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Margaret W. Wong immigration seminar
Answers to immigration questions
February 28, 2015

Margaret W. Wong is a world-renown immigration attorney as well as an author, advocate and speaker. She hosted an immigration seminar in her Cleveland office and spoke about the existing changes to immigration law since President Obama's Executive Action of November 20, 2014 and the expected immigration reforms in the future.

She was joined by Francis Fungsang, partner of Margaret W. Wong & Associates Co., L.P.A., who has more than 5 years of experience in immigration and nationality law. He is the Partner in charge of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Practice Group, and the Corporate Law Practice Group.

She was also joined by Joseph Fungsang, an associate at Margaret W. Wong & Associates. He received his J.D. from the Michael E. Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University, where he was a Managing Editor on The Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution.

Margaret W. Wong, Francis Fungsang and Joseph Fungsang

Margaret W. Wong, Francis Fungsang and Joseph Fungsang


The attorneys answered a variety of questions about topics such as DACA and DAPA, green cards, work permits, EB-5 visas, H1-B visas and numerous other scenarios. Below are some highlights from the seminar. Please visit Margaret W. Wong & Associates LLC for more information.

In her opening remarks, attorney Wong told of some of the ramifications of President Obama's Executive Action on immigration reform on November 20, 2014. She stated the 3 priorities of deportation.

Margaret W. Wong

Margaret W. Wong



Here she spoke about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) after the November 20 Executive Action.

Margaret W. Wong

Margaret W. Wong



In this video, Ms. Wong gave examples of DAPA immigration and spoke about immigrants being the best of the best.



There was a Q&A session for the overflowing crowd at the seminar. Francis Fungsang was asked if a student with an F1 visa can get a work permit.



They were asked if dual citizenship is a problem or conflict of interest in applying for a US green card.



Another question was about applying for a waiver for a J-1 visa (which offers cultural and educational exchange opportunities) and Mr. Fungsang also explained the G-1 diplomatic Visa.

Francis Fungsang

Francis Fungsang



Can green card holders sponsor their parents for green cards?



Can deportation priorities change if the executive action is overturned or other reasons?

Francis Fungsang

Francis Fungsang



Another question was about green card application delays and discrimination.



Mr. Fungsang was asked how to overcome a national security response to a green card application. Margaret Wong added some comments about the Writ of Mandamus and a strategy to respond.

Francis Fungsang and Margaret Wong

Francis Fungsang and Margaret Wong



Can children work under an H-4 visa?

Margaret Wong

Margaret Wong



A question was asked about sponsoring a child who is over 21 years of age.

Francis Fungsang

Francis Fungsang



A question was Fungsang was asked about EB-3 visa in a STEM field and Mr. Fungsang explained all of the Employment Base EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 visas.

Margaret Wong

Margaret Wong



Next was a question about National Interest Waivers and Self Sponsorship. Mr. Fungsang told of the 10 criteria for extraordinary ability.



Joseph Fungsang then gave tips for a successful interview with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Joseph Fungsang

Joseph Fungsang



A question about wait time for sponsoring a sibling for green card and visitor visas. Mr. Fungsang said that it depends on the country and that brothers and sisters are the slowest category.

Joseph Fungsang and Margaret Wong

Joseph Fungsang and Margaret Wong



A question was asked about getting an H-4 visa for the spouse of someone with an H-1B visa.



He then explained about the latest immigration news regarding students in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and whether Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) or citizenship were the best options.



Mr. Fungsang was asked about being afraid that if someone reports themselves they will be on a list and maybe deported. Fungsang told about prosecutorial discretion and the priorities of deportation.



He was then asked if someone on a student visa could open his own clinic. Margaret Wong added some comments how he could own but probably not work.

Francis Fungsang and Margaret Wong

Francis Fungsang and Margaret Wong



They were was asked if an H1-B engineer could switch to other methods to get a green card. Mr. Fungsang said that you can apply for multiple paths and whichever finishes first will work.



They spoke about the timeline for EB-5 visas and about work visas for investors. These are specific to the country.



They also explained about H1-B visas and prevailing wage scenarios.



Please visit Margaret W. Wong & Associates LLC for more information.

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