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Service: Green Card / Immigration Service

Like most people I tried to save some money and tried to process getting a Green Card without legal console but it proved difficult and my first attempt resulted in failure. I reached out to the Law Office of Derek Lim to secure their services. I worked with Penny a lot, she was great and well versed in immigration requirements. They took care of the crazy amount of paper work and guided me through the painful process.

During the Green Card interview it was clear almost everyone hired legal console with some even bringing their lawyers on site during the interview. Since I felt my case was straight forward I didn't pay extra to have the lawyer present during the Green Card interview.

With the help of Penny and Law Office of Derek Lim Green Card I can say Green Card is secure. If I had to do it all over again I would have seeked legal console and avoided all the lost time and money attempting it myself.

- Fred C.


Lawyer Lin is very professional and attentive and efficient. Thanks to Lawyer Lin and everyone from Lin Law Firm for their help in applying for F1 during the epidemic, and suggestions on the details. Now that F1 has come down, I have started class now. A worthy lawyer.

- Xing Y.


I reached to Mr. Derek Lim about my immigration case in 2020. I was not familiar about transition from work visa to family-based PR visa. Also, considering the pandemic situation, many things became unpredictable and worrisome.

I found Mr. Derek on line and talked to Christine Chao at the beginning. She listened to my case carefully, and discussed with the team thoroughly before answering my questions. Christine asked me several questions to ensure that they were able to deal with my case. It made me feel they're reliable and dependable. Therefore I decided to continue to work with the team.

It was the first time I worked with an attorney. During the application process, they guided me through each process patiently and professionally.

Worked with them during the application process gave me a lot of confidence and faith under the unprecedented situation. Fortunately i received my green card in August 2021. I appreciate all the helps and guidance that I got from the team, and I highly recommend to people who also needs professional attorney regarding immigration at Bay Area.

- Wan C.


In a very short notice for our multiple quit claims, Christine Zhao laid out all detail on what documents were needed, what we needed to do, and when the county recording expected to arrive....and right away the sweet assistant Penny Wu carried on all operation flows and paperworks. Mr. Derek Lim (lawyer) spent couple free hours and walked through the details and explained the law/rules to us, the entire end to end experience with The Law Office of Derek Lim was wonderful and stressless, I knew I was in great hands!

- JingCindy S.


I hired the Law Offices of Derek Lim because they succeeded for helping me to process my serious car accident. I trust their efforts and services.

Thank you very much to the Law Offices of Derek Lim for helping me apply for my spouse to immigrate to the United States. I appreciate for their professional, know all immigration requirements, and could fill out the immigration forms easily for me. When the Immigration Office asked for the married evidence, they were also known well to help me to prepare all the necessary documents for approval of my marriage. Of course, the Immigration Office approved my marriages without asking more questions.

Because of the epidemic, the husband's immigration approval was postponed until recently. But everything goes smoothly, the Law Offices of Derek Lim explained the immigration process well, efficiently, organized documents well, professional trust, and detailed responsibilities!

Thanks again to Christine, Penny, Vivan and anyone who helped our case successfully. I and my husband really satisfied for their professional services. Best wishes to the the Law Offices of Derek Lim.

- Josephine M.


Very smooth and responsive group. My family worked with them for 3 immigration cases so far. And they are doing consistently perfect jobs. Good job team. Thanks for your hard works. I appreciate it.

- Ivan L.


Mr. Lim answered all our questions while we were preparing for our interview for 1-751. With Mr. Lim assistance and guidance we came to the interview prepared and confident. He is very knowledgeable, straight forward and kindhearted. Grateful for him and his team

- M. L.


First off they were very professional ....very knowledgeable with the immigration laws and walked me through every step . what they would need and how it would go .....up front about the cost ....if i had a question . i would get a fast reply ......i would have to say it was a great experience for me.

- Mike H.


My case was transferred to Mr. Derek Lim from my previous lawyer. Me. Derek and his assistant are very seriously and carefully to treat my case. They are very professional. They kept me posted, and give a prompt answer when I have any question. I appreciate their efforts. I would recommend Mr. Derek's team handles the immigration cases.

- Bin Z.


The Law Offices of Derek Lim was the perfect law office for me and will be the best place to start when looking for an attorney. At first, when I was injured calling around was the last thing I wanted to do but after calling and taking to the team that helped me settle my lawsuit my headache was gone and I knew my business was being taken care of professionally and with attention to everything I asked. When I called, each time I was immediately greeted with a knowledgeable Ms. Chao who knew the answer I was looking for and even throughout the COVID-19 pandemic Derek Lim's team was able to get me the outcome I wanted and helped me get back on with my life. Thank you again!

- Brian L.


Thank you to all the staff of Lim Law Firm. Sincerely thank you, thank you for all your support and help at my most helpless and lowest point.

- Emma L.


We got help from Mr. Derek Lim about immigration issue. It's not convenient to go through too details her due to privacy, but it's about Juvenile case.

It took a year about my case, they guided us step by step, and explain the court's procedure clearly. COVID-19 delayed the case, luckily we went through after his help.

We enjoyed working with our staff and attorney, they are very honest to the customer & very reasonable price.

With their help, my case was successfully approved by the court, we recommend them.

- Des T.


Great experience! If you are looking for an immigration lawyer, Mr. Lim is what you are looking for. He is very thorough and extremely knowledgeable with the immigration laws and the whole staff was very professional and always available to help. I hired Mr. Lim for my citizenship application since I have an issue on my background. He answered all my questions very clearly and guided me through out the process. Huge thanks to Mr. Lim and his team I will now have to attend the oath taking ceremony next week. Beyond satisfied! I highly recommend Mr. Lim!

- Joanne B.


They are very patient while working through my case, always responsive and professional. 5 stars

- Koala G.


Straight forward, no wasting time. Friendly staff and good service. Highly recommended if you need an attorney!

- David R.


Thanks to your office for diligently, patiently and tenaciously working on my case.

- Manish P.


Based on their past reviews I asked my company to hire this law firm for my immigration matter and I am so glad I chose this firm. The best part with this law firm is that they are being honest on what they say and what they say is what they do also, unlike many law firms who doesn't respond or take calls.

My case was time sensitive and I asked them how long would it take to file my documents and based on some calculation they told 1 week. Whereas other law firms told me 10-14 days. And this law firm made sure that my case was filed in 7 days even if they had to work after office hours. And not to mention that they always picked my calls and always responded my emails or even txts.

Penny is pleasure to work with. Though she has lot of work load but she has always greeted warmly and have responded my queries professionally.

I have no hesitation recommending them to my friends. Rather I actually had referred and my close friend also engaged them for his immigration matter.

- Deep K. Fremont, CA


We were rear ended by a car at the intersection in San Jose while waiting for the red light. I was sent by an ambulance to a hospital. The other driver and his insurance tried to minimize the personal damage. When we found Lawyer Derek and his team, we had a peace of mind. They used all the collected bills to demonstrate that the accident aggravated my condition. Even though he only had a very limited coverage I still got the payment. Furthermore, this legal team got the underinsured coverage from my own insurance. It is a wonderful experience to talk with Christine and Penny during the process. We are so grateful for the dedication of the whole team as well as the final results.

- Rachel W.


Special thanks to Attorney Lim and his crew. My case was a bit complicated, me and my husband were so stressed if i wouldnt be allowed to come back to the states to continue our pervious normal life. Derek Lim and his crew helped us fix the problem and made me and my husband being able to live together. They responded fast and looked for ways to solve problems. Thank you so much Christina, Penny, and Attorney Lim.

- Cher W.


My father was hit by a car when he was cross the road close to a grocery parking lot last year. Although he was not seriously injured but he still spent months in hospital. We needed a lawyer to help to deal with the insurance issues. Luckily we found office of Derek Lim for their professional guidance. Christine handled everything professionally and made the whole process easy for us so we can focus on taking care of my father. We are satisfied with their service and results and highly recommend them to anyone who needs an accident lawyer.

- Yun J.


Very good experience with the Law Office of Derek Lim, they are professional and very helpful on my case. With their supports, the case is solved much more than what I expected.

- Kong Y.


I had gotten into a four-car accident a little over a year ago and sought out the Law Office of Derek Lim for some guidance. This was my first time hiring a lawyer and did not have much experience in this area. Luckily, I was referred over to talk to Christine. She handled everything professionally and made the whole process very easy. After she gathered all the information she needed about the accident, I was told that no further action was required and they will take it from here. Simple as that!

Every month, she would either call or email me with some updates and that put my mind at ease. There were some negotiations involved with the other insurance but everything worked out great in the end. Christine and the team fought for a big settlement check for me, which I greatly appreciated.

I thoroughly enjoyed their staff and attorneys because of how much time and effort they put in to help me through the whole process. If anyone I know needed an accident lawyer, they will be the first people I refer. I was extremely satisfied with their service and results and highly recommend them to anyone in need of an accident lawyer.

- Eric H.


Derek and his team were very professional in assisting us with our case, even though the process is now longer due to current state of backlog in the immigration cases, they kept us informed and were always available to answer our questions. We highly recommend Derek and his team and we have already recommended him to family friends.

- Fabiola P.


We badly need a lawyer for our case before because it's not the usual case. I came as student and got married here. My petition got current and since we need to apply for green card already we seek help from atty. Derek Lim and he did gave us payment options as well as helping us in identifying what are the requirements we need to submit. The staff and secretary were on the spot always in helping us and making a follow ups everytime. We enjoy working with them. The day we received the interview date, we were so happy and amazed because after more than a year of waiting they still help us in how to answer questions and making sure all requirements to be presented are correct. That alone make us believe in their services.

- Elbrain M.


I worked with Derek Lim office for my Mother’s immigration case and I can tell that I had a very professional service.

I mostly worked with Penny and Christine and they helped me step by step to complete this case. They basically did all work, I just provided the necessary documents.

Concerning the price of the service, I found it very reasonable.I advise anyone with immigration case to contact Derek Lim Law office.

- David N.


I had a rear-end car accident. The insurance paid me for car damage in first week, but we can’t get agreement on personal injury. I contacted with the Law office of Derek Lim. Ms. Christine is a professional case manager. I’m happy law office of Derick Lim did great job on settling my case.

- Aimee Z.


Great Law Firm – Very quick to answer questions, Attentive to our needs and all around super professional. I would recommend this Law firm to my family and friends.

- Roger Y.


Law office of Derek Lim did an excellent job on settling my personal injury case. I look up their ad online and I called their office about my car accident. Mr. Lim came to my home the next day to obtained all the info. They settled my case promptly. I am very pleased with the settlement and highly recommend Law office of Derek Lim.

- Janice C.


My mom was in a car accident about 2 yrs ago and was referred to Christine Chao at the Law Offices of Derek Lim through a friend. Unfortunately, the person who caused the accident didn’t have insurance and my mom suffered injuries that required extensive medical treatment. When my mom first contacted Christine, she was very unclear on the details of how these types of cases were handled so I asked my mom to contact Christine so that I could correspond with her directly.

Prior to contacting Christine, I called another lawyer to ask for some details about these type of cases. In California, there is a 2 yr timeframe from the date of the accident to file your case in relation to all costs, medical treatment, etc that may be part of your claim. When I called Christine, she provided pertinent information and discussed how these types of cases are handled and reviewed. She was very professional, personable and easy to understand. All the information that I received from the other lawyer was consistent with what Christine told me.

The majority of our correspondence throughout the 2 yr timeframe was done through email. Initially, my mom was referred to just chiropractic treatment but after little benefit and worsening symptoms, I checked with Christine to see what were the appropriate next steps. Christine always responded within a business day and was very clear about appropriate steps to take. Christine and her team would touch base periodically and ask for information and updates on my mom’s care.

As the 2 yr timeframe came to an end, Christine again followed up and provided her professional guidance on what she felt would be best for the claim/settlement. After reviewing the information and documentation she provided, we agreed. Throughout the entire process, Christine and her team did a great job keeping us up-to-date and checking in.

I am extremely grateful that my mom was referred to such a great practice to assist with her case. Christine and her team made it easy and pleasant despite such a long and laborious process and although I hope no one has to deal with such situations, if you did, I think Christine and the Offices of Derek Lim would be a great option to assist with your needs.

- Sandy Y. San Diego, CA


We had a personal injury case that required assistance because the driver who hit my family member fled the scene and the insurance company was not cooperative. We needed to get compensation for my family member’s injuries and we decided to contact the Law Offices of Derek Lim. They were good at returning our calls promptly and met with us quickly after we contacted them. They pursued the case diligently and got the insurance company to accept liability. They helped us to eventually get a fair settlement without the need for litigation.

We enjoyed working with Derek and Christine because they were easy to talk to and explained to us the steps needed to resolve the case. They kept us updated with the case progress and were available to answer our questions.

We are satisfied with the result and highly recommend them to people needing assistance with personal injury matters!

- Michael S. Berkeley, CA


We had Derek help dealing with a car accident case. Derek and Christine were very responsive. They handle everything with the insurance company and gave clear guidance on all questions that came up. We were very satisfied with the service we received and we highly recommend Derek and Christine if you need help from a professional law office.

- Yin Yin W.


Mr. Lim helped us with our marriage based green card process. Their office always been very prompt in responding to any of our concerns and queries. We went to several law offices but only Mr. Lim was willing to help us out with our complicated immigration issues. Their team have wide array of experience in dealing with any form of application.

We were glad we found Mr. Lim and highly recommended!

- Chi L. Cupertino, CA


I did tons of background research on immigration lawyers in the area before choosing Derek and Christine. They have over a decade of experience in immigration and personal injury law which definitely showed throughout the whole process. They handled our case with great professionalism and skill which I’m sure was a huge factor in why our case was approved. I couldn’t be happier with the service that was provided and would definitely recommend them to friends and family!

- Wanqi C. Outer Richmond, San Francisco, CA


After going in circles with a personal injury lawyer, from Southern California, for a year, we decided to go with someone else. We picked the Law Offices of Derek Lim. Not only were they efficient with moving the case along quickly, they provided constant updates, were available for all of our questions, and got us a just settlement in a couple of months!
Thank you Christine, and the rest of you at The Law Offices of Derek Lim!

- Derrick B. Fremont, CA


We had 2 car accident cases which both handled by Christine at Derek Lim. They are very professional, I highly recommend that you give them a call, they will handle everything with the insurance company and hassle free.

- Kris L. San Jose, CA


Professional and attentive law office that you can trust. Would recommend their services to help out your immigration cases.

- A.C. San Francisco, CA


Very nice law office. They handled my immigration application. I made some additional requirements on my case. They have done them well. Very fast response. High effects on pushing the progress. Good communication. It’s easy to get answer from the attorney and their staff. Our boss is not familiar the application, law office did good explanation to our company. Based on that, I can get the documents which application needs. Now I got case approved. They are very helpful!

- Alan Y. Hayward, CA


Through my employer, I hired the services of Derek Lim’s firm to apply for U.S. Permanent Residence (employment based) and my experience was successful in all ways. Throughout the process, they handled each step of my case with great professional manner; all went very smooth. A couple of times, the USCIS requested additional information and the firm immediately acted in gathering the required documentation and effectively responding. I always felt confident that things would go through well… and they did, my family and I obtained PR in less than the average time. Special thanks to Christine Chao who led my case, she is very professional and knows the ins and outs of the law in the topic. I highly recommend hiring their services.

- Gabriel V.


Hi Mr. Lim, I want to spread the good news to you that my brother has obtained the immigration VISA, see attached. Thank you very much for your great assistance and consistent support along the way.

- Ada T.


We had a car accident case which is handled by Christine at Derek Lim in 2014-2015. Christine is very professional, and nice to talk with. She gave us many professional suggestions. Their secretary Bonnie and Francis are also very helpful and detailed in handling our case. We are very pleased with our case settlement in the end.

- Weifeng S. San Jose, CA


I got into a head-on accident with a DUI driver, and the damages were huge and unbelievable. Derek and Christine helped me to pursue the legal processes for damages and personal injuries. All my medical bills, wages lost (including my wife’s), and vehicle lost were recovered, and I received a good amount of money for my pain and suffering. I didn’t have to do much; just submitted all the paper work then they took care of the rest. It was a painless experience working with them. The whole process was fantastic and effortless. I was very satisfied with the monetary outcome.

- Gary K. Milpitas, CA


We recently worked with Derek and his staff regarding my immigration case. They have been knowledgeable, professional, experienced and helpful. Would definitely recommend them.

- A C. San Francisco, CA


I worked with Derek back in ’02 on my immigration case. I had a green card but needed citizenship to move my family over quickly. I had a hold on my transition to citizenship due to some legal issues I had at the time. Derek and Christine’s legal advice and service were instrumental to my eventual success in obtaining my citizenship in the time frame I aimed for. Their know-how enabled me to win favors in court against the legal issues I had at the time. They also charged me a reasonable rate unlike some other lawyers I had dealt later in my life who tried to milk me for as much as I have in my pocket.

Because of their professionalism, I also hired Derek for my personal injury case in ’04, and I have also been referring my contacts to Derek. I trust that his office will continue to exhibit the same level of professionalism and the in-depth knowledge in helping my associates.

- Paul W. Portland, OR


My mom is over 80 years of age and after many years in the U.S., she has decided she wanted to become a U.S. citizen. I needed to find a lawyer who spoke Cantonese since my mom’s primary language is Cantonese and she doesn’t speak a lot of English. Derek Lim spoke Cantonese and is very nice and cordial and took his time to explain the whole citizenship process to my mom. Derek gave my mom a condensed list of questions for her to prepare for the oral exam. Derek also spent the time to have a practice oral exam to ensure that my mom was prepared. To make a long story short, Derek made the experience very unstressful for my mom and she is now a U.S. citizen.

- Walton W. Castro Valley, CA


Derek and his team do an excellent job. They are always willing to answer questions and are very professional. They take the time to make sure you understand all steps necessary to complete your case successfully. Their integrity and honesty and many years of experience is why I would recommend them.

- Stephen L. Richmond, CA


Derek and Christine helped with my parents’ immigration case about a year ago. It was easy for my mom, but was very complicated for my dad due to the communist party waiver, which embassy required him to do. Derek and Christine worked out every details and helped us resolved all unnecessary obstacles. We were very impressed by their professionalism and determination to fight for their clients’ rights.

- Janet H. San Francisco, CA


Derek and his group are excellent professionals. Not only are they very thorough in all details required but also very helpful and extremely friendly. When in their office, it seems like being at friend’s place rather than some attorney’s office.

Derek is very honest and intelligent person and so is Christine.

- Prashant T. Cupertino, CA


I have been working with Christine at Derek Lim for several years now, she is very professional, easy and nice to talk to, I enjoy working with her a lot. They have years of experience on how to handle immigration case, I would definitely recommend them.

- Moto “MotoBon” San Francisco, CA


This is a long overdue review. I am very pleased with attorney Lim’s service. My son and I wouldn’t be at where we are today without his help. I came to the U.S. about 6 years ago based on my marriage with “Mr. Abusive” (my ex-husband whom I met through an online dating website). My son came with me. I thought I had found a good husband and a loving father for my son because Mr. Abusive was all good, caring and well-mannered when he lived with us in China. However, it became my worst nightmare soon after my son and I arrived in the U.S. and started living with him. He basically wanted a “maid” instead of a wife. He became very abusive, physically, verbally and mentally toward me and my son. He confided me inside his house. Every day only cooking, doing laundry and cleaning the house for him and his ex-wife who still visited him on a regular basis. He didn’t allow me to contact the outside world, refused to put my minor son into school, and he didn’t want to file any immigration paperwork to adjust our status in the U.S. I was desperate and had reached the lowest point of my life when someone gave me attorney Lim’s contact information and said he may be able to help me and my son, and he did! Attorney Lim filed VAWA (violence against women) immigration paper for me with my son included in the filing. After several rounds of submission of additional documents, the immigration service finally approved my paper and based on that my son and I obtained our greens cards, and eventually our U.S. citizenship! Attorney Lim had helped us from the beginning to the end because I fully trusted him and believed in him. Thank you, attorney Lim!

- Kathy Z. Outer Richmond, San Francisco, CA


Mr. Lim and his associates helped us with our immigration case. Mr. Lim is very patient and pays attention to details. They showed us their years of experience on immigration cases and thorough knowledge of immigration law. We would like to work with them again.

- Yan C. San Francisco, CA


My father was hit by a car when he was cross the road close to a grocery parking lot last year. Although he was not seriously injured but he still spent months in hospital. We needed a lawyer to help to deal with the insurance issues. Luckily we found office of Derek Lim for their professional guidance. Christine handled everything professionally and made the whole process easy for us so we can focus on taking care of my father. We are satisfied with their service and results and highly recommend them to anyone who needs an accident lawyer.

- Yun J.