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At Chodorow Law Offices, we help with U.S. and China visas, permanent residence, and citizenship matters.  We represent businesses, professionals, investors, families, and other clients located worldwide. Our goal is to become your trusted legal adviser.

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Gary Chodorow, Managing Attorney

Gary Chodorow

Gary Chodorow (乔德睿), managing attorney of Chodorow Law Offices, is a China-based immigration lawyer. He has helped clients with U.S. and China visas, permanent residence, and citizenship matters for more than 20 years. Gary also is a founding member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Asia-Pacific chapter, co-chair of the American Chamber of Commerce-China’s visa committee, and adjunct professor at Chicago-Kent School of Law. Read on.

Recent Articles

Client Alert: State Dep’t Begins Stricter Vetting of Visa Applicants

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sent four cables to consular officers between Mar. 10 and 17 with preliminary instructions for stricter vetting of U.S. visa applicants. The cables emphasize that “all visa decisions are national security decisions” and that additional screening may “may cause interview appointment backlogs to rise.” Continue reading “Client Alert: State Dep’t Begins Stricter Vetting of Visa Applicants”

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

Dark Shadows of Chinese Exclusion Act in Muslim Ban (Asia Times, Mar. 15): The Chinese Exclusion Act has a dubious distinction: it was the first federal law in the United States to prevent members of a specific ethnic group from entering the country. The law banned the immigration of Chinese laborers and prevented Chinese from becoming naturalized citizens. The law came into being in 1882 and was repealed in 1943, a time when China was an ally in World War II. These details have a chilling echo in President Donald Trump’s recent executive orders banning people from several predominantly Muslim countries from entering the US.

Justice Department Reviews H-1B Spouse Work Case as Tech Worker Visas Scrutinized (NBC News, Mar. 10): The Justice Department is weighing its next moves in a federal lawsuit that challenges a 2015 rule extending work authorization to the H-4 spouses of certain H-1B temporary workers. The case, now before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. / H-4 spouses are concerned that the Trump administration is looking for ways to stop granting work authorization under this important 2015 rule. For more on this rule, see Employment Authorization for H-4 Spouses: USCIS Publishes Updated Form and FAQs. Continue reading “Quick Takes on U.S. & China Visa Law News”

President Trump Signs Revised Executive Order on “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry”

President Trump has signed a revised Executive Order on “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” It goes into effect March 16.

The ban fails to address the original version’s flaws and its thinly veiled scapegoating of Muslims and refugees.

Among other things, the revised EO:

  • Suspends the refugee program for 120 days though refugees already vetted and in transit could continue their journey to safety.
  • Suspends immigrant and nonimmigrant entry for people from six predominantly Muslim countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) for a minimum of 90 days while the government undertakes a review.
  • Requires in-person interviews for more nonimmigrant visa applicants.

These policies will do little to improve national security and will instead continue to undermine America’s position in the world as a beacon of liberty and a place of refuge.  Across the nation, these policies will slow our economy, drive away scientists and researchers, and create fear in communities.

This ban is unjust despite being rewritten in an attempt to sidestep the wave of litigation that confronted the first ill-thought and xenophobic ban. Some of the changes from the prior version of the EO include:

  • Iraq is not covered by the new entry ban.
  • Permanent residents are not covered by the new entry ban.
  • Persons seeking to enter the U.S. with advance parole are not covered by the new entry ban.
  • Dual nationals of the 6 restricted countries are not covered by the entry ban when traveling on a passport issued by a non-restricted country.
  • Removal of the prioritization of refugee claims from members of “persecuted religious minority groups,” which some interpreted as prioritizing Christian refugee claims.

See also the DHS Fact Sheet and Q&A on the revised Executive Order.

Trump’s Executive Order on “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals”: Latest News and Summary

The Latest

Enforcement and interpretation of President Trump’s Executive Order (EO) on “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals” are evolving rapidly, so check back here for updates.

2017-02-16: The Trump administration plans to unveil a revised EO on immigration next week and rescind the president’s initial travel ban, which has been entrenched in legal battles throughout the country, as reported in The Hill. President Trump said during a news conference on Thursday that he would unveil a more tailored travel ban “next week sometime.” The U.S. Department of Justice similarly informed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in the Washington v. Trump litigation: “Rather than continuing this litigation, the President intends in the near future to rescind the Order and replace it with a new, substantially revised Executive Order to eliminate what the panel erroneously thought were constitutional concerns.”

2017-02-09:  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has denied the government’s motion for stay of the district court’s temporary restraining order (TRO). Translation: The TRO suspending implementation of the EO remains in place. The government may appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Continue reading “Trump’s Executive Order on “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals”: Latest News and Summary”

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