Margaret W. Wong & Associates - Immigration Lawyers
Tending to all your immigration needs

Beryl Bergquist Farris


Beryl Bergquist Farris, practicing law since 1977, specializes in US immigration law. In addition to immigration, Beryl assists clients in:

  • Adoptions
  • Divorce
  • Independent Adoptions
  • Interstate Adoptions
  • Children's Rights
  • Name Changes
  • Private Adoptions
  • Uncontested Divorce
  • Step-Parent Adoptions
  • Same-Sex Marriage


  • Emory University School of Law, J.D., 1977, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Sweet Briar College, B.A. Mathematical-Physics, 1971 Sweet Briar, Virginia
  • International Executive Short-Course, London School of Business, London, England 1987

Legal Experience

  • Beryl FARRIS LLC Immigration Law Nationality & Related Legal Cases
    • 1977 to February 2016
  • Margaret W. Wong & Associates, LLC
    • February 2016 to Present

Awards & Honors

  • Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals (2004)
  • Distinguished Alumna, Sweet Briar College 1997
  • Addressed the Olympic Athletes in the Olympics
  • Village on U.S. Immigration Law Summer 1996
  • Committee of the Year Award 1995 of the Atlanta Bar Association as Co-Chair for Atlanta Bar
  • Coordinating Committee for the Olympic Games

Community Affiliations

  • Director, Australian New Zealand American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia, Inc. (1999)
  • Director, Philippines American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia (2008-2014)
  • Director, Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce (2008- present)
  • Director, DeKalb Bar Association (2004-2008)
  • Mentor, American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Chair, Atlanta Bar Association International and Immigration Law Section (2009-2011)
  • National Association for Women Lawyers MidYear Committee 2008
  • National Convention Committee, Federal Bar Association 2007
  • Director, Danish American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia, Inc. (1997- 2002)
  • Director, Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of the Southeast, USA (1997-2000)
  • Director, South African American Chamber of Commerce (1997-2001)
  • Member, Chancel Choir, Glenn United Methodist Church, Emory University (2003- present)
  • Member, Sacred Harp Decatur (2006- present)
  • Member, Gospel 150 Choir of Atlanta (1997-150th anniversary celebration of Atlanta)
  • Co-Chair, International Arboretum at Wade-Walker Park in honor of countries participating in the 1996 Summer Olympics
  • Director, British American Business Group, 1989-1996
  • Judge, Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, 1993
  • International Business Fellow, Class of 1987
  • Executive Council, Emory University School of Law, 1987-91
  • Arbitrator, State Bar of Georgia 2002
  • Director, High Museum of Art, Decorative Arts Council, 1988-1990
  • President, Emory Law Alumni Assoc., l985-86
  • Trustee, Westville Historic Handicrafts, Inc., Lumpkin, Georgia, 1984-2005;
  • Advisor 2005-to present
  • Director, Lawyer Reference Service of Atlanta, Inc., l984-86
  • Director, Women Business Owners, Inc.,l982-84
  • Director, Peachtree Towers Condominium Assoc., l982-84
  • Host Family, Georgia Council for International Visitors
  • Director, Women Business Owners Educational Council of Georgia, l984-86
  • Founding Member, Decorative Arts Acquisition Trust, High Museum
  • Patron, Alliance Theatre President, Deep Dene Garden Club to 2014
  • Friend, Fernbank Science Center Long Range Planning Committee, Druid Hills Civic Association
  • Life Member, Northwest Georgia Girl Scouts
  • Certified Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association & Fulton Superior Courts
  • Guardian ad Litem, Fulton Superior Courts
  • Fernbank Forest Restoration Crew, member 2014 - present

Recent Publications

  • Temporary Work Visas and Immigration, Sterling Educational Services, Oct. 2003
  • Adjustment of Status to Lawfully Admitted Permanent Resident, ICLE 2000
  • Atlanta '96--The Right Place for the Olympics, "The Atlanta Lawyer"
  • Marriage to the Foreign National, "Decatur-DeKalb Bar News", May, 1992
  • Suspension of Deportation--The Hardship Factor, Immigration and Nationality Law 1990, AILA
  • Immigration Consequences of Marriage and Divorce, Prentice Hall, Law and Business
  • The Impact of Immigration Laws on the Work-force of the Foreign-Based Employer, Georgia World Congress Institute, Publisher;
  • Update on Immigration Law in the United States, "National Women's Law Journal";
  • Immigration Consequences of Divorce, Fulton Daily Report and Women's Law Journal.