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Socheat Chea

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Immigration Attorney in Duluth, GA

Law Office of Socheat Chea P.C.
3500 Duluth Park Lane, Building 300
Duluth, GA 30096
Phone: 770-623-8880
Fax: 770-623-8852
Email: Socheat Chea
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2005 - 2006
Licensed in Georgia Since: 1991
Practice Areas: Immigration: Business
Attorney Profile

Socheat Chea is a solo practitioner whose law firm is based in Atlanta, Georgia. He has practiced exclusively in the area of immigration law since 1992, addressing virtually any type of immigration issue that could arise for a wide range of clients. Mr. Chea has earned national recognition for his legal work in the area of immigration law, and many of his high profile cases have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post and other national and local publications. He has also appeared on A&E's Investigative Reports television show, as well as other national and local media.

Mr. Chea is the past chair of the Atlanta Chapter of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), has served on the AILA's national committees dealing with issues surrounding immigration, and since 2000 has been a speaker and moderator of national AILA seminars. Attorney Socheat Chea is also the past chair of the Arbitration Law Section for the State Bar of Georgia.

The law firm of Socheat Chea P.C. provides legal counsel to immigration clients throughout Atlanta, Georgia, and throughout Duluth, Gwinnett County and surrounding Georgia areas.

About Socheat Chea

First Admitted: 1991, Georgia

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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, 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.


  • Selected as one of The Best Lawyers in America, 2009 and 2010
  • 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

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 Assocation, 2008
  •  Strategies before Immigration Court, Annual Conference on Immigration Law, 2007
  • Waivers of Removal, Fundamentals of Immigration Law Practive, 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 Immgration 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

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Office Location for Socheat Chea

3500 Duluth Park Lane
Building 300
Duluth, GA 30096

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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