National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival

Chodorow Law Offices will be closed during the upcoming Chinese National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival holidays.

  • Sept. 30 (Saturday): Open.
  • Oct. 2-8: Closed.
  • Oct. 9 (Monday): Open.

Similarly, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates General will be closed, on the following schedule:

  • Oct. 2-8: Closed.
  • Oct. 9: Closed for Columbus Day (U.S. holiday).

Best wishes for the holidays. In the event of an emergency during the holidays, you can reach your case manager or attorney by cell phone.

Green Card Holders Staying Abroad Over 6 Months Risk Abandonment

What do you need to do to preserve your status as a lawful permanent resident (LPR)? If you are abroad for 6 months or more per year, you risk “abandoning” your green card. This is especially true after multiple prolonged absences or after a prior warning by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer at the airport. Continue reading “Green Card Holders Staying Abroad Over 6 Months Risk Abandonment”

2 Million Page Views. Thank You!

2 mil viewsThe U.S. & China Visa Law Blog just hit 2 million page views since we started counting in June 2012. For a viral cat video, that’s nothing. But for us, it’s worth celebrating. It’s been a pleasure to participate in a meaningful online dialogue about U.S. and China immigration law and policy. And to spark some great offline professional relationships and friendships. Thanks!

Wall Street Journal on China’s Recruitment of Foreign Soccer Players (Quoting Gary Chodorow)

china soccer fansTrying to impress my 8-year-old son, Jacob, I told him that I was quoted in today’s Wall Street Journal about how China’s national soccer team is seeking to recruit foreign players. His response: that was an odd choice by the Journal because dad knows nothing about soccer. Sigh. Continue reading “Wall Street Journal on China’s Recruitment of Foreign Soccer Players (Quoting Gary Chodorow)”

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.”

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

Guide to Z Visas and Work Authorization in China

Z Visa Guide CoverThis free Guide summarizes the requirements and procedures to apply for a Z visa and work authorization in China. The focus is on positions requiring an employment license 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 “Guide to Z Visas and Work Authorization in China”

South China Morning Post: How Fugitive Chinese Officials Enter the U.S. (Quoting Gary Chodorow)

fox huntChina announced recently that 40 suspects on a list of 100 wanted fugitives are believed to be hiding in the U.S. The Communist Party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection released the list as part of its “Sky Net” anti-corruption operation, as reported by the South China Morning Post. Continue reading “South China Morning Post: How Fugitive Chinese Officials Enter the U.S. (Quoting Gary Chodorow)”

U.S., China Agree on Longer Visa Validity

crowded-air-space The U.S. and China have mutually agreed to increase business and tourist visa validity to 10 years and student and exchange visa validity to 5 years. That according to President Obama’s announcement (video)  on November 10 at the 2014 APEC summit in Beijing.

Both governments put the policy into effect immediately. But China hasn’t even fully implemented its prior 2005 agreement to increase visa validity to 1 year, creating a question as to whether most Americans will get the new long-term PRC visas. Continue reading “U.S., China Agree on Longer Visa Validity”