Garrett J. Wilkes stands out as a bilingual business professional with a wealth of international experience in the application of international and immigration law. With a decade of experience in criminal law and a deep understanding of business-related visas, Wilkes brings a unique set of skills to his profession. Known for his empathy, compassion, patience, and creativity, he is a highly skilled and diversely educated individual proficient in both English and Spanish.
Education and Certifications
Wilkes embarked on his academic journey by graduating from Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ, in 2007. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a minor in Spanish. Continuing his pursuit of knowledge, Wilkes attended the Phoenix School of Law in Phoenix, AZ, where he earned his Juris Doctor degree in 2011. Over the years, he has acquired several certifications, including the Arizona Attorney General Mediation Certification in 2014 and Certified Immigration Consultant certifications for Utah and California in 2021 and 2022, respectively. Wilkes is currently awaiting his AASBC Business Consultant Certification, further expanding his expertise.
Perennial Solutions – Business Consultant and Immigration Case Specialist (March 2018 – Present)
At Perennial Solutions in Phoenix, AZ, Wilkes serves as a business consultant and immigration case specialist. He offers consultation and case work preparation to businesses, corporations, law firms, and non-profit organizations on a case-by-case basis. Wilkes excels in managing case files and collaborates closely with attorneys and other legal professionals in matters related to nonimmigrant applications such as E Visas, H-1B and H-2B visas, L-1, PERM certifications, and other nonimmigrant visa applications and renewals. Additionally, he assists, prepares, and reviews various visa and adjustment of status (AOS) applications for attorneys and non-profit organizations. As a mentor, Wilkes guides diverse groups of individuals, providing comprehensive training in both English and Spanish to enhance employee efficiency and success rates.
The Sobampo Law Firm – Immigration Case Consultant (February 2021 – December 2021)
During his tenure at The Sobampo Law Firm in Phoenix, AZ, Wilkes served as an immigration case consultant. He specialized in complex case analysis and consulting, focusing on areas such as the Immigration Nationality Act, Removal Defense, Asylums, and Adjustment of Status. Wilkes conducted in-depth research to prepare memorandum and legal arguments for attorneys, covering various immigration, civil, appellate, and criminal issues. He actively collaborated with the firm’s owner to develop strategies that best served and assisted immigration clients. Wilkes played a crucial role in file management and policy creation, ensuring expectations were met and timely filings were made.
All Business Visas – Immigration Case Consultant (November 2020)
Wilkes joined All Business Visas in Tempe, AZ, as an immigration case consultant. His responsibilities encompassed complex case analysis and consulting, with a focus on INA 245(i), Child Status Protection Act, and Criminal-Immigration issues. Wilkes conducted meticulous case analysis and prepared court documents for individuals involved in removal proceedings and bond hearings. He successfully managed the oversight of business-related visas, including L-1, PERM, H-1B, H-2B, TN, E-Visas, and O-Visas. Wilkes made significant contributions to the establishment and opening of the business, demonstrating his commitment to achieving positive outcomes for his clients.
Rafael Tirado & Associates – Immigration Case Consultant (February 2019 – November 2020)
During his tenure at Rafael Tirado & Associates in Phoenix, AZ, Wilkes served as an immigration case consultant. He played a pivotal role as an immigration specialist and resource for the owner and attorneys, handling complex immigration cases. Wilkes provided meticulous monitoring and follow-up with employees and government agencies, including USCIS, NVC, and DHS. He conducted thorough case assessments and consultations on a case-by-case basis, overseeing business-related visas and drafting criminal motions and arguments. Wilkes effectively communicated with clients, businesses, and other involved parties in both English and Spanish, ensuring successful outcomes in obtaining visas and adjustment of status (AOS) approvals.
Garrett Wilkes Law, PLLC – Founder and Legal Advocate (May 2016 – Present)
In May 2016, Garrett Wilkes took a significant leap in his legal career by establishing his own law firm, Garrett Wilkes Law, PLLC. With offices in Phoenix, Tucson, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, he has extended his reach and influence. As the owner and legal advocate, Wilkes provides comprehensive consultation and assistance for various types of visas, including L-1, PERM, H-1B, H-2B, TN, E-Visas, O-Visas, AOS, 601, and 212 waivers needed for certain visas. Building and sustaining relationships in both northern Mexico and Arizona, Wilkes collaborates closely with the Mexican Consulate to facilitate the acquisition of family-based and business-related visas. He excels in navigating the intricate immigration procedures with USCIS, NVC, and DHS, ensuring a smooth and efficient visa process for his clients.
Mentorship and Community Involvement
Throughout his career, Wilkes has demonstrated his commitment to mentorship and community engagement. At various organizations, he has taken on leadership roles, managing, leading, and instructing diverse groups of individuals. Wilkes provides comprehensive training in both English and Spanish, both remotely and in-person, to enhance employee efficiency and success rates. Furthermore, he actively engages with the community by discussing relevant topics on Spanish radio stations, establishing trust, and increasing business revenue.
Garrett J. Wilkes is a bilingual business professional with extensive experience in international and immigration law. His expertise, combined with his background rooted in empathy, compassion, patience, and creativity, sets him apart in the field. Wilkes’s educational achievements, certifications, and diverse professional experiences have equipped him with the necessary tools to navigate complex immigration procedures and build strong relationships with clients and institutions. As he continues to expand his legal career, Wilkes remains dedicated to helping individuals and businesses achieve their immigration goals while making a positive impact in the community.