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Michael Charles Smallbone

Immigration Attorney at Franklin, TN

5.0   19 reviews

also known as First Class Immigration

  • Licensed for 15 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2008
    Active No misconduct found

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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Immigration
    Non-Immigrant (H1, R1, H2, TN1) and Immigrant/Permanent Resident/Greencard petitions for both work based and family based clients.

    16 years

  2. Entertainment

    10 years

Michael Smallbone, the founding attorney at First Class Immigration (), is a licenced immigration lawyer based in Nashville, Tennessee. Michael works with people wishing to relocate to the United States either for a work related opportunity or by marriage to a US citizen. Our firm represents both individuals and corporations and has extensive experience in all aspects of immigration law, including permanent residency applications for both employment and family-based petitions.


As a naturalized US citizen, head attorney Michael Smallbone personally understands the frustration and anxiety associated with immigrating to the United States in addition to the technical requirements of filing for immigration status within the United States. Michael is a former immigrant with more than 10 years of experience in immigration law. He is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, AILA, Adjunct Professor at Nashville School of Law and the American Bar Association. He prides himself on fast and thorough service and uses the most current technology to ensure expedient and accurate collection of documents and client information.    

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First Class Immigration
330 Mallory Station Dr
Ste C-7
Franklin, TN, 37067


5.0 / 5.0
  19 customer reviews
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Posted by Umida | April 17, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Best immigration lawyer!!!!
HIGHLY RECOMMEND I highly recommend services of this law firm. Michael Smallbone’s firm and everyone at her office did an incredible job with our case which had a positive outcome. Law firm was always on top of things. He went above and beyond during our long process and did everything she could to ensure a successful outcome. A perfect professional and great mentor Michael Smallbone’ s was very effective getting my applications through all the required processes. He is very meticulous, detail oriented and timely. Michael and his team followed all the necessary steps, never missed deadlines, expedited the procedures and made sure everything submitted was perfect down to the smallest detail. Michael Smallbone’ s is wonderful not only as a professional but also as a friend and coach, makes the psychological factor of going through the applications much easier and less stressful. In summary, a great lawyer and individual.
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Posted by Ryan | February 28, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Fantastic immigration experience
I was a very hesitant client in the beginning thanks to the overwhelming amount of information online in regards to moving and working internationally. Michael and his team gave me the confidence I needed and after a surprisingly easy experience I now have the visa I have wanted for years. Cannot recommend Michael and his team highly enough. Thanks mate!
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Posted by Kechi | January 15, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Renewal of O1 visa
Within hours of being introduced to Michael, it felt like we were old friends! His knowledge, experience and professionalism is second to none. In much less time that I could have imagined, he got my O1 renewed. I highly recommend him to anyone who needs an Immigration Attorney. Michael and his team are the best! - Kechi
Posted by anonymous | May 4, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
The fastest, most efficient attorney I have ever used.
After having previously used a different attorney, who completely ruined my pending case and left me with a NOID (notice of intent to deny) I was referred to Michael. Within less than a month, Michael was able to get me approved for a green card. This is something my previous attorney was unable to do over a THREE YEAR period - and within a month Michael had me an approved i140. Due to some further unforeseen circumstances (related to my previous attorney and pending case) my wife and I retained Michael again for help with our i130 (which had the original RFE/NOID). Michael was able to attend our interview with USCIS and we had an approval the following day for our i130 and a few days later we got an e-mail that our i485 was approved. I am happy to say without a doubt that these approvals are 100% thanks to the hard and diligent work of Michael. He went above and beyond, he was always calm (and able to calm my wife and I) and always available. Having gone through the stress of three years of USCIS interviews, NOIDs and on-going drama - Michael was able to do what my wife and I thought was never going to happen, which was get us approved.
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Posted by Stefan | April 19, 2017
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Best Immigration Lawyer around. (Green Card)
Best (and most affordable) Immigration Lawyer in the US! I was referred to Michael Smallbone by a friend of mine who went through the process of obtaining a green card. I wasn't disappointed. He is always available to answer my questions (even during late hours of the night) and is very easy to work with. The whole tedious immigration process felt like a breeze having Michael on my side. I know of a lot of other people who also used him for immigration purposes and they share the same great experience Michael gave them. (not surprisingly). I will continue to refer Michael to anyone in need of an immigration lawyer. Thank you Michael Smallbone!!
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Posted by Jay | April 5, 2017
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Thank you Michael!
Having signed an Agreement with an Agent who would be helping my career in the US, I sought out an attorney to assist me in applying for an 01 petition to work in the US. After reviewing the complex documents and requirements, I knew that I was not qualified to undertake this task myself. The first attorney I spoke to turned out to be a disappointment. He really didn’t understand my needs. A former Manager and well known public figure introduced me to Michael Smallbone, an Immigration Attorney he knew of who had a reputation for getting the job done in a professional and timely manner. Michael Smallbone was a blessing to me. The process was painless and I felt comfortable and confident throughout the entire process knowing that I had Michael and his team helping me out! It wasn’t long before my application was approved! And that’s not all. Even after I was approved, he continued offering me his expert advice! I recommend him to all of my friends! Professional, customer service is amazing, and just a nice and friendly guy! Jay, Inspiration Speaker, Vlogger & Writer
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Posted by Josh | December 7, 2016
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01 Visa from Australia
Working with Michael Smallbone on my 01 visa was fantastic!!.. He was reliable, prompt and extremely professional in this field... Ill definitely be using him again for my extension.
Posted by Richard | March 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
US Green card application approved!
I was on an O-1 visa and was looking to become a US permanent resident after marrying to a US citizen. A friend of mine recommended Michael Smallbone and I'm so glad I hired him. He made the whole application process feel quite effortless. He is personable, professional, efficient and experienced. He has a great working knowledge of the ins and outs of US immigration and a good relationship with all the applicable USCIS offices in the country. We had a few unexpected road bumps in our case and Michael navigated them all with skill, humor and ease. He was never worried or rushed, but did his job with care and excellence. He explained clearly what was required of us, what was involved in every step, and took all the stress out of applying for my green card. It is an absolute honor to write this review and recommend Michael. I've dealt with quite a few immigration attorneys over the years and my experience with Michael was by far the best. I'm now very happy to be the proud owner of a US green card!
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Posted by Oneil | March 16, 2016
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Excellent Immigration Lawyer
I would not hesitate to recommend Mr. Smallbone to anyone, his transparency, communication, consistency, professionalism and just how he stays on top of things are second to none. I was totally satisfied with the amount of time he took to finalise my case as from putting in my application to recieving my permanent residency took just a little over three months, the experience was nothing short of AMAZING!!! I think it was a direct blessing from God to have come in contact with Mr. Michael Smallbone. Thank you so very much Michael, all my future references will be directed to you. Cheers!
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Posted by Roddy | February 21, 2016
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The Best
Michael Smallbone has advised me with multiple contracts for my corporate and entertainment clients for over ten years. He has always helped move things forward toward an agreement that serves both parties (me and my clients). His communication is succinct and effective. I would highly recommend Michael Smallbone.
Posted by Gary | February 10, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Professional and Knowledgable
Michael Smallbone gave us the professional and very specific help needed to hire a new employee from Australia. He had all the knowledge and experience to navigate the challenging immigration system. He made the process as smooth and seamless as possible. I would highly recommend Mr. Smallbone for his ability to navigate all areas of immigration law.
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Posted by Richard Adolph | February 9, 2016
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Would highly recommend
Michael Smallbone was an incredible help to me during my process for a visa and green card. He was highly professional and quickly responded to various calls and emails. He explained everything in great detail and helped me through each stage of the process. Very grateful for all of his help and I would recommend him to everyone going through this journey!
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Posted by Robin | February 8, 2016
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Easy Breezy
Michael not only handled all the parer work to change my citizenship but he took care of a name change for me during the process. I hate paperwork and Michael handled everything. I even had a move out of state during the filing and he did a quick change if venues. Everything was easy and stress free. Change can be hard but not when you have someone like Michael holding your hand.
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Posted by Chris | February 8, 2016
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Excellent help with citizenship
Michael helped with an extremely difficult citizenship situation. He made the process efficient, easy, and simple to understand. We got our citizenship fast and without any problems. He is professional, personal, and a caring person who respects and works your unique situation. I will always recommend him for his services.
Posted by Olivia | February 2, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Lawyer
Michael was a great lawyer, He helped my husband get his green card. Every time we had a question Michael was quick to answer, we never felt in the dark with what we were suppose to do next. He made the whole progress painless and easy. Michael makes every effort to mold to our needs. My husband and i travel a lot, but Micheal made sure we still got all the right paperwork. We will recommend him to any of our friends who will need his service.
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Posted by Brenda | February 2, 2016
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Reliable and trustworthy
Michael Smallbone is both professional and personal. He has helped through this difficult situation every step of the way. I could not have done it without him. I would recommend him to anyone in need of an immigration attorney
Posted by AJ Hastings | February 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Immigration Attorney in Middle Tennessee
First class immigration took care of my change-of-status from a work visa to a permanent resident green card. I'm so thankful for their hard work, dedication and attention to detail. They did all the hard stuff for me. They were on top of all paperwork and knew everything that was due along with the related deadlines. I was worried and stressed at first with the idea of green card paperwork but First Class Immigration did it all for me! The best decision I ever made was going with First Class Immigration. Michael and his team went above and beyond my expectations for the complicated process. 5 stars!!!
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Posted by Molly | February 1, 2016
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My experience with first class immigration has been wonderful. His office took care of all the details and made the entire process very straight forward. I recommend him to all of our friends in need of an immigration lawyer.
Posted by Robert M | December 18, 2014
Fast, responsive and really great value
I have used First Class Immigration for a visa, green card and citizenship and it has been an absolute breeze every time. High recommend them.
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Work Experience

  • Founding Attorney/Lawyer
  • First Class Immigration
  • 2008 - Present
  • Vice President
  • Premiere Speakers Bureau
  • 2004 - 2012
  • Paralegal
  • Chesser & Asc., PLLC
  • 2001 - 2004


  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Griffith University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999

Legal Cases

  • Registration
  • Approved


  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Class Program/Adjunct Professor
  • Immigration Law
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

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Given (4)
Endorse Michael
Unknown Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is the best at what he does, and I will continue to recommend him to any of my clients needing assistance with immigration matters."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael for any and all issues pertaining to Immigration Law. I am very comfortable referring anyone looking for an immigration lawyer to him. He will work hard for and take good care of his clients."
Entertainment Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have reached out and asked for help from Michael on several different Entertainment issues and he has always been very helpful and willing to help a fellow attorney out."