Jennifer L. Cory

Jennifer L. Cory

Charlotte, North Carolina,

Jennifer L. Cory has practiced U.S. immigration law since 1995 and is one of a limited number of attorneys certified as a Specialist in Immigration Law by the North Carolina State Bar. She has worked at Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm since April 2001.

Ms. Cory’s immigration law practice centers on employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant petitions. She represents employers and employees in a variety of industries including, but not limited to, engineering, financial services, information technology, medicine and academia. She has extensive experience in the preparation of treaty investor/trader visa applications, H-1B temporary worker petitions and L-1 intra-company transfer petitions as well as applications for permanent employment certification for advanced degree professionals and skilled workers and immigrant visa petitions for individuals of extraordinary ability, outstanding researchers and multinational executives and managers. She regularly conducts I-9 internal audits and provides compliance training for employers ranging from sole proprietors to Fortune 500 companies. Ms. Cory has been rated by her peers with an AV® Peer Review Rating and is listed in the International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, and Best Lawyers in America.

To cultivate her keen interest in learning about and experiencing other cultures, Jennifer travels extensively in her free time; to date, her adventure travels have taken her backpacking through Europe, SCUBA diving on the Great Barrier Reef, hiking in the Canadian Rockies, on safari at a lion conservation camp in Zambia, and cycling in Bali.


  • Speaker, "Increasing the Efficiency and Profitability of Your Practice", AILA Annual Conference, June 2015
  • Speaker, "Immigration Update for Employers", The Employers Association, June 2015
  • Speaker, "Beyond OPT", University of North Carolina - Charlotte, February 2015
  • Speaker, "Everything You Need to Know: I-9 Compliance and E-Verify", Mecklenburg County Bar, April 2014
  • Speaker, "Strategies for Maintaining Status", AILA Georgia-Alabama 2nd Annual Conference, March 2014
  • Speaker, "Through the Web Portal - Another Dimension in Case Management", Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm Quarterly Webinar, January 2014
  • Speaker, "Current Issues Breakfast", The Employer’s Association, February 2013
  • Speaker, "Cross Training Why Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Immigration Law", Mecklenburg County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, December 2012
  • Speaker, "Immigration Update for Employers", The Employer’s Association, May 2012
  • Speaker, "Immigration Update: Post-Election Review", The Employer’s Association, January 2009
  • Speaker, "U.S. Business Immigration Issues", Sterling Education, November 2008
  • Speaker, "E-Verify Update", The Employer’s Association, October 2008
  • Speaker, "Exposing the Dilemma, An Educational Forum on the Moral and Legal Complexities of Immigration", St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church, October 2008

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2013-2016
  • International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, 2012-2016
  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating

Published Works

  • Are You Feeling Lucky? Insight for Employers Submitting H-1B Visa Petitions, The Employers Association, March, 2017
  • Can The U.S. Remain Competitive In The Global Marketplace?, Greater Charlotte Biz, August/September, 2015
  • Co-Author, Increasing the Efficiency and Profitability of Your Practice, AILA 2015 Annual Conference Handbook Immigration Practice Pointers, June, 2015
  • Immediate Changes to the Visa Waiver Program, Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm White Paper, November, 2014
  • What to Consider Before Hiring a Foreign National, Greater Charlotte Biz, October, 2014
  • USCIS Immigrant Investor Program EB-5: Coming To America For A Price, Greater Charlotte Biz, June, 2014
  • Coming to America - Obtaining Proof of Lawful Admission at a Port-of-Entry, Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm White Paper, April, 2014
  • Editor, "It’s the Economy, Stupid! The Impact of the Economy on Business Immigration", AILA 2011 Midyear Conference Handbook, January, 2011
  • Employers Should Take Lesson from Boy Scouts and ‘Be Prepared’ for Immigration Audits, NC Lawyer’s Weekly, March 22, 2010

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Immigration Law, North Carolina State Bar, 2013

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 2010
  • Florida, 1995


  • Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, Florida
    • J.D. - 1994
  • • Certificate in European Legal Studies, Tulane Institute of European Legal Studies (1993)
  • Hollins College
    • Bachelors of Arts - 1991
  • • Certificat Pratique de Langue Français ler Degré, Université de Paris-Sorbonne (1991)
  • • Certificat Pratique de Français Commerçial et Economique, Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris (1991)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar
  • Mecklenburg County Bar
  • Florida Bar
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Former Secretary, Treasurer, AILA Central Florida Chapter
  • Former Treasurer, AILA Carolinas Chapter
  • 2017 Co-Chair Nominations Committee, Women Lawyers of Charlotte

Areas of Practice

  • Immigration and Visa Law