Former Consular Officer and Immigration Attorney

Mandy Zhang Feuerbacher

She has helped citizens from over 67 countries (and counting) conquer the U.S. visa interview!

U.S. Government experience

  • Former career U.S. Diplomat and Consul, U.S. Department of State
  • Consular Commission


  • Pepperdine School of Law, Malibu, CA
    • J.D., May 2008
    • Admitted to the State Bar of California
  •  University of California, San Diego
    • Bachelor of Arts, Communication, Law & Society, 2005

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Law

  • Admitted to the State Bar of California

  • Practices U.S. immigration law in all 50 states


  • “Remote work & foreign nationals: how to avoid common mistakes,” The Daily Journal, Jan. 30, 2023
  • “The Layoffs Are Here:  What it means for Employees Holding H-1B Visas”, Corporate Counsel Magazine, December 9, 2022
  • “What you should know about visa interviews”, The Daily Journal, Sept. 22, 2022
  • “A bona fide relationship doesn’t always mean K-1 visa approval”, The Immigration Lawyers Toolbox Magazine, Issue 5, Summer 2022
  • “Questions an ex-Visa Officer wished you would ask”, The Immigration Lawyers Toolbox Magazine, Issue 1, Winter 2021
  • Co-Author, “U.S. Citizen Filings from Consular Posts”, American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Consular Practice Handbook, February 2020, with Audrea Golding, Claire D. Nilson and Jeremy A. Weber

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist Speaker, “Inadmissibility Issues,” 2022 EMEA American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Conference on Immigration Law, November 2022 – Paris, France
  • Panelist Speaker, “Aloha! (Goodbye!): Inadmissibility Issues” 2022 American Immigration Lawyers Association Fall Conference & WebCast, September 2022 – Maui, Hawaii
  • Panelist Speaker, “L Visas: Border, Blanket, and Other Consular Issues,” 2022 National American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Conference on Immigration Law, June 2022 – New York, New York.
  • Keynote Speaker, “Top 10 Tips for the U.S. Visa Interview after COVID,” The Mayo Clinic Research Fellows Seminar, May 2022
  • Keynote Speaker, “Preparing for your international students for their F-1 interview post-COVID,” Kansas International Educators Virtual Conference, April 2022
  • Panelist Speaker, “Advanced TN Visa Issues,” American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Border Issues Virtual Conference, March 2022
  • Panelist Speaker, “Expert Consular Interview Advice & More,” 2021 American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Iowa-Nebraska Conference on Immigration Law, October 2021
  • Panelist Speaker, “Nonimmigrant Visa Consular Processing 101,” 2021 National American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Conference on Immigration Law, June 2021
  • Speaker, “Consular Officers and the I-601/ I-601A waiver,” AILA Connecticut Chapter, March 2021
  • Speaker, “Life in the Foreign Service in China,” hosted by the U.S. Department of State’s National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y), January 2020
  • Speaker, “Expert Visa Interview Preparation for International Students,” hosted by Study Illinois Consortium, November 2020
  • Panelist Speaker, “F-1 Student Visa Demystified,” Los Angeles County Bar Association, Aug. 19, 2020
  • Panelist Speaker, “Breakfast with the Consular Officers,” 32nd Annual American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) California Chapters Conference, November 2019 – Monterey, California
  • Panelist Speaker, “Behind the Visa Window,” AILA Southern California Chapter, February 2019, Los Angeles, California

  • Winner, AILA Dreams Speech Contest, 2019 National AILA Conference on Immigration Law, June 2019, Orlando, Florida

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