanuela, I want to say thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for being such a blessing to me and my family! To anyone out there who is looking for an immigration attorney, please know that you are SAFE if you choose Emanuela!! She is professional, knowledgeable, kind, friendly, honest, always available for you in a timely manner, very respectful and empathetic. Emanuela is not in this business just for money, she is in it to help her clients!! I begun talking to Emanuela years before I became her client, and she gave me professional advice for free which put me on the right path towards adjusting my status effectively. When the time came to file my case, she explained everything to me very clearly and upon receiving all my documents she put the documents together quickly while keeping be informed in every step of the way and in less than 6 months my Green card was on the way. Once again I am very grateful to you Emanuela, and I look forward to making referrals to you!!
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Posted by anonymous | November 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, helpful and affable.
The H1B/GC process and was a long, tedious and nerve-wrecking experience but Emaunela has been nothing short of amazing throughout the whole process. She prepared and submitted the required documents and communicated throughout the entire process explaining what was expected and patiently addressed any questions I had. She handled all the complications very effectively and her advises helped me remain calm and optimistic when there any obstacles. I am glad to have her represent me and I'd highly recommend her to friends/family who were looking for immigration related help.
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Posted by anonymous | October 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She Gets It!
You know how frustrating the immigration process can get. You know when you are between a rock and a hard place and there is no immigration room to wiggle... and you are frustrated, and sad and unsure. She gets it. She knows how to create room for you within the confines of the law so you can consider your options. She is really good!
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Posted by nirankavre | November 26, 2014
great experience
I worked with Emanuela Prister with my lengthy immigration process. I had GREAT experience, working with her. I never paid a dime for any of her consultation, even at the time when I was with different lawer. I can recall several instances, where I was on phone with her for almost an hour. She always answered my calls or called me back at her earliest convenience. Every time I panic when the process did not go smoothly, she would calm me down and I always felt better after I talked to her. I would recommend Emanuela for any kind of immigration process because she explains things well, easy to reach to, reasonable charges, and her legal experties.
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Posted by anonymous | March 13, 2014
Outstanding Immigration Lawyer
Ms. Emanuela Prister was able to answer all my questions regarding H1B, H4, and permanent residence issues. She provided me with excellent service. I would recommend her to anyone seeking an immigration lawyer. Thank you Emanuela for your help!
Posted by Fernanda | September 18, 2013
Awesome Service
My husband and I had just received our green cards. As a nurse, my husband could apply for permanent residency, and I could also apply under him. A friend of ours referred us to Emanuela and we are so glad we decided to go with her. Emanuela is knowledgeable, made herself available to answer all our questions, and literally made the process VERY SMOOTH for us. I just wanted to make sure I would write a review and express our gratitude. I would not hesitate to refer anyone who needs immigration services to her.
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Posted by anonymous | January 7, 2014
Emanuela made mistake with my dob and my wife's Alien # on our work permit documents. When it was brought to her attention, she didn't want to take any responsibility. Instead, she made us pay for the documents again. My wife had to stay home(loa-non pay) because of her mistake. Apparently, she had made a similar mistake with one of our friends also. I would not recommend her.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Law Office of Emanuela Prister, PLLC
  • 2009 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Burford & Ryburn, LLP
  • 2002 - 2009


  • Baylor University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • University of Texas
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998

Legal Cases

  • immigration lawyer


  • State Bar of North Carolina
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • AILA (Carolinas Chapter)
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Texas chapter)
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (1)
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Immigration Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Emanuela Prister is a brilliant lawyer who fights tirelessly for what's right. I am proud to endorse her."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked with Emanuela Prister when we were both young attorneys at a Dallas firm. Now that we have our own practices, I frequently consult her regarding cases that involve difficult immigration issues. She is an excellent lawyer whom is well versed in her practice area. I have always liked the fact that Ms. Prister always explores all options to resolve legal issues. She really cares about her clients and works extremely hard for them."
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