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

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

I would like to personally thank you for this great source of information…. I wish I would have known three years ago what I’ve learned from reading your “U.S. & China Visa Law Blog.” It would have helped me make better decisions and avoid a lot of pain and travails here in China.
Darrencomment posted at the U.S. & China Visa Law Blog

Recent Blog Posts

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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National Vetting Center Established by Trump Administration

A new National Vetting Center is being established pursuant to National Security Presidential Memorandum 9, signed by President Trump on February 6. The Center will coordinate the way agencies use biographic, biometric, and other data used to vet applicants for visas, admission to the United States, and immigration benefits, and in enforcement and removal (deportation) actions. The Center will be ...
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U.S. Consulate in Shenyang on Pro Forma Visas for Dual Nationals

For a child born in China with dual U.S. and China nationality, there are various options for documents allowing departure from the country. The trick is that you need to show the immigration inspector in the airport both a travel document issued by the Chinese government and a visa or other document to enter your next destination ...
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Got Tattoos? U.S. Visa Officers Want to Know

An immigrant visa applicant sporting a tattoo may be questioned about it. The presence of tattoos (or evidence of their removal) is noted during the required medical exam. This may lead a consular officer to suspect the applicant has gang affiliations or has abused drugs ...
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Quotes and Quips

"We should have a better understanding and better relationship [with Mexico] than we've ever had.... Rather than talking about putting up a fence ... why don't we work out some recognition of our mutual problems?" -- Ronald Reagan, 1980 GOP presidential debate ...
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How the Government Shutdown Impacts Immigration Agencies

The federal government is now in partial shutdown after Congress failed to pass a stopgap measure to keep funding going ahead of the January 20 deadline. How does this impact key immigration agencies? ...
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“Alias Certificates” Required from Immigrant Visa Applicants at the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou

The latest Immigrant Visa Instructions published by the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou on Nov. 24, 2017, require that an applicant who has "ever used another name or alias on legal documentation or for other official purpose must provide a certified alias certificate" (别名证明文件) ...
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“Administrative Processing”: a Black Hole for Visa Applicants

For the uninitiated, "administrative processing" is State Department-speak for a temporary visa refusal pending further investigation of a visa application. (9 FAM Appendix E, 404). The applicant typically learns of the temporary refusal when, at the conclusion of the interview, the consular officer issues a written notice stating that under section 221(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act no visa ...
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Can a Green Card Holder Who’s Been Overseas for 6 Months Apply for U.S. Citizenship?

A reader asks, "Can a green card holder who's been overseas for 6 months apply for citizenship?" In short, maybe. It depends on the specifics of your situation ...
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