Citizenship

At Chodorow Law Offices, we help with citizenship issues. For a brief summary of citizenship laws, see Quick Reference to Citizenship. Our firm’s services include, for example:


In addition, our firm has unparalleled experience and resources on the ground for representing clients with regard to citizenship issues before the U.S. Consulates in Greater China (Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Chengdu, Shenyang, Hong Kong, and Taipei). We make it our business to know each consulate’s policies, practices, and procedures. 


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