Representing Clients All Over the U.S.
Immigration Attorney Melissa Wong
Attorney Melissa G. Wong

Attorney Melissa G. Wong

Melissa Wong is an immigration attorney who has worked with Attorney Heather L. Poole for the past four years. She is fluent in Spanish.  As the daughter of immigrant parents, Ms. Wong understands the difficulties many immigrants face. Her personal experience offers a unique understanding and empathy for the clients she serves. 

She has focused her career on representing immigrants in complex humanitarian immigration issues, deportation defense, and family-based immigration cases including conditional green card waivers, VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) green card cases,  inadmissibility waivers for unlawful presence, misrepresentation, prostitution, and crimes. She also regularly handles NIV waivers and U visas for victims of violent crime.

She regularly works with clients with complicated citizenship and naturalization issues as well as challenging marriage-based green card cases dealing with client physical separation, divorce, and financial complexities. Ms. Wong also regularly represents LGBT individuals in marriage based green card cases, waivers, and political asylum.

Ms. Wong regularly represents individuals in removal proceedings throughout the U.S. including detained asylum seekers in detention centers. She served as an Asylum Liaison for the Southern California Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association from 2016 – 2018, representing the interests of the 3rd largest concentration of immigration attorneys in the U.S. before USCIS’s asylum office.   She also regularly represents unaccompanied minors in removal proceedings and before the USCIS Asylum office in gang, religion, and other specialized areas of asylum.

Ms. Wong is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the L.A. County Bar Association (LACBA). Committed to public interest, Ms. Wong volunteers her time at the LACBA Domestic Violence Project helping immigrant survivors of abuse obtain in pro per restraining orders in family court. She also regularly volunteers her time at community based pro-bono clinics and is a vocal advocate in city town hall meetings for positive immigration measures. Ms. Wong also volunteers on behalf of Catholic Charities’ Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project in representing detained asylum seekers and unaccompanied minors facing deportation. She also represents unaccompanied children in jeopardy of being removed through Kids in Need of Defense (KIND). She is the current pro-bono liaison for the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Southern California Chapter. 

Ms. Wong earned her Juris Doctor degree from Whittier Law School and currently serves on the Alumni Association board. She served as the President of the Hispanic American Law Students Association at Whittier Law School. Ms. Wong graduated from the University of California, Irvine, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies. She was a member of the NCAA Division I Swimming Program and a Scholar Athlete Award Recipient.

She is admitted to practice law in the State of California and represents clients in federal immigration proceedings all over the U.S., often traveling to USCIS interviews and removal proceedings to be by our clients’ side.

Recent Speaking Engagements & Community Involvement:

Current Issues in Immigration Law“, Bruin Professionals (UCLA Alumni Association), Larsen O’Brien (Downtown LA Office), July 2018

Los Angeles County Bar Association Hispanic Heritage Month Honoree 2018: Melissa Wong

Secretary/Treasurer, Orange County Bar Association Immigration Section (2018-2019)

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Contact Melissa: 

email:  melissa@humanrightsattorney.com 

(877) HUMAN-RTs (486-2678)


Attorney Melissa Wong speaking to new immigration attorneys as part of the Orange County Bar’s “Bridging the Gap” CLE for newly admitted attorneys (Feb 2019)

 

ImmigrationAttorney Melissa Wong with fellow Orange County Bar Association Immigration Section Executive Board Member, Sunita Boddhu. 

 

 

Immigration Attorney Melissa Wong with AILA Southern California Chapter Chair Tiffany Chang, an employment based immigration attorney.