Enrolling Binational Children in Beijing International Schools: Immigration Law Issues

Chalk BoardThe school year has just begun in Beijing. But for children of binational couples, it’s not too early to start thinking about immigration-related requirements for enrolling in Beijing international schools next year. In some cases, a child may need to renounce Chinese citizenship in order to become eligible for enrollment. Continue reading

U.S. Visa Law Highlights

Choosing the Best Visa Strategy for a Fiancée or Spouse: K-1, K-3, or Immigrant Visa?
Issues for U.S. Expats Filing a Form I-130, Immigrant Petition for Alien Relative
Naturalization for Spouses of U.S. Citizens Employed Abroad
Green Card Holders Who Stay Abroad Over 6 Months Risk Abandonment

Ministry of Public Security Encourages Whistleblowers to Report on Persons with Dual Nationality

hukouChina’s Ministry of Public Security posted this appeal on its website: members of the public with knowledge of family residence registration (hukou) violations should report their tips to the public security bureau. This includes persons who have acquired foreign nationality but failed to cancel their hukou. Continue reading

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

visa-law-news-briefsUndercover Investigation: Become a Native English Teacher in China, no Questions Asked (SCMP, Sept. 17): With the seemingly insatiable demand for English teachers in China, many schools will hire candidates without a degree, a teaching english as a seocnd language (TESL) certificate, teaching experience, criminal background checks, reference checks, or sponsoring a work visa. The shadowy areas of the market include consultants who sell fake ESL teaching certificates, and schools that close overnight or refuse to pay salaries. Continue reading