Immigration Lawyer Martin Valko

Texas Immigration Attorney at Chavez & Valko, LLP with offices in Dallas & Fort Worth, TX providing legal counsel and relentless representation to individuals, families and businesses throughout the United States and the World.


Martin Valko Partner

   *** Slovak Republic's Honorary Consul to the State of Texas

Chavez & Valko, LLP | Immigration Law Firm

10830 N. Central Expy

Ste 400

Dallas, TX 75231

TEL: 214-251-8011  

FAX: 214-251-8021

715 Jones Street

Ste 102

Fort Worth, TX 76102

TEL: 817-332-1100  

FAX: 817-332-1106








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An immigrant to this country, Martin Valko is uniquely positioned to assist other foreign nationals as he has been through the entire immigration process himself. A high school exchange student (J-1), college student (F-1) and an H-1B worker, and having to experience the infamous wait for visas at U.S. consulates abroad, Martin understands the importance of zealous representation. Needless to say, his clients are very appreciative of his relentless drive in obtaining their immigration benefit.

Martin has been representing and providing immigration counsel to clients from around the world they are spouses, fiance(e)s, parents and children of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. His employment-based clients are not only small businesses but also a publicly traded U.S. company with over $8 billion in sales. 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, and several NHL players.

Martin's immigration practice includes labor certifications (PERM), EB-1, EB-2, EB-3 immigrant visas, H-1B specialty occupation and H-2 seasonal worker visas, L-1 visas for intracompany transferees, E treaty investor and trader visas, F and J visas for foreign and exchange students, O and P visas for extraordinary ability aliens, athletes and performers. Moreover, he assists his clients with securing I-212 and I-601 waivers of inadmissibility before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and U.S. Sates Department (Consular practice), provide assistance with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals of Haiti and of other designated countries, and represents clients in removal proceedings, and on appeals. Finally, Martin Valko is frequent speaker at educational and business seminars on various immigration law topics.

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

Martin is married to a 5-time Olympian (2-time Olympic silver medalist) and World Champion swimmer Martina Moravcova, and they reside in Dallas, Texas . Martin is fluent in Slovak, Czech, and English, and is conversant in Russian.

Recent Legal Publications and Articles:

Advanced Topics in Conditional Permanent Residence (I-751) [Download the article in PDF]

Areas of Practice

  • U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law 100%

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2003

  • District of Columbia, 2004

  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 2003

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Dallas Bar Association; American Bar Association; State Bar of Texas; District of Columbia Bar; American Immigration Lawyers Association, Member; Dallas and Texas Young Lawyers Association

  • Dallas World Affairs Council; Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce; Hispanic Contractors Association of DFW (HCADFW); Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; U.S.-Mexico Bar Association

Classes and Seminars

  • Speaker, "Overview of the Immigration Laws", The Fort Worth Breakfast Club, November 25, 2009

  • Speaker, AILA Fall 2009 TX/NM/OK Chapter CLE Conference (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico), American Immigration Lawyers Association, November 6, 2009 - November 7, 2009

  • Speaker, "Federal, State, and Immigration Consequences of Family Violence Convictions", CLE panel presenter for Tarrant County Mexican-American Bar Association, November 14, 2008

  • Speaker, "Employers' Ethical Obligations - Immigration Law & Employer Compliance", Sterling Institute CLE Seminar, February 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, September 6, 2007


  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas, 2004
    Master of Laws (LLM)

    Law Review: Yearbook of International Financial and Economic Law, Notes Editor

  • Oklahoma City University School of Law, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 2002
    Juris Doctor (JD)

  • Comenius University School of Law, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2005
    Bachelor of Law (BL)

  • University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, 1997
    Bachelor of Science (BS)
    Major: Psychology



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