Garrett D. Steck

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Meet Garrett

Garrett Steck is a member of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd’s corporate and employment practice groups where he represents international and domestic clients with regard to the cross border movement of goods and personnel.


Garrett has experience in managing cases and representing multinational corporations, healthcare facilities, small businesses and individual clients before the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, US Department of State and US Department of Labor. His practice facilitates the movement of key executives, management and technical workers and their family members into the US by obtaining and maintaining temporary and permanent visas for specialty occupation workers, NAFTA professionals, intra-company transferees, investors/traders, nonagricultural workers, exchange visitors and for aliens possessing extraordinary ability. Garrett also provides strategic consulting and advice concerning foreign workforce availability for new US start-up operations and the impacts to foreign workforce associated with mergers, acquisitions, restructuring and other downsizing efforts.

He provides counseling and guidance with regard to E-Verify, I9 and SCIIRA employment verification compliance matters. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and frequent lecturer on employment-based immigration topics.


Garrett offers a broad range of transactional services to his clients with a focus on economic development, corporate formation and governance, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing, foreign sourcing and distribution and contract drafting and negotiation. He assists clients in complying with the Federal International Traffic in Arms Regulation and US export control laws as regulated by OFAC, BIS and DDTC, including regulation and licensing of noncitizen nationals.


  • •  Obtains nonimmigrant visas for foreign nationals in E1/E2, H1B, H2B, J1, L1, O1 and TN status
  • •  Petitions for lawful permanent residency for outstanding professors/researchers
  • •  Conducts I9 audits of client employment files and develops compliance policies and training modules to ensure continued employment authorization for all workers
  • •  Represents clients before ICE, HSI and the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation during an employer compliance audit and investigation
  • •  Obtains visas for US citizens for temporary outbound placement
  • •  Obtains J1 waivers for foreign medical graduates under the Conrad 30 Waiver Program
  • •  Establishes export control polices for clients to assure compliance with ITAR, OFAC and BIS licensing regulations
  • •  Drafts and negotiates supply agreements with contract manufacturers located outside the US
  • University of South Carolina, J.D., 1998
  • University of South Carolina, M.P.H., 1995
  • Wofford College, B.A., 1992
  • South Carolina, 1998
Honors and Awards
  • Greenville Business Magazine “Legal Elite of the Upstate Top Attorney Vote” International Law (2015, 2019) 
  • Greenville Business Magazine “Legal Elite of the Upstate” International Law (2013-2019)
Professional and Civic Activities
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Upstate Global Professionals
  • Japan America Association of South Carolina
  • German American Chamber of Commerce
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Blythe Academy of Languages, Student Improvement Council
  • Coach, youth soccer and basketball
Presentations and Publications
  • "Immigration Law Update," HSB 2018 Employment Law Seminar Series
  • "Immigration Law Update," HSB 2017 Employment Law Seminar Series
  • "A Discussion of Immigration-Related Developments and How They May Impact You as a Human Resource Professional," HSB 2016 Employment Law Seminar Series
  • "Immigration: A discussion of immigration-related developments at the federal level and how they may impact you as a human resource professional," HSB 2015 Employment Law Seminar Series

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