Family Immigration

At Chodorow Law Offices, we put families first. We help U.S. citizens and permanent residents obtain immigrant visas for their relatives at U.S. Consulates worldwide.  This is typically a two-step process involving filing with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) a Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, and upon approval, filing an immigrant visa application with a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad. 

Our family immigration work also includes, for example:

In addition, if your relative is in China, we have unparalleled experience and resources on the ground for representing clients before the USCIS offices and 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. 

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