CNN on Jeb Bush’s “Anchor Baby” Comments (Quoting Gary Chodorow)

anchor babyMJ Lee of CNN Politics has written “5 Things to Know about the Asian Anchor Baby Controversy,” quoting attorney Gary Chodorow.

Jeb Bush was trying to dig himself out from a pile of criticism for using the term “anchor babies.” But his comments at a press conference Monday only brought heaps of new outrage. Defending himself from charges that he had used a derogatory term stereotyping Hispanics, he told the cameras that “anchor babies” were “frankly more related to Asian people.”

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Must an Immigrant Visa Applicant Intend to Live in the U.S. Permanently?

movingClients often ask whether to qualify for an immigrant visa (i.e., a green card) they must intend to move to the U.S. permanently. Take, for example, a father who owns a business in China. Can he apply for an EB-5 investor green card so that his teenage son can accompany him to the U.S., even if the father doesn’t intend to reside there? Continue reading Must an Immigrant Visa Applicant Intend to Live in the U.S. Permanently?

Rolling Stone, “Welcome to Maternity Hotel California” (Quoting Gary Chodorow on Chinese Birth Tourism)

pregnant-womenWriting for Rolling Stone, in this long read Benjamin Carlson describes the birth tourism odyssey of one Beijing couple, Peter and Ellie Yang. Continue reading Rolling Stone, “Welcome to Maternity Hotel California” (Quoting Gary Chodorow on Chinese Birth Tourism)

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

visa-law-news-briefsObama Administration Warns Beijing about Covert Agents Operating in U.S. (N.Y. Times, Aug. 16): The Obama administration has delivered a warning to Beijing about the presence of undercover Chinese government agents operating secretly in the United States as part of Operation Fox Hunt to pressure prominent expatriates — some wanted in China on charges of corruption — to return home. The administration accuses the agents of use various strong-arm tactics, including threats against family members in China, to get fugitives to return.

GAO Says Feds Lack Proper Oversight of EB-5 Investor Visa Program (Seattle Times, Aug. 12): A Government Accountability Office reports that the EB-5 investor visa program run by USCIS is unable to effectively detect fraud (e.g., use of illegally gained funds for investment) or assess the program’s economic benefits (e.g., number of U.S. jobs created through investments). The EB-5 regional center program’s congressional authorization is about to expire on September 30, and multiple Congressional bills to change and extend the program are pending. Continue reading Quick Takes on U.S. and China Visa Law News

New eBook: Guide to Z Visas and Work Authorization in China

Z Visa Guide CoverThis free Guide summarizes the requirements and procedures to apply for work authorization in China on the basis of an employment permit issued by a local Human Resources and Social Security (HRSS) bureau. Each step of the process is covered: employment license, visa notification letter, Z visa and entry, medical examination, work permit, and residence permit. Issues related to accompanying family members are covered as well. The Guide concludes with a discussion of additional terms and conditions of stay in China for workers and their family members. Continue reading New eBook: Guide to Z Visas and Work Authorization in China

Options after a Consular Officer Denies Your U.S. Visa Application

approved-deniedIf your visa is denied, you may be confused and frustrated. And consular officers may be unwilling or unable to properly explain the grounds for refusal and your options for overcoming the refusal. How can an attorney help? Continue reading Options after a Consular Officer Denies Your U.S. Visa Application

Is China’s Ability to Attract Foreign Talent Hindered by Confucianist Culture and Xenophobic Politics?

integrationThe State Council has made recruitment of foreign talent part of the national plan for reform and innovation. ” 中共中央 国务院关于深化体制机制改革加快实施创新驱动发展战略的若干意见 (Mar. 13, 2015). But recruitment isn’t enough. Retention is key. Continue reading Is China’s Ability to Attract Foreign Talent Hindered by Confucianist Culture and Xenophobic Politics?

Translation: Short-Term Work Assignment Rules

CN-Eng translationWhat follows in our unofficial translation of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Public Security, and Ministry of Culture, Notice of Relevant Procedures for Foreigners Entering China for Completion of Short-Term Work Assignment [《外国人入境完成短期工作任务的相关办理程序(试行)》的通知], Notice No. 78 [2014] of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, issued Nov. 6, 2014, effective Jan. 1, 2015. Continue reading Translation: Short-Term Work Assignment Rules

Cruising to Shanghai? Get a Visa (LA Times Quotes Gary Chodorow)

Cruise ShipShanghai’s cruise industry is growing, but to date foreign passengers on ships stopping in city ports still need to apply for L (tourist) visas. Reporter Catherine Hamm of the Los Angeles Times quotes attorney Gary Chodorow on policies of the Shanghai General Station of Immigration Inspection.

Surprise: EB-3 China Priority Dates Retrogress in August

Visa-BulletinCharles Oppenheim, Chief of the U.S. State Department’s Visa Control and Reporting Division tells the American Immigration Lawyers Associaton that in August the priority date cut-off for EB-3 China will retrogress seven years to June 1, 2004. Why the big surprise in the August Visa Bulletin? Continue reading Surprise: EB-3 China Priority Dates Retrogress in August