Get to Know Series: Business Immigration Attorney Mingyi Zhou

Murali Bashyam

How much do you really know about your immigration attorney?

Sure, you’ve talked to him or her on the phone or email, even met if you’re in the same city, but most of your communication is probably related to your case. But do you know what your attorney does in his/her their spare time, what they like, where they’re from and other interesting facts about them?

In fact, it’s likely your attorney knows more about you than you do about them!

We decided to change that and create a new Get to Know blog series.  We asked our team members to answer a series of personal questions, so you get to know them better.  We want you to know that attorneys are not boring and have personalities!  And who knows, the next time you speak with your attorney, maybe you can both talk about your favorite foods or movies.

For the first entry in our Get to Know series, get to know a little bit more about attorney Mingyi Zhou.  She’s the newest member of our team of immigration attorneys, and she focuses on business immigration law.

She’s also brave, for volunteering to be the first Bashyam Global team member to be the guinea pig for our new blog series.  Get to know Mingyi!

Where are you from?

Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province, China

I don’t know why, but somehow my city is famous for the dish “Yangzhou Fried Rice”, which you can find on the menu in every Chinese restaurant worldwide.

What made you choose Bashyam Global and how long have you been here?

I have been here for 4.5 months now. It has not been that long, but I do like the atmosphere in the office. It’s professional in work, and fun for life.

What’s your favorite vacation spot?

Anywhere with beach and nice restaurants.

 Favorite series?

Friends. I would switch places with joey for a day if I could!!

Favorite food?

Cajun fries / seafood

What three apps do you need on your phone?

We Chat (so I can talk to my friends and families in China)

Bank app (so I know how much I can spend)

Gmail (obvious)

What are three things everyone should know about immigration?

The immigration policies may change time to time, do not panic.

Have a good habit of record keeping, any documents related to immigration, whether you think it is important or not, try to save a scanned copy in a device.

You pay for the professional services, so trust your attorney.

What are you learning now/ do you have any hobbies?

Try to take some surfing lessons in the summer.

Dog or cat?


How do you prefer to start your day?

Have a nice brunch (crab benedict would be perfect) before going to office.

Early bird or night owl?

Definitely night owl

What is something that’s very popular in China that people never do in the U.S.?

Card games like mahjong

If you could have a photo of only one thing in the world what would it be?

Cliff jumping photo

If you could be any mythological creature what would it be and why?

Kirin, because it’s mysterious and in a way brings people good fortune.

If you could start any business what would it be and what would be the name?

I will have my bubble tea shop, so I can drink for free. I might name it “Bubble bubble”.

Who is your favorite YouTube’r and why?

Her name is Madlyn Bailey, she really can sing!

Red pill makes you fluent in every spoken language. Blue pill makes you a master of every musical instrument in the world.  Which one do you take?

Red for sure, not interested in musical instrument.

What is the most rewarding part about your job?

You can actually learn and improve from every case you have done. It’s a rewarding process.

What would you invent if you invent anything?

Anything that can keep you fit without exercising.

What is your favorite meal to cook?

Celery and chicken with some pepper & salt, pan fried (“secret” lazy meal recipe)

If you could have any artist paint your self-portrait who would it be and why?

I am not an artistic type, so anyone can draw my portrait.

We hope you got to know Mingyi a little better.  Stay tuned for more Get to Know blogs on other Bashyam Global team members. We will be introducing someone different every month!

For the latest immigration information, tips and interesting stories, visit our Facebook page – Bashyam Global LLP.   To speak with Mingyi, call her at 919-833-0840 (ext.33)

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