1970年，美国国会认识到当时配偶签证种类的不足，因此设立了K-1未婚夫（妻）签证。在设立K-1签证之前，美国公民可以选择在美国之外的其他国家结婚，然后以婚姻为基础申请外籍配偶的移民签证。此 Continue reading K-1签证指南
签证申请人一旦被拒签就可能感到困惑不解、懊恼沮丧，而且签证官可能不愿意或者没办法就拒签的理由及解决拒签问题的各种方法做出适当解释。那么律师的作用是什么呢？美国大使馆和领事馆的签证 Continue reading 领事拒签后的选择
Bloomberg is reporting that the Chinese government is planning to create a new agency to regulate immigration. The agency would be formed by “merging and expanding the ministry’s border control and exit-entry administration bureaus and could be set up before year-end.” The story cites as its only source “people with knowledge of the plans.” Continue reading China Planning New Agency to Regulate Immigration
Several media outlets reported this week on two teenagers who applied for mainland Chinese visas in Toronto but were denied. The Chinese Consulate did not explain the denials, but apparently the reason was that although the teenagers were born in Canada and hold Canadian passports, they had acquired Chinese nationality at birth through their parents born in Hong Kong, so should travel on Chinese travel documents. Continue reading Non-Scandal? Dual Chinese-Canadian Nationals Denied Chinese Visas
A person found ineligible for a visa may nonetheless qualify one of the various “waivers” allowing visa issuance. Often, issuance of a waiver requires that the applicant prove a qualifying relative will experience “extreme hardship” if the waiver is not granted. Continue reading The Meaning of “Extreme Hardship” for Waiver Purposes
Dating back to the Cold War, there have been African students on scholarships to Chinese universities. Today, many report home about the luxurious conditions, excellent teaching, and the warm welcome. Continue reading Uturn Asia: Gambian Migrants to China Going Back Home
US Media Scrutinize Wave of Chinese Migrants Illegally Crossing From Mexico (VOA, June 28): A “surge” in Chinese migrants seeking a better life in the United States by illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexican border is capturing the attention of U.S. media.
Sichuan Cracks Down on Illegal Foreign Workers (Sina, June 14): Sichuan Province has launched a 4-month crackdown on foreigners who illegally immigrate, reside or seek employment. The public should report such issues to police, while employers who illegally hire foreigners may be fined.
Xinjiang Residents Must Give DNA, Voice-Print For Passports (Radio Free Asia, June 8): Authorities in northwestern China’s troubled Xinjiang region are now requiring residents of Yili Prefecture to provide DNA samples and other biometric data before they can be issued with travel documents, sparking concerns over the possible ethnic profiling of the country’s mostly Muslim Uyghur group.
China’s Twilight Years (The Atlantic, June 2016): China today boasts roughly five workers for every retiree. By 2040, this highly desirable ratio will have collapsed to about 1.6 to 1. A demographer at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences predicts that in another decade or two, the social and fiscal pressures created by aging in China will force what many Chinese find inconceivable for the world’s most populous nation: a mounting need to attract immigrants. Continue reading Quick Takes on U.S. & China Visa Law News
A wealthy real estate agent must pay to support his immigrant ex-wife per his Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, even though she is now living with and being supported by her adult son. That’s the ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Erler v. Erler, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 10361 (9th Cir. June 8, 2016). Continue reading Erler v. Erler: Enforcement of Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, Obligations
That’s Shenzhen is reporting that the Shekou Police Department (蛇口派出所) has posted a warning that foreigners who fail to register their temporary residence within a week will face a RMB 2000 fine as part of a “big operation” by the police. Continue reading Shenzhen Police Issuing Warning to Unregistered Expats
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