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J Craig Fong

J Craig Fong

Fong & Aquino
  • Immigration Law
  • California
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J Craig Fong has been practicing law for over thirty years. Although his legal career started with large corporate law firms, handling bank mergers and acquisitions, he gravitated toward community-based and civil rights work. He served as Assistant Director of the immigration project of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Director of the Immigration Project of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California, and Director of the Downtown Immigration Advocates, a nonprofit project of the United Methodist Church. In the 1990s, he also worked as an advocate for gay and lesbian civil rights as the Regional Director of the national civil rights organization Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund.

J has had his own immigration law practice in Southern California since 1996. J’s practice is devoted exclusively to immigration and nationality issues, focusing primarily on family-related cases, entry-exit issues, treaty investor and trader visas, intra-company transferees, and hardship and national interest waivers. He also pioneered the counseling and representing of same-sex and non-traditional multi-national families.

Because so many immigration attorneys practice solo, J Craig Fong and Romben Aquino wanted to create a law firm in which two attorneys can consult and advise, especially for difficult or unusual cases. Immigration and nationality law has a become far too complex for one attorney to know it all. The Fong & Aquino philosophy of “two heads are better than one” allows us to strategize and create solutions for problematic cases.

J has also taught numerous Continuing Legal Education seminars, including some sponsored by the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Law Society of British Columbia, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

He is admitted to practice in the State of California and before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Education
Universidad Complutense de Madrid - Facultad de Filología
Cert. (1984)
University of Pennsylvania Law School
J.D.
Yale University
B.A.
Honors: RJH Kiphuth Scholar, 1974-1977; Yale-Carnegie Foreign Exchange Program, 1976-1976; Sumitomo Scholar. 1977
Professional Experience
Partner
Fong & Aquino
- Current
Attorney
Law Offices of J Craig Fong
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Partner
Fong & Chun, LLP
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Attorney
Law Offices of J Craig Fong
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Attorney
Law Offices of J Craig Fong
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Board Chair
Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team
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Assistant Director, Immigration Project
Los Angeles County Bar Association
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Director, Immigration Project
Asian Pacific American Legal Center
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Associate Attorney
Chapman and Cutler
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Associate Attorney
Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Other Nonimmigrant Visas.
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Investors & Traders: Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Visas (E-1/E-2 & EB-5).
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Non-Immigrant Visas: E Treaty Trader / Investor Visas.
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Building Alliances: The Case of the Japanese American Citizens League Endorsement of Same-Sex Marriage
Overcoming Heterosexism and Homophobia: Strategies that Work. Ed. James T. Sears & Walter L. Williams, Columbia University Press
Speaking Engagements
Immigrants, HIV/AIDS: Do You Remember the Time?, US Conference on AIDS - Annual Conference
2007
Asylum for Gay Men and Lesbians, FBA Annual Immigration Conference
2011
Marriage-Based Immigration & LGBT Couples, Representing LGBT Immigrants
2011
Best Practices for Working with LGBT Clients and for Representing before the Government, Representing LGBT Immigrants
2011
Non-Working Visas, LACBA Immigration Law Course
2017
Awards
Super Lawyer
Southern California Super Lawyers
Community Leadership Award
Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team
Avvo 10.0
Avvo
Professional Associations
California State Bar # 104426
Member
Current
Federal Bar Association
Member
- Current
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Member
- Current
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Member
- Current
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
U.S. Supreme Court
Practice Area
  • Immigration Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Immigrant Visas
  • Nonimmigrant Visas
  • Visa Waiver Issues
Languages
  • English
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Social Media
Websites & Blogs
Website
J Craig Fong Website Profile
Website
Fong & Aquino Website
Blog
Immigration Visa Attorney Blog
Contact & Map
709 E Colorado Blvd #250
Pasadena, CA 91101
USA
Telephone: (626) 577-8020
777 E Tahquitz Canyon Way #328
Palm Springs, CA 92262
USA
Telephone: (760) 980-0088