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Elizabeth Clare Surin

Immigration Attorney

4.9   39 reviews
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Retired No misconduct found

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About Elizabeth

Learn Elizabeth’s areas of practice.

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Practice area
  1. Immigration
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    Business and Family; Immigrant and Nonimmigrant visas; National Interest Waivers; Outstanding Ability Green Card Applications; H-1B, L-1A, L-1B, O, P, E, B1, B2, etc.; Asylum; Defensive Removal in Immigration Court; BIA & Circuit Court Appeals.

    27 years

RETIRED

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Surin & Griffin, P.C. immigration law firm located in Old City Philadelphia.  Easy access from subways and by car.  Ample parking.  Come visit us!
We are on the top floor of the historic Cast Iron Building a couple of blocks from Philly's Chinatown.  Easy access to our offices and ample parking.

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | October 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
They are wonderful!
Elizabeth and Kelsey are lovely to work with. They are extremely knowledgeable, patient, and professional. I have worked with them regarding several different types of visas, green cards, and assisted with writing the company’s visa policy. They are very good at explaining/ simplifying this very complicated process. I could not do my job with out them.
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Posted by Amira | October 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend!
Elizabeth has been our immigration lawyer for 2 years now, and she has been fantastic. She explains everything well, and made sure we were prepared for our interview and we had all out paper work in order. She made sure we had time to prepare our papers before we began our relationship. Which was very honest of her. She promptly replies and makes sure we get a great service at her firm. You can tell she knows what she is doing and that she has years of experience. I am very happy with our relationship. I would HIGHLY recommend her as an immigration lawyer!
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Posted by Harris | October 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Firm to work with
Very responsive and always on point. I use them for all my international staffing needs.
Posted by Julie | October 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely knowledgeable, professional, and fast
I’m lucky to have Attorney Surin as our company’s lawyer. We currently have several H-1B cases and I-140s with her, green card as well. She is the most responsive, knowledgeable, quick-acting, professional attorney I’ve ever worked with, and makes it clear she values her clients’ relationships.
Posted by Juan Carlos | October 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and Hardworking!
I am happy to write that thanks to Elizabeth and her team I am now planning to relocate to the United States as a permanent resident. Elizabeth and her team was always helpful and professional and their support was essential to my cases' success! She worked hard for us and we are thankful.
Posted by Justin | October 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyers and law firm
The lawyers and the law firm is very excellent at what they do.... my wife and I are so happy to have them on our side
Posted by anonymous | January 15, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and Excellent Immigration knowledge
Elizabeth and her team is proactive in getting my H1B approved. My H1B transfer had issues and there was a cheque bounce for the Premium processing request. She handled it professionally and responded to the RFE the right way. It got approved without any issues. She and her team responded to all the questions regarding the RFEs and I-129 petition itself patiently. I very much recommended her services for all the immigration needs.
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Posted by anonymous | September 17, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Honest and Straightforward
Atty. Elizabeth was straightforward and honest to me with regards to my immigration concerns. Would highly recommend her to other immigrants.
Posted by anonymous | August 12, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
She's the best!
Elizabeth was honest and straight-forward about the process. She is very knowledgeable and she advise you to do what is best for YOU based on your situation. It will put your mind at ease knowing you're on the best hands in town.
Posted by anonymous | August 8, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Elizabeth Surin
Mrs Elizabeth Surin he's the best of the best lawyers in the area!!! So I have too many problems and she was always here and always fix the problem for me, never give up on me. Elizabeth number-one !!!
Posted by anonymous | July 24, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly Recommend!
Something that is extremely challenging to find in these times is a professional attorney who genuinely cares. Elizabeth Surin took the time to address all of our concerns during our consultation, and provided sound, detailed advice. Many thanks, Elizabeth.
Posted by Valentin | July 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Prompt response and the right amount of support
After mr. James Orlow passed away, I needed a attorney for support at the greencard interview. Mrs Elizabeth Surin came through, asking me the necessary questions, providing guidance and interview prep. The interview went smooth. I'm very satisfied with the services provided and thankful for the assistance.
Posted by Alina | July 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very helpful
Elizabeth Surin was always on the top of my case. I was able to get answers to my questions at any time during the filing process and the case went very smooth. She and her staff made my "green card experience" for sure less painful. Very thankful for that.
Posted by kathy | May 21, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
great consultation
I asked many questions about I485. She answered all of them and explained clearly
Posted by Mihir | May 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very professional, knowledgeable and punctual
Elizabeth and her team are excellent at what they do. They are very knowledgeable and good with communication with clients. I think under current political scenario having a good immigration lawyer like her is very important and gives you a peace of mind.
Posted by anonymous | April 25, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Quick response and professional
I had a few doubts regarding my green card application. Elizabeth graciously engaged with all my questions and provided clear and satisfying guidance to all of them. I highly recommend her.
Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding work !
A superb attorney -- Excellent and prompt response with good attention to details of my case. Support staff are very knowledgeable, and kept me updated regularly. Highly recommended for solving immigration problems !
Posted by Abhishek | January 22, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very appropriate & prompt response
Elizabeth was very quick and she did promptly responded to my query very accurately. Thumbs up for her!!!!
Posted by Mark | November 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional Lawyer
Elizabeth is very professional and responsible, I hired her to helps me with my emigration case form 2016, we are almost get there. Our company also hired her as our consultant lawyer for our overseas employment visa application, she doing great job for us.
Posted by Jose Gonzalez | November 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Flawless
Elizabeth and her team were able to hold my hand every step of the way on the process with my immigration needs. Their attention to detail and flawless execution led to a great result as I just became a US citizen. I would highly recommend her to anyone in need of lawyer.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Partner
  • Surin & Griffin, P.C. (formerly, Morley Surin & Griffin, P.C. founded 2003)
  • 2010 - 2023
  • Founding Partner
  • Morley, Surin & Griffin, P.C.
  • 2003 - 2010
  • Immigration & Employment Attorney
  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • 1999 - 2002

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Wellesley College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude
  • 1994
  • Singapore Institute of Education
  • Management Diploma
  • 1987
  • Singapore Institute of Education
  • Ba. Edn
  • 1981
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Removal Proceedings in Immigration Court
  • Defendant won case
  • Removal Proceedings in Immigration Court
  • Defendant won case

Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2023
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Philadelphia chapter)
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2023

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Exemplary Public Service Award
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • 1996
  • Exemplary Public Service Award
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • 1995
  • Outstanding Educator, Singapore 1988
  • Singapore Ministry of Education
  • 1988
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Publications

  • Immigration Legal Forum Speaker Article (Pennsylvania Bar Institute)
  • Procedures in Immigration Law
  • 2008
  • Comparative Labor Law Journal
  • Government Influence on Labor Unions in a Newly Industrialized Economy: A Look at the Singapore Labor System
  • 1997

Speaking Engagements

  • Continuing Legal Education series
  • Hiring Foreign Nationals in Today's Economy
  • 2014
  • Legal Seminar (U of Penn Legal Clinic Summer Seminar)
  • Immigration Hot Topics
  • 2011
  • Summer Speakers Circuit (PA Environmental Agency)
  • Current Immigration Issues
  • 2010
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Immigration Legal Forum 2008)
  • Nonimmigrant Procedures in Immigration Law
  • 2008
  • Paralegal Annual Conference (American Immigration Lawyers' Association National)
  • Immigration Visas
  • 2008
  • Immigration Legal Forum (Society for Human Resource Management)
  • Employment and Immigration Procedures
  • 2008
  • Philadelphia Chapter Annual CLE Conference
  • Business Immigration
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (5)
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Immigration Attorney | Aug 14
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Surin. She has a wealth of knowledge in the immigration field, and provides great advice. I highly recommend her services in immigration matters."
Immigration Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Elizabeth Clare Surin. I have read many of her answers on Avvo and they are always written in a manner that evidences her understanding of the law and her respect and consideration for people's specific circumstances"
Immigration Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Surin and her law firm are top notch on Immigration Law matters. With over a decade of experience, she knows the law and one look at her many published answers to consumer questions on Avvo.com can make you realize she cares about making sure her clients know the law too. If her office is anywhere near you, I recommend her to you."
Immigration Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Surin is an outstanding Immigration Attorney with an exceptional reputation. She is one of the finest in her state and a credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend her legal services."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent lawyer."
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