Excellence in Immigration and Nationality Law. That’s Our Passion.

 

Welcome. At Chodorow Law Offices, we help with U.S. 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. 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.

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What We Do

EMPLOYMENT-BASED IMMIGRATION

 

  • Multinational managers and executives
  • EB-1 extraordinary ability
  • Outstanding researchers and professors

Entrepreneurs

 

  • L-1 intracompany transferees
  • EB-5 investors
  • Green cards for multinational managers and executives

Family Immigration

 

  • Spouses of U.S. citizens
  •  K-1 fiancé(e)s 
  • Parents, children, and other relatives of U.S. citizens and permanent residents
  •  Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, Help Center 
  • Form I-751, Petition to Remove the Conditions on Residence

Citizenship

 

  • Naturalization
  • Expeditious naturalization for spouses of U.S. citizens employed abroad for certain U.S. entities or international organizations
  • Acquisition of citizenship  by birth abroad to a U.S. citizen parent
  • Form N-600K, Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate under Section 322 of the Immigration and Nationality Act
  • Complicated passport applications
  • Advice for children with dual U.S. and China nationality

MAINTAINING PERMANENT RESIDENT STATUS DURNG STAYS ABROAD

 

  • Form I-131, Application for Travel Document (Reentry Permit)
  • Form I-131A, Application for Travel Document (Carrier Documentation)
  • Form N-470, Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes
  • Form DS-117, Application to Determine Returning Resident Status (SB-1 returning resident visa)
  • Form I-407, Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status

TEMPORARY VISAS

  •  L-1  intracompany transferees
  • O-1 extraordinary ability
  • H-1B professionals
  • F-1 students
  • B1/B2 visitors for business, pleasure, or  medical treatment 

Visa Ineligibility & Waivers

  • Options after a consular officer denies your visa 
  • Immigration consequences of crime
  • Unlawful presence waivers
  • Fraud and misrepresentation
  • Communist Party members 
  • 212(d)(3), 212(g) and 212(h) waivers
  • I-212 permission to reapply after removal
  • J-1 foreign residence requirement waivers

CHINA POLICE CERTIFICATES FOR FOREIGNERS

  • Police certificates for purposes such as immigration and employment background checks
  • Proof that a police certificate cannot be obtained, if applicable

Client Testimonials

Linda is very capable, consistent, understanding, and professional…. We felt very fortunate to have her as our case manager. Thank you for guiding us through this complicated [K-1 visa and Form I-485, Application to Adjust Status] process. We appreciate your diligence and timely response at every step. [We] will surely recommend your firm to anyone we know that is in need.
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Recent Blog Posts

More Chinese Student Visa Applicants Will Be Subject to Security-Related Delays

A State Department official has spoken on background to the Associated Press, saying that more Chinese applying for F-1 visas as graduate students in fields related to science and technology will need "special clearance from multiple U.S. agencies" and that such clearances are "expected to take months for each visa application." Other nonimmigrant visa applicants seeking to visit or work ...
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Job Opening: Bilingual Paralegal (Shenyang)

The paralegal will work under lawyer supervision to manage all steps of U.S. immigration cases before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the State Department, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. This includes nonimmigrant visas (e.g., B, H, L, O), permanent residence (e.g., through family, investment, or employment), and naturalization ...
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AmCham China Addresses U.S. Visa Policy in 2018 White Paper

2018 is a historic year for American companies operating in China: as China marks its 40th anniversary of economic reform and opening, AmCham China is issuing the 20th edition of its American Business in China White Paper. This paper is a comprehensive assessment of the operating environment for foreign companies in China. It was a pleasure to participate in drafting ...
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Students and Exchange Visitors Face Harsh New “Unlawful Presence” Rule from Trump Administration

The Trump Administration intends to crack down on F-1 students and J-1 exchange visitors who violate the terms of their status. Under a new policy, effective August 9, 2018, even a minor, unintentional violation could trigger "unlawful presence." Remaining in the U.S. for too long after such a violation could result in being barred from returning to the U.S. for ...
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LPR Living with a Citizen Spouse Employed Abroad by an American Company: Any Risk of Abandonment?

Karen writes to ask: I am a U.S. green card holder, but I live in Asia with my husband, who is a U.S. citizen employed here by an American company. Is there any risk that I may unintentionally lose my LPR status because I am spending too much time outside the U.S.? Our law firm is often asked by lawful ...
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AP: Potential Visa Sanctions on Chinese Officials Over Xinjiang Abuses

Gerry Shih reports for the AP today that the U.S. government may pursue sanctions on Chinese officials involved in human rights abuses in the western region of Xinjiang. Shih has recently reported elsewhere on a sweeping security crackdown in the region. Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Laura Stone said Wednesday that the U.S. was deeply concerned about China’s detention ...
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Choosing Between U.S. and Chinese Citizenship: Pros and Cons

Are you in a position where you need to choose between U.S. and Chinese citizenship? For example, are you a U.S. green card holder from China considering applying for naturalization in the U.S.? Or are you a person who automatically acquired both Chinese and U.S. citizenship at birth but is now considering renouncing Chinese citizenship? The below table lists some ...
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Americans Scrambling to Submit Immigrant Petitions for Relatives

Facing a proposed law that slashes family-based immigration, Americans are scrambling to law firms to petition for visas for loved ones abroad to come here. NPR reports that President Trump wants Congress to limit the number of family members who Americans can sponsor to join them in the United States. The proposal has caused panic in some communities ...
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Is the Chinese Students and Scholars Association an “Affiliate” of the Communist Party? Would Joining Make Me Ineligible for a Green Card?

A reader asks: I am a student at the University of ... with an F-1 visa. I'm a senior. I will be applying for optional practical training (OPT) work authorization. Hope to find an employer to sponsor me for an H-1B visa and a green card. I heard that a green card application can be denied if the applicant has ...
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