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Alison Yew is a highly experienced immigration attorney in San Jose, CA with over two decades of experience. She specializes in many aspects of U.S. immigration, including employment immigration, family immigration, and citizenship through naturalization. Alison first practiced as a civil litigator, which gave her extensive trial experience. She later on became a partner for a national civil litigation firm and developed the firm's immigration law practice. 

In 2013, she established the Law Office of Alison Yew, where she was able to do the thing she was truly passionate about: helping people. Since founding her own law firm, this San Jose immigration lawyer has helped US-based companies hire highly skilled foreign workers through employment immigration and permanent work visas, including PERM processing, I-140 petitions under EB-1, EB-2, I-129 petitions for H-1B and L-1 visas, and other treaty visas such as TN visas. Alison has also counseled many potential foreign investors on how to obtain a green card through the EB-5 investor visa program. Even though the H-1B visa petitions have had an extremely short petition acceptance window in the last several years, with Alison’s diligence and expertise her business clients across the United States were able to obtain this visa and hire highly qualified employees. 

The most fulfilling achievement of Alison’s career, however, is being able to unite families through family immigration visas or family-based petitions for green cards.

Alison brings a personal understanding of the immigration experience to her work.

Born in Hong Kong, Alison and her family immigrated to the United States when she was a child. Her husband is a naturalized US citizen who came from Egypt.



Alison received her undergraduate degree (B.A.) in Psychology from the University of California in San Diego, in 1988.  After working a few years at a law firm in San Francisco, Alison attended the University of San Francisco School of Law and obtained her Juris Doctor (J.D.) in 1994.


Professional Qualifications and Other Experience

Alison has been a member in good standing of the California State Bar since 1994. She has been admitted to the Northern and Eastern U.S. Federal District Courts of California. She is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), a national organization of lawyers who practice and teach immigration law and who are dedicated to promoting justice, advocating for fair and reasonable immigration policies and law, and providing quality immigration and nationality legal services.

While in law school, Alison was active with the university’s Criminal Law Clinic, tutored other students through the university’s Academic Support Program, and taught general law education to 8th grade students through the university’s Street Law Program. In her last year, Alison was a student judicial extern for the Honorable Justice Kathryn M. Werdegar at the California Court of Appeal. Justice Werdegar is now on the California Supreme Court bench.


Languages spoken: Cantonese, Mandarin

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%
    23 years



Hourly ($200-300/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (15 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Kathy Lynn Hensley

    Alison Yew is one of those lawyers to whom you don’t hesitate to refer clients. Not only is she knowledgeable about immigration law, but she offers creative solutions in cases that offer special challenges. Her communication and rapport with clients is exceptional –she keeps clients updated on case developments and is quick to respond to any questions. With every aspect of her practice, Alison shows that she really cares about her work and her clients.


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Contact info

Law Office of Alison Yew

2033 Gateway Place
Suite 500
San Jose, CA, 95110


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Moot Court Best BriefUniversity of San Francisco School of Law1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner/AttorneyLaw Office of Alison Yew2013 - Present
PartnerLewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith2005 - 2013
AssociateVogl & Meredith, LLP2000 - 2005
Research AttorneySuperior Court Of Santa Clara County1998 - 2000
AssociateJeffrey J. Chang and Associates1994 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
BNI Business Network InternationalVice President2015 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Northern California chapter)Member2011 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In Re R.H.Lawful Permanent Residence approved
In Re R.H.Decision of denial reversed (naturalization approved)
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Publication nameTitleDate
WebsiteWhat is the EB-5 Investment Visa Program2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Francisco School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
University of California - San DiegoPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
BNI San Jose High Rise Connections MeetingImmigration Law Governance Basics2015
BNI San Jose High Rise Connections MeetingVisa Basics2015