Excellence in Immigration and Nationality Law. That’s Our Passion.

At Chodorow Law Offices, we help with U.S. and China 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, Shanghai, Shenyang, or Los Angeles; or by phone, Skype, WeChat, or FaceTime.

What We Do

U.S. Family Green Cards

U.S. Employment Green Cards

  • Multinational managers and executives
  • EB-1 extraordinary ability
  • Outstanding researchers and professors

U.S. Entrepreneurs

  • L-1 (intracompany transferees)
  • EB-5 (investors)
  • Multinational managers and executives

U.S. Citizenship


U.S. Temporary Visas

  • L-1 (intracompany transferees)
  • O-1 (extraordinary ability)
  • H-1B (professionals)
  • F-1 (students)
  • B12/B2 (visitors for business, pleasure, or medical treatment)

U.S. Visa Denials, Admissibility & Waivers


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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. and China 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.






Client Testimonials

I can recommend Gary Chodorow. For my China permanent residency application he helped me get an FBI certificate of no criminal conviction and get it authenticated by the PRC Embassy in Washington, DC. The process went very smoothly, was reasonably priced, and I did not have to travel to the U.S. to get it done.
Kim WoodardJavelin InvestmentsBeijing

Recent Blog Posts

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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Quotes and Quips

Immigration is the sincerest form of flattery. -- Jack Paar, author and comedian, hosted The Tonight Show 1957-1962. The most fundamental legislative goal of the white nationalist movement is to limit nonwhite immigration. It is important to remember that such limits were in place during the lifetimes of many current white nationalists; it was the default status until the 1960s ...
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USCIS Ombudsman: China EB-5 Backlog May Be 10 Years

In case you missed it, the USCIS Ombudsman Annual Report, 2017, reveals some astounding information about EB-5 China backlogs: recent applicants may face waits of 10 years or longer to immigrate: ...
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Expeditious Naturalization under Section 319(b) for Spouses of U.S. Citizens Employed Abroad

This article covers the requirements and procedures for spouses of U.S. citizens employed abroad by U.S. employers to apply for expeditious naturalization under section 319(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.[1] The main benefit of expeditious naturalization is that the applicant is exempt from the normal requirements that he or she (a) continuously reside in the U.S. as a lawful ...
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The RAISE Act Would Harm U.S. Families and Businesses

The Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act (RAISE) Act - introduced by Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue, with the support of President Trump - would eliminate the immigration system that we know today and replace it with a points-based system that ignores the benefits of family unity and the needs of U.S. employers ...
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China Police Certificates for Foreigners

Our law firm can assist you in obtaining a China police certificate. We have assisted many clients in obtaining China police certificates for purposes such as employment background checks or immigration to the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries ...
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Quick Takes on U.S. & China Visa Law News

Daniel Bell, Why Anyone Can Be Chinese (Wall St. Journal, July 14, 2017): Daniel Bell is a Canadian by birth who has who has taught political science in China for twenty years, speaks Chinese, and studies Confucian philosophy. In this essay, he writes, "I identify with Chinese culture" but objects that "no one considers me Chinese" because he is white ...
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