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Pair Battle Airline Over ‘Journey from Hell’ (New Zealand Herald, Sept. 26): Two friends from New Zealand were detained and deported after their plans to use the 72-hour visa waiver in Beijing went awry. They were planning to fly from Istanbul to Beijing to Auckland. But their China Southern Airlines plane made what they say was an unscheduled stop in Urumchi. Urumchi doesn’t participate in the 72-hour visa waiver program. While transit through Urumchi could be authorized, the Urumchi stop made them ineligible to use the 72-hour visa waiver in Beijing, which requires that the passenger’s flight to China be directly from point A abroad and then depart direclty to point B in a third country. The two friends have filed a complaint with China Southern Airlines.
Orange County Immigration Lawyer Guilty in Chinese Birth Tourism Scandal (OC Weekly, Sept. 18): Attorney Ken Zhiyi Liang of Irvine, California, has been found guilty in federal court of three counts of obstruction of justice stemming from a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) investigation into a Chinese birth tourism scam. Prosecutors convinced the judge that Liang conspired to obstruct justice by plotting to secretly aid the illegal escape of a material witness back to China. The witness, known in court as “D.L.,” is a Chinese mother who the court ordered to stay in the U.S. in order to testify against the birth tourism agency she did business with. Working undercover for prosecutors, she secretly recorded conversations with Liang about how to flee the U.S. Sentencing will take place December 14.
Chinese Man Wanted on Corruption Charges Is Returned from U.S. (AP, Sept. 18): Businessman Yang Jinjun is the first person to be repatriated by the U.S. as part of China’s “Sky Net” operation, which seeks 100 fugitives worldwide. Yang is the brother of a former deputy mayor of Wenzhou, Yang Xiuzhu, who is wanted for embezzlement by China and currently detained by U.S. immigration authorities. / U.S. officials apparently have made no public statement about this case, and it’s not clear what it portends for future cooperation. Continue reading Quick Takes on U.S. and China Visa Law News
There is a backlog of nearly 39,000 Chinese nationals who have been ordered deported by the U.S. but who have not been removed because China is dragging its feet in issuing travel documents, according to a story by Mark Hosenball and Tim Reid of Reuters.
One aspect of the story that hasn’t been reported on is that Beijing’s lack of cooperation with repatriations could make Washington rethink its recent agreement to issue 10-year visas to Chinese business visitors and tourists. Continue reading China’s Failure to Repatriate U.S. Deportees Jeopardizes 10-Year Visitor Visa Deal
This article explains the requirements and procedures for a conditional resident to file a Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the below “Comments” section. Continue reading Guide to Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence
Federal authorities have arrested Jason Shiao (aka Xiao Zhengyi) and his daughter, Lynn Leung, on charges of conspiring to commit visa fraud by arranging phony marriages between Chinese citizens seeking legal residency and American spouses. Continue reading Chinese Arrested in U.S. Marriage Fraud Scheme
More Chinese patients are checking into travel abroad for healthcare needs, helped by a rising demand for better quality medical care and sophisticated treatments, according to a recent article by Caixin. Below, I look at the driving forces behind the increase in so-called medical tourism, some differences between the U.S. and Chinese health care systems, the doctor-patient relationship in the U.S., and the U.S. visa requirements for healthcare visits. Continue reading U.S. Visas for Medical Treatment
In 1895, the U.S. government, egged on by a wave of anti-Chinese sentiment, brought a test case in an effort to undermine the 14th Amendment’s birthright citizenship provision. The Washington Post tells the story. Continue reading Donald Trump Meet Wong Kim Ark, the father of “Birthright Citizenship”
MJ Lee of CNN Politics has written “5 Things to Know about the Asian Anchor Baby Controversy,” quoting attorney Gary Chodorow.
Jeb Bush was trying to dig himself out from a pile of criticism for using the term “anchor babies.” But his comments at a press conference Monday only brought heaps of new outrage. Defending himself from charges that he had used a derogatory term stereotyping Hispanics, he told the cameras that “anchor babies” were “frankly more related to Asian people.”
Clients often ask whether to qualify for an immigrant visa (i.e., a green card) they must intend to move to the U.S. permanently. Take, for example, a father who owns a business in China. Can he apply for an EB-5 investor green card so that his teenage son can accompany him to the U.S., even if the father doesn’t intend to reside there? Continue reading Must an Immigrant Visa Applicant Intend to Live in the U.S. Permanently?
Writing for Rolling Stone, in this long read Benjamin Carlson describes the birth tourism odyssey of one Beijing couple, Peter and Ellie Yang. Continue reading Rolling Stone, “Welcome to Maternity Hotel California” (Quoting Gary Chodorow on Chinese Birth Tourism)
This free Guide summarizes the requirements and procedures to apply for work authorization in China on the basis of an employment permit issued by a local Human Resources and Social Security (HRSS) bureau. Each step of the process is covered: employment license, visa notification letter, Z visa and entry, medical examination, work permit, and residence permit. Issues related to accompanying family members are covered as well. The Guide concludes with a discussion of additional terms and conditions of stay in China for workers and their family members. Continue reading New eBook: Guide to Z Visas and Work Authorization in China