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Excellence in Immigration and Nationality Law. That’s Our Passion.

At Chodorow Law Offices, we help with U.S. visas, permanent residence, and citizenship matters. We represent businesses, professionals, investors, families, and other clients located worldwide. Our goal is to become your trusted legal adviser.

Schedule a consultation with an immigration lawyer in Beijing, Shenyang, Shanghai, or Los Angeles; or by phone, Skype, WeChat, or FaceTime:

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What We Do

Family Immigration

  • Spouses of U.S. citizens
  •  K-1 fiancé(e)s 
  • Parents, children, and other relatives of U.S. citizens and permanent residents
  •  Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, Help Center 
  • Form I-751, Petition to Remove the Conditions on Residence

EMPLOYMENT-BASED IMMIGRATION

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

Entrepreneurs

  • L-1 intracompany transferees
  • EB-5 investors
  • Green cards for multinational managers and executives

Citizenship

  • Naturalization
  • Expeditious naturalization for spouses of U.S. citizens employed abroad for certain U.S. entities or international organizations
  • Acquisition of citizenship  by birth abroad to a U.S. citizen parent
  • Form N-600K, Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate under Section 322 of the Immigration and Nationality Act
  • Complicated passport applications
  • Advice for children with dual U.S. and China nationality

TEMPORARY VISAS

  •  L-1  intracompany transferees
  • O-1 extraordinary ability
  • H-1B professionals
  • F-1 students
  • B1/B2 visitors for business, pleasure, or  medical treatment 

MAINTAINING PERMANENT RESIDENT STATUS DURNG STAYS ABROAD

  • Form I-131, Application for Travel Document (Reentry Permit)
  • Form I-131A, Application for Travel Document (Carrier Documentation)
  • Form N-470, Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes
  • Form DS-117, Application to Determine Returning Resident Status (SB-1 returning resident visa)
  • Form I-407, Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status

Ineligibility & Waivers

  • Options after a consular officer denies your visa 
  • Immigration consequences of crime
  • Unlawful presence waivers
  • Fraud and misrepresentation
  • Communist Party members 
  • 212(d)(3), 212(g) and 212(h) waivers
  • I-212 permission to reapply after removal
  • J-1 foreign residence requirement waivers

CHINA POLICE CERTIFICATES FOR FOREIGNERS

  • Police certificates for purposes such as immigration and employment background checks
  • Proof that a police certificate cannot be obtained, if applicable

Gary Chodorow, Managing Attorney

Gary Chodorow

Gary Chodorow (乔德睿), managing attorney of Chodorow Law Offices, is a China-based immigration lawyer. He has helped clients with U.S. visas, permanent residence, and citizenship matters for more than 20 years. Gary also is a founding member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Asia-Pacific chapter, co-chair of the American Chamber of Commerce-China’s visa committee, and adjunct professor at Chicago-Kent School of Law. Read on.

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Client Testimonials

Many thanks for all your help throughout the [U.S. family-sponsored immigration] process. You were very friendly, supportive and professional. You made a difficult task manageable. I am very happy to have completed the process within six months.
Catherine PlattChengdu

Recent Blog Posts

“Alias Certificates” Required from Immigrant Visa Applicants at the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou

The latest Immigrant Visa Instructions published by the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou on Nov. 24, 2017, require that an applicant who has "ever used another name or alias on legal documentation or for other official purpose must provide a certified alias certificate" (别名证明文件) ...
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“Administrative Processing”: a Black Hole for Visa Applicants

For the uninitiated, "administrative processing" is State Department-speak for a temporary visa refusal pending further investigation of a visa application. (9 FAM Appendix E, 404). The applicant typically learns of the temporary refusal when, at the conclusion of the interview, the consular officer issues a written notice stating that under section 221(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act no visa ...
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Can a Green Card Holder Who’s Been Overseas for 6 Months Apply for U.S. Citizenship?

A reader asks, "Can a green card holder who's been overseas for 6 months apply for citizenship?" In short, maybe. It depends on the specifics of your situation ...
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U.S. Visa Denied? Here are Your Options

If your visa is denied, you may be confused and frustrated. And consular officers may be unwilling or unable to properly explain the grounds for refusal and your options for overcoming the refusal. How can an attorney help? Visa processing at U.S. embassies and consulates is a subspecialty within immigration law which is critically important but often neglected even by ...
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Choosing the Best Visa Strategy for a Fiancée or Spouse: K-1, K-3, or CR1/IR1 Immigrant Visa?

A U.S. citizen planning to file a visa petition for a foreign fiancée or spouse outside the U.S. may have various strategies to choose from. The most common options are the K-1 fiancée visa, the K-3 visa, and the CR1/IR1 immigrant visa. This article analyzes the factors to be considered in choosing among the strategies. If I've left out any ...
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China Police Certificates for Foreigners

Our law firm can assist you in obtaining a China police certificate. We have assisted many clients in obtaining China police certificates for purposes such as employment background checks or immigration to the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries ...
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Death by a Thousand Cuts: Naturalization Backlogs

The Trump administration’s war on immigration has included an array of tactics. There have been full frontal assaults, such as the Muslim ban, cancellation of DACA, the border wall, and the RAISE Act. Simultaneously, the Trump administration is using the tactic of death by a thousand cuts: numerous assaults in the administrative agencies and courts intended to make immigration slower, ...
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Death by a Thousand Cuts: Evisceration of the Foreign Service

The Trump administration's war on immigration has included an array of tactics. There have been full frontal assaults, such as the Muslim ban, cancellation of DACA, the border wall, and the RAISE Act. Simultaneously, the Trump administration is using the tactic of death by a thousand cuts: numerous assaults in the administrative agencies and courts intended to make immigration slower, ...
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Guide to Acquisition of U.S. Citizenship by Birth Abroad

Our newest publication is now available: Guide to Acquisition of U.S. Citizenship by Birth Abroad covers the legal requirements for a child born abroad to automatically acquire U.S. citizenship at birth, as well as the procedures to apply for a U.S. passport, consular report of birth abroad (CRBA), and/or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Certificate of Citizenship ...
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