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Heather Louise Garvock

Immigration Attorney at Ann Arbor, MI

5.0   29 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2008
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Heather L. Garvock is a lifelong resident of Michigan and a graduate of Eastern Michigan University (B.S. summa cum laude, 2005) and Wayne State University (J.D., cum laude, 2008). She is currently Of Counsel to Ellis Porter, PLC where she dedicates her entire practice to immigration law. Prior to joining Ellis Porter, Heather was an associate attorney with Legalquest Network, PC, where she assisted individuals with solving their immigration problems and reaching their immigration goals.

Heather is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She is also a member of the State Bar of Michigan, American Immigration Lawyers’ Association (AILA), Washtenaw County Bar Association, and Oakland County Bar Association.

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Ellis Porter PLC
2211 Old Earhart Road
Suite 160
Ann Arbor, MI, 48105
Ellis Porter PLC
755 West Big Beaver Road
Suite 1100
Troy, MI, 48084
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Posted by Ricardo Santos | January 12, 2024
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Heather is amazing in J1 waiver cases
Heather assisted me in a J1 waiver case. The process was smooth. Heather has great understanding in NIW and AOS cases. J1 waiver cases are complementary to AOS cases. I totally recommend her for this type of cases.
Posted by Sohaib | May 1, 2023
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Made things much easier!
I had the pleasure of working with Heather, an attorney who helped me waive my 2-year residency conditions. Her professionalism, expertise, and dedication to her work were truly exceptional. She was thorough in her explanations, patient with my questions, and provided timely updates throughout the process. I highly recommend Heather to anyone in need of legal assistance, and I am grateful for her excellent service.
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Posted by anonymous | December 23, 2021
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EB2 NIW Green Card
Ms. Heather was my admired lawyer for my challenging case that only had a 30% chance to get approval. She helped me file the I-485 form with a perfect petition to convince the USCIS officer. Ms. Abril Costanza-Lara was her assistant who responded to all my questions quickly with patience. My case was approved after 6 months without any difficulties. Her kindness and professionalism were my guiding light during this dark and trying time in my life. Thank you for everything!
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Posted by anonymous | October 4, 2021
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I 485 (Change of Status)
She helped me out to get my case approved despite my case was complicated. On top of that, she is very responsive and being always available to respond your questions.
Posted by anonymous | September 16, 2021
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She saved my case!
When I first applied for EB2 NIW Green Card, my I-140 was denied. Then I contacted attorney Heather to figure out how we could solve my situation. She advised me to apply through my marriage with my husband (who was already LPR). She completed all the paperwork for us in a record time and still, we didn´t get any RFE for any information missing or incorrectly filled. I had my GC interview 10 months after submitting the application, and the interview officer congratulated us for putting together all the necessary information in a very clear manner. Few days later my GC was approved. Thanks attorney Heather for saving my case!
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Posted by Robin | November 7, 2020
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Great Attorney
Heather helped me obtain my permanent residence through marriage. My case was anything but straight forward and complicated by a government shutdown and COVID-19. Her advice to my wife and I at every step was accurate and timely. It proved to get us through to the next step at which time she took the time to explain everything and provided continuous guidance throughout this lengthy process. Her advice in the days leading up the adjustment of status interview was spot on and I was very prepared for the questions I was asked. Thank you Heather for your help! I recommend Ellis porter and Heather with out reservation if you re looking for a great immigration attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | August 25, 2020
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Withdrawl of application for Admission 212(a)7(a)(i)(1)
I consulted my case (Heather analyzed all paperwork & provided best advice (found out that she was correct the next day @ the border). Whole withdrawal application paperwork had some concerning details of either getting a Visa (Canadians do not need a US visa unless a criminal background is identified) or a waiver (which would have taken months & especially in current pandemic time, when consulates are shutdown). She did not scare me on those details & guided me the right path to help me reunite with my family (no waiver was required at all). Great dedication & prompt response let me believe in her & would definitely recommend her.
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Posted by Mrunalini Martin | February 27, 2020
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Green card processing
We reached out to Heather's office in regards to Green card processing, I am pleased with the decision we made. The first conversation over the phone was informative, I did not feel rushed she paid attention to all my questions and answered them with ease. The process was smooth as we had a great team working on our case. I felt that Heather is one of the best and most knowledgeable immigration attorneys.
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Posted by S & T | February 4, 2020
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Don’t hesitate to hire Heather
Heather helped us through the process of obtaining a green card through marriage. We consulted a few other lawyers before hiring Heather but at our first appointment with her, we knew she was the lawyer for us. Even though we had a few red flags regarding our case, the process was as smooth as it possibly could be. We were very impressed by her professionalism and thoroughness that led our case to no RFEs and an approval on the first interview. Our case manager, Olivia, was always responsive and helpful throughout the process. She will be there for you whenever you have questions/concerns. If you want an approval on your case, I strongly recommend hiring attorney Heather Garvock!!
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Posted by KHALED | October 7, 2019
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asylum case
simply she is great, nice, helpful and professional. she feels your pain and tries hard to help. I remember one time when I had to drop off some papers and the office was closed, she agreed to meet with me while she is with her family outside shopping just not to make me do another trip since I was coming from another city. I wish her the best.
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Posted by Brad | September 14, 2019
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We found Heather via a Google search. We held a Green card and were looking to apply for citizenship. We had heard we could do this on our own but usually best to use legal counsel. A phone interview with Heather convinced us she knew her stuff. We proceeded with Heather and are now citizens. Heather and her staff were very knowledgeable, helpful and comforting every step of the way. They always responded to any questions we had immediately. On important prepping issues, we had phone conferences when needed. We highly recommend Heather for your immigration legal needs.
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Posted by anonymous | July 2, 2019
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Excellent Lawyer
Heather is an excellent lawyer. She was very supportive and helpful from day one until we completed the process. I highly recommend to hire her for any immigration process.
Posted by anonymous | January 3, 2019
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She Never Gave Up
I’m ashamed it took me two years to write this review for Heather, but life happened. My husband found Heather online for me because she seemed the most empathetic and sincere out of the entire list he was digging through. When I first met her, she was not pretentious or intimidating. You can tell she is herself. No facades. My case was very unique and very difficult to overcome but Heather never showed an ounce of defeat even when, I myself was starting to give up hope. I have been trying to become a permanent resident since I entered the country 20+ years ago, and heather managed to help me become a permanent resident within months. My case was not a black and white case, there was a lot of gray area and a lot of missing pieces that could not be filled by myself or anyone for that matter. Heather never let me give up even when I decided to give up on myself several times. She is so hard working and dedicated to the end result. She is brave, hopeful, and will exhaust every option to make sure she is serving her client’s needs. There were days that I sat in her office and asked her the same question in 8 different ways, and without showing any frustration, she thoroughly answered every question thoroughly. Her prices are also beyond reasonable and her accounting team is willing to work with you on payment plans. She will never know how impactful her role in my life will continue to be, but I strongly recommend her as an immigration lawyer to all of my family and friends.
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Posted by Jane | January 2, 2019
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Great and professional
Heather is my attorney and helped me get green card since our first application 2015. I just received my permanent green card and I highly recommend Heather for her professional work! She will always meet your expectations!
Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2018
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Successful I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility (Extreme Hardship)
Long story short my spouse is US citizen we married 2 years ago and I applied by myself to change of status (i130, i485 and i765). Got my work permit and SSN then an interview was scheduled. I did a mistake in the interview the first time, so they sent me another call for an interview and guess what! I did the same mistake again! 1 month later I received a letter that I'll not be able to change my status and I have to apply for I-601 Waiver and if it got approved the USCIS will process my Change of Status. That was the worst thing ever happened to me since I moved in here, because as far as I know if the waiver got denied It can take up to 2 years after you appeal for a judge to look at your case. I wasn't ready for that! and most probably I was not gonna be able to renew my work permit or driving license. I'm not trying to be extreme but we both lived the worst 4 months ever! Everything we built together can fade out at anytime, my wife was not ready to leave her kids and leave the country and I was not going to leave my wife behind under any circumstances and also leave her with loans and bill all alone! I called few lawyers for consulting, I met couple until I spoke to Ms. Garvock. She seemed pretty confident dealing with waivers unlike other lawyers who scared me and told me how my life can be worse if it got denied and no one was sure that he can guarantee the result. Of course no one can guarantee the result but speaking with somebody who is at least confident and telling me exactly "Don't worry I'll get you your green card" made me so confident hiring her! The waiver was supposed to be sent within 30 days, I already waisted 2 weeks before I met Ms. Garvock, We met 3 times only. First time she listened carefully to everything, she reviewed all the letters I received from USCIS and she gave us a checklist of required supportive documents. Second time was 1 week later to review everything we sent her. She prepared a really strong case (Hundreds of pages!) and 3 months later I received my approval notice and 2 weeks later I got my Green Card Finally! Third time we met to thank her for everything she did to successfully get me my card! I really recommend Ms. Garvock and wishing everyone good luck :)
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Posted by anonymous | February 25, 2018
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Green Card Application
Heather supported my green card application in a highly professional & effective manner. From the beginning she was proactive in protecting my rights and in providing quick and reliable feedback and answers to questions. I highly recommend Heather to others based on my experience as a client.
Posted by Bruce | September 19, 2017
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Great job!
After several years of applying for documentation, and attending interviews without result and my wife in jeopardy of deportation, we engaged Heather to appeal our case. She gave very clear instructions regarding evidence we needed to submit. Within a few short months the entire issue was favorably resolved with Permanent Resident status, and at very reasonable cost. I cannot thank her enough for the excellent, professional service she provided. Great job
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Posted by Susanne | September 18, 2017
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Green Card
My Husband and I worked with Heather and she is amazing ! If you are looking for a good Attorney,that's the one you want to go to. :) Thank you again, Heather!!!
Posted by Edmond | August 8, 2017
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Ok so if you looking for a Imigration attorney just stop and have a meting with heather and im sure you will hire her as we did ! I had to talk with some other attorneys over the the years and and all of them do not compare to Heather ! She was very dedicated to my case and we went thry everything with her before we filed the papers witch made everything easier after . And she has a very dedicated team off assistants,i only had to deal with the troy office but i had phone conversations with the Ann Arbor office and i ben very happy with them ! They will treat you like family! Just go and sit down with her and you will as happy as i am !
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Posted by Ellyn | August 1, 2017
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We Knew From our First Call
We knew from our first intro phone call with Heather that she was the lawyer for us. She made the process smooth and helped us understand the legal papers from beginning to end. Thank you Heather!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Immigration Attorney
  • Ellis Porter
  • 2011 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Legalquest Network, PC
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Principal
  • Law Office of Heather L. Garvock
  • 2008 - 2010


  • Wayne State University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Defensive Asylum
  • Asylum granted by IJ
  • Affirmative Asylum
  • Asylum Granted by Asylum Officer
  • Consular Processing
  • Beneficiary entered the US with and Immigrant Visa.
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  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Michigan chapter)
  • Chair of Education Committee
  • 2015 - Present
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association
  • Immigration Law Section Co-Chair
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Michigan chapter)
  • EOIR Committee
  • 2013 - Present
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association
  • Immigration Law Section
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Michigan chapter)
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement Committee
  • 2013 - 2015
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Michigan chapter)
  • Advocacy Commitee
  • 2013 - 2015
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Michigan chapter)
  • New Member Division Committee
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Attorney
  • 2011 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Recognition Award
  • Eastern District Court of Michigan
  • 2007


  • Res Ipsa Loquitor (WCBA)
  • Advice about advice for new solo attorneys
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • On Demand Seminar Of Counsel Relationships from Both Sides
  • Practice Management
  • 2015
  • Immigration and Criminal Law Section Meetings
  • Crimmigration for the Criminal Attorney
  • 2014
  • Introduction to Practicing Law in Ingham County
  • Rainmaking for new solos.
  • 2013
  • Immigration Reform: Local Stories
  • Why everyone needs immigration reform.
  • 2013
  • Community Education Event: Immigration Reform
  • An immigration attorney's perspective on immigration reform.
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

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Immigration Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I am pleased to write this endorsement on behalf of attorney Heather Garvock. I have worked with Heather on several immigration matters, and have referred clients requiring immigration legal services, including individual and family-based immigration matters, representations in removal proceedings, representations of detainees, bond hearings, and other defensive immigration matters. Heather is very knowledgeable about the immigration laws and practice, and works hard to achieve her clients' immigration goals. She communicates well with her clients, and is passionate about ensuring her clients receive optimal immigration legal services. Heather has achieved successful results on a number of challenging immigration matters I have referred her. Our mutual clients have only provided the highest praise of Heather's legal services and expertise in the field. It is without hesitation I endorse attorney Heather Garvock for immigration legal services."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"It is my great pleasure to endorse attorney Heather Garvock. I have known Heather for almost 6 years as a professional colleague and had the privilege of working very closely with her in the beginning of our careers. Heather possesses all the attributes of an excellent attorney. I have consistently been impressed with the breadth of her legal knowledge and with her level of devotion to her clients. You would be well served to retain her for your immigration needs. I highly endorse her."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Heather Garvock is an extremely knowledgable attorney who genuinely cares about her clients. Ms. Garvock is easy to talk to, has exceptional people skills and incredible understanding of the Immigration laws and procedures….I regularly refer my clients to Heather Garvock when immigration issues are in question…."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Garvock is an honest, dedicated, and hard-working immigration attorney. Ms. Garvock also provides valuable answers to questions posted on Avvo."
Immigration Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Heather is well respected in the immigration legal community. I would recommend her services to anyone!"
Immigration Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"Heather is a very hardworking and talented immigration attorney. I endorse her."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Heather is well versed in immigration law, both the fundamentals and the subtle nuances. Her intelligent and comprehensive answers on Avvo are proof of her dedication to her clients. Accordingly, I endorse her."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Family member
"Heather is an astute, professional, courteous counselor who provides prompt and thorough immigration advice to a wide array of clientele."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Heather is very experienced in the areas of asylum and deportation law. My own area of practice focuses mainly on employment-based immigration, so anytime I receive a request for assistance with an asylum/deportation matter, I refer the client to Heather. She is very knowledgeable in her field and I recommend her without hesitation."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Garvock provides thoughful responses to AVVO questions. A true professional."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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