Providence Law Group is comprised of highly experienced Attorneys whose fields of practice include Civil and Criminal Litigation, Estate Planning, Immigration Law and Business transactions.  With two branch offices, we are located in San Francisco and Los Angeles, California.

Our mission is to combine experience and care to provide our clients with the highest quality work product.  We are dedicated in producing the most efficient, beneficial, and cost effective results for our clients.  With experience, personalized services, and direct relationships with our clients, we have and we will continue to meet our goals.

Founder and Principal Attorney


Chean Ling Ooi is an Attorney licensed in multiple jurisdictions internationally, including the California State Bar.  She currently serves as the Principal Attorney at the Providence Law Group, based in San Francisco, California.
Ling focuses her practice on Civil and Criminal Litigation, Family Law, Immigration Law, Wills and Trusts.  Her excellent professionalism, in-depth legal knowledge, and personal attention to details are the reasons for the rave reviews from her happy clients.
Prior to her law career in the United States, Ling was a Deputy Public Prosecutor in Kuala Lumpur High Courts Malaysia where she is well-recognized with her vast experience and skills in litigation, investigation, administration, conducting and managing witness interviews, detailed case management, mediation, trial preparation and settlements.
Ling received her Law Degree (LLB) from University of London. She earned her Certificate of Legal Practice in Malaysian and was among the top 20 achievers in the Certificate of Legal Practice Malaysia 2009, resulting in her being handpicked and offered by Attorney General’s Chambers Malaysia to be a Federal Counsel without an initiating job application.
Ling is multilingual with the ability of effective written and verbal communications in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien, Malay and Indonesian.
Ling is acclaimed for providing top-notch client service, through her experience, skills and dedication to secure positive results.  Known for her integrity and professionalism, put your trust in her; and you and your case will be in good hands.
Senior Attorney
Attorney Susan Lane is one of the very few distinct recipients of the prestigious Cali Excellence Award.  Ms. Lane received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of California at Berkeley, then pursued her Legal career and received her Juris Doctorate Degree from University of San Francisco, School of Law.  Ms. Lane also acquired education abroad at one of the best, if not the best universities in the world – Oxford University, United Kingdom.
With over 15 years of experience as a practicing Attorney, Ms. Lane is highly trained, proficient and reputable in Immigration Law, Wills and Trusts, Contracts, Real Estate.  Among her many sterling professional attributes, her dedication to provide the highest quality work product has always set her apart.  Any co-worker and client who have worked with Ms. Lane will concur that her generosity and kindness is exceptional and she unceasingly treats every client as her family member, always have their best interests as the paramount consideration.

What our clients say

I've had the honor of working closely with Ling as partnering colleagues. Ling's consummate professionalism, deep knowledge of the law, and dedication to her clients have been a bedrock of her work. Her diverse skills in negotiation and advocacy make her uniquely capable of crossing cultural barriers and building strategic partnerships both in the US and abroad. Ling's skill at communication is one of her great strengths. She is able to convey difficult concepts with measured tact and clarity in several languages; including English, Chinese, and Malay. She is a true asset to any team.

Peggy Lee
General Manager

Ling is the most articulate and methodical Attorney I have ever encountered. I used to seek her counsel on many important issues and she was always prompt and very reliable with her information. Her communication skill is excellent. Her leadership, follow-through and organization skills helped make the entire process run smoothly. She's a thorough professional and has great work ethics. She is very proactive and is always proposing new solutions to any problem . A true super Lawyer.

Anthony Kwok

My family owes Susan and Ling the unity we have today which we will never take for granted.  My mother and son’s Green Card applications were previously rejected because of the fumbles caused by my previous Attorney.  Having multiple experiences retaining different Attorneys in the past, including some mega law firms and medium sized firms, I have never encountered Attorneys like Susan and Ling who treat their clients with all their hearts, sincerity and professionalism.  They are so responsive and make sure their clients can reach them when needed, even on their cell phones.  The whole immigration application process with Susan and Ling was a breeze and both these applications got approved within 3 months.  To me, this is unprecedented and never heard of.  If you have any legal issues, you will be doing yourself a favor if you retain Ling and Susan.  They will take care of everything for you.

Jessie Castin

Latest news

USCIS Issues Policy Guidance Regarding the 2-Year Foreign Residence Requirement for the J Nonimmigrant Classification

Release Date 10/23/2023

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance (PDF, 275.62 KB) in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding the 2-year foreign residence requirement for the nonimmigrant exchange visitor (J) classification.

The update adds information about how USCIS determines whether the requirement has been met, the evidence a benefit requestor may submit to show compliance with the requirement, and how it considers situations in which it is effectively impossible for the benefit requestor to satisfy the requirement.

It also corrects an omission, from existing Policy Manual content, of one of the foreign medical graduates’ grounds for waivers of the foreign residence requirement. This update includes the ground and clarifies employment requirements.

The guidance is effective immediately on publication.

The J-1 nonimmigrant classification is for exchange visitors who intend to participate in an approved program in the United States for the purpose of teaching, instructing or lecturing, studying, observing, conducting research, consulting, demonstrating special skills, receiving training, or receiving graduate medical education or training.

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