Connecticut, US

Kai concentrates his immigration law practice on employment-based immigration matters. He represents a diverse base of clients across a variety of industries, including sole proprietorships, start-ups, small to medium-size enterprises, multinational companies, publicly traded companies, public school districts, higher education institutions, think tanks and nonprofit organizations. His practice encompasses nonimmigrant visas (e.g., B-1, E-1, E-2, E-3, H-1B, L-1A, L-1B, O-1 and TN), PERM labor certifications, immigrant visas, citizenship and I-9 compliance. He assists clients with high-volume nonimmigrant visa filings, complex L Blanket, L-1A and L-1B petitions, PERM filing and audits and BALCA appeals. He also has counseled corporate clients on establishing corporate immigration policies and handbooks inclusive of immigration-related legal and LGBT issues.

In addition, Kai has represented clients of outstanding achievement in their EB-1A and EB-1B filings, and has filed immigrant petitions with a National Interest Waiver for certain foreign entrepreneurs. He also represents individual foreign investor clients in their EB-5 immigrant petitions through direct investment or regional center pilot projects.

Kai serves as a pro bono attorney for eligible DACA applicants for the National Immigrant Justice Center and the Resurrection Projects, and participates in naturalization workshops. He also has served as a pro bono attorney at the Immigration Clinic of the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services.

Kai speaks, reads and writes English, Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese.

Education


University of Illinois, College of Law | J.D., 2005
National Taipei University, College of Law | Master of Law, 2002
National Taipei University, College of Law | Bachelor of Law, 1999

Awards

Listed as a “Rising Star,” Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine, 2010 to 2017

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

Bar Admissions: Illinois

Court Admissions: U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois; Supreme Court of Illinois

Co-Chair, Custom and Border Protection Liaison, American Immigration Lawyers Association (Chicago Chapter), 2012-present

Former Co-Chair, Department of Labor and Illinois Department of Employment Security Liaison, American Immigration Lawyers Association (Chicago Chapter), 2012-2013

Former Chair, New Members Division, American Immigration Lawyers Association (Chicago Chapter), 2011-2012

Former Co-Chair, New Members Division, American Immigration Lawyers Association (Chicago Chapter), 2010-2011

Former Member, LGBT Committee, American Immigration Lawyers Association (Chicago Chapter), 2009-2010

Former Member, Continuing Legal Education Committee, American Immigration Lawyers Association (Chicago Chapter), 2009-2010

Obtained L-1 new office and extension approvals for corporate clients based on complex affiliation relationships

Oversaw and managed the high volume filing of H-1B, L-1A, L-1B and E-2 visa applications for a global construction company

Assisted public school districts to obtain J-1 two-year foreign residence waivers and H-1B visa status for their Mandarin Chinese teachers

Counseled and established immigration and PERM strategies for a property management company

Represented multiple international companies in their E-2 visa applications before the U.S. Consulates in Europe and Asia

Publications and Lectures

Speaker, “Investment—Don’t Forget the Investment Option.” Lecture, AILA Chicago Chapter Fall Business Conference, Chicago, IL, October 2017.

Speaker, “Utilizing Professional Skills and Education from Outside the United States During the Pacific Century: A Foreign Attorney's and Law Student's Guide to Expanding their Legal Careers in the United States, and Best Hiring Practices for Employers and Law.” Lecture, American Bar Association, International Law Section Fall Meeting, Tokyo, Japan, October 2016.

Contributor, “In Their Shoes.” Super Lawyers Magazine (Illinois edition), 2016: 24-26. Print and web.

Discussion Leader, “Avoiding Lawsuits: Hot Topics in Business Immigration Ethics.” Lecture, AILA Chicago Chapter Fall Business Conference, Chicago, IL, October 2015.

Speaker, “The ABCs of EB-1 & EB-2 National Interest Waivers.” Lecture, AILA Chicago Chapter Fall Business Conference, Chicago, IL, October 2014.

Speaker, “Hooray for May! May I…?” Lecture, AILA Chicago Chapter Ethics Conference, Chicago, IL, May 2014.

Speaker, “LCA Issues.” Lecture, AILA Chicago Monthly Meeting, Education Presentation, Chicago, IL, April 2014.

Speaker, “Get your Booster Shot! Business Immigration Law and Updates.” Lecture, AILA Chicago Chapter Fall Business Conference, Chicago, IL, October 2013.

Speaker, “Takin’ Care of Business.” Lecture, AILA Chicago Chapter Fall Business Conference, Chicago, IL, November 2012.

Speaker, “Responding to L Visa RFEs and Current USCIS Adjudication Trends.” Lecture, New Members Division’s Education Presentation, AILA Chicago Chapter, Chicago, IL, September 2010.

Speaker, “E Visa Overview and Consular Processing Tips.” Lecture, New Members Division's Education Presentation, AILA Chicago Chapter, Chicago, IL, April 2010.