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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.

Schedule a consultation with an immigration lawyer in Beijing, Shenyang, Shanghai, or Los Angeles; or by phone, Skype, WeChat, or FaceTime:

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What We Do

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

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

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

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 

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

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

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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Client Testimonials

Danwei Award 2013

The U.S. and China Visa Law Blog has been selected for a 2013 Danwei AwardDanwei, part of the Financial Times group, is a Chinese media and internet research firm that each year recognizes the best websites and blogs about China written in English.

Recent Blog Posts

Death by a Thousand Cuts: Naturalization Backlogs

The Trump administration’s war on immigration has included an array of tactics. There have been full frontal assaults, such as the Muslim ban, cancellation of DACA, the border wall, and the RAISE Act. Simultaneously, the Trump administration is using the tactic of death by a thousand cuts: numerous assaults in the administrative agencies and courts intended to make immigration slower, ...
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Death by a Thousand Cuts: Evisceration of the Foreign Service

The Trump administration's war on immigration has included an array of tactics. There have been full frontal assaults, such as the Muslim ban, cancellation of DACA, the border wall, and the RAISE Act. Simultaneously, the Trump administration is using the tactic of death by a thousand cuts: numerous assaults in the administrative agencies and courts intended to make immigration slower, ...
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Guide to Acquisition of U.S. Citizenship by Birth Abroad

Our newest publication is now available: Guide to Acquisition of U.S. Citizenship by Birth Abroad covers the legal requirements for a child born abroad to automatically acquire U.S. citizenship at birth, as well as the procedures to apply for a U.S. passport, consular report of birth abroad (CRBA), and/or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Certificate of Citizenship ...
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What Counts as an American Institution of Research or International Organization for Purposes of Expeditious Naturalization?

You may qualify for expeditious naturalization in the United States if your U.S. citizen spouse is employed abroad by a listed American research institution or international organization. Check out the below lists to see if you may qualify. Then, for more on expeditious naturalization, see here ...
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Guide to Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, on Behalf of a Spouse

This Guide is about the Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative. Such a petition is the first step for a U.S. citizen to sponsor a husband or wife for lawful permanent resident (LPR) status, colloquially known as “green card” status ...
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National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival

Chodorow Law Offices will be closed during the upcoming Chinese National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival holidays. Sept. 30 (Saturday): Open. Oct. 2-8: Closed. Oct. 9 (Monday): Open. Similarly, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates General will be closed, on the following schedule: Oct. 2-8: Closed. Oct. 9: Closed for Columbus Day (U.S. holiday). Best wishes for the holidays. In the event ...
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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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Steve Miller, Meet Saum Song Bo: What the Statue of Liberty Symbolizes

On August 2, White House adviser Stephen Miller held a press conference defending President Donald Trump’s support for the RAISE Act, legislation that would reduce legal immigration to the United States. CNN reporter Jim Acosta asked whether the bill is in keeping with Emma Lazarus' sonnet, The New Colossus, at the base of the Statue of Liberty, which reads in ...
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What Are Automated Passport Control and Mobile Passport Control?

Automated Passport Control (APC) is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that expedites the entry process by providing an automated process through CBP’s Primary Inspection area ...
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