Employment-Based Immigration

At Chodorow Law Offices, we help businesses and professionals with employment-based immigration, i.e., green cards.  This includes, for example:

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

We have represented startups and Fortune 500 companies, Nobel Prize winners, Olympic and professional athletes, EB-5 regional centers, high tech companies, symphonies, artists, health care professionals, diplomats, and many others facing complex immigration matters.

In addition, if the professional is in China, we have unparalleled experience and resources on the ground for representing clients before the U.S. Consulates in China that handle immigrant visa applications (Guangzhou and Hong Kong). We make it our business to know each consulate’s policies, practices, and procedures. 

Related articles:

USCIS Filing Fees Increase

USCIS has issued a final rule increasing filing fees for most immigration applications and petitions. The new fees go into effect December 23, 2016. USCIS explains that fees are increasing "for the first time in six years, by a weighted average of 21 percent." ...
Read More

Special Considerations for Visa Processing at U.S. Consular Posts in China

Since our firm's offices are in China, we are often asked by lawyers in the U.S. to work as local counsel for U.S. visa applications at the U.S. Consulates in Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Chengdu, and Shenyang. We make it our business to know each consulate’s policies, practices, and procedures. Here ...
Read More

U.S. State Department Updates Birth Certificate Specifications for Chinese Immigrant Visa Applicants

The U.S. State Department has issued an Apr. 4, 2016, update to its Reciprocity Schedule specificying the birth certificates that should be available to mainland-born Chinese immigrant visa applications. According to the update, original medical certificates of birth (出生医学证明 chusheng yixue zhengming) should be available for persons born starting 1996 ...
Read More

Top 5 Reasons Immigrant Visa Applications Are Denied

According to the U.S. State Department, the top five reasons that immigrant visa applications are denied due to applicants' failure to bring required documents include: ...
Read More

Eight Things HR Managers Should Know about Immigration Law

Here are the top eight things HR managers should know about U.S. immigration law: ...
Read More

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

Clients 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 ...
Read More

Surprise: EB-3 China Priority Dates Retrogress in August

Charles 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? ...
Read More

Nonimmigrant vs. Immigrant Visa–What’s the Difference?

U.S. law provides for both immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. Immigrant visas (i.e., permanent resident status or green cards) allow for indefinite residence in the United States. Most immigrant visas are issued on the basis of family sponsorship or through employment (including investment). In contrast, nonimmigrant visas allow entry only for ...
Read More

U.S.: Quick Reference to Employment-Based Immigrant Visas

This article briefly describes each employment-based permanent residence category under U.S. immigration law ...
Read More