Sheila Sheng

Associate || Raleigh

Sheila Sheng is an associate attorney in the Raleigh office of Ogletree Deakins. Her practice focuses on employment-based immigration matters.

As a native Mandarin speaker, Sheila became interested in immigration law during her time as an exchange student at Oxford University, School of Law and the University of San Francisco, School of Law. Sheila passed the Chinese national bar examination in 2013 and gained transactional experience in Clifford Chance and Allen & Overy, Beijing office, before deciding to attend the University of North Carolina School of Law.

Through her law school experience, Sheila served as a research assistant for Professor Catherine Y. Kim, drafting an Amicus Brief on President Donald Trump’s travel ban. She dove deep into the Constitutional and administrative aspect of immigration law, with a focus on Presidential Plenary Power over immigration matters and legislative delegation of power to the President. She also served as president of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA) at UNC Law, dedicating herself to raising awareness of the minority student community, connecting the Asian legal community and providing more resources to minority students. As the president of APALSA, Sheila partnered with local immigration organizations, holding citizenship fairs for immigrants lacking resources to seek legal help. She also joined the UNC Immigration Clinic, helping refugees seek asylum in the U.S. and reunite with their families.

Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Sheila worked as a business immigration attorney advising clients on nonimmigrant visa categories, including H-1B, L-1, O-1, and TN visas, and the various paths to obtaining legal permanent residency. She is experienced with obtaining U.S. Department of Labor approval of applications for alien employment certification (PERM), and responding to government requests for evidence, including nonimmigrant and immigrant RFEs, and PERM audits.

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Admittance to Practice

Professional Activities

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association

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