U.S. & China Visa Law Blog
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Starting Nov. 29, Chinese holders of 10-year U.S. visitor visas must be enrolled in the Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) to travel to the U.S. On Oct. 21 at 9:30am, the U.S. Embassy will be providing a briefing to AmCham China members. Read more.
In the United States, persons charged with serious crimes are entitled to court-appointed lawyers if they cannot afford one. But the government is under no such obligation to provide professional legal representation to immigrants facing deportation, because they are facing civil, not criminal, charges. And that often means that even children in immigration court are left to defend themselves against trained attorneys representing the government and arguing for deportation. Continue reading Mexicans and Chinese: Why Such Different Experiences in Immigration Court?
[The Immigration and Nationality Act] is not known for being warm or cuddly; words like “intricate” and “Byzantine” come more easily to mind…. Nor is it known for being easy to understand; we have often remarked on its fiendish complexity.
― Akram v. Holder (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2013) Continue reading Quotes and Quips
Chinese nationals holding 10-year B1/B2, B1, or B2 visitor visas will be required to enroll online in the Electronic Visa Update System, www.cbp.gov/EVUS, in order to enter the U.S. on or after Nov. 29, 2016. Continue reading Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) Enrollment Required for Chinese with 10-Year B1/B2 Visas
China’s New Import: a Growing Black Market in Maids (Financial Times, Sept. 30): Mainland Chinese demand for English-speaking nannies has spawned a black market of almost 200,000 Filipino domestic workers, according to the Philippines consulate-general in Hong Kong. Filipino nannies appear to be a status symbol in Mainland China. They earn about RMB 7,000 a month in Beijing, about 40% more than in Hong Kong. But many are trafficked by unscrupulous agents, who arrange for L (tourist) visas that don’t authorize work in China. The Philippines government is concerned that these domestic workers may be subject to abuse yet fear seeking legal redress because of their undocumented status. Agents often recommend that employers keep the workers’ passports as a form of leverage over them. The Philippines government is asking Beijing to regularize the immigration status of such domestic workers.
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Judge Richard Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit is perhaps the most-cited legal scholar of the twentieth century. His reputations for brilliance and for rudeness are both on display in his concurring opinion in Arias v. Lynch (7th Cir. 2016). Continue reading Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude: Judge Posner’s Blistering Concurrence in Arias v. Lynch (7th Cir. 2016)
This article discusses the requirements and procedures for admission to the U.S. as a nonimmigrant. It also covers your responsibilities in order to maintain legal nonimmigrant status. It’s important to be familiar with these responsibilities because a violation may make you ineligible for extension of status or change of status, ineligible for adjustment to lawful permanent resident status, and in some cases deportable from and inadmissible to the United States. Continue reading Nonimmigrants: Admission, Rights, and Responsibilities
Foreign entrepreneurs would have an easier time starting businesses in the U.S. under proposed regulations released Aug. 26 by the Department of Homeland Security, according to Bloomberg. Continue reading USCIS Proposes Rule to Allow Parole for Certain Start-Up Entrepreneurs
Did you think the Cold War was over? The U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act still makes ineligible for permanent residence and citizenship certain persons who have been members of or affiliated with the Communist Party. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has some 80 million members, so this ground of ineligibility is a key issue for immigration lawyers representing Chinese clients.
Continue reading Chinese Communist Party Membership Makes Some Ineligible for U.S. Green Card and Citizenship
The Bilingual Administrator will be responsible for administration in our law firm’s Shenyang office. Continue reading Job Opening: Bilingual Administrator (Shenyang)