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Pamelia Barnett

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Biography
Pamelia S. Barnett has practiced immigration law for more than 30 years and obtained her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center in 1986, where she served as Head Articles Editor on the Houston International Law Journal, interned with Federal Judge Gabrielle McDonald, and participated in the International Moot Court competition. She also obtained Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Houston in 1976 and 1971, respectively. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Barnett was a secondary school English and History teacher in the Spring Branch School District. After graduation from the University of Houston Law Center, Ms. Barnett practiced Immigration Law for Catholic Charities of Houston and oil and gas law for James P. Barnett, Jr. & Associates, had her own solo practice as an immigration attorney, and served Of Counsel to Dunbar, Harder and Benson, L.L.P.Ms. Barnett joined Fong & Associates, L.L.P. in 2004. In 2009, Pamelia Barnett gained Board Certification in U.S. Immigration & Nationality Law. In 2010, Ms. Barnett opened her own practice, The Barnett Law Group, PLLC, specializing in U.S. Immigration & Nationality Law.

Ms. Barnett’s practice encompasses the full spectrum of immigration issues, with an emphasis on the handling of complex cases. She has developed a specialty in the area of waivers, both immigrant and non-immigrant. Ms. Barnett speaks and writes frequently on immigration issues to community and legal groups.

Practice areas

Admitted

  • Texas, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 1990

Education

  • University of Houston, J.D., 1986
  • University of Houston, M.A., 1976
  • University of Houston, B.A., 1971

Associations and memberships

  • Houston Bar Association
  • Texas State Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Association of Women Attorneys

Selected immigration highlights

  • Extraordinary Ability Permanent Residency for Nonprofit Organizer, Rock Guitarist, Materials Engineers, Reservoir Engineers, Seismic Engineers, Cancer Researchers
  • National Interest Waivers for Tae Kwon Do Coach, Girls’ Gymnastics Coach, Petroleum Engineer, Cancer Researchers
  • Political Asylum for Kosovan Albanian-Serb Translator
  • Extraordinary Ability Non-immigrant Status for International Creative Director of Hair Shows, Naval Architect
  • Non-immigrant Visa Waivers for International Businessmen with past criminal convictions, visa infractions
  • Extreme Hardship Waivers for Applicants for Permanent Residency with past criminal convictions
  • Permanent Residency for Abused Women and Men
  • Permanent Residency for thousands of Mexican and Latin American immigrants through Amnesty Program

Publications

  • Political Asylum for Salvadoran Refugees – A Continuing Debate, 8 Houston Journal of International Law 1 (1986)
  • Anatomy of a Waiver Application, AILA Texas Chapter Winter Conference: Sun, Sea and CLE, (Dec. 6-7, 2002)
  • Road Map for Tough Immigration Times: Options for Non-immigrant Workers, AILA Texas Chapter Winter Conference, (Nov. 5 – 6, 2004)
  • Family-Based Immigration: The Bedrock of U.S. Immigration, Sterling Educational Services, Inc. Immigration Law Update, (Jan. 26, 2005)
  • 2007 AILA Fundamentals of Immigration Law Conference: Non-immigrant Visas (Oct. 29-30, 2007)
  • Navigating Employment Laws for Foreign Nationals, Sterling Educational Services, Inc. Immigration Law Update (Jan. 23, 2008)

Speeches

  • “Strange New World:  U.S. Immigration Law Since 9-11,” International Connections of Houston (Jan. 17, 2002)
  • “U.S. Immigration Law and Policy in the Aftermath of 9/11,” Houston Legal Assistants Association (April 9, 2002)
  • “The Two Faces of U.S. Immigration Law Since 9/11,” International Connections of Houston (Nov. 20, 2003)
  • “The Top 5 Immigration Myths,”  Houston Bar Association Speakers Bureau, Chancellor Elementary School, Church of the Pentecost (2006)
  • “What Every U.S. Employer and Foreign National Employee Needs to Know,” Brown Bag Seminar (2006)
  • “U.S. Immigration Options for Foreign Medical Graduates,” Driscoll Children’s Hospital (June 28, 2007)
  • “U.S. Immigration Law and Your Foreign National Employees:  What Every Employer and Employee Should Know – The Top 10 Immigration Myths,” Houston Bar Association CLE (Jan. 22, 2011)
  • “H-1B Problem Areas,”UH Law School (Feb. 2012)
  • “U.S. Immigration Law and The Family Law Client,” Houston Bar Association Family Law Section (July 2, 2013)
  • “U.S. Immigration Law and Family Law,” South Texas College of Law 28th Annual Family Law Conference (March 6-7, 2014)

The Barnett Law Group serves clients throughout the Houston area and in Harris, Galveston, Fort Bend and Montgomery Counties.