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J Craig Fong

Immigration Attorney at Pasadena, CA

4.9   22 reviews

also known as JCraig Fong

  • State Years
    California - CA 41 years
    Illinois - IL 40 years
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1982
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1983
    Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Practice areas
  1. Immigration
    Small-investors. Company transfers. Citizenship. Family immigration: our firm prides itself on our work for same-sex couples, non-traditional families, and unusually-shaped families. Of course, we regularly handle less-difficult cases, too.

    42 years

  2. Asylum

    42 years

J Craig Fong has been an attorney for over 35 years.  His practice is devoted exclusively to immigration and nationality law issues.  His law firm, Fong & Aquino, handles family immigration, citizenship and nationality, investment visas, company transfer visas, and removal / deportation issues.  Fong & Aquino has offices in Pasadena and Palm Springs in California.  The firm handles immigration cases throughout the entire United States.  Mr. Fong is also available for consultations in the United Kingdom and Europe.


Law Offices of J Craig Fong
709 East Colorado Blvd, Ste 250
Pasadena, CA, 91101
Law Offices of J Craig Fong
777 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Ste. 328
Palm Springs, CA, 92262
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Posted by George | July 6, 2020
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Citizenship Attorney
We used Mr Fong as our attorney to represent us in our application for US Citizenship. This office allowed for payments to be made over time, which helped us immensely. In the months that followed it seemed as if nothing was happening, in the end I was granted naturalization and became a citizen. You will get the feeling that they were doing nothing. But I know it was the professionalism of the documentation they made that gave me that feeling. Use an attorney when applying, and use this attorney for expert service. Thank you Mr Fong.
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Posted by JENNY | June 2, 2019
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I arrived in the USA from South Africa to set up home here with my daughter and son-in-law. From the first consultation J Craig Fong was absolutely incredible. Very open and friendly, yet completely professional. Every detail of the Immigration process was explained to me, and when I had any queries, J was just an email away. I am ecstatic to now have my Green Card and definitely recommend Fong & Aquino to anyone needing help with Immigration.
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Posted by G&G | April 13, 2019
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Excellent & Knowledgeable
We worked with J. Fong and his staff throughout our immigration process. They were patient and helpful, never too busy to take the time to answer our many questions. What could have been a stressful time, was not and for that we are most appreciative. We would highly recommend them to anyone looking for an excellent immigration legal team. G&G
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Posted by anonymous | March 20, 2019
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J fong/Aquino Immigration Lawyer
J Fong was my lawyer during my Green Card process. He is very intelligent, pleasant and enthusiastic about the the whole experience. He had a checklist and a timeline for the whole process. When our interview letter arrive he made sure he prepared my wife and I with real interview questions. He was well organized and very easy to get a hold with. He even went out of his way to call us off hours to get our questions answered. I definitely recommend him and his firm to assist with any legal immigration matters. Thank you J Fong!
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Posted by anonymous | August 12, 2018
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By far the best attorney ever!
I have a long history with immigration attorneys for my various visa needs, and have met many of them over the past 20 years. I must say, J is the most outstanding attorney I've ever had, and for our immigration application, we are so glad to find him as our representative. Simply the best! He is highly qualified, honest and dedicated. Immigration laws can be very complicated, but his experienced clear-cut direction makes everything go smoothly. Whenever we have questions, he returns his answers promptly, and his advices are always very insightful. He knows exactly what to do in every step, constructs solid solutions for any issues that we have come across, and informs us what needs to be done in a straightforward, optimistically positive approach. Overall, J and his team, Andrew, are always committed to handle every detail of our case, and make sure that we stay on the right track. Besides his professionalism being awesome, he is super personable and vibrant as a person. A totally unpretentious, very nice guy! Finding a good immigration lawyer can be a difficult task. If you are looking for a very reliable, caring and passionate attorney, J is definitely the one to call. He'll be on your side, and you won't regret your choice.
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Posted by Ori | July 25, 2018
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Excellent immigration lawyer
Got my citizenship application approved in 6 months (average processing time is currently 9-14 months) thanks to Mr. Fong's excellent work. He and his team are always there for you and he's a tremendous help and guidance throughout this process. He knows the laws and what docs are needed inside out. Besides being highly knowledgeable, Mr Fong truly and genuinely cares for you, which is even more important to me! Recommended!
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Posted by Mike | June 15, 2018
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long distance success!
We worked with J Craig Fong and Romben Aquino for two years on an immigration waiver, and we were successful! My husband got legal status very much thanks to the hard work of the entire team at this firm. We don't even live in California-they did all the work electronically and over the phone! Here are some particular things that I thought were great about them: attention to detail- anyone who knows this process knows how painstaking it is. They were on top of every step! The bilingual team-my husband felt so comfortable talking to anybody on the team in Spanish, and they patiently answered every single question. Their patience- we were very anxious and had a bad experience with our previous lawyer that left us a little wary and also left a mess. They cleaned up the mess, and reassured us successfully every step of the way, answering phone calls and emails many many times to let us know they were thinking about our case. I could go on and on about the staff who were warm, patient and kind; The professionalism, and may I say it was extremely affordable!
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Posted by Donald | June 2, 2018
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Beyond Expectations
My husband is originally from Brazil, we were able to get married JULY 1, a few years ago when Marriage for all became legal. We sought out lawyers in our area, and everyone wanted thousands of dollars-RIP OFF's. Just by chance, an old friend mentioned Mr Fong. From day one, until three years later, we stayed with him until my husband received his US Citizenship. Be honest, be truthful and follow the laws. Mr Fong and Andrew handled our case beyond our expectations. Mr Fong has integrity above everything else. The Ross Family
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Posted by Rod | April 2, 2018
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J Fong Immigration Attorney
It’s our absolute pleasure to recommend Fong/Aquino, LLP We thoroughly enjoyed working with J Fong, and came to know him as a truly valuable asset to our endeavors to obtain a permanent resident card. . He is honest, dependable, and incredibly hard-working. Beyond that, J is an impressive individual who was always there to answer any questions we might have had day or night. J’s knowledge of immigration law and expertise over the past 35 years as an immigration attorney was a huge advantage to us. He put this skillset to work in order for us achieve our goal of obtaining a permanent resident card. Along with his undeniable talent, J was absolute joy to work with. Although we had some difficult times with the immigration service trying to get all our records together in one place and getting our correct address he was able to work through these difficulties for us. Without a doubt, we confidently recommend J Fong for all your immigration needs. JRH & SL
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Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2017
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Immigration attorney
J is such a great person to work with. He is upfront and honest and transparent about all things in your case. I never felt like I was working with someone who would leave me in the dust. He was supportive and knowledgeable about the whole process. He takes his time to explain to his clients what needs to be done and what will be done. He made my wife's transition into the USA comfortable and easier than I could imagine. I love that he offers so much support to his clients.
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Posted by Scott | November 26, 2015
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Straightforward, Efficient & Hassle Free
I hired Fong & Aquino for my Green Card application after having called several different immigration attorneys to discuss my case. A few minutes conversation with J made it apparent that he was far & away the best guy for the job as it was clear that he had a good breadth of experience as well as a charming bedside manner. Both J and Romben are great to deal with and their calm efficiency made the whole process completely effortless. Thoroughly recommended.
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Posted by John S. | June 5, 2015
thanks Mr. Fong
hi my name is John S. from Palm Springs CA, I hired Mr. J. Fong to help get the green card after I was living 6 years illegal in US and I am very satisfy with his professionalism, ethic work and understanding exactly my situation, that you
Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2015
5 star service
5 star service from J and his team, Andrew, from the first consultation to the successful outcome for our immigration application. Very personable and encouraging in what can be a challenging journey that has life changing consequences. They know what needs to be done and how to approach the case, with the proper amount of optimism. He is fully knowledgeable and experienced in the complex nature of immigration laws and regulations. J will ease your apprehension over the filings and documentations required. Highly recommended.
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Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2014
Very Professional, Straight Forward, and Likeable Immigration Attorney
J Craig Fong is a very professional, thorough, strait forward but very likeable immigration attorney and was very helpful in filing our "I485, APPLICATION TO REGISTER PERMANENT RESIDENCE OR TO ADJUST STATUS". Quite frankly I don't know how we would have gotten through it without his and his husband/partner Andrew's help. When we hit a snag due to documentation issues he knew just what to do to keep the process moving along and made us feel much better about it all. He has over 30 years of experience with the immigration system and it shows! He's also just a really nice person as well! We could not be more pleased with how J and Andrew helped us through the process or the end result that now my husband has permanent resident status! We would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone who needs a top notch immigration attorney who also happens to be a heck of a nice guy to boot!
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Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2014
Adjustment of Status Petition
When I was looking to hire an immigration attorney, I did some research before deciding on J Craig Fong. At first, I found an affinity to J because, like me, he is also gay and Asian. But a quick search showed that J has an impressive background in immigration law, over 30 years in fact. He's also a community advocate as well. Deciding to hire J was not a difficult choice. At the time, I was an undocumented immigrant with a complicated immigration story. J helped me sort out the immigration mess and took extra care into exploring creative legal solutions to fix my immigration problems. Then as luck would have it, the U.S. Supreme Court’s unprecedented DOMA decision in 2013 paved the way for my now-husband and me to legally get married, thus making it possible for J to successfully file for my adjustment of status petition with my husband. Throughout the process, I found J to be professional, down to earth, funny, comforting and very easy to work with. I always found J to be in my corner, looking out for my best interest and he made me feel at ease while being taken care of under his capable hands. I can vouch that he is extremely knowledgeable in the area of immigration law. And I would highly recommend J to anyone in need of an immigration attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2013
I just signed up for the free consultation with him, and he was prompt and very helpful. Answered all my questions thoroughly and patiently. Would highly recommend Mr. Fong. Was a very pleasant person to speak to.
Posted by Esh | February 7, 2013
Diversity Visa
Someone once told me that as far as immigration is concerned, a good lawyer is like a big stick. You need one just in case things go really really bad. J has been much more than that, he was an excellent lawyer through my incredibly complicated case, helping me not only navigate through the oftentimes bizarre and confusing USCIS forms but also occasionally telling me that I shouldn't freak out so much over the process. A key feature of being his client is his availability throughout the process to clarify doubts and next steps. He helped me successfully get my green card. I wouldn't hesitate to hire him again incase I needed further work in the immigration front.
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Posted by James | January 14, 2012
Sound Knowledge and Advice on Immigration Issues
After meeting with several different immigration lawyers I recently had an initial consultation with Mr Fong and was relieved to have finally found someone who is a true professional in every sense of the word and who I feel I can work with in the future on my immigration status and the issues I will face. His knowledge empowered me and made me feel that he had a firm grasp on the complexities of immigration. Mr Fong was clear and concise in explaining my choices relating to my immigration status. I look forward to working with Mr Fong in the future and I would unreservedly recommend Mr Fong to anyone seeking immigration advice and representation.
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Posted by anonymous | December 9, 2011
Legal questions
I had some legal questions about the situation with my partner, and I was referred to Mr. Fong by a friend. I called his office, and to my surprise, he took my call, and proceeded to give me insightful, pertinent, and helpful information over the phone. I've dealt with lawyers before, and they usually seem hesitant to talk for too long before they want to start billing, but Mr. Fong was willing to talk with me and answer all of my questions to help me understand my options -- and he doesn't even know me. He was incredibly friendly and generous, which I still can't believe. Anyone dealing with immigration legal issues should definitely give him a call.
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Posted by Rachma | November 29, 2011
Craig was awesome. I come from Indonesia and immigration is very difficult with many uncertainties. We are extremely happy with the results we received from him and his office.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Fong & Aquino, LLP
  • 2013 - Present
  • Partner
  • Fong & Chun, llp
  • 2003 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of J Craig Fong
  • 1997 - 2002


  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid - Facultad de Filología
  • Cert.
  • 1984
  • Univ of Pennsylvania LS
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • Yale University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1977


  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French

Honors and Awards

  • SuperLawyer
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Community Leadership Award
  • Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team
  • 2003
  • Avvo 10.0
  • AVVO
  • N/A


  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • "Other Nonimmigrant Visas." Immigration Law Training Course. MCLE Training Materials
  • 2008
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Investors & Traders: Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Visas (E-1/E-2 & EB-5). MCLE Training Materials
  • 2006
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Non-Immigrant Visas: E Treaty Trader / Investor Visas. MCLE Training Materials
  • 2004
  • Columbia University Press
  • "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.
  • 1997
  • Asian Pacific American Legal Center
  • HIV and the Legalization Applicant. MCLE Training Materials
  • 1989
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Speaking Engagements

  • LACBA Immigration Law Course
  • Lecturer: Non-Working Visas
  • 2017
  • FBA Annual Immigration Conference
  • Asylum for Gay Men and Lesbians
  • 2011
  • US Conference on AIDS - Annual Conf
  • Closing Speaker: "Immigrants, HIV/AIDS: Do You Remember the Time?"
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (4)
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Unknown Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Whenever I get stumped, I usually call J, who has always been generous with his time, insights, and experience."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I refer all my Investor visa cases to J. He has vast experience in this area. He easily explains complexities and shares insight to both clients and fellow attorneys who seek his advice on challenging CIS requests. He is easy to talk to, friendly, and very approachable."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. He is highly respected by other immigration lawyers for his expertise in family based immigration matters."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I full-heartedly endorse this lawyer's work. He is extremely knowledgeable, has been a trustworthy mentor for fellow attorneys, and fiercely advocates for his clients."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Attorney Jay Fong has a strong work ethic and thorough understanding of immigration law. He is a great source of knowledge and a pleasure to work with. I would use Attorney Fong for all my client's immigration needs."
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J Craig Fong
Immigration Attorney
Pasadena, CA
Licensed for 41 years