S. Isabella Kim

S. Isabella Kim – Partner

Ms. Kim offers complete service to her international business and individual clients with a unique expertise in both immigration law and business transaction law.

Ms. Kim is a first generation immigrant herself and knows the trials, hard work and efforts involved in pursuing the American Dream. She loves helping her clients achieve their American dreams. Ms. Kim joined Vander Wel, Jacobson & Kim, PLLC in 1997 as an of-counsel attorney and became a member in 2007.

Born and raised in Seoul, Korea, Ms. Kim speaks fluent Korean and is well-versed with Korean culture. She graduated from Tufts University and Suffolk University Law School with honors.

Immigration Law Group

The increasingly global nature of business has contributed to a growing movement of people and investment from country to country; careful planning and professional assistance are needed to ensure that these international moves take place smoothly. Our Immigration Law Group offers legal representation to a wide range of clients, including corporate human resource departments, foreign investors, and -high net-worth individuals.

Immigration Law for Many Industries

Ms. Kim has 22 years of experience in both business and family immigration law. Ms. Kim has represented clients in industries such as high-tech, accounting, food service, engineering, health, construction, architecture, airlines, art/entertainment and sports. Our firm has had extensive representation at numerous consular posts and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”).

She is very creative and detail-oriented in choosing the optimal immigration path for businesses and individuals and plans for their long-term goals. Hence, majority of her clients remain as her clients for several years.

Non-Immigrant Visas

Ms. Kim has helped many clients get non-immigrant visas such as H1-B, NAFTA, J, L , O and P visas. Our firm has a specialty practice area in E visas such as E-1 and E-2 visas as well. She also can help businesses set up entities such as C or S corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships according to their needs and purposes. She offers the ease of “one-stop” services for the international businesses and individuals navigate through the complicated matrix of business and immigration needs.

Immigration law is a constantly changing legal field. An immigration lawyer’s job is to study these changes, advise the clients accordingly, pay close attention to details and be creative in choosing the best options.

Business Immigration

Ms. Kim assists businesses navigate the complexities of U.S. immigration law – green cards, work visas, labor certification, employment-based immigration. Ms. Kim has many years of experience representing multinational managers/executives, individuals with extraordinary ability, outstanding professionals/researchers, skilled workers and non-skilled workers obtain green cards.

Family-Based Immigration

Ms. Kim has been able to reunite many families. She can help navigate through the complex process of retaining family-based green cards. In many occasions, in planning for long-term immigration services, one needs to consider many different options including employment-based, family-based or sometimes, a combination of both. She has the experience and expertise to utilize the best methods for different needs of families. She has experience with complicated issues such as various inadmissibility issues from prior criminal arrests/convictions, Child Status Protection Act related aging-out children issues and 245i issues.

Investment/Entrepreneur Visas

Ms. Kim has a great deal of experience obtaining non-immigrant and immigrant visas for investors/entrepreneurs. E-2 visas are the non-immigrant visas for investors who acquire existing businesses or start their new own businesses. EB-5 visas are for entrepreneurs who mostly start their own new commercial enterprises creating employment. Both visas require expertise in business immigration law and corporate structuring. Ms. Kim has such expertise. To note, Ms. Kim has acquired many family businesses acquire E-2 visas for multiple executives and their families.


Ms. Kim has assisted many individuals naturalize. With the modern-day globalization and individuals spending much time abroad after obtaining their green cards, one has to plan the path of getting citizenship with forward-thinking. Ms. Kim has the expertise from assisting many such families and successfully guided them into fulfilling the last step of the American Dream.

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Case Summaries & Business Transactions

Representation of High-End Restaurant

Represented a limited liability company establish a high-end restaurant in Bellevue with complex LLC agreement and negotiation of all necessary leases, contracts, etc.

Representation of Korean Auto Parts Manufacturer

Represented a large Korean auto parts manufacturer establish a branch company in Redmond, Washington, which specialized in manufacturing custom-made engines and other parts for high-speed performance. We obtained an E-2 Treaty Investor visa for the CEO who established the branch company.

Representation of Game and Marketing Company

Represented a web-based game and marketing company with a partial stock sale to another company.

Representation of Architectural Firm

Represented a well-established architectural firm with a shareholder agreement and employment agreements for officers.

Representation of Mobile Game Company

Represented a mobile game company with a stock sale agreement by accompanying the CEO to Seoul, Korea, to meet and negotiate the terms with the Korean buyer company.

L-1A and L-1B Cases

Our firm has helped numerous intracompany transfer managers/executives and specialized knowledge employees for multinational companies with parent/branch/affiliated offices abroad. With the multinational companies which are opening the U.S. branch offices for the first time, we have provided business and immigration planning. Our firm successfully got these employees green cards at later dates.

H-1B Visa Cases

Our firm has helped numerous professionals in various fields, computer programmers, engineers, architects, accountants, obtain H-1B visas and renew them. We have successfully gotten these clients employment-based green cards through the same employers.

E-2 Visa Cases

We have represented numerous clients who establish new businesses in the U.S. in the process of business planning and immigration planning. Whether they are setting up brand new businesses or purchasing existing businesses, we have been able to offer the unique combination of business and visa planning representation. We have helped many family-owned businesses obtain E-2 visas when they invest in a new business together by having different family members/partners applying for the visas as executives.

In some E2 cases, our firm offers planning for the investors to position them to apply for EB-5 green cards in the future.

EB-5 Regional Center Investor Cases

We have represented many EB-5 Regional Center investor clients. Our firm does not promote or offer due diligence work on the regional centers. When the investors who have decided on the regional centers to invest in, we have represented the investor clients do the I-526 petitions, Petitions by Alien Entrepreneurs and I-829 Petitions, Petitions to remove conditions.

EB-5 Individual (Non- Regional Center) cases

We have represented numerous investors who either individually or with partners created a new commercial enterprise to make investments into and get EB-5 green cards. This process requires much planning as the initial green cards are conditional, and the condition must be removed after 2 years after proving that the new commercial enterprise did indeed engage in the proposed project and created at least 10 full-time employees during the two-year process.

EB1C Multinational Manager and Executives

Our firm has successfully obtained employment-based first category (multinational managers/executives) green cards for many airport station managers and other managers/executives for international airlines; branch offices such as Korean Air and Asiana Air.  Recently, there has been frequent Requests for Evidence (RFE) for these cases. Often, these RFE requests ask for what had been already submitted and/or overly burdensome details. However, based on our experience, we have been able to overcome the RFEs successfully and get the cases approved. In most of the cases, we have been able to get cases approved without RFEs because we have prepared the initial petition based on the previous RFEs.

Taekwondoway, LLC, Hwang’s Taekwondo School, Master Kwon’s Tiger Kicks

Our firm has successfully obtained such non-immigrant visas as P-1, P-3, O-1, H-1B visas for Taekwondo directors, instructors and demonstration team coaches and green cards for them. Our firm has also represented stock purchase and sale transactions for some of these Taekwondo schools and obtained E-2 visas for the investors.

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Excellent legal services

“Attorney Kim helped me get an E2 visa and green card. When I went to my E2 visa interview, the consular officer told me she had no questions because the package Attorney Kim put together was perfect. It was a complicated case involving immigration and business law.  Over the course of the last 10 years or so, she has provided excellent legal services. I recommend her very highly.”

Grandmaster Younggue Kwon, Tiger Kicks, Kirkland, WA Younggue Kwon, Master Kwon’s Tiger Kicks, Kirkland, WA.

Zealous and competent representation

“I have known Ms. Kim for 20+ years now. Over the time, she has represented me and my companies with immigration and business transaction matters. I have referred many people to Ms. Kim and Mr. Vander Wel, and they have all been more than satisfied with their zealous and competent representation.”

K.S. Shin, Seattle, WA.

Versed in both immigration law and business transaction law

“I own several companies here in the Seattle area, and we have retained Ms. Kim to represent us in various capacities over the course of 10 years. She represented us in negotiating/drafting stock sale agreements, has done H-1B, L1A visa petitions for our employees and drafted other contracts and documents. Ms. Kim is a zealous advocate who is versed in both immigration law and business transaction law with acute attention to details and creativity. I highly recommend her and her firm.”

A. Choe, Redmond, Washington.

Dedicated to helping her clients

“In the past 10 years or so, Ms. Kim represented us on E2 visa applications and family-based green card applications. My cases were very complicated. If it had not been for Ms. Kim’s thorough attention to details in our application history going back 30 years, we would not have been able to get the green cards. She is very dedicated to helping her clients, sympathetic, thorough and experienced. We could not have asked for more in an attorney. ”

J. Choi, Mukilteo, WA


Zealous representation made the processes Easy

“Ms. Kim did an EB1 multinational manager/executive petition for me in 2011. My colleague highly recommended her, and he was absolutely right. Even though I was in a different state, there was no delay or problem because she was very responsive to my emails and calls and sent FedEx packages to me to get my signatures. She also did my family’s green cards, and naturalization applications. She was always available to answer my questions. Her zealous representation made the anxiety-provoking, grueling immigration processes easy. I highly recommend her!”

T. Kang