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Janice Luo

Partner - new york


What does a Master’s degree in Poetry have to do with practicing law? Just ask Janice Luo. One conversation with her and you quickly realize the storytelling skills she’s built with her poetry experience lends itself well to the creative expression required in writing immigration petitions. As a published poet, Janice originally thought she would be a journalist. But after taking a job at a boutique immigration law firm right out of college, she realized her passion for helping people intersected nicely with her passion for writing. So she went back to law school.

Janice finds her inspiration for writing poetry in a variety of places. Walking through art galleries, watching movies, traveling the world, and immersing herself in the melting pot of New York City. She also finds motivation in Chinese culture. While she was born and raised in the United States, she continuously discovers artistic expression that arises from her identity as a Chinese-American.

As an advocate for those wanting to immigrate to the United States, Janice relishes the opportunity to use her poetry talents for their benefit. And while the petitions may not rhyme, they are well worded and convey the stories that each of them deserve. 


Legal Expertise

Janice exclusively practices immigration and nationality law representing employers and individuals in a wide range of non-immigrant and immigrant matters, including preparing petitions and applications for aliens of extraordinary ability in the arts, entertainment and sciences; intracompany transferees for multinational corporations; treaty trader/investor visas and employees of high-tech companies. 

Representative Matters

  • Handle complex L-1 and E-2 visa matters for large multinational corporations, with specific expertise in blanket petitions and consular processing worldwide.
  • Specialized knowledge of green cards and nonimmigrant visas for the luxury goods industry, including premium wine and spirits and high fashion.
  • Handle I-9 audits, and nonimmigrant visa investigations with UCIS and the Department of Labor.
  • Approval of National Interest Waivers for major semi-conductor company and public health organization.
  • Filed successful appeals briefs for nonimmigrants based on humanitarian concerns.
  • Worked on numerous EB-5 Investor cases approved by the USCIS.
  • Handled a variety of complex immigration matters involving deportation and exclusion, waivers, citizenship, criminal convictions and asylum.

Professional, Business and civic Affiliations

  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association



Events & Speaking Engagements


  • California


Loyola Law School, J.D., 2000

Entertainment Law Review; Scott Moot Court Competitor; Asian Pacific American Law Students Association

University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 1996


  • Mandarin Chinese
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