Chinese Turning to American Surrogate Mothers

pregnant-womenChinese couples who are unable to have children are turning to a surprising place for help these days: America. By hiring American surrogates, Chinese couples get around a ban on surrogacy in China. Also, by having a child born abroad, parents skirt the one-child policy and get a U.S. passport for their child. These same factors drive so-called birth tourism. Continue reading

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

visa-law-news-briefsShould Obama Use the Power of His Pen to Turn the Tide on Immigration Reform? (CNN, Apr. 15): Immigration champion Rep. Luis Gutierrez feels confident that President BarackObama will use his executive powers to push through reform. House Speaker John Boehner feels confident that doing so will tank what little support the President has among Republicans on immigration reform.

USCIS Reaches FY 2015 H-1B Cap (USCIS, Apr. 10): USCIS announced that it received approximately 172,500 H-1B petitions during the FY2015 filing period and completed the computer-generated random selection process on April 10, 2014, to meet the 65,000 general-category cap and the 20,000 cap under the advanced degree exemption. Continue reading

Snowden Incident May Sink Hong Kong Participation in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program

hong kong visa waiver snowdenA Senate bill would allow Hong Kong to be considered for the U.S. visa waiver program, facilitating entry for residents of this special administrative region of China.

But Congress may not be willing to pass the bill in light of Hong Kong’s 2013 decision to let NSA leaker Edward Snowden depart for Moscow despite a pending U.S. extradition request. Continue reading

USCIS Processing Times for Immediate Relative I-130s Improving

USCIS-processing-times-1038USCIS delays in adjudicating “stand-alone” Forms I-130, Petitions for Alien Relatives, on behalf of immediate relatives have been widely criticized. Processing times peaked at an abysmal 13+ months in October 2013. By November, USCIS promised “concerted efforts” to bring down processing times. And as of now, USCIS is reporting processing times have been brought back into control. They’re at 5 to 6+ months depending on the USCIS office. That’s approaching USCIS’ 5-month goal. Continue reading