Socheat Chea

Top rated Immigration attorney in Duluth, Georgia

Law Office of Socheat Chea P.C.
Socheat Chea
Law Office of Socheat Chea P.C.

Practice Areas: Immigration; view more

Licensed in Georgia since: 1991

Education: Boston College Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2005 - 2006

Law Office of Socheat Chea P.C.

3500 Duluth Park Lane
Building 300
Duluth, GA 30096 Visit website


The founder of Socheat Chea P.C. law firm in Duluth, Georgia, Socheat Chea serves clients in the surrounding regions, exclusively focusing on immigration law matters, including: 

  • Family petitions
  • Naturalization
  • Labor certification
  • Professional visas
  • Deportation defense
  • Violence Against Women Act

An Emory University graduate, Mr. Chea earned his bachelor’s in history and economics in 1998 and went on to study law at the Boston College Law School, where he was a member of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project. Receiving his Juris Doctor in 1991, he was admitted to practice in Georgia the same year. His other bar admissions include the Supreme Court of Georgia, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th, 6th, 9th and 11th Circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Named one of The Best Lawyers in America for four years in a row (2009-2012), Mr. Chea is a knowledgeable attorney with more than three decades of experience in immigration law. He offers comprehensive immigration services through his law firm, striving to help bring families together and assist them in getting the most favorable outcomes for all their immigration law issues. 

Mr. Chea has been listed in the 55 Most Influential Foreign Born Atlantans by the Atlanta magazine. He has a 10 out of 10 rating on Avvo and has been peer-review rated Distinguished* through Martindale-Hubbell for his high ethical standards and professionalism. Furthermore, several of his high-profile cases have been featured in national newspapers like The New York Times and The Washington Post. He has also appeared as a guest on CNN, A&E Investigative Reports and on local TV channels such as Fox-5 and CBS-WGNX.

Staying up to date on immigration laws and maintaining connections with the legal community, Mr. Chea is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and a fellow of the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia. He has also conducted seminars and published his writings in professional journals on topics involving immigration law practices. 

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Immigration: Business

Focus areas

Asylum, Naturalization & Citizenship

  • 100% Immigration: Business

First Admitted: 1991, Georgia

Professional Webpage:

  • Selected as one of The Best Lawyers in America, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012
  • Rising Star Super Lawyer in Atlanta Magazine (2005-2006)
  • Super Lawyer in Atlanta Magazine (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011)
  • Guest appearances on CNN/Time, Investigative Reports on A&E and various local television newscasts including Fox-5 and CBS-WGNX
  • Outstanding Service as a Faculty of AILA Annual Conference, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2002
  • Selected by Atlanta Magazine as one of The Fifty Five Most Influential Foreign Born Atlantans
  • World Class 55 of the Most Influential Foreign-Born Atlantans, Atlanta Magazine, 2007
  • Featured in national newspapers including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune and The Atlanta Constitution
  • Fellow, Lawyers Foundation of Georgia, Lawyers Foundation of Georgia, 2007
Representative Clients:
  • EB-1 Managers
  • Waivers
  • Kalilu v. Mukasey
  • Removal Hearings
  • L-1 (Intracompany Transfer Visas)
  • Appeals to the Federal Court
  • Labor Certification
  • Alien of Extraordinary Ability
  • Family Petitions
  • Mingkid v. US Attorney General
  • Naturalization
  • H-1B (Specialty Occupation | Professionals Visas)
  • Appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeal
  • O (Extraordinary Ability Worker Visas)
  • National Interest Waiver
  • Religious Workers
  • Detained Green Card Holder with Criminal Record
  • VAWA
  • Tang V. US Attorney General
  • Appeals to the Administrative Appeal Office
  • E (Treaty Trader and Investor Visas)
  • Outstanding Researcher
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Chair, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Atlanta Chapter, 2001 - 2003
  • Chair of the Atlanta Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (2001 and 2002)
  • Chair, National Benefits Committee, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2009 - 2010
  • Chair, State Bar of Georgia, Immigration Law Section, 2005 - 2006
  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 1993 - Present
  • Georgia, 1991
  • AILA National Committees on Issues of Enforcement, Civil Liberties and Due Process
Educational Background:
  • University of Georgia, B.A.
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Reopening, Exclusion, Deportation, and Removal Orders, Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook, 2004
  • The Consequences of Pleas in Immigration Law, Georgia Bar Journal, 2000
  • Voluntary Departure: The New Poison Pill, Institute of Continuing Legal Education (Georgia), 1999
  • The Evolving Definition of An Aggravated Felony, Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE Georgia), 1998
  • Highlights of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRAIRA) of 1996: Tolerance No More, Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE Georgia), 1997
  • Immigration Family Law, Annual Conference on Immigration Law, 2010
  • Conflicts of Law, Annual Conference on Immigration Law, 2009
  • Asylum Clock Issues Annual Conference, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2008
  •  Strategies before Immigration Court, Annual Conference on Immigration Law, 2007
  • Waivers of Removal, Fundamentals of Immigration Law Practice, 2006
  • Practice in Immigration Court, Annual Conference on Immigration Law, 2004
  • Inadmissibility and Removability: You Can't Come In, or You Must Leave, Annual Conference on Immigration Law, 2003
  • Pardons and Post Convictions in Immigration Law, American Immigration Lawyers Conference Annual Conference, 2001
  • Immigration Law, 1998
  • Immigration Law Seminar, 1997
  • Faculty Member, ICLE and AILA Seminars on Immigration Law Nation-Wide
  • Georgia Bar Journal
  • Conflicts of Law "Should've Thought ABOUT It BEFORE You Said Goodbye," Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook, 2009
  •  The Immigration Judge War, Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook, 2006
Industry Groups:
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association

Office location for Socheat Chea

3500 Duluth Park Lane
Building 300
Duluth, GA 30096

Phone: 770-623-8880


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  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2005 - 2006

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