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Foreigner Jailed for 5 Years for Visa Fraud (Shanghai Daily, Mar. 24): A Brazilian man and two Chinese accomplices were recently sentenced to prison by the Zhabei District People’s Court in Shanghai for providing illegal Chinese visa services. They had helped foreigners to get Chinese residence permits by arranging for companies to falsely claim they intended to hire the foreigners. / Lost Lawai says the foreign defendant was Pedro Godoi, who operated Godoi Consulting.
Newcastle Woman Charged with Immigrant-Investor Fraud (Seattle Times, Mar. 17): A Chinese National has been arrested in Washington State on charges that she made misrepresentations in connection with her EB-5 immigrant investor visa application. Namely, she allegedly falsely claimed to still be married to her ex-husband and lied about the source of the investment funds, which officials say was embezzled from a Chinese grain warehouse where her ex-husband worked. Continue reading Quick Takes on U.S. and China Visa Law News
USCIS has released a new policy memo on “L-1B adjudications policy.” The memo provides guidance on the adjudication of the L-1B classification, which permits multinational companies to transfer employees who possess “specialized knowledge” from their foreign operations to their operations in the United States. Continue reading New L-1B Adjudications Policy: Upsetting the Apple Cart?
The U.S. State Department has posted the following message:
All Department of State offices – including U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad, the National Visa Center (NVC), and the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) – are currently experiencing technical difficulties due to systems maintenance. These maintenance efforts may result in delays in some services. Department of State offices are also experiencing difficulties receiving and sending email, and all inquirers – including members of Congress, U.S. citizens, and visa applicants – may experience delays in response to their emails. U.S. citizens requiring emergency assistance should contact their embassy or consulate by telephone. We apologize for the inconvenience this unavoidable systems maintenance is causing and appreciate your patience.
Russian nationals, likely working for the Russian government, are suspected by the FBI of hacking the State Department’s IT systems, according to CNN.
On March 3, 2015, federal law enforcement officers executed search warrants at about 37 Southern California locations in what is potentially the biggest federal criminal case to date against birth tourism agencies. Continue reading Feds Raid Birth Tourism Businesses in Southern California (BBC Interviews Gary Chodorow)
Doctoral Researcher (Dep’t of Cultural and Social Anthropology at Univ. of Cologne): interdisciplinary research project on Chinese immigration law and policy reforms.
Postdoctoral Researcher (Leiden University Institute for Area Studies): investigate popular, academic and government responses to the presence of international migrant communities in China.
This three-part series looks at shady Chinese agencies promoting U.S. birth tourism. Continue reading Shady Chinese Agencies Promoting U.S. Birth Tourism–Part 3: Policy Responses
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a final rule allowing certain H-4 spouses of H-1B temporary work visa holders to apply for an employment authorization document (EAD) beginning May 26, 2015. To minimize delays, eligible H-4 spouses should contact our law firm now to begin preparing the required application and supporting evidence.
China’s visa waiver program allows a traveler arriving at a designated airport to enter China and stay within a specified geographic area for 72 hours visa-free. Continue reading China’s 72-Hour Visa Waiver Program (Updated)
Vice Media yesterday published a story about English teachers in China without proper visas, The Chinese ESL-Industrial Complex: How English Teachers in China Are Lied to and Exploited. The story quotes me in a couple places. Continue reading Vice Media on Exploitation of English Teachers in China (Quoting Gary Chodorow)
The H-1B season is off and running! With a strong U.S. employment report, this may well be another lottery year. I am recommending that all petitions be ready for submission by March 31 to ensure they make the cut of petitions considered. Continue reading Top 5 Mistakes Employers Make When Sponsoring H-1B Temporary Workers