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Alan Lee

Alan Lee

Alan Lee, Attorney at Law
408 8th Avenue, Suite 5A
New York, NY 10001
Alan Lee, Attorney at Law

New York (NY)

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Practice Areas: Immigration (100%)


Industry Groups: Immigration Law, Nationality Law


Alan Lee exclusively practices immigration law and covers the spectrum from non-immigrant visas such as H-1B and L-1, to federal court litigation including employment and family-based matters, investment immigration, asylum, and citizenship. He holds an AV preeminent rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and is on the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, the highest rating in both legal ability and ethical standards as judged by his peers. He has successfully concluded cases before USCIS, DOS, DOL, Consuls, Immigration Courts, Federal Circuit and District Courts, BIA, BALCA, USCIS Appeals Adjudication Office, and Regional Commissioners. Mr. Lee has authored approximately 1,304 legal writings in newspapers and journals on immigration, including Interpreter Releases, Immigration Daily, and Chinese language dailies World Journal and Sing Tao. His staff has fluency in multiple dialects of Chinese.

Years of Selection

• Super Lawyers: 2011, 2013 - 2014

About Alan Lee

Admitted: 1982, New York

Professional Webpage:

Honors and Awards:

  • Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory since 1994, AV Preeminent rating since 2010 with legend of highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards, & in the Bar Register of Pre-eminent Lawyers since 2011.  Awarded twice by the government of the Republic of China in 1985 for outstanding work in immigration and human rights affairs; selected for Who's Who in American Law; honorary editor of newspaper, Pakistan Calling; Sidney A. Levine Award winner at Cleveland Marshall College of Law for best legal writing in 1976/77. Recognized as one of New York area's "Top Rated Lawyers" by Martindale-Hubbell for 2012.

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Practice before governmental agencies dealing with immigration law such as Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of State, and Department of Labor - including Visa Office and consul posts, Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), Administrative Appeals Office (AAO), and Board of Labor Certification Appeals (BALCA).  Licensed to appear before Southern, Eastern and Western District Courts in New York and Second Circuit Court of Appeals

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Panel expert in seminars of the Immigration Law Weekly in areas of labor certifications and litigated employment cases.

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Appearances before community groups, universities, colleges and institutes on immigration issues of interest to them. Participant in Ask-A-Lawyer program of LexisNexis/Martindale-Hubbell.  Speaker/panel participant in recent Baruch College event on November 20, 2013. "Documenting the Undocumented: Immigration reform" sponsored by the Baruch College undergraduate student government, Amnesty International, Latin American Student Organization, International Student Organization, IMpacT public affairs club, and the Dream Team at Baruch College.  Before moving to New York, staff attorney in Bowling Green, Ohio, for Ohio Migrant Legal Action Program (OMLAP) & then lead attorney in Bowling Green for its successor, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE).

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Lectures before student groups at universities, colleges, and institutes on immigration laws.  Approximately 1,304 legal writings in newspapers and journals on immigration law

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Firstland International v. INS, 377 F.3d 127 (2d Cir. 2004);  Chavan v. Drysdale, 513 F.Supp.990 (NDNY 1981).  In past year, received favorable decisions on 6 cases appealed to either BIA or AAO (unpublished).


  • “A Sense of Timing on Available Numbers under Senate Bill 744 (Comprehensive Immigration Reform” Alan Lee, Interpreter Releases, Vol. 90, No. 20, 5/20/13
  • "Examination of EB-2 Visa Demand Vis-a-Vis H.R. 3012," Alan Lee, Interpreter Releases, Vol. 89, No. 10, 3/5/12; "Important Developments in Labor Certification Applications," Alan Lee, Interpreter Releases, Vol. 88, No. 6, 2/7/11; "The Renewed Hope for Immigration Legislation in 2011," Alan Lee, Interpreter Releases, Vol. 88, No. 2, 1/10/11; "Legalization is Alive but has a January 31, 2010, Deadline in Underpublicized "Known to the Government" Settlement," Alan Lee, Arthur Lee, and Melissa Paquette and edited by Robert Pauw, Interpreter Releases, Vol. 86, No. 47, 12/14/09;  "In Absentia Hearings and Proper Service of NTAs and NOHs with Emphasis on Second Circuit Law Development, Alan Lee, Interpreter Releases, Vol. 84, No. 37, 9/24/07;  "The Bush Temporary Worker Proposal and Comparative Pending Legislation: an Analysis," Alan Lee, Interpreter Releases, Vol. 81, No. 15, 4/12/04

Representative Clients:

  • Withheld for client privacy

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Firstland Int'l v. INS successfully challenged Legacy INS' policy of over 40 years of revoking approval of immigrant visa petitions under a nebulous standard of law.  It was short-lived, however, as it was legislatively overturned by the Bush administration


  • News blurbs/Q&As are posted on our website, on a weekly basis

Educational Background:

  • B.A. graduate in English of UCLA 1973 and J.D. graduate of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, 1977. Passed Ohio bar in 1977 before moving to New York.
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White Papers

Republicans to Sideline Hispanics and Other Minorities by Piecemeal Immigration Legislation? - (2014)

Alan Lee. Immigration Daily, 1/6/14, explores the question of what Hispanics and other minorities should do now and in the event that the Republican House of Representatives is only prepared to offer limited immigration legislation in the early part of 2014. The article looks at the escalating stakes of the 2014 midterm elections brought on by the November 2013 Democratic Senate action of exercising the “nuclear option” to cut off debate at 51 votes instead of 60 on judicial and executive appointments; how it changed the balance of power in Congress; how the GOP is planning to retake the Senate in 2014; and how Hispanics and other minorities should leverage the situation now and be prepared to turn out en masse in terms of effort/ votes to oppose the plan as the end result of Republican success would be their perception that comprehensive immigration reform is unnecessary for the GOP to retain power.

Industry Group(s): Immigration, Politics

Filibuster Ending a Shot across the Bow for Republicans When Considering Comprehensive Immigration Reform - (2013)

Alan Lee, Immigration Daily, 7/22/13, examines consequences of modifying Senate rules to simple majority to stop debate and end filibusters if Republicans fail to support comprehensive immigration reform and concludes that because of the groundswell of Hispanic/Asian-American anger and their population in critical states, the Senate would remain Democrat for at least 6 years during which time rule modification beyond the presently targeted executive appointments could allow extensive passage of Democrat favored legislation and judicial appointments.

Industry Group(s): Immigration, Politics

The Renewed Hope for Immigration Legislation in 2011 - (2011)

Alan Lee, Interpreter Releases, Vol. 88, No. 2, 1/10/11, gives various scenarios under which some forms of immigration reform legislation can occur in 2011 along with the different involved groups' choices along the way.

Industry Group(s): Immigration, Politics

Recommendations On Positive Immigration Options That The Administration Should Explore - (2010)

Alan Lee, Immigration Daily, 4/15/2010, gives recommendation on options open for immigration legislative relief that the Obama Administration can explore.

Industry Group(s): Immigration, Politics

The Bush Temporary Worker Proposal and Comparative Pending Legislation: an Analysis - (2004)

Alan Lee, Interpreter Releases, Vol. 81, No.15, 4/12/2004, analyzed the ultimately unsuccessful Bush attempt at Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR), the need for CIR, competing legislation, & the pros & cons of the different paths.

Industry Group(s): Immigration, Politics

Examination of EB-2 Visa Demand Vis-a-Vis H.R. 3012, Alan Lee, Interpreter Releases, Vol. 89, No. 10, 3/5/12, studies and estimates future EB-2 (employment based second preference permanent visas for those with advanced degrees) use to help determine the necessity of H.R. 3012, legislation which has the principal appeal of increasing  the percentage of EB-2 permanent visas available to natives of China and India, but is the subject of a proposed anti-immigrant amendment for dropping Republican Senate opposition.  The study attempts through conversations with the State Department Visa Office and by an independent observation of numbers related to labor certifications and visa petitions along with estimated percentages of each grouping as belonging to China and India natives, estimated attrition rates, and added family members, etc., to give a clearer perspective of what future demand will look like and whether the current rapid movement forward in this category on monthly visa bulletins of the State Department will continue regardless of the legislation's fate

Industry Group(s): Immigration, Politics

Twelve articles between 9/2011 and 1/2013 advocating and explaining upon proposal/implementation that I-601 waiver relief be afforded non-adjustable undocumented immigrants before their final decision to depart the U.S. for immigrant visa appointments at American consulates and embassies. 

Industry Group(s): Immigration, Politics

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