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Day in the Life of Attorney Jared Leung

Our Day in the Life of is a blog series highlighting different individuals and their relationship to the larger immigration picture in the U.S.  After all, immigration is not merely a word but also a multi-faceted process that affects different people in profound ways.  Read our first introductory blog here.

Today’s Day in the Life of … involves Immigration Attorney Jared Leung, who has been practicing immigration law for over 10 years.  Mr. Leung currently serves as Of Counsel at Fennemore Craig in its Phoenix office providing business immigration advice.  He has authored and presented before numerous AILA related events and publications.  He shared a few of his thoughts with us today:

What initially attracted you to the field of immigration law as a practice area?

When I was working directly with clients early in my career, I learned to enjoy the international aspects of the practice.

What are the three things you really enjoy about being an immigration attorney?

  1. I enjoy being able to truly make a difference in people’s lives. It is wonderful when my clients’ cases are approved. On the other hand, it is tough when clients’ cases have been denied and my clients then face uncertainties in the future for themselves and their families. Yet, that’s what makes this practice challenging and “real.”
  2. The challenges in immigration law are complex, which helps keep me on my toes. Basically, I never have a dull moment.
  3. I have very nice colleagues. We do not litigate against each other, so the Immigration Bar is generally very friendly and highly amenable to developing great relationships with one another.

Tell us about some of your most memorable immigration experiences:

One of my first H-1B cases involved having to qualify an individual who was a horse trainer by profession.  I knew his case would involve overcoming some educational issues.  USCIS challenged the case, which I had anticipated, but I ultimately overcame its objections and won the case. It was satisfying to know that my hard work had made many people happy.  Throughout that process, I also learned a lot about dressage and how horses could walk sideways, given the right training.

On another case, I worked closely with the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong to process P-1 visas for a film crew who needed to be in Miami for a shooting.  Time was of the essence so I had to contact various Consular agencies to help expedite the petitions.  The extra effort paid off and we were able to make arrangements for the P-1 applicants to apply for their visas shortly thereafter. Everyone pulled out all the stops! I even got invited to join the crew to help ensure a smooth entry. It was a great team effort and absolutely wonderful to see that the case went through, even just by a hair.

I also had the occasion to help a multinational company design a plan for international transfers and short business visits.  This turned out to be one of the most difficult challenges for me as an immigration lawyer. There were so many moving parts and the stakes were so high. I had great help from my supervisors and colleagues and we ultimately worked out all the kinks. This particular experience left me feeling like I had grown a lot as an immigration lawyer.

What is something you would like to share with the rest of our readers today?

I really believe that the U.S. is a great country.  A person can come to the U.S. as a non-immigrant, work very hard, gain U.S. citizenship and later obtain the same rights as someone who was born here.  Very few countries can offer that to immigrants.  Yet, despite its flaws, the U.S. is still a wonderful place for people who have the drive to make a better world for themselves and their families.  Not everyone will succeed and some would sadly fail.  However, the U.S. offers opportunity, hope, dream and aspiration to so many.  The U.S. immigration system today is by no means perfect.  However, it has provided the framework to help many thousands of people call this place “home.”  The U.S. is as strong as it is today because of its policies to welcome people and good ideas.  I hope we continue this great tradition and belief system – regardless of where we were born.  As an immigration lawyer, I am grateful to be a small part of this process.

Thanks so much Mr. Leung for sharing a Day in the Life of with our readers.  We hope our readers will say “hello” to you in your future presentations.