CELINA MOON-KYUNG CHO, ESQ.
Partner Immigration“All she does is IMMIGRATION, and she does it very well!” Ms. Cho has been invited to be a weekly regular guest speaker on an immigration program with K-Radio and Radio Korea Broadcasting since 2009. To listen, please click below:
Education New York University School of Law (LLM, Int’l Taxation)
Sogang University Graduate School of Business (MBA, Finance)
Ewha Womans University (BA, English Literature)
Recognition & Affiliation American Immigration Lawyers Association
American Bar Association
American Institute of Certified Public Accountant
Bar Admissions Supreme Court, State of Arizona
The firm is dedicated to serving individuals and businesses of various sizes, with a wide range of immigration issues.
The Immigration department headed by Ms. Celina M. Cho handles all types of immigration matters for clients located throughout the United States and overseas.
Green Card through Employment:
- multinational executives/managers
- outstanding professors/researchers
- advance degree holders
- professional workers
- skilled or unskilled workers
- religious workers
Green Card through Self-Petition:
- individuals of extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics
- National Interest Waiver (NIW)
Green Card through Family:
- an immediate relative of U.S. citizen, this includes spouses, unmarried children under the age of 21, and parents of U.S. citizen
- a family member of U.S. citizen fitting into a preference category, this includes unmarried sons or daughters over the age of 21, married children of any age, and brothers and sisters of U.S. citizen
- a family member of a green card holder, this includes spouses and unmarried children of green card holder
- a battered spouse or child (VAWA) of U.S. citizen or green card holder
- a widow(er) of U.S. Citizen
- K-1 fiancé visa
Non-Immigrant Visa Application:
- B-1/B-2 (visitors)
- E-1/E-2 (treaty traders/investors)
- F-1 (students)
- H-1B (specialty occupation)
- H-1C (nurses)
- H-3 (trainees)
- I (media representatives)
- J-1 (exchange visitors)
- L-1 (intra-company transferees)
- M-1 (vocational students)
- O-1 (aliens with extraordinary ability)
- P-1/P-2/P-3 (athletes and entertainers)
- R-1 (religious workers)
- TN (Canadians or Mexican citizens)
- U & T (victims of a criminal activity)
- Successfully represented H-1B clients with complicated issues including self-petitioned H-1B by establishing employer-employee relationship within the one-person organization.
- Successfully handled non pro tunc applications to restore non-immigrant status for clients who fell out of status due to failure to extend their status prior to expiry of I-94.
- Successfully defended a multinational corporation in rebutting USCIS' "Intent to Deny" due to the petitioner's inability to pay for the prevailing wage to an intended immigrant. Successfully established the petitioner’s ability to pay on the U.S. Corporation Income Tax Return by eliminating inter-company liability to show that the U.S. subsidiary had positive net current assets satisfying the financial requirement.
- Represented Korean celebrities, artists and entertainment groups in seeking O or P visas for musical performances in the United States, including a concert of Korean top-level singers at Carnegie Hall and on the World Tour.
- Defended individuals and corporations in response to complex USCIS' RFEs (Request For Evidence) and NOID (Notice of Intent to Deny) involving E-2, H-1B, R-1 and EB (employment-based) immigration matters.
- Successfully defended a client who was the victim of immigration fraud by a broker in removal proceeding. He was relieved from the removal proceedings and applied for S visa seeking permanent residency.
- Successfully defended clients in BIA (Board of Immigration Appeal) to terminate removal proceedings.
- Represented VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) cases to assist victims of domestic violence in seeking permanent residency and citizenship.
- Represented numerous Taekwondo athletes and instructors in seeking P-1 visa as an athlete with international acclaim, or alternatively P-3 visa as a beneficiary of culturally unique programs and successfully argued that Taekwondo was recognized as a martial art of cultural uniqueness from Korea while it was the immigration position that Taekwondo, now worldwide sports, would be no longer culturally unique and different from the thousands of Taekwondo organizations throughout the United States.
- Defended a client whose naturalization application was denied due to lack of moral character and permanent resident status was at risk as a result of misrepresentation. Ms. Cho successfully argued at the hearing for naturalization proceedings that misrepresentation, false testimony or non-disclosure of facts without subjective intent to obtain an immigration benefit does not preclude a determination of good moral character for naturalization and does not render an applicant for adjustment of status inadmissible. Now, the client is a U.S. citizen.
- Represented a sole proprietorship in obtaining E-2 status with only $30,000 of investment into a street vendor business in Manhattan and successfully handled many E-2 consular cases with marginal investment.