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Dr. George D. Pappas

Immigration Attorney at Hendersonville, NC

4.4   7 reviews
  • State Years
    Massachusetts - MA 15 years
    North Carolina - NC 21 years
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2008
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2003
    Active No misconduct found

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About Dr. George

Learn Dr. George’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Immigration
    DACA, Removal Defense, Unlawful Presence Waivers, H1B Visas, Immigration Court Representation, Naturalization, Green Cards, U Visas, E Treaty Visas, and Immigration Appeals.

    18 years

  2. Litigation
    U.S. Federal Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, NC Industrial Commission, NC Court of Appeals, Office of Administrative Appeal (DC). Immigration, Torts, Chapter 7B, and Criminal Appeals.

    21 years

  3. Criminal defense
    North Carolina District/Superior Courts.

    21 years

 "...helping immigration clients represents one of the most rewarding experiences in my professional career. "  George D. Pappas, Attorney at Law



 Case Examples  - Results Matter!


DACA - In 2012-2013 I successfully processed over 75 DACA applications in North Carolina, Georgia and South Carolina. Each successful application resulted in my clients obtaining  employment authorization leading to the acquisition of a Social Security number and a valid drivers license. These clients no longer live in the shadows of society.


 • BIA Appeal Success!  When the Charlotte Immigration Judge ruled against my client, I filed an appeal with the  Board of Immigration of Appeals (BIA) and argued that the court failed to take material note of key evidence.  The BIA agreed (En Banc - the full court) and 'remanded' my client's matter back to the Immigration Judge for furthr findings of fact.  Instead of my client being forced to leave the United States, he will have a fair hearing to weigh all of the important evidence in his matter. A father of three and a husband, this family continues to have hope that their father and husband will soon have a green card.  Stay tuned.


BIA Appeal Success! With only a few hours before my client was scheduled to be deported, I filed an emergency motion with the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) to "stay" his deportation and have my client's matter "re-opened" based on new evidence and lack of "due process" - my motion was Granted. Today, my client's matter has been sent back to Immigration court for further review even though the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) submitted a written "opposition" to my motion with the BIA.  Meanwhile, my client, his wife and his three young US born children still have hope that they will be permanently reunited.  Update: My client was granted Legal Permanent Residence as of November 2013! 


Cancellation of Removal Defense (Boston, MA) - I defended and successfully cancelled the removal of a legal permanent resident (LPR) after my client was prosecuted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Boston Immigration Court based on an offence dating back to 1994.   After presenting convincing evidence and creditable witnesses, DHS agreed that my client deserved to stay in the United States at the end of the hearing.  The Immigration Judge agreed and issued a final order canceling my client's deportation. My client is free, a legal permanent resident today and applying for U.S. citizenship. 


Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence - I have successfully argued in North Carolina Mecklenburg District Court that a plaintiff who has threatened their undocumented spouse with "telling the immigration authorities" about their status is evidence of domestic violence.  This was the first case in the United States to rule on this point.

Waiver Success - I have adjusted the status for an applicant who was denied a green card because he once lied about his social security number. The applicant was granted a green card and today is a taxpaying resident.

U Visa Success - I have obtained legal status and work permits for a child who was a victim of human trafficking.  I obtained U visa approval for a victim of armed robbery and assult with a deadely weapon in Charlotte, NC. Many more of my client's are in the process of having their U Visa applications reviewed as of this writing. Stay tuned!

Removal Success: I have obtained freedom for a legal permanent resident who was picked up by Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) raid without lawful justification.


• I have helped clients avoid deportation/removal marks against their records.


U.S. Citizenship: I have helped clients obtain U.S. Citizenship.


Congressional Petition Success - Pre DACA, I helped a client obtain his green card after being denied by USCIS because he was brought to the United States when he was young child by his parents who were undocumented at the time. 


E Treaty:  I have helped clients adjust their German E Treaty employment status to obtain a green card for themselves and their family. 


My Philosophy


Why did you decide to be a lawyer?


To promote fairness and justice by testing charges and evidence presented by the government against an individual. In the immigration arena being the son of Greek Immigrant parents instilled in me the empathy and respect I have for the positive contributions that immigrants have and continue to make to our society.


What work experience and education helps you be a better lawyer?


In addition to representing immigration clients in U.S. Immigration Courts, USCIS, the Board of Immigration Appeals and in US Federal Court, I have also lived in many countries.  I received most of my University education in England. I have represented hundreds of clients in criminal and family court in the United States.  Collectively, this has given me the experience to represent many immigration  clients successfully. I have had outstanding results for virtually all of my immigration clients. In addition to being an attorney, I am an experiened international trader, marketing professional, logistics professional, mantufacturing executive and the Executive Director of the International Center for Legal Studies (ICLS) where I also lecutre in such areas as International Protection of Human Rights and Jurisprudence.  I am also the co-founer of ICLS (est. 2002). 


 Why did you decide on your primary area of practice?


Immigrants represent one of the best assets of our society,and unlike most other countries in the world, the United States has one of the better track records for accepting and assimilating new immigrants. Our system is not perfect not by a long shot, but compared to what I have witnessed in other countries, the United States still provides a relatively superior option for new immigrants who are willing to work and contribute to our society. Still, the U.S. immigration system remains a political football driven by misinformation and prejudice , and I believe that through education in our schools, government and the media, more people will come to understand the tremendous contributions that new immigrants can and do make to our society.




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George D. Pappas, Esq., P.C.
110 Edney St
Unit A
Hendersonville, NC, 28792
George D. Pappas, Esq., P.C.
129 Bleachery Blvd
Suite B-138
Asheville, NC, 28805
Paulina Havelka, ESQ, Of Counsel George D. Pappas, Esq., P.C.
1401 East 7th Street
Suite 200
Charlotte, NC, 28204
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Posted by Brendan O Neill | July 17, 2014
George D Pappas in my opinion this is who he is.
George D Pappas was a gift from God, George was kind enough to take on my case pro Bono because of a situation I had ongoing. He was the best most sincere Attorney I have ever met in my life. On top of that he was a perfectionist at his job with made me adhere to a high standard and this In the end was why George did an immaculate job in helping me get a successful result in moving on with my life. I will always be indebted to his brilliant service but his kindness and sincerer approach I have never met somebody better. He is not only a brilliant Attorney but more than that he is a class act as a human-being. Kind Regards Brendan
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Posted by Veronica Carrillo | July 11, 2014
Amazing and Helpful Lawyer!
My name is V. Carrillo. I want everybody to know if it wasn’t for Attorney George Pappas my husband will be in Mexico by now. Supposedely my husband had a deportation order but thanks to Mr. Pappas he is now a legal resident alien because of his knowledge and compassion for others. He is now here with his family. Mr. Pappas is a GREAT lawyer, he believes in the law but he also believes that family should be together. If you have any problems and would like a great lawyer you can always go to him for help. He will tell you the information straight to you if he can help or not. Not like other lawyers that take money first and not help at all. Give him a call!
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Posted by Rosa | May 30, 2014
My husband had been in removal proceedings and thanks to George he is now here to stay for good! George is super full of patience and the best part is he is realistic. We have accomplished so much and we could not have done it without George.
Posted by Juan | January 27, 2014
A Great Lawyer
I was about to be deported and I was in an immigration detention center when a family member contacted Mr. Pappas. He worked really hard on my case and he treated the case as if it was the case of a family member. That is something that I had never experienced with any other lawyer. He was able to get me my green card fighting at the immigration court and for that I am very grateful. I highly recommend Mr. Pappas.
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Posted by CarlMarangoudakis | January 24, 2014
You are in great hands with this lawyer ! Do not gamble - George is the best
George is a great communicator. He handled our situation from A to Z every detail. He explained everything clearly along the way. He has great knowledge and experience. His advice is solid as granite, his integrity is solid as a diamond. You are in great hands with George, and by the way, he's a pleasure to deal with, like an old friend.
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Posted by anonymous | January 6, 2014
Good advice
I was a victim of immigration abuse and sought the help of Mr Pappas. I explained what happened to me. I had received a threat of deportation from another lawyer. He was very understanding and with his knowledge of family law, which he used to practice, he was able to suggest how to reconnect with my kids after almost two years of separation.
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Posted by Elena | March 21, 2023
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| Consulted Attorney
We had an immigration case. A week before the appointment we brought all document to this ‘lawyer’ and he didn’t even read it. He thought that we came to US last year although we crossed the border only month ago. We paid 150$ for consultation and during all this time he was talking about politics and in the end he said that he wouldn’t take our case. We were really disappointed.
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Work Experience

  • North American Representative
  • University of London International Programmes
  • 2004 - Present
  • Executive Director
  • The International Center for Legal Studies
  • 2002 - Present
  • General Counsel
  • Springfield Forward, Inc.
  • 2008 - 2013
  • Editor
  • The Malet Street Gazette
  • 1999 - 2012
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  • Birkbeck College, University of London
  • PhD
  • 2014
  • Widener University School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2000
  • University of London
  • LL.B. Honors
  • 1998
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1982
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Dramer Gets Green Card
  • Approved Green Card
  • Deportation Proceeding Terminated
  • Removal Proceedings Terminated
  • Judicial V Visa Certifiction Granted
  • Motion Granted
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  • 4th Cir. Court of Appeals
  • Admitted
  • 2016 - Present
  • Buncombe County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Admitted
  • 2010 - Present
  • Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers
  • Admitted
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Associate
  • 2006 - Present
  • U.S. Committee for Refugees
  • Pro Bono Attorney
  • 2006 - Present
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Admitted
  • 2003 - Present
  • U.S. District Court Western District of NC
  • Admitted
  • 2003 - Present
  • Mecklenburg County Bar
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Bobbit Inn (American Inns of Court)
  • Associate
  • 2003 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Mecklenburg County Bar, Immigration Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2012
  • U.S. District Court of Massachusetts
  • Admitted
  • 2009 - 2009
  • PAIR/Dentention Program Boston
  • Pro Bono Attorney
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Hampden County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Mecklenburg County Bar, Lawyer Referral Service Committee
  • Co-chair
  • 2006 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • Greek
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Ph.D
  • Birkbeck Collage University of London
  • 2014
  • Eagle Scout
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • 1972


  • The National Greek Herald
  • Wars Moral Poverty Cannot be Saved by Legality
  • 2004
  • The Malet Street Gazette
  • Establishing a New Basis for Aider & Abtter Liablity? A Review of SEC Rule 10b-5 in Light of Central Bank v. Denver First Interstate Bank
  • 2001
  • The Malet Street Gazette
  • Bar Admission Rules and Foreign Lawyers: U.S. State Barriers Challenged in a Global Economy
  • 2000
  • The Malet Street Gazette
  • Does Delaware Law Allocate Financial Resources Efficiently In A Takeover Context?
  • 2000
  • American Banker
  • Co-venturing and Cooperative Countertrading
  • 1985
  • American Banker
  • OPEC: Oil Revenues Down, Countertrade Up
  • 1984
  • American Banker
  • Both U.S. Exporters and Developing Nations Stand to Glean Benefits from Countertrade
  • 1984
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Speaking Engagements

  • Your Voice, Your Future: The Immigration Impact' Town Hall
  • Immigration
  • 2017
  • Latin Advocacy Coalition
  • Immigration Meeting DACA/DAPA
  • 2015
  • DACA Deferred Action Henedersonville, NC
  • Deferred Action
  • 2013
  • Johnson Wood Foundation
  • Immigration Prorgram
  • 2010
  • Charlotte Chamber of Commerce
  • Abritration Rules
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Immigration Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Dr. Pappas is very hardworking and thorough on his cases."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I will definitely give a 10+ rating. Grant Smithso"
Immigration Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is knowledgeable, friendly and professional."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Dr. George. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Friend
"I have been impressed by this attorney's accomplishments. He is not only an outstanding lawyer, but educator as well and I endorse his legal services."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Attorney George Dino Pappas is an extraordinary attorney. I have had the distinct pleasure of working closely with Mr. Pappas on several cases. He is competent, detailed and most of all caring. I heartily endorse him without reservation."
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