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Michael Carlin has years of experience working with immigrants to help them to become lawful permanent residents and citizens of the United States.  Mike represents clients before the Immigration Court in Detroit, Michigan, and at the USCIS immigration offices in Detroit and Chicago.  Mike has also presented arguments before several U.S. Courts of Appeals, including the federal appeals courts in Washington DC and Chicago.


Mike graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in 2001, where he received a full academic scholarship and was a staff member of the North Carolina Law Review.


Prior to opening his own practice, Mike was a staff attorney at the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit, where he represented many clients, both in Immigration Court and at the USCIS offices in Detroit and Chicago.


Mike has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, where he ran the Asylum Law Clinic.  Through the Clinic, he supervised law students in the preparation of asylum applications with clients, and in the representation of those clients at the USCIS Asylum Office in Chicago and the Detroit Immigration Court.


A fluent Spanish speaker, Mike has worked for a decade with people of Latin American heritage.  His varied experiences prior to becoming a lawyer include working with Mexican farmworkers, asylum-seekers from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, and students and their families from the Dominican Republic.


Mike has the education and experience to help you in your efforts to reach your goals.  If you wish to discuss your immigration matter, please contact Mike at 734.369.3131.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 80%
    8 years
  2. Appeals: 10%
    8 years
  3. Asylum: 10%
    8 years



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  • Bradley Lawrence Whitney Thomson

    Michael is an excellent attorney. He is honest, easy to communicate with and has extensive knowledge of the fundamentals of immigration law. I would recommend Michael's services to anyone.


    Bradley Thomson Immigration Attorney
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  • Alexander Joseph Segal

    Michael Carlin is undoubtedly among the most knowledgeable immigration attorneys to participate on AVVO. His answers are always to the point, concise yet informative. It is my pleasure to endorse him.


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MIActive And In Good Standing200908/04/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2014
Winner of Note CompetitionNorth Carolina Law Review1999
Chancellors ScholarshipUniversity of North Carolina School of Law1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Michael Carlin PLLC2011 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity of Detroit Mercy School of Law2010 - 2010
Immigration AttorneyInternational Institute of Metropolitan Detroit2008 - 2011
AttorneyNational Labor Relations Board2002 - 2005
Law FellowAFL-CIO2001 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2008 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Matter of R-B-AAO granted the I-601 waiver of grounds of inadmissibility
Matter of R-G-Granted INA 212(h) Waiver and Adjustment to Permanent Resident Status
Matter of D-H-Granted Cancellation of Removal and Adjustment to Permanent Resident Status
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of North Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
Pennsylvania State University, University Park (main campus)General Arts & SciencesBA - Bachelor of Arts1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2013 Shepherd Ag. Labor/Farm Safety MeetingImmigration Law Issues Affecting Agricultural Workers2013