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Alison Yew

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Top Rated Immigration Attorney in San Jose, CA

Yew Immigration Law Group, a P.C.
1155 N. First Street, #111
San Jose, CA 95112
Phone: 408-389-4764
Fax: 408-709-2002
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 1994
Practice Areas: Immigration: Business, Immigration: Consumer
Languages Spoken: Chinese-Cantonese, English
Attorney Profile

Attorney Alison Yew is the founder and owner of Yew Legal Immigration Law in San Jose, California. Serving clients throughout Santa Clara County as well as across the globe, Ms. Yew has more than 20 years of legal experience, and she focuses her practice exclusively on immigration law. Over the course of her career, she has achieved notable success serving the rights and interests of those seeking to live and work legally in the United States as well as companies looking to hire foreign talent.

An immigrant herself, Ms. Yew fully understands the unique struggles and challenges so many face as they try to assimilate into America. Prior to focusing on immigration law, Ms. Yew worked as a civil litigation attorney, and she saw firsthand the need many companies have for quality counsel regarding employment-based immigration. In response, she helped develop the immigration law practice at the civil litigation law firm where she worked before venturing out on her own and forming her own private immigration law practice.

A 1988 graduate of the University of California, San Diego, Ms. Yew attended the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctor in 1994. While pursuing her legal degree, Ms. Yew was heavily involved with the school's moot court team, winning the award for best moot court brief in her class. She also completed an internship with the Hon. Kathryn M. Werdegar of the California Court of Appeal and served with her law school's criminal law clinic.

The State Bar of California admitted Ms. Yew to practice in 2004, and she is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California. A consummate professional, she is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and The State Bar of California, and she also served as vice president for Business Network International.

A recognized leader in her field, Ms. Yew has written extensively and conducted numerous lectures and seminars across her region on a variety of topics. She also volunteered her time and services with the AILA Artesia Pro Bono Legal Defense team, and she has earned several awards and honors for her pro bono efforts as well as her impeccable professionalism and service.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Immigration: Business
  • 30%Immigration: Consumer


5 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2022

Certificates and Credentials

About Alison Yew

First Admitted: 1994, California

Professional Webpage:


  • Updates on recent news and personal messages from Aison Yew I also send out a regular newsletter through Constant Contact to my clients.  , Law Office of Alison Yew Blog

Educational Background

  • Graduate of UC San Diego in 1988 with B.A. in Psychology., 1988
  • Graduate of University of San Francisco School of Law in May, 1994, receiving JD.  Passed the California Bar the same year (first time) and licensed in December, 1994.  , 1994

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • I provide interesting immigration newsbite, statistics and information through my blog at throughout the years., Legal Blog,, 2013
  • Legal immigration blog on updates on laws., Immigration blog, 2020


  • In immigration law practice, basically all cases are "transactions" and I am unsure what exactly is being sought here.  For the notable ones I would refer to the "verdicts and settlements" above.   Thank you., 2013

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Assist with immigration legal needs in areas of DACA and other humanitarian immigration benefits to members/staff of the San Francisco City Impact through free legal advice and heavily discounted legal services., 2014
  • Lead pro bono immigration clinic at Jewish Family Services in Los Gatos, CA in partnership with AILA, serving refugees and asylees, 2020
  • Street Law Program
  • Criminal Law Clinic
  • Monthly volunteer service (approx 2-3 hours each event) with the Jewish Family Services, in Los Gatos, California, assisting asylees and refugees in seeking permanent residence and US citizenship through naturalization., 2016
  • One week on the ground pro bono service in Artesia, New Mexico, serving with the Artesia Pro Bono Legal Defense, defending Central American women and children detained in Artesia, New Mexico.  The Artesia Pro Bono Legal Defense project was a recipient of the Superlawyers Pro Bono Award, 2014., 2014


  • I've received pro bono award and recognition by the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Santa Clara Chapter., 2014
  • Moot Court Best Brief Award, University of San Francisco, 1994

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Board certified by the California State Bar as a legal specialist in immigration and nationality law. , 2018

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Board Certified Immigration and Nationality Law Specialist, California State Bar, 2018
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • California State Bar Association, Member, 1994
  • I am an Active Member of AILA - American Immigration Lawyers Association, Santa Clara Chapter. I have been a committee member of the CLE committee since 2015. In some years I was the chair and others I was a co-chair. This year in 2018, I am the chair again., 2013

Representative Clients

  • I cannot disclose representative clients without breaching attorney-client confidentiality.  Suffice to say that my clients include Silicon Valley technology start ups, and blue-chip, publically traded technology companies.  We also represent many health care and higher education institutions. , 2019
  • I cannot disclose my representative clients without breaching client confidentiality, which I take personally. My clients include the individuals/consumer clients, as well as fortune 500 clients in the Bay Area and Los Angeles area.  I provide the immigration advice and service to obtain work visas for their employees., 2016


  • USCIS denied client's extrardinary ability immigration petition. I appealed to the office of appeals (AAO office). After 6 months of review, the AAO revised USCIS's decision and granted the client's client's extrardinary ability immigration petition., 2019
  • Obtained a reversal of a USCIS decision denying client her naturalization (citizenship) based on the government's claim that her lawful permanent residence status (green card) was issued erroneously when she was a minor and was a derivative of her parent's status.  We successfully appealed this decision citing the Immigration and Nationality Act and definition of "child" and "unmarried" based on her marital status at the time of the green card issuance.  Client is now happily a U.S. citizen., 2016
  • This was a business immigrant visa matter. A U.S. technology start-up, a subsidiary of a Chinese company that has offices world-wide including in Asia and Europe, had successfully petitioned on behalf of one of its executive, a temporary work visa.  However, USCIS denied the petition for a permanent immigrant visa to the executive, that essentially requires the same grounds for approval as for the temporary visa.  USCIS cited in its denial decision that the company was not "large enough" or "complex enough" to require a permanent executive to run the company.  We appealed this decision on the grounds that the reasoning was beyond the legal standard for denials.  We cited USCIS’s own regulation that require all issues to be addressed in a request for further evidence, and that USCIS's prior request for evidence never took issue with the company's size or business complexities.  We cited an Administrative Appeals Board opinion, which had criticized USCIS for denying an immigrant visa to another business for the same reason.  We successfully secured a reversal of the USCIS decision in our case, and the executive is now a permanent resident, along with his family.  He continues to operate and grow the Silicon Valley, CA, company to a multi-million dollar venture, servicing the needs of technology giants such as Apple, Google, to name a few., 2015
  • A client in an asylum case in deportation proceeding was previously represented by an attorney and the claim was approved by the immigration court. The government appealed the decision and the case was in the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) for 7 years!  When the BIA finally reached its decision (in 2016), it upheld the immigration court's decision of granting the client asylum. The government then filed a motion with the court to reversed this decision on the grounds that the asylum claim, 7 years ago, was based on persecution on the client's wife, from whom he has now divorced.  The government's attorney provided no law for this position.  We opposed this motion with citations to legal sources (cases, statutes, regulations, the immigration court's own manual and practice guide) that if an asylum claim was granted on the merits and there was no error or fraud at the time, then the asylum claim stands despite it being a derivative claim and the derivative status no longer exists.  Besides, in my client's case, he had an alternative individual claim; the immigration court sided with us and affirmed the asylum ruling. The client now has asylum status., 2016
  • This was a marriage-based green card case. The couple is in a bona fide marriage relationship, but the foreign spouse had previously been married. Prior to meeting the U.S. spouse, she lived in Las Vegas and obtained a divorce from the Nevada State Court. Her green card application resulted in a "intent to deny" letter from USCIS, criticizing that the Nevada divorce order was invalid! I was retained to oppose this "intent to deny" letter, with legal citations to statute, case law, regulations, and U.S. Supreme Court cases, that supported an affirmation of such an order by a State Court Judge! It was a bit appalling that an agency officer/individual would question the authority of a State Court. The decision was reversed by a supervisor and the spouse now has her green card., 2015
  • The client in this case is a couple - a U.S. citizen married to a Mexican national who had been unlawfully present in the U.S. since the 90s.  They had been married for all of this time by the time they came to me late 2014. They have used multiple "legal assistants" in the past (for not knowing any better), and each time their case was denied, usually for never responding to requests for more information from USCIS so their case was considered abandoned. This occurred two times, after incurring fees and spending time to prepare their case.  The U.S. citizen spouse was not in good health and she wanted to ensure her husband had legal status in the U.S. before she passed away. She reached out to me in 2014, and I worked on their case and was able to overcome all the prior issues that might have prevented an approval.  The case took around 9 months to adjudicate and the foreign spouse now has his green card without the need to return to Mexico to obtain an immigrant visa. He has now been able to return to Mexico to see his aging mom.  In 1.5 more years, he will be able to apply for his U.S. citizenship.  When working on their file, to show they have been in a bona fide relationship and that the wife has sufficient income (requirements for family-based/marriage-based green cards), I had to review their years of taxes. The undocumented immigrant spouse worked and contributed to Social Security/Medicare and paid his taxes all these years., 2015


Industry Groups

  • Immigration
  • Legal
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Office Location for Alison Yew

1155 N. First Street
San Jose, CA 95112

Phone: 408-389-4764

Fax: 408-709-2002

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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