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.
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.
Feb. 1, 2017 update: It’s not clear whether the drafters of Trump’s Executive Order on “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals” overlooked the fact that the entry bar for nationals seven countries (Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen) could impact hundreds of thousands of LPRs. The EO was issued without normal interagency review. During the first hours of enforcement of the EO, some LPRs were reportedly denied entry to the U.S. This led to federal court litigation and public outcry. See, for example, these stories in The Atlantic and National Review linking to our firm’s U.S. & China Visa Law Blog. On Jan. 29, DHS Secretary John Kelly and a DHS Fact Sheet awkwardly applied to LPRs the supposedly case-by-case “national interest” exception of the ban, saying that LPRs “traveling on a valid I-551 will be allowed to board U.S. bound aircraft and will be assessed for exceptions at arrival ports of entry, as appropriate. The entry of these individuals, subject to national security checks, is in the national interest.” On February 1, 2017, Donald F. McGahn II, Counsel to the President, wrote a memo to “clarify” that the entry ban does not apply to lawful permanent residents. This appears to be a face-saving measure that amends the EO without the embarrassment of actually having Trump sign the amendment. That’s a victory, but LPRs with ties to restricted countries should still be prepared for possibly prolonged and rigorous inspection of your person, luggage, electronic devices, and social media accounts focusing on, among other issues, whether LPR status has been abandoned, religious beliefs, and political views. Continue reading “Green Card Holders Staying Abroad Over 6 Months Risk Abandonment”
This position has been filled.
The Bilingual Administrator will be responsible for administration in our law firm’s Shenyang office. Continue reading “Job Opening: Bilingual Administrator (Shenyang)”
The 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!
Trying 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)”
Internship positions have been filled for summer 2016. You are welcome to apply for an internship for fall 2016.
Our law firm has an internship opportunity in the Beijing, Shenyang, or Shanghai office. The intern will assist our lawyers and staff with projects related to U.S. visa, permanent residence, and nationality law. Continue reading “Internship Opportunity: U.S. Immigration Law (Beijing, Shenyang, or Shanghai)”
This position has been filled.
The paralegal will work under lawyer supervision to manage all steps of U.S. immigration cases. This includes nonimmigrant visas (e.g., B, H, L, O), permanent residence (e.g., through family, investment, or employment), and naturalization. Continue reading “Job Opening: Bilingual Paralegal (Beijing, Shanghai, or Shenyang)”
This position has been filled.
Our law firm has an internship opportunity in the Beijing, Shenyang, or Shanghai office. The intern will assist our lawyers and staff with projects related to PRC visa, permanent residence, and nationality law. Continue reading “Internship Opportunity: PRC Immigration Law (Beijing, Shenyang, or Shanghai)”
MJ 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)”
Writing 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)”
This 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”
Shanghai’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.
The 17th edition of AmCham China’s newly published American Business in China White Paper reflects the collective views of AmCham China’s more than 1,000 member companies on trade and commercial issues that affect the U.S. business community in China. The Visa Policy chapter focuses on: Continue reading “AmCham China White Paper: Visa Policy”
On May 14, AmCham China will host a panel of industry experts to provide an overview of the current regulatory landscape and discuss common visa issues faced by young professionals in China. Continue Reading–>
China 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)”
On March 3, 2015, federal law enforcement officers executed search warrants at about 37 Southern California locations in what is potentially the biggest federal criminal case to date against birth tourism agencies. Continue reading “Feds Raid Birth Tourism Businesses in Southern California (BBC, USA Today Interview Gary Chodorow)”
Laywers from the U.S., China, and internationally–including many members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)–choose to collaborate with our firm on U.S. and China immigration law matters. Why? Continue reading “Why Law Firms Should Hire Us as Co-Counsel”
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”
We’re honored that the U.S. & China Visa Law Blog has been selected for a 2014 Danwei Model Worker Award.
Danwei, part of the Financial Times group, is a Chinese media and internet research firm that each year recognizes the best websites and blogs about China written in English. Continue reading “U.S. & China Visa Law Blog Selected for Danwei Award 2014”