What Sets Us Apart
Shirley Wei loves a good challenge, and commonly obtains victories for her clients in unlikely scenarios. The reason is simple: Shirley Wei does not give up, and her clients benefit as a result. Oftentimes it a matter of thinking outside the box. Other times it is just plain having common sense. Shirley Wei's relentless pursuit is the secret behind so many client successes.
That’s why in 2017, Shirley Wei was recognized by Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles in their Pro Bono Spotlight for successfully representing the organization as well as their clients in diverse immigration matters. In 2018, Shirley Wei is honored to receive the Pro Bono Advisory Council Volunteer Award from Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles.
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Immigrating to the United States has becoming increasingly difficult and complex. With regulations constantly changing, it can be overwhelming to navigate the immigration system on your own. At the Law Office of Shirley Wei, we treat all of our clients with respect and respond promptly because we know that immigration status is a high priority.
Shirley Wei became an immigration lawyer because of her love of foreign languages and cultures. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese and French, Shirley Wei graduated with departmental honors from both of her majors: French Literature and Comparative Literature, from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Thereafter, she earned two law degrees from the world's two main legal traditions - the English Common Law and the French Civil Law - from world-renown McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Shirley Wei was one of the first law students from McGill to be recruited by a French law firm, and competed as a finalist in Sciences-Po Paris at the world's first French language international arbitration moot competition. Following a few stints working for a French law firm on the Champs-Elysees and the International Court of Arbitration in Paris, where she was the first American clerk to work in the Francophone countries team, Shirley Wei came back home to Los Angeles, where she joined a litigation boutique firm and enjoyed litigating cases in the international trade and multi-modal transportation domains.
In early 2010, Shirley Wei represented a number of unaccompanied alien children pro bono through the non-profit organization, Kids In Need of Defense (KIND). And the rest was history: Shirley Wei fell in love with immigration law and hung up her shingle. Today, even though she delights in representing all types of clients, from corporations to individuals, she always devotes a portion of her practice to pro bono representation of children and low-income families. Shirley Wei has volunteered her time and handled pro bono cases with Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (AAAJ-LA), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), Public Counsel, the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), and American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association – President
McGILL UNIVERSITY, FACULTY OF LAW
English Common Law, LL.B.
French Civil Law, B.C.L.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES (UCLA)
B.A., French & Francophone Literature
B.A., Comparative Literature
California - Admitted in 2008
New York - Admitted in 2007; retired in 2013
U.S. District Court, Central District of California - Admitted in 2008
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit - Admitted in 2018
Areas of Practice
- Admissions issues
- E-1, E-2, E-3
- L-1A, L-1B
- P-1, P-2, P-3
- Immediate relative petitions
- K-1 fiance visas
- Adjustment of Status
- I-601/I-601a waivers
- Employment-based petitions (EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, EB-4)
- Special issues related to U.S. Territories: Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Northern Marianas, American Samoa.
- Appeal of naturalization denials to Federal District Court.
- U visa
- T visa
- Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)
- Cancellation of removal
- Suspension of removal
- Issues related to criminal records
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