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What follows in our unofficial translation of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Public Security, and Ministry of Culture, Notice of Relevant Procedures for Foreigners Entering China for Completion of Short-Term Work Assignment [《外国人入境完成短期工作任务的相关办理程序（试行）》的通知], Notice No. 78  of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, issued Nov. 6, 2014, effective Jan. 1, 2015. Continue reading Translation: Short-Term Work Assignment Rules
Attorney Indicted on Third Obstruction of Justice Count in Chinese Birth Tourism Case (Orange County Register, July 29): In May, Federal agents arrested Irvine attorney Ken Zhiyi Liang on suspicion of witness tampering. He allegedly tried to assist a Chinese woman to leave the U.S. in violation of a court order that she remain in the country as a material witness in the ongoing Southern California birth tourism investigation. It appears that, at the behest of agents, the woman taped her conversations with the lawyer. A third, related count of obstruction of justice was added this week to a grand jury indictment against Liang. This Federal investigation made headlines in March when scores of federal agents raided properties associated with three alleged operators. Continue reading Quick Takes on U.S. and China Visa Law News
Shanghai’s cruise industry is growing, but to date foreign passengers on ships stopping in city ports still need to apply for L (tourist) visas. Reporter Catherine Hamm of the Los Angeles Times quotes attorney Gary Chodorow on policies of the Shanghai General Station of Immigration Inspection.
Charles Oppenheim, Chief of the U.S. State Department’s Visa Control and Reporting Division tells the American Immigration Lawyers Associaton that in August the priority date cut-off for EB-3 China will retrogress seven years to June 1, 2004. Why the big surprise in the August Visa Bulletin? Continue reading Surprise: EB-3 China Priority Dates Retrogress in August
In November 2014, President Obama announced ten executive actions on “immigration accountability.” While two of them are the subject of litigation, the other eight of them are well underway. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson testified before the House Judiciary Committee on July 14 about the status of the executive actions. Continue reading DHS Secretary Johnson Congressional Testimony: Update on Executive Actions for Immigration Accountability
For more than a decade, most Chinese have become increasingly accustomed to a hassle-free passport application process. But the right to leave and return (RLR) is still limited for certain minorities (including Tibetans and Uighurs), children without hukous, and dissidents. Denying passports to these groups only further marginalizes them and increases tensions by depriving them of opportunities for overseas education, connections, and jobs. Continue reading China’s Refusal of Passports to Certain Minorities, Children without Hukous, and Others Impinges on Their Right to Leave and Return
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)
The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of same-sex marriage will make it easier and less costly for many foreign nationals to obtain immigration benefits through marriage. In an historic 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled last Friday in Obergefell v. Hodges that the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires states to license same-sex marriages, with Justice Anthony Kennedy writing that gay couples have a right to exercise “the fundamental right to marry.” Continue reading Obergefell v. Hodges: Supreme Court’s Ruling on Same-Sex Marriages Will Benefit Immigrants
On July 6, the American Chamber of Commerce will host a presentation by James Chiang, Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Beijing Field Office. This office is responsible for adjudicating a wide variety of immigration-related petitions and applications, providing information services and issuing travel documents to people in various circumstances. Chiang’s presentation will cover topics important to U.S. citizens, permanent residents (i.e., green card holders), and the companies that employ them. Read more.
June 23: Technical problems preventing issuance of U.S. visas by consular posts in China (Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenyang), have been remedied according to the State Department. Michele T. Bond, Acting Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, previously stated that IT systems were interrupted due to a database problem not malicious hacking. Continue reading Visas Systems at U.S. Consular Posts in China Back Online