Mandarin Chinese: Overview of visas in US law

On March 18, Emily Chan, a paralegal in a Boston-based Immigration Law Firm, will give us an overview of visas in US law.  Emily has a recent political science degree from Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA, and speaks English, Mandarin, and Cantonese well enough to be understood easily in any of them. 


5:30 pm - Arrive Early - Setup the Room - Talk Freely 
6:00 pm - Bilingual Introductions (Mandarin Chinese, English)

7:00 pm - Overview of VISAs in US law, Emily Chan
Our Knowledge Expert speaks in BOTH languages - back and forth in each of the 2 languages: a few sentences in one language,  then a few sentences (same idea) in the other 

-  8:00 pm - Break into Mandarin-speaking groups 
-  8:00 pm - English Pronunciation Clinic 
9:45 pm - Let's straighten up and get out of there.


* Mandarin speakers want to practice English (and reduce their Chinese accents)?
* English speakers want to learn Mandarin?
* Nerdy Chinese folks want to bring friends and have a fun, FREE "outing" in Boston just talking with nerdy strangers in English or Mandarin?

Before 6 pm - free conversations - so arrive early - as early as 5:30 pm
6-7 - Introductions
7-8 pm - "VISAs in International and US National Law" in BOTH Mandarin AND English
Emily Chan, Paralegal in a Boston-based Immigration Law Firm (Political Science, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA)
VISA overview in US law
8-9:30 pm - small Mandarin-speaking groups
8-9:30 pm - English language pronunciation and grammar workshops

After 9:30 pm - free conversations - so stay late

Our stable location is Kresge 201 in the most gracious and globally conscious Harvard School of Public Health, where health-conscious and energy-conscious building and curriculum modifications have been made.

All Mandarin speakers (and English-speakers, too) need to register IN ADVANCE to get an HSPH building permission for the night.

E-Mail [masked] to register your intent AND sign YES on this meetup.


PLEASE request by 4 pm the day before the Tuesday evening event.

* Harvard Square to LMA is about 30 minutes on #66 bus or the M2 Harvard bus. 
* Green Line E-Line comes to the building. 
* Walking from the Orange Line takes about 5-10 minutes. 
* Walking from Brookline is about 10 minutes. 
* MFA, NEU, Wentworth, and Colleges of the Fenway are adjacent. 
* Route 9 comes right into the area. 
* Street parking is FREE from 6 pm onward.

Show your CURRENT LOCAL ID to the HSPH Security Guard, the UP the open indoor stairwell (follow signs to Kresge 201).

E-Mail [masked] and [masked] for a building pass if you don't have a Harvard ID; we convene in Kresge 201; you will ask the HSPH security guard where that is.

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  • Maynard S. C.

    Our typically B*R*I*L*L*I*A*N*T introductions CONTINUED for over 90 minutes, then Emily Chan's did a sterling job of outlining key areas for understanding visas in US law: what visas ARE, US agencies governing US immigration, comparing types of US visas, obtaining a US work visa, and various factors in US immigration law.

    I had to leave a little before 8 pm, but the group did 'free conversation' after that.

    March 18, 2014

  • James

    Sorry for the change. Had friend's father pass away.

    March 18, 2014

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