Sang M. Shin
An experienced business immigration attorney, Sang Shin provides creative legal counsel to companies, individuals, investors, and institutions throughout the U.S. and internationally. He has broad experience managing employment-based immigration cases for nonimmigrant and immigrant visas, and immigration planning and compliance programs for entities engaged in a wide range of industries, including: energy, engineering, healthcare institutions, construction, financial services and banking, agriculture, architecture, technology, entertainment, food service, hospitality, retail, education, export and import, and other sectors.
Sang handles a wide range of nonimmigrant visas and petitions, and also provides advanced and strategic advice to clients on a variety of immigrant visas and labor certifications (PERM) for numerous occupations. He handles family-based cases and U.S. citizenship matters, and regularly represents companies in connection with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), U.S. Department of State (DOS), and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) audits.
He frequently works with international companies entering the U.S. market for the first time, helping them navigate the ever-changing U.S. legal landscape. Utilizing his broad network, Sang ensures a seamless market entry for his clients by making sure they are connected within their respective industries and are well-equipped to thrive long-term in the U.S.
Sang also advises start-ups, entrepreneurs, and high net-worth individuals regarding investment-based U.S. immigration opportunities. Sang partners with both individuals and large entities to ensure they remain compliant with government regulations and can withstand the highest level of scrutiny if faced with a government audit.
Named among The Best Lawyers in America (2021-2023) for immigration law, Sang prides himself in being a true counselor and business partner to his clients, providing hands-on consulting services that will ensure successful results.
B.A., University of North Carolina
J.D., Charlotte School of Law
Diversity and Inclusion Certification, Cornell University
Immigration Attorney Serving Austin, Dallas, Houston, & San Antonio Texas
Sang’s extensive background working with clients on their immigration matters allows him to assist clients in all aspects of:
- Labor & Employment-based Visas
- Investment-related Visas
- Permanent Residence Processes
- Immigration Compliance
- Texas Rising Star, Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters, 2022
- The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White Inc.), Immigration Law, 2021-2024
- “Top Lawyer: Immigration” in Best of Houstonia, Houstonia Magazine, 2021
- Best Under 40 Award, Asian Pacific Interest Section (APIS) of the State Bar of Texas, 2020
- Co-author, “Worker Intake and Classification Issues and the Related Legal Challenges for Employers,” 64 Tax Mgmt. Memo No. 4, 53 (Feb. 13, 2023)
- Co-author, “Worker Intake and Classification Issues and the Related Legal Challenges for Employers,” 51 Tax Mgmt. Comp. Plan J. No. 2 (Feb. 3, 2023)
- “Channeling Struggles to Create Opportunity,” The Texas Lawbook (May 2022)
- “Foreign Worker Policies Likely to Improve for Business,” Texas Lawyer (March 2021)
- “COVID-19 and Foreign National Workers in the United States,” The Houston Lawyer magazine (July 2020)
- “Impacts of COVID-19 on U.S. Immigration and Travel Policies,” Jackson Walker Business Immigration & Compliance Resources (July 2020)
- Speaker, “Legal: How to Impact Law Firm Diversity”, FutureCast 2022 (October 2022)
- Panelist, “U.S. Business Immigration Virtual Roundtable,” Jackson Walker Webinar (September 2022)
- Speaker, “Surviving an Unpredictable Economy: Legal Considerations You Can’t Afford to Ignore,” 2022 Asian Chamber Business Conference & Expo (August 2022)
- Speaker, “Market Update and Doing Business in Houston” Session of Aberdeen-Houston Gateway 2022 (March 2022)
- Speaker, “Preparation for Upcoming H-1B CAP Season,” State Bar of Texas Immigration & Nationality Law Section (January 2022)
- Panelist, “Recruiting & Retaining Diverse Talent,” Houston Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators (November 2021)
- Moderator, “Behind the Hiring Curtain,” Houston Young Lawyers Association (HYLA) First Generation Attorneys Committee panel (February 2020)
In the News
- “Houston’s Business With South Korean Companies Nearly Quadrupled Over the Last Decade,” KHOU 11 (May 25, 2023)
- “Trade with South Korea is booming, but these Houston locals want more,” Houston Business Journal (May 7, 2023)
- “Banks, fintechs weigh fallout from H1-B work visa restrictions,” Banking Dive (July 15, 2020)
- “How Trump’s latest H-1B visa suspension will impact hiring at tech companies,” TechRepublic (June 30, 2020)
- “Trump’s H-1B work visa ban creates six-month headache,” TechTarget (June 24, 2020)
- “Suspending immigration could hurt international companies,” KPRC 2 Click2Houston (April 21, 2020)
Jackson Walker Fast Takes Podcast
- “Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month,” Jackson Walker Fast Takes Podcast (May 2022)
- “What Happens to President Trump’s Immigration Proclamations During President Biden’s First 100 Days?” (January 2021)
- “Immigration Policies Under a Biden Administration” (November 2020)
- “Employment Visa Restrictions: Past, Present, and Future” (July 2020)
- “H-1B Visa Considerations During Periods of High Unemployment” (June 2020)
- “Immigration Issues to Consider During the Coronavirus Epidemic” (April 2020)
- American Immigration Lawyers Association
- Asian American Bar Association of Houston
- Chair of Board of Directors, 2019-2022
- President, 2018
- Vice President of Community Relations, 2016
- Social Committee, 2015
- Law School & Mentorship Committee, 2014
- Asian American Bar Foundation of Houston
- Trustee, 2019-present
- State Bar of Texas, Asian Pacific Interest Section
- Chair-Elect, 2023
- Secretary, 2021-2022
- State Bar of Texas, Immigration Section
- Council Member, 2021-2023
- Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), Fellows Program, 2022
- United Way
- Asian Chamber of Commerce
- Greater Houston Partnership, Business Resource Group–Business Beyond Borders
August 24, 2023Newsletters
View Jackson Walker’s August 2023 Diversity & Inclusion Newsletter, Perspectives.
August 17, 2023Attorney News
‘The Best Lawyers in America’ Honors 287 Jackson Walker Attorneys in 2024 Edition, Including 12 “Lawyers of the Year” and 80 “Ones to Watch”
The Best Lawyers in America has recognized 287 Jackson Walker attorneys across 5 offices and 82 specialty practice areas in its 2024 edition, including 12 Lawyers of the Year and 80 Ones to Watch. In this year’s guide, Jackson Walker saw the largest number of attorneys in the areas of Commercial Litigation (66 attorneys) and Real Estate Law (60 attorneys) and the addition of 35 attorneys as Best Lawyers.
August 2, 2023Attorney News
Jackson Walker congratulates Houston partner Sang M. Shin on his appointment as Chair-Elect of the Asian Pacific Interest Section of the State Bar of Texas for the 2023-2024 term.
May 26, 2023Mentions
Over the last decade, the South Korean business community has grown exponentially in Houston, thanks in large part to the increase in the export value of mineral fuel and Houston’s import of iron and steel, as well as Houston naming Ulsan, South Korea its 19th sister city.
May 11, 2023Webinars
Join Jackson Walker and Insperity for the Spring Labor & Employment Law Seminar discussing current labor and employment law topics that might impact you and your company.
May 8, 2023Mentions
South Korea has emerged as a growing economic force in Houston. In fact, South Korea is Houston’s third-largest international trading partner and Texas’ fifth largest. When Ulsan, South Korea, was named the 19th sister city of Houston in 2021, trade between the two had already increased by 72.1% over the previous year to $16.2 billion, according to the Greater Houston Partnership.
April 24, 2023Newsletters
View Jackson Walker’s April 2023 Diversity & Inclusion Newsletter, Perspectives.
February 9, 2023Podcasts
JW Fast Takes Podcast | ~7.5 minutes
The potential for layoffs or reductions in force could trigger immigration-related issues. Business Immigration & Compliance partners Kelly Cobb and Sang Shin join the Fast Takes podcast to cover key considerations as not all visas are created equal.
February 1, 2023Insights
On January 27, 2023, USCIS announced the initial registration period for 2024 H-1B visa cap. Prospective petitioners and representatives will be able to complete and submit their registrations online on the H-1B visa registration system from 12 p.m. Eastern time on March 1, 2023, through 12 p.m. Eastern time March 17, 2023.
January 31, 2023Insights
USCIS has recently announced important immigration policies involving COVID-19, H-4 and L-2 applications, EB-1 and EB-2 Form 1-140 petitions, F-1 students, and permanent resident cards (“green cards”).