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

visa-law-news-briefsStudents at Fake University Say They Were Collateral Damage in Sting Operation (N.Y. Times, May 6): The Department of Homeland Security says it set up the University of Northern New Jersey as a sting operation to catch some 22 corrupt brokers who arranged for about 1000 fake students to get real U.S. student visas. But some of the “students,” who now face deportation, claim they thought the school was real and tried to attend classes.

Canada Cites Espionage Risk from Two Huawei Employees, Saying It Plans to Reject Their Immigration Applications (S. China Morning Post, May 4): These Canadian immigration denials emerge amid a swirl of unsubstantiated international spying concerns about the firm.

China is Attracting International Students, But What Are the Policies in Place to Help Them Stick Around?  (Global Times, Apr. 21): International students have few legal internship opportunities and are shut out of the job market by the rule generally requiring 2 years’ postgraduate experience to get a work visa. Continue reading Quick Takes on U.S. & China Visa Law News

Special Considerations for Visa Processing at U.S. Consular Posts in China

Q&ASince our firm’s offices are in China, we are often asked by lawyers in the U.S. to work as local counsel for U.S. visa applications at the U.S. Consulates in Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Chengdu, and Shenyang. We make it our business to know each consulate’s policies, practices, and procedures. Here are the basic tips we give most frequently to stateside lawyers: Continue reading Special Considerations for Visa Processing at U.S. Consular Posts in China

Jumping through Hoops: China Visas for Athletes, Performing Artists, Film Production

jump-through-hoopsThis article introduces China visa rules as they apply to athletes, performing artists, and film production.

The rules have been re-shaped by the recent Exit-Entry Administration Law (2013),[1] implementing regulations (2013),[2] and ministry-level rules on short-term work assignments (2015).[3] Continue reading Jumping through Hoops: China Visas for Athletes, Performing Artists, Film Production

Univ. of Northern New Jersey: a Federal Sting Operation Targeting Student Visa Fraud

unnjIn a first-of-its-kind sting operation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) established a sham school in September 2013. The University of Northern New Jersey offered no classes or instructors. But for a price it offered to shady recruiters an opportunity to obtain fraudulent student visas for foreign customers. Continue reading Univ. of Northern New Jersey: a Federal Sting Operation Targeting Student Visa Fraud

U.S. State Department Updates Birth Certificate Specifications for Chinese Immigrant Visa Applicants

china_reciprocity_scheduleThe U.S. State Department has updated specifications for the birth certificates mainland-born Chinese should submit in connection with immigrant visa applications. In particular, effective April 4, 2016, original medical certificates of birth (出生医学证明 chu sheng yi xue zheng ming) should be submitted for persons born starting 1996. For persons born earlier, a notarial birth certificate of birth (出生公证书 chu sheng gong zheng shu or 出生证明书 chu sheng zheng ming shu) should be submitted, along with any available medical certificate of birth. Continue reading U.S. State Department Updates Birth Certificate Specifications for Chinese Immigrant Visa Applicants

“Electronic Visa Update System” Enrollment Required for Chinese with 10-Year B1/B2 Visas

evusU.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that Chinese nationals holding 10-year B1/B2, B1, or B2 visitor visas will be required to enroll online in an Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) in order to enter the United States. Continue reading “Electronic Visa Update System” Enrollment Required for Chinese with 10-Year B1/B2 Visas

Training: Immigration Law Issues for Foreigners Working or Doing Business in China

China_VisaMar. 25, 8:30am to 5:30pm at Beijing DHH Law Firm: China has become an attractive country for foreign investors and individuals to seek economic opportunities. This has led to an increased demand by foreigners for Z visas and work authorization in China. This training will provide up-to-date information about China visas and immigration laws as they relate to foreigners working and doing business in China. The target audience is HR managers and foreigners working, investing, or doing business in China. More.

Translation: Opinion on Strengthening the Administration of Permanent Residency Services for Foreigners

CN-Eng translationOn Feb. 18, 2016, the General offices of the CCP Central Committee and the State Council published the below Opinion. The unofficial English translation is from Chodorow Law Offices. Continue reading Translation: Opinion on Strengthening the Administration of Permanent Residency Services for Foreigners

Guide to Reentry Permits

cbp-inspectorIf you are a U.S. lawful permanent resident (LPR), there are at least three situations where applying for a reentry permit may be beneficial: (a) if you will be abroad for one year or more; (b) if you will be abroad for more than six months for two consecutive years; and (c) if you have been warned by U.S. Customs and Border Inspection (CBP) officer that you are at risk of abandoning your permanent resident status. Continue reading Guide to Reentry Permits