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Maria J. Marty

Immigration Attorney at Bellevue, WA

4.8   18 reviews
  • State Years
    Maryland - MD 30 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 28 years
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1992
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1995
    Administratively Suspended - Non-Payment of Dues No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Maria

Learn Maria’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Immigration
    We help employers and foreign nationals with U.S. immigration matters. We specialize in employer compliance and work visas for professionals, entrepreneurs, artists, families, both in the U.S. and at U.S. embassies abroad.

    30 years, 1,000 cases

Expertise in business and family US Immigration for over 25 years.  Whether its helping individuals, start-ups or established corporations, I genuinely enjoy supporting people and companies in supporting their growth.

My father came to the U.S. using the L intra-company transferee visa category based on his employment with IBM.  Eventually we settled in the U.S. and at the age of 18 I became a U.S. citizen.  I have traveled the immigration path in the U.S. and understand what it means to relocate to the US with a family.

I have lived in many cities in the U.S. and Europe, and have traveled quite a bit in South America as well.  Presently, I live with my husband and three children in Mercer Island, just outside of Seattle.

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Posted by Michelle | May 22, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best immigration I have ever worked with
Everyone knows US immigration law is so complex and there are so many immigration attorneys and immigration specialists who claim they know what to know. Many times they just complicate things more as they cannot listen or fully understand an immigrant founder's situation. Once I spoke to Maria, I knew she immigration law and how to take care of my immigration situation without making it more complicated. She was direct to me and allowed me to sleep at night.
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Posted by David | May 5, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thorough visa and change of status advice!
Maria was tremendously helpful in helping me understand the complexities around applying for a "change of status" with UCSIS. After a one-hour consultation, a number of my misconceptions were corrected, all my questions were thoroughly answered, and we arrived at a concrete plan of action. I highly recommend Maria's services.
Response from Maria Marty February 28, 2021
Thank you David!
Posted by Janet | February 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Super fefficient and helpful
Maria Marty was my immigration lawyer in 2015. I called quite a few immigration lawyers but she was the most helpful and gave me an appointment straight away. She was straightforward, helpful, supportive and held my hand all the way keeping me informed of what I needed to do and by when. If I had any questions I would email her and these were answered immediately. I am still in touch with her and her firm and will use her for my Citizenship when the time approaches.
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Response from Maria Marty April 4, 2018
Thank you Janet!
Posted by wazir Khan | December 20, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Eb3 Employment green card
Yes Maria has a great personality, she answered me very well. She has respondeding all the time on every question. I recommend her for every one
Response from Maria Marty December 20, 2017
Thank you Wazir, was kind of you to add your review. Happy holidays!
Posted by anonymous | November 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended (强烈推荐)!
Maria was recommended to me through a friend of mine who also hired her as his immigration attorney and has already got his green card. Sure enough, just like what my friend described, Maria definitely proved her excellence in the law and successfully helped me get through the L1 RFE situation with a short period of time. I'm very glad that I made the right decision and will highly recommend her to anyone who wants to look for a professional, experienced and also hardworking immigration attorney! (Maria是我一个朋友推荐给我的,他也用过她并且已经拿到了他的绿卡。 Maria确实名不虚传,跟我朋友描述一样,她在移民法律方面真的十分优秀,只用了很短的时间就帮我顺利解决了L1 RFE的问题。 我很庆幸我当时做出了正确的决定,像Maria这样既专业,经验又丰富,还十分勤奋的移民律师,我真的强烈推荐给大家!)
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Posted by anonymous | September 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I believe one of the best immigration lawyers in the country
I've personally interviewed about 15 immigration lawyers before hiring Maria for my case. These interviews included asking many tricky questions that I already knew answers to (just to test candidates). She did excellent and I moved forward with her. My case was not the easiest, but ended up successfully. Like with any other lawyer you have to really dive deep into the subject matter and sometimes disagree with your lawyer (which I did and it worked for me, as there's no perfect lawyer I think), but Maria proved her skills and knowledge of the area and I'm very happy with her service and expertise.
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Posted by Nina | November 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional Service
Maria graciously responded to multiple contacts during the nerve-wracking process of renewing L1 visa for my employer. She calmed us, took steps to explore a variety of options, and followed up repeatedly until the visa was granted. Thank you, Maria!
Posted by anonymous | September 24, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
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Immigration advice session
Very nice and helpful. She wasn't 100% sure about one of my questions but she followed up with me later after discussing it with another attorney. I give her 5 stars!
Posted by anonymous | April 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Immigration Attorney
My name is michele and I met Maria Marty in February 2015. I would recommend her to anyone who needs an excellent immigration lawyer. She is professional, dependable,and above all very hard working. She helped me with my VAWA case and did a really good job, she guided me through the process step by step. I am very happy I choose her to be my attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | July 22, 2015
E-2 Visa Case
Originally, I found her website and service when I was google searching an immigration attorney who I could seek consultation on B-1 acquisition process. During our phone conversation, Ms. Marty was immediately able to provide me answers and information that I was specifically looking for (detailed, straightforward, informative explanation on HOW and WHY; there were others who could provide me other answers/info but Ms. Marty was the only one who could give me very clear, logical and precise answers on why/how AND her recommendations on what I should do). After having this positive experience, I decided to retain her for my E-2 case. During this very long, complicated E-2 process since Day-1, Ms. Marty gave me her full assistance and support. And I really appreciated her answering all my questions (both small and big ones) and concerns I had throughout the process. She was very informative and knowledgeable on how E-2 works, its documentation process, how DoS and related US embassy process, tips/advises on interview,…and most importantly what you (i.e your specific case) actually need to do to complete the process and get issued E-2. Ms. Maria Marty is easy to work with, very professional, and eager to help you till you accomplish what you are looking for. I'm glad I was able to find her and will highly recommend anyone who may be looking for an immigration attorney to help your case!
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Posted by anonymous | May 27, 2015
I-140 and H4 EAD questions
Maria has been so patiently responding to all my questions related to my complex H1B situation. Even though I took only 15 min appointment, she was kind enough to stay on call beyond that time to hear my concerns and tried her best to give the best advice possible.
Posted by Patrick | October 16, 2014
Five stars Immigration lawyer
After an unsuccessful E2 demand made by a “major Immigration lawyer firm”, we got the reference of Maria J. Marty. From the first discussion up to the 100% successful E2 result, the entire process was a great experience. All discussions were always clear, easy to understand, we always had fast and good answers and this, always with a lot of empathy, a quality that is very rare and found only with the best lawyers. Through the path of this work, we got the feeling that Maria and her colleagues have a much larger experience than the previous “major” immigration firm that we dealt with. We did this work over phone and email, without any face to face meeting, but thanks to the quality of the exchanges, we feel at the end, that we know each other pretty well. We would highly recommend working with Maria.
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Posted by Frank | July 21, 2014
EXCELLENT Immigration Lawyer
Maria was an excellent choice for us in handling our Green Card immigration case. She is very professional and caring at the sane time. She handled all our detailed questions and kept us fully informed throughout the process. The entire process took less than 5 months. I would definitely recommend Maria to anyone needing a knowledgeable immigration lawyer for a fair rate.
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Posted by Ian | July 15, 2014
The perfect immigration attorney
Maria was referred to me by an old school friend. I was impressed with Maria from the first time we spoke. I was looking for someone that would help me get a sporting visa to live and work in the USA. I felt as if I was Maria's only client such was her service level. Maria is incredibly knowledgeable, thorough, dedicated and approachable. My Visa was approved within 9 months from the first time we spoke. Maria got all the evidence and documentation making sure the she had covered all the requirements. I would honestly refer Maria any day of the week.
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Posted by Bernd | September 27, 2013
Successful Immigration support over past 6 years
In 2007, Maria supported me skillfully in preparing my green-card application. She immediately spotted where I had missed to submit sufficient evidence and was such able to provide me with a smooth process with the USCIS. She worked efficiently while being warm and present. This year (2013) I applied for a "Re-entry permit" for resident aliens and explored a dual citizen-ship option. Within an hour of our initial phone call, she had connected me with sources to all the information I needed. When the biometrics appointment was scheduled AFTER my departure to Europe she calmly helped me identify my priorities (maintenance of green card status) and supported me successfully throughout the stressful process. Through her support I was able to get my biometrics taken immediately and prior to my departure, which was a huge relief. I know Maria to be responsive, on the ball, efficient and knowledgeable. I highly recommend Maria to anybody seeking support and clarity in the immigration process maze.
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Posted by Philip | July 26, 2013
Great Immigration Attorney
Maria has helped me deal with immigration matters, E-visas, for the past 15 years. Her advice has always been spot on. She is always helpful and responsive, and clearly knows her stuff. I would recommend her in a heart beat.
Posted by Maria | March 24, 2013
Excellent Guidance, Very Thorough and Trustworthy
Synchronicity lead me to Maria J Marty (MJ). I have been in contact with other immigration lawyers before, but every time it felt like pulling teeth. Immediately, MJ responded to me and my situation with interest and a clear and engaging suggestion for how I could proceed. I resonated strongly with MJ's suggestion, and needless to say I hired her on the spot! Our collaboration - it is a collaboration - has been fun, lots of fun. Never, although intense at times, have I felt overwhelmed or lost. MJ has been there to guide me with a steady hand, offering her considerable experience. The work she put in to get my application into a finished product is outstanding. MJ is very open, positive, and receptive to her clients needs. It has been a true joy working with her and I am eternally grateful for her support!!
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Posted by Arti | October 3, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Left my case in the middle
She took my mother's immigration case and left it in the middle. I was left without representation. I wrote to her and called her multiple times but with no response. She just stopped responding completely. She was not available on the address that is on her website. When i went to the address, i was told that she rented a conference room and has left without leaving a forwarding address. I had a contract signed with her till completion of the immigration case but she just left and stopped responding. I was left in a very vulnerable situation not knowing what to do.
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Response from Maria Marty August 13, 2020
Lets schedule a time to speak so we can resolve any misunderstandings. Its important to me to provide excellent service.
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Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Marty & Ellis LLP
  • 2013 - Present
  • Of-Counsel
  • Marcell Felipe
  • 2006 - 2011
  • Senior Attorney
  • Jackson & Hertogs, LLP
  • 2001 - 2005
  • Managing Attorney
  • Marty, LaMadrid & Starkey
  • 1996 - 2001
  • Associate
  • Giancarlo & Gleiberman PC
  • 1992 - 1994
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  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • Certificate
  • 1995
  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Legal Cases

  • H-1B Nonimmigrant Visas
  • Approved
  • E2 Investor/Trader
  • Approved


  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington State chapter)
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • International Enneagram Association
  • Associate Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • French
  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Best Legal Brief
  • Columbus School of Law - CUA
  • 1992


  • Practicing Law Institute (PLI)
  • Everything you ever wanted to know about porting but were afraid to ask
  • 2002

Speaking Engagements

  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Investor Visas
  • 2016
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association regional NW conference
  • E-Investor Visa
  • 2015
  • Immigration Reform
  • Immigration Reform 2013
  • 2013
  • Bio/High Tech Client Conference
  • Employer Sanctions
  • 2006
  • I-9 Trainings For Employers
  • I-9 Forms
  • 2004
  • American Bar Association
  • LCA Obligations
  • 2003
  • Immigration Law Conference
  • Immigration Reform
  • 1999
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Attorney endorsements

Received (23)
Given (16)
Endorse Maria
Unknown Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Well respected in the legal community"
Immigration Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Her responses to the posted questions show a depth of knowledge that can only come from learned experience helping others."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Marty for her deep understanding of immigration law and for Her educated and insightful legal advice."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I collaborated with Ms. Marty on an immigration issue that involved criminal charges. She was knowledgeable and skilled with complex immigration matters. I highly recommend her to anyone with a complex immigration matter."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Other
"Maria is a well known immigration attorney who works diligently and vigorously on each one of his case. She is honest, smart, hardworking. I strongly recommend her."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Maria and I handled a very tricky E-2 visa application several years ago, and her expertise in documenting the financing helped secure the visa application rapid approval from the US Embassy in Italy. She is a very intelligent and hard-working lawyer, and I recommend her without hesitation."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Marty. Multilingual lawyers are such a great asset to our immigration law profession. It makes things so much easier on the ethnic community they serve."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have reviewed many of Attorney Marty's responses to complicated legal matters. Her thoughtful and insightful answers demonstrate that she has the utmost knowledge of Immigration law and is a passionate advocate for her clients. She is a great asset to the immigration bar and I wholeheartedly endorse her."
Immigration Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Maria has contributed her expertise to immigration attorney forums and I look forward to reading her solutions to actual immigration cases. Her thoughtful and pragmatic responses signify her knowledge of Immigration Law."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Maria Marty is smart, personable, and dedicated. She and I share an office space, and I go to her for advice, support, and suggestions. I highly recommend and endorse her!"
Immigration Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Marty is a valued and respected member of the Avvo immigration community. Her well thought out answers are always on-point, and it has been a pleasure reading them."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Maria provides thoughtful and correct answers to many questions on Avvo. I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Maria is a bright, knowledgable and truly remarkable immigration attorney. I am genuinely delighted with the opportunity to endorse her."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Maria has always served her client's interest with diligence, skill and a keen eye for reaching their goals and fulfilling their legal needs. She is a consummate professional who works well with opposing counsel to get things done."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
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Bellevue Immigration Lawyer Maria J. Marty
Maria J. Marty
Immigration Attorney
Bellevue, WA
Licensed for 30 years