Sechyi Laiu, J.D.,
Attorney at Law - Honolulu Office

Licensed to practice in Hawaii (2007), D.C. (2008), and California (inactive)


At Zhang & Associates, P.C., Mr. Laiu focuses on challenging issues concerning immigration ineligibility and administrative processes. His practice area has led Mr. Laiu to address the following range of issues: 

Non-immigrant petition and processing for: B business\tourist visa, H work visa, L work visa, TN NAFTA worker visa, E treaty trader and investor visa, K fiance visa, R religious visa.

Immigrant petition and processing for: I-130 family cases, EB-1, EB-2 (including NIW), EB-5, with a focus on petitions for Request for Evidence and post-denial Motion to Reconsider\Reopen. 

Administrative proceedings related to:

Consular processing (including 221g and Dept. of State Legalnet)
CBP Fines, Penalties, and Forfeitures proceedings (monetary confiscation and penalty at the US port of entries \ airports)
CBP Expedited Removal orders 
USCIS Administrative Appeals Office filings
J-1 Two Year Residency Waiver process (DOS Interested Government Agency and No Objection Waiver)     

Immigration ineligibilities and applicable waivers concerning:

Crime of Moral Turpitude
Misrepresentation & Fraud
Communist Party Member
Sabotage\Espionage\Export Control List violations
Presidential Directives \ Executive Orders \ Travel Ban
Unlawful presence

And unique issues involving:

Business development and financial compliance 
Child Status Protection Act (21 age-out cases)
Professional Responsibility (federal proceedings such as with USPTO)
Transmittal of US citizenship (step-children and artificial reproductive technology)
US citizenship services overseas

Prior to joining Zhang & Associates, P.C., Mr. Laiu worked for the U.S. Department of State as a Chinese and Portuguese speaking diplomat. As a consular-coned officer who served in Vancouver (Canada), Shenyang (P.R. China), and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Mr. Laiu processed over 30,000 visa cases and worked in every section of Consular Affairs overseas (Fraud Prevention Unit, Immigrant Visas, Non-Immigrant Visas, and American Citizen Services). Mr. Laiu focused on crisis and emergency management, and managed the U.S. emergency response center in Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 World Cup. While working in the U.S., Mr. Laiu worked with the Remote Processing Unit on visa renewals and technology support, the Visa Office on visa foil accountability from evacuated posts and supporting presidential executive orders, and the J-1 Waiver Review Division on no objection waiver workflow and new legislative proposals. Mr. Laiu also performed overstay and visa validation studies, DNA processing, prepared security advisory opinions, specialized in resolving security “watchlist” cases, handled the diplomatic visas and student visas portfolios, and liaisoned with Department of Homeland Security officials. 

Mr. Laiu is extremely familiar with all aspects of consular processing. Mr. Laiu was also instrumental in the decision by the Department of State to begin revocation of visas for individuals arrested for Driving Under the Influence while in the United States. 

Prior to working for the federal government, Mr. Laiu worked in Hawaii for law firms handling commercial (real estate) litigation and family law. Mr. Laiu has also performed pro bono\volunteer work for the Hawaii Domestic Violence Clearinghouse and Legal Hotline (predecessor to Domestic Violence Action Center), Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii, and California Rural Legal Assistance. During law school, Mr. Laiu was a research assistant to the constitutional law professor, focusing on Native Hawaiian crown lands. Mr. Laiu was a member of the Intellectual Property Moot Court, Susan McKay Moot Court coordinator, and managing editor at University of Hawaii Law Review.

Mr. Laiu is currently the vice-chair of the American Immigrant Lawyer Association, Hawaii chapter.


B.A. from Grinnell College
J.D. from University of Hawaii Wm. S. Richardson School of Law


English, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese