美國博雄聯合律師事務所
Law Offices of Steve Qi & Associates

社長, 律師
Principal, Attorney at Law
戚博雄


Steve Qi

Steve Qi, The Principal
J.D., Western State University, College of Law, California M.A.,
Journalism, University of Southern California B. A., World Economy,
Fudan University, Shanghai, China;

Membership: American Immigration Lawyers Association California Bar
Association Los Angeles County Bar Association
The world is an ever shrinking place, with globalization all but
inevitable given the unprecedented rate of integration, interfacing, and
interaction between countries. East meets the west is no longer an easy
concept to define. The bridging of cultures, however, is an even tougher
task.

Educated in top-ranking universities both in China and the United
States, Mr. Qi has a keen sense of understanding and appreciation of the
two distinctively diverse universes. And his insights on how the two
countries would work together in business and commerce help define the
law firm's practice in the past and future.

Born and brought up in Shanghai, China, Mr. Qi went to Fudan University
for his Bachelor's degree in World Economy at a time when China had just
begun to become aware of the transgressions in the developed countries.
Upon graduation in 1983 as one of the top students, he went to work for
Xinhua News Agency, China's largest news organization, as a journalist
in its international news department. A prolific writer, Mr. Qi
published feature stories and commentaries in prominent newspapers and
news journals, in addition to his daily work as a newsman. His
publications have appeared in such notable media as: People's Daily,
Outlook Weekly, China Daily (the only English language newspaper in
China at the time), etc.

In 1987, Mr. Qi was admitted into the University of Southern California
on two scholarships due to his stellar academic achievements and
professional experience to pursue a Master's degree in Journalism. After
a stint in the early 90s with one of the nation's top public relations
firm, Manning, Selvage & Lee, he became involved in immigration legal
practices with a local law firm. By helping immigrant clients, mostly
Chinese, navigate through the labyrinth of complicated immigration legal
procedures, Mr. Qi has developed a deep understanding of immigration law
and its significance for immigrants, old and new. While working, Mr. Qi
went to Western State University, College of Law in southern California
to pursue his Juris Doctorate, a degree that would become a pinnacle of
his education career. His legal education has been especially treasured
because it was key to his understanding and appreciation of the most
comprehensive legal system in the world and the culture that had
cultivated its development.

During his tenure as the head of the immigration department in the local
law firm, Mr. Qi built the immigration department virtually from scratch
to an entity of 10 employees at its pinnacle. Together with its
principal partner, and later, on his own after setting up his own law
firm, Mr. Qi traveled across the country to over a hundred of the
nation's top universities to give seminars to Chinese students on
employment-based immigration issues, particularly in the areas of
National Interest Waiver, Extraordinary Ability Aliens and Outstanding
Researchers and Professors. Mr. Qi was particularly proud of his
achievement in the area of employment based immigration because of his
firm belief that those who he helped to obtain permanent residencies
contributed to the scientific and economic well-being of the United
States. His first successful case of national interest waiver dated back
to 1994. Since then, his clients have been coming from all across the
country, even Canada, Poland, and other parts of the world.

His immigration practice has also facilitated rapid business development
from China into the United States. While enjoying rapid and
unprecedented economic development, China has also been active in
expanding its business internationally, with the United States one of
its prime destinations. Mr. Qi has helped numerous multi-national
executives from China to start and conduct businesses in the United
States, particularly Los Angeles, one of the largest Chinese immigrant
enclaves in the country.

Mr. Qi's deep understanding of U.S. immigration law and his experiences
in the area have earned him unsurpassed reputation among Chinese
immigration nationwide and locally. He was sought after by Chinese
students across the country for his employment based immigration
expertise, by local Chinese immigrants in their business and personal
immigration matters for his business immigration acumen. His reputation
has earned him regular appearances in local Chinese Television stations,
such as KSCI-Channel 18, Phoenix TV, and Skylink TV, for live
commentaries on current immigration issues and question-and-answer
sessions in immigration law and other legal matters.

Mr. Qi's passion to practice law also takes him to other areas of legal
practice, such as business law litigation, other civil litigation,
family law, and criminal defense. In one of his civil cases, he
successfully sued a university for its negligence on behalf of a foreign
student. In that case, the university failed to give the foreign student
proper document to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT),
resulting in the denial of the student's OPT, depriving her of one year
training and wages. After lengthy litigation and in opposition to a
large national law firm, Mr. Qi prevailed in the form of a favorable
settlement that included an entire year of lost wages, plus five years
of earning difference between plaintiff's current earnings and what she
could have earned had she received the one year optional practical
training.

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