Yvonne Toy

With over 20 years of experience in business immigration law, Yvonne guides corporate clients on all aspects of immigration program development, compliance management, and strategies for global talent mobility. She leads a team of attorneys and paralegals managing high volume and complex nonimmigrant and immigrant visas for clients primarily in technology-related industries. Widely regarded as an expert in the field, Yvonne is frequently invited to speak to American Immigration Lawyers Association audiences, and she serves as faculty for several AILA online education modules.

Before, Yvonne practiced for many years at one of the largest US immigration law firms as a thought leader in EB-1 priority worker petitions and PERM Labor Certifications. She also previously served in-house for the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory managing their immigration and J-1 Exchange Visitor Program.

With a passion for global affairs, Yvonne spent time in Taiwan working as a speech consultant for the Ministry of Economic Affairs on international trade issues and as an English teacher.

Awards & Recognition:

  • WWL Thought Leaders: Corporate Immigration
  • LawDragon 500 Leading US Corporate Employment Lawyers
  • International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers
  • New York Law School Federal Communications Award, two-time recipient

Speaking Engagements and Publications:

In-Person Faculty Speaker/Panelist:

  • 2020 Pacific Coast Labor and Employment Law Annual Conference (canceled due to COVID)
  • 2017 AILA Annual Conference, “Alphabet Soup” (re-published 2018, AILA Doc. No. 15081801)
  • 2017 AILA Fundamentals Conference, “NIV Panel Part I”
  • 2017 AILA Fundamentals Conference, “Nonimmigrant Visa Workshop H-1B”
  • 2016 AILA Annual Conference, “PERM & I-140 Fundamentals”
  • 2016 AILA CA Conference, “O-1 Extraordinary Ability visa for Entrepreneurs and Start-Ups”
  • 2008 NAFSA 58TH Annual Conference, “A Hazy Future: Export Controls and the Transfer of Sensitive Technologies”

Live Webinars:

  • Oct 2022 AILA Seminar, “New Premium Processing Rules: What You Need to Know”
  • Feb 2022 AILA NorCal Webinar, “CLE H-1B Cap”
  • Jan 2022 SHRM and Envoy, “The Employer’s Guide to H-1B Cap Season”
  • May 2021 Annual Pacific Coast Labor & Employment Law Conference, “Immigration Update for Employment Lawyers: What Your Clients Need to Know”
  • Sept 2020 AILA Seminar, “PERM Advanced Topics: Trends in PERM and BALCA Cases”
  • 2016 AILA Seminar: “Thinking Outside PERM-Extraordinary, Outstanding and NIW.”
  • 2014 AILA Seminar, 2014: EB-1 Advanced Topics (post-Kazarian)

Video Courses:

  • 2019-2020: AILA 4-Minute Tutorial Video
    • Video 1: Establishing Qualifying Relationship
    • Video 2: EB-3 I-140 Filing
    • Video 3: Documenting Qualifying Experience for Business Immigrant Visas
  • 2018-2019: AILA PERM Online, Module 7: Post-Decision Issues
    • Video 1: Successor-in-Interest
    • Video 2: AC21 Issues


  • Author, Mondaq Comparative Guide, Corporate Immigration 2022-23
  • Quoted by Roy Maurer, “It’s Time to Prepare for H-1B Visa Cap Season” SHRM (Jan 26, 2022)
  • Co-Editor, AILA California Chapter Conference Handbook 2011
Yvonne Toy

Corporate Immigration Partners Title:

  • Founding Partner

Educational Background:

  • JD, New York Law School
  • BA, University of California at Berkeley (Political Economy of Industrial Societies. Minor in Business Administration)

Languages Spoken:

  • English
  • Chinese (Conversational)

Family Heritage:

United States

Connection to Immigration:

My family has a deep history with US Immigration, starting with my Great-Grandfather coming to this country to work on the California railroad.

Fun Fact:

I’m a native San Franciscan, and my family came through Angel Island. The immigration officer heard our last name of “Choi” and made it “Toy” instead!

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