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*   Honorary Consul of the Slovak Republic to Texas
** Legal Advisor to the Mexican Consulate General in Dallas and the Embassy of Slovak Republic in the United States

An immigrant to this country, Mr. Valko is uniquely positioned to assist other foreign nationals as he has been through the entire immigration process himself. He has been a high school exchange student (J-1), college student (F-1) and a specialty occupation worker (H-1B). He also experienced the infamous wait for visas at US consulates abroad so he understands the importance of zealous representation.

Martin has been representing and providing immigration counsel to all types of clients from around the World – they are spouses, fiancé(e)s, parents and children of US citizens or lawful permanent residents. His employment-based clients are not only small businesses with a few employees but also a publicly traded US company with over $8 billion in sales and one of the largest global LED manufacturers. Martin has represented and counseled Fortune 500 and other multi-national companies, MLB and NFL trading card manufacturer, medical doctors and nurses, World Champion Track & Field athletes and Olympians, a professional race car team and driver, Grammy-nominated artists and several NHL players.

Martin's immigration practice includes permanent labor certifications (PERM), EB-1, EB-2, EB-3 immigrant visas, H-1B specialty occupation and H-2A and H-2B seasonal worker visas, E-3 visas, L-1 visas for intracompany transferees, E-1 and E-2 treaty investor and trader visas, F and J visas for foreign and exchange students, and O and P visas for extraordinary ability aliens, athletes and performers as well as TN visas for Canadians and Mexicans under the NAFTA treaty. Moreover, he assists his clients with securing I-212 and I-601 and I-601A waivers of inadmissibility before the US Citizenship and Immigration Services and US State Department (Consular practice), provides assistance with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals of designated countries, and represents clients in removal proceedings and on appeals. Finally, Martin Valko is has been a frequent speaker at educational and business seminars on various immigration law topics.  He is a former committee member of the AILA National USCIS Field Operations Liaison Committee (2013-2014), and current committee member of the AILA National USCIS Service Centers Liaison Committee (SCOPS/Texas Service Center).

In 2008, the Texas Bar Journal published a story about Martin Valko's representation of Slovak athletes which has even led him into the entertainment industry. He represented a legendary Slovak pop/rock singer Pavol Habera and his band TEAM in a copyright dispute with Sony Pictures Entertainment regarding the use of part of its song in the 2005 horror film Hostel. He was picked over an entertainment law firm that had represented Habera's Victoria Secret model spouse. He obtained an out-of-court settlement with Sony Pictures, and a written apology from the film's director, Eli Roth.

Born in Levoca, Slovakia, Martin spent his childhood traveling and living in several countries thanks to his father's life-long career as a diplomat and Ambassador for the Slovak Republic (formerly Czechoslovakia). In 1984, Martin Valko had the honor of meeting the late Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

He is married to a 5-time Olympian (2-time Olympic silver medalist) and World Champion swimmer Martina Moravcova Valko, and they reside in Dallas, Texas, with their daughter Karolina and son Michal. Martin is fluent in Slovak and Czech.

Recent Legal Publications and Articles:
Advanced Topics in Conditional Permanent Residence (I-751) [Download in PDF]

Recent Legal Publications and Articles:
An article in Texas Bar Journal, March 2010
An article in Texas Bar Journal, October 2008

Areas Of Practice

  • U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law 100%

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Texas, 2003
  • District of Columbia, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 2003

Education

  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas
    • Master of Laws (LLM) - 2004
  • Oklahoma City University School of Law, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    • Juris Doctor (JD) - 2002
  • Comenius University School of Law, Bratislava
    • Bachelor of Law (BL) - 2005
  • University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
    • Bachelor of Science (BS) - 1997
    • Major: Psychology

Classes/Seminars

  • International Students in the Workplace, Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business, 10/24/2019 to 10/24/2019
  • Employer Workplace Compliance Overview, Northwest Dallas Business Association , 08/15/2019 to 08/15/2019
  • International Students in the Workplace, the [email protected] Treehouse , 03/20/2019 to 03/20/2019
  • Law Firm Management and Best Practices, National Immigration Lawyers Association (CIL), 03/22/2017 to 03/22/2017
  • H-1B Specialty Occupation Visas & Alternatives for International Students, Southern Methodist University International Student and Scholar Services, 03/02/2017 to 03/02/2017
  • H-1B Specialty Occupation Visas & Alternatives for International Students, Southern Methodist University International Student and Scholar Services, 11/02/2016 to 11/02/2016
  • Employer Strategies in H-1B and Immigrant Visa Processes for DFW Metroplex Accounting Firms, SMU Cox School of Business Accounting Department Advisory Board, 04/22/2016 to 04/22/2016
  • H-1B Specialty Occupation Visas for Foreign Students, Southern Methodist University International Student and Scholar Services, 03/09/2016 to 03/09/2016
  • H-1B Specialty Occupation Visas for Foreign Students, Southern Methodist University International Student and Scholar Services, 10/13/2015 to 10/13/2015
  • Speaker, Immigration law and Classroom issues for Educators at the Teacher's Law School, American Board of Trial Advocates at the UNT Law School in Dallas, 09/26/2015 to 09/26/2015
  • H-1B Specialty Occupation Visas for Foreign Students, Southern Methodist University International Student and Scholar Services, 03/13/2015 to 03/13/2015
  • Speaker, Presidential Executive Action (DACA II, DAPA), Mexican Consulate General in Dallas, TX, 12/02/2014 to 12/02/2014
  • H-1B Specialty Occupation Visas for Foreign Students, Southern Methodist University International Student and Scholar Services, 10/23/2014 to 10/23/2014
  • H-1B Specialty Occupation Visas for Foreign Students, Southern Methodist University International Student and Scholar Services, 03/20/2014 to 03/20/2014
  • Alternatives to H-1B Classification for Graduating Students, DFW-LINC Leading International Networking Clinic, 03/10/2014 to 03/10/2014
  • H-1B Information Session at SMU, Southern Methodist University International Student and Scholar Services, 10/11/2013 to 10/11/2013
  • Speaker, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Mexican Consulate in Dallas, 09/08/2012 to 09/08/2012
  • Speaker, Nonimmigrant Derivative Beneficiaries and Household Members, 2012 AILA National Conference, 06/13/2012 to 06/16/2012
  • Speaker, Waivers of Inadmissibility (I-601; I-212), University of Texas CLE, 10/20/2011 to 10/20/2011
  • Co-chair, AILA Spring 2011 Texas Chapter Conference, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 04/14/2011 to 04/14/2011
  • Presenter, The I-9 Form: Employer's Compliance Responsibility, Dallas Federal Reserve Bank, 01/18/2011 to 01/18/2011
  • Presenter, Temporary and Permanent Work Visas, Dallas Federal Reserve Bank, 01/18/2011 to 01/18/2011
  • Speaker, "Overview of the Immigration Laws", Oklahoma City University School of Law, 09/21/2010 to 09/21/2010
  • Speaker, "Overview of the Immigration Laws", The Fort Worth Breakfast Club, 11/25/2009 to 11/25/2009
  • Speaker, AILA Fall 2009 TX/NM/OK Chapter CLE Conference (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico), American Immigration Lawyers Association, 11/06/2009 to 11/07/2009
  • Speaker, "Federal, State, and Immigration Consequences of Family Violence Convictions", CLE panel presenter for Tarrant County Mexican-American Bar Association, 11/14/2008 to 11/14/2008
  • Presenter, "Know Your Rights" Videoseminar for respondents, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 10/01/2008 to 10/01/2008
  • Speaker, "Employers' Ethical Obligations - Immigration Law & Employer Compliance", Sterling Institute CLE Seminar, 02/15/2008 to 02/15/2008
  • Speaker, "No-Match" Regulations: Employers on "Constructive" Notice that Employee May be Working Illegally and How To Avoid Penalties, Hispanic Contractors Association of DFW, 09/06/2007 to 09/06/2007

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Board Member, National Czech and Slovak Museum & Library, 01/2015 to Present
  • Board Member, Consular Corps of Dallas/Fort Worth, Present
  • Committee Member, AILA National USCIS Service Centers Liaison Committee (SCOPS/Texas Service Center), 2014 to 2015
  • Committee Member, AILA National USCIS Field Operations Liaison Committee (2013-2014), 2013 to 2014
  • Board Member, Council of International Leaders of the DFW International Community Alliance; Dallas World Affairs Council; Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce; Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; U.S.-Mexico Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas; District of Columbia Bar; Dallas Bar Association; American Immigration Lawyers Association; Dallas and Texas Young Lawyers Associations
  • Dallas Bar Association

Languages

  • Slovak
  • Czech
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Testimonials

“Mr. Chavez I cannot THANK YOU enough for helping us in reuniting our family. The WAIVER you completed for my husband was EXCELLENT. We will forever be grateful to you and your professional staff. I knew from my first consultation that you were sincere about helping your clients. You are an example of what a great attorney is. I HIGHLY recommend your law firm to everyone.“

– Elizabeth C., Crowley, TX (I-601 Waiver of inadmissibility in Cd. Juarez, Mexico)

“I am the General Counsel for a global internet security company. I have been working with Martin and his team for over three years on immigration matters including permanent residence, intracompany-transferee, investor’s, and H-1B matters. My experience has been outstanding. Martin or anyone in the firm always respond promptly and professionally. I usually work on very tight deadline and Martin and his team have always helped us achieve our goals. In my experience in comparison to working with other immigration lawyers, Chavez & Valko makes the complicated and burdensome process feel like a breeze. I would recommend Chavez & Valko to anyone who wants precision, promptness and professionalism.”

– Alexandra Albro, General Counsel, ESET ESET

“My husband WAS detained in a detention center, facing the possibility of deportation. As of today, my husband is home . . with the judge granting his cancellation of removal, and he was able to keep his permanent resident status here in the United States. . . The law firm of Chavez & Valko was wonderful to work with, guiding us through this long and difficult process with such conviction and compassion, that they gave my family and I that peace of mind of hope and encouragement that everything will be fine. . . I highly recommend the law firm of Chavez & Valko to anyone with immigration matter(s). . . Please continue doing what you do because you guys really do change lives. ”

– Removal client, Dallas, TX (Cancellation of Removal of Lawful Permanent Resident)

“My family and I would like to thank the attorneys from the immigration law firm of Chavez & Valko LLP for the great work fulfilled in my immigration case which had a happy ending. . . the immigration law argued that a criminal case like the one I had was eligible for deportation and my options were minimal. . . With their experience and great knowledge in immigration law, their perseverance and professionalism, they were able to win my case in my favor in Dallas immigration court (EOIR). I would like to give special thanks to the law firm of Chavez & Valko, who was with us at all times giving us support, security and great optimism.”

– Cecilio & Family, Dallas, TX (Defense against deportation in immigration court with 212(h) Waiver and Cuban Adjustment)

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