Meredith W. Barnette

Meredith W. Barnette

Charlotte, North Carolina,
Meredith W. Barnette has practiced U.S. Immigration law since 2006.  Prior to becoming an attorney, she was an Immigration Paralegal.  Ms. Barnette represents employers and employees in a variety of industries including, but not limited to manufacturing, information technology, medicine and academia.  She has extensive experience in the preparation of nonimmigrant visa petitions as well as extraordinary ability, outstanding researcher and multinational executive and manager immigrant petitions.  She also supervises the firm’s global (non-U.S.) practice and the PERM process for lawful permanent residence.


  • Speaker, “Immigration Law Overview,” University of North Carolina Charlotte, April, 2017
  • Speaker, “Nonimmigrant Visas, Immigrant Visas and Immigration Law During the Era of Trump,” International Assignment Consulting, March 28, 2017
  • Speaker, "Immigration Law Overview", University of North Carolina - Charlotte, April 2016
  • Speaker, "Immigration Law Primer", York County Economic Development, November 2015
  • Speaker, "PERM Recruitment - The Five Ws: Who, What, When, Where & Why?", 2015 AILA PERM Conference, August 2015
  • Speaker, "Visa Options for Entrepreneurs and Investors", Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm Quarterly Webinar, March 2015
  • Speaker, "F-1 and OPT", Mecklenburg County Bar, February 2015
  • Speaker, "PERM 101", Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm Quaterly Webinar, June 2013
  • Speaker, "E-1/E-2 Visas", AILA Carolinas Chapter Meeting, October 8, 2010
  • Panel Member, UNC-Charlotte Immigration Open Forum, College Democrats, October 7, 2010
  • Speaker, "Fundamentals of Employment Law", North Carolina Bar Foundation, June 5, 2009

Honors and Awards

  • Campbell University Law School Book Award
  • Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, 2018

Published Works

  • Where Do We Stand? Predictions on Immigration in 2018 under the Trump Administration, Best Lawyers, January 2018
  • Making a Case for A National Interest Waiver, Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm White Paper, February, 2017
  • Along for the Ride - Steering Through DOL's Muddy Green Card Directives, Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm White Paper, January, 2016
  • EB-5 Immigration Law Sunset Provisions, Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm White Paper, November, 2015
  • Visa Options for Entrepreneurs and Investors, Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm White Paper, March, 2015
  • PERM Puzzle Pieces: Determining Minimum Requirements, Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm White Paper, February, 2015
  • Status of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm White Paper, August, 2014
  • Program Electronic Review Management, Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm White Paper, February, 2014
  • Fundamentals of Employment Law, Sterling Education Services Inc., 2012

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 2005


  • Campbell University School of Law, Raleigh, North Carolina
    • J.D. - 2005
  • Meredith College
    • Bachelor of Science - 1995

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar
  • Mecklenburg County Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Women Lawyers of Charlotte

Areas of Practice

  • Immigration & Visa Law