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Chinese Artist Wins Right to Stay in U.S.

Shao-Kuang Ting

Attorney Carl Shusterman and Artist Shao-Kuang Ting

Shao-Kuang Ting, the noted Chinese artist, presents his painting “Lost Love” to his attorney Carl Shusterman after receiving the right to reside legally in the US.

A native of the Peoples Republic of China, Ting was granted a single-entry visa to visit his mother in the US in the early 1980s. Mother and son were separated during the Communist Revolution of 1949.

 

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While in the US, Ting’s American friends asked him to accompany them on a day trip to Tijuana, Mexico. When they attempted to cross the border back into the US, INS officials refused to allow Ting to re-enter the country.

Ting’s friends contacted Congressman John Rousselot (R-CA) who contacted immigration attorney Carl Shusterman. Arguing that the “Chinese Picasso” was being denied entry into the US, Shusterman persuaded the INS District Director in Los Angeles to issue a “parole” which allowed his client to reenter the US.

When the INS District Director in San Diego inexplicably refused to honor the parole document, Attorney Shusterman arranged for Mr. Ting to board a flight from Tijuana to Los Angeles where he was admitted at LAX. Later, Attorney Shusterman successfully fought to get Shao-Kuang Ting permanent residence in the US.

Mr. Ting was so grateful that he referred a number of other artists from the “Yunan School” to Mr. Shusterman who succeeded in obtaining green cards for each of them. Years later, Attorney Shusterman helped Shao-Kuang Ting obtain US citizenship.

Even today, over 25 years later, posters and paintings from Shao-Kuang Ting and other Yunan School artists adorn the walls of the Law Offices of Carl Shusterman. For more pictures of Attorney Shusterman with his clients, please see our photo gallery.

To read additional stories about clients of ours who have won particularly challenging cases, visit our success stories page.

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