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China’s Nationality Law “is causing big headaches for the growing number of mixed-nationality families in China,” as recounted in Visa Complexity Vexes Parents of Dual Nationality Chinese Children (Los Angeles Times, Apr. 19, 2015). Continue reading Immigration Issues for Dual Nationality Chinese Children
Premier Li Keqiang last month delivered a report to the National People’s Congress, saying “We will work to attract high-caliber foreign professionals and bring in other expertise from overseas.” Soon afterwards, a document released by the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party and the State Council elaborated on this plan. Continue reading Party and State Council Plan for Immigration to Spur Innovation
Former NBA Star Marbury Applying for Chinese Green Card (Xinhua, Apr. 18, 2005): Stephen Marbury, who recently led the Beijing Ducks to a third Chinese Basketball Association title, announced on his Weibo microblog, “I’m applying for a Chinese ‘green card.'”
High-Skilled Visa Applications Hit Record High (CNN Money, Apr. 13): This year, 233,000 foreigners applied for the H-1B, the most common visa for high-skilled foreign workers. That’s up significantly from 2014 (172,500 applications) and nearly double the applicants from two years ago (124,000). The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will grant just 85,000 H-1B visas (20,000 of which are reserved for master’s degree holders), which it selected on Monday via a lottery process. / The H-1B system is broken. Given that smart choices about attracting international talent are important for America’s economy, it makes no sense to make these decisions by a random lottery.
The paralegal will work under lawyer supervision to manage all steps of U.S. immigration cases. This includes nonimmigrant visas (e.g., B, H, L, O), permanent residence (e.g., through family, investment, or employment), and naturalization. Continue reading Job Opening: Bilingual Paralegal (Beijing, Shanghai, or Shenyang)
On March 3, 2015, federal law enforcement officers executed search warrants at about 37 Southern California locations in what is potentially the biggest federal criminal case to date against birth tourism agencies. Continue reading Feds Raid Birth Tourism Businesses in Southern California (BBC, USA Today Interview Gary Chodorow)
USCIS has released a new policy memo on “L-1B adjudications policy.” The memo provides guidance on the adjudication of the L-1B classification, which permits multinational companies to transfer employees who possess “specialized knowledge” from their foreign operations to their operations in the United States. Continue reading New L-1B Adjudications Policy: Upsetting the Apple Cart?
The U.S. State Department has posted the following message:
All Department of State offices – including U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad, the National Visa Center (NVC), and the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) – are currently experiencing technical difficulties due to systems maintenance. These maintenance efforts may result in delays in some services. Department of State offices are also experiencing difficulties receiving and sending email, and all inquirers – including members of Congress, U.S. citizens, and visa applicants – may experience delays in response to their emails. U.S. citizens requiring emergency assistance should contact their embassy or consulate by telephone. We apologize for the inconvenience this unavoidable systems maintenance is causing and appreciate your patience.
Russian nationals, likely working for the Russian government, are suspected by the FBI of hacking the State Department’s IT systems, according to CNN.
Doctoral Researcher (Dep’t of Cultural and Social Anthropology at Univ. of Cologne): interdisciplinary research project on Chinese immigration law and policy reforms.
Postdoctoral Researcher (Leiden University Institute for Area Studies): investigate popular, academic and government responses to the presence of international migrant communities in China.
This three-part series looks at shady Chinese agencies promoting U.S. birth tourism. Continue reading Shady Chinese Agencies Promoting U.S. Birth Tourism–Part 3: Policy Responses
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a final rule allowing certain H-4 spouses of H-1B temporary work visa holders to apply for an employment authorization document (EAD) beginning May 26, 2015. To minimize delays, eligible H-4 spouses should contact our law firm now to begin preparing the required application and supporting evidence.