Party and State Council Plan for Immigration to Spur Innovation

National People's CongressPremier Li Keqiang last month delivered a report to the National People’s Congress, saying “We will work to attract high-caliber foreign professionals and bring in other expertise from overseas.” Soon afterwards, a document released by the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party and the State Council elaborated on this plan. Continue reading Party and State Council Plan for Immigration to Spur Innovation

Quick Takes on U.S. and China Visa Law News

visa-law-news-briefsFormer NBA Star Marbury Applying for Chinese Green Card (Xinhua, Apr. 18, 2005): Stephen Marbury, who recently led the Beijing Ducks to a third Chinese Basketball Association title, announced on his Weibo microblog, “I’m applying for a Chinese ‘green card.'” Continue reading Quick Takes on U.S. and China Visa Law News

Feds Raid Birth Tourism Businesses in Southern California (BBC, USA Today Interview Gary Chodorow)

Feds Raid Apartments for Birth TouristsOn 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, USA Today Interview Gary Chodorow)

New L-1B Adjudications Policy: Upsetting the Apple Cart?

Apple CartUSCIS 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?

State Department Technical Difficulties

errorThe 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.

Employment Authorization for H-4 Spouses: Final Rule Published

Rosie with H-4 EADU.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.

Continue reading Employment Authorization for H-4 Spouses: Final Rule Published

Vice Media on Exploitation of English Teachers in China (Quoting Gary Chodorow)

Disney EnglishVice 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)