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Jessica N. Yu

Phone: 425-450-4228

Legal Assistant

Jerilyn Kovalenko

Direct: 425-450-4214


Jessica concentrates her practice on corporate immigration, assisting foreign nationals in obtaining various types of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas through employment or investment. She represents U.S. and multinational companies of all sizes in a variety of industries to hire and maintain foreign employees.


Her experience in business transaction, tax and bankruptcy law is advantageous in navigating complex employment-based visa categories such as E-2, L-1, EB-1, EB-2/3 and EB-5. She can assist a foreign individual or company to form a business in the United States, sponsor visas to bring over employees from abroad, and advise on change of status when the business is merged or sold.


Jessica’s immigration practice involves matters inside the U.S. with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and border and consular processing matters before Customs and Border Protection and the Department of State.

Publications & Presentations

  • "DHS Partially Ends From I-9 Remote Work Flexibility," Immigration Legal Update (June 5, 2023)
  • "Top 10 Immigration-Related Headaches fro Employers and How to Avoid Them," Lane Powell "Best Practices for Best Employers" Webinar (December 8, 2021)
  • “Proposed Changes to Employer Immigration Practices,” Lane Powell “Best Practices for Best Employers” Seminar (June 6, 2018)
  • “Understanding Big Proposed Changes to Employer Immigration Practices,” Lane Powell “Best Practices for Best Employers” Seminar (October 17, 2017)
  • Featured in Oregon Business Magazine Article “Piecing Together the Immigration Puzzle” (September 1, 2017)
  • “Employment-Immigration Update: Options for businesses and Employees” WeWork Presentation (June 14, 2017)
  • “Business Immigration Under the New Administration,” Lane Powell CLE/Seminar (April 19, 2017)

Honors, Awards & Special Recognition

  • Named Rising Star by Super Lawyers (2019, 2018, 2017)
  • Chambers® USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Immigration (2023, 2022)

Professional & Civic Involvement

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Member
  • Korean Bar Association of Washington, past president
  • Legal Advisor to the Consulate General for the Republic of Korea (2015-2018)
  • Washington Bar Association, Member


Born in Korea, Jessica has gone through the green card and naturalization process herself. Outside of the office, Jessica enjoys playing tennis and traveling with her husband and two children.