At Fong Ilagan, Gary is an immigration attorney with more than 27 years of experience working on employment-based and family-based immigration matters, I-9 compliance, and government audits, as well as naturalization/United States citizenship cases. He provides innovative immigration solutions to companies and their employees in many industries, including oil and gas, engineering, healthcare, biomedical research, sports & athletics, media & entertainment, information technology, telecommunications, education, industrial services, and manufacturing. Gary focuses on nonimmigrant visas and Permanent Residence for healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, medical technologists, and other allied healthcare workers.
Gary is a longtime member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) for which he serves as a mentor to other AILA members on physician/healthcare immigration cases. He also currently serves as the Executive Director of the Philippine-American Chamber of Commerce of Texas. He speaks frequently on immigration issues at continuing legal education conferences as well as community and business-related seminars.
An AV-Preeminent-rated attorney by his peers, Gary was also awarded the Houston Immigration “Lawyer of the Year” for 2018 and 2024 by Best Lawyers in America. He is also consistently recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters and ranked by Chambers and Partners. Since 2000 he has been Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Gary’s clients seek his advice and counsel due to his depth of experience in a complex area of law that is constantly changing. His clients regularly appreciate his responsiveness, constant communication, and tireless work to help his corporate clients achieve their annual goals and objectives. When he is assisting individuals and families, it is with the idea that he is helping them become a part of the fabric of our nation.
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