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, 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. 

Highlights

How to Read the State Department Visa Bulletin
How to Read the State Department Visa Bulletin

Under U.S. immigration law, there is an annual quota on the number of persons who may be granted lawful permanent resident (LPR) status in any category. The monthly Visa Bulletin explains to whom an immigrant visa number is immediately available.

FAQ: Outstanding Professors and Researchers
FAQ: Outstanding Professors and Researchers

To qualify in the outstanding professor or researcher category, you must demonstrate international recognition for your outstanding achievements in a particular academic field. You must have at least 3 years experience in teaching or research in that academic area.

L-1 Intracompany Transfer Visas and EB-1 Multinational Managers:  A Guide for Startups and Mature Companies
L-1 Intracompany Transfer Visas and EB-1 Multinational Managers: A Guide for Startups and Mature Companies

This Guide provides an overview of the requirements and procedures involved in applying for an L-1 (intracompany transfer) visa, seeking admission to the U.S., and complying with the terms and conditions of the visa. This Guide also discusses the related green card category for EB-1 multinational managers.

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Does a Short Stay Establish a “Residence” for Immigration Law Purposes?
Does a Short Stay Establish a “Residence” for Immigration Law Purposes?

The article addresses the question, does a short stay establish a “residence” for purposes of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)? This may seem like a trivial question, but it comes up in many contexts for U.S. immigration cases. For example, the following forms all appear to ask about residence history: USCIS Form N-400, Application……

COVID Vaccination Requirements for Immigrant Visa Applicants
COVID Vaccination Requirements for Immigrant Visa Applicants

Effective Oct. 1, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) requires applicants to receive a full COVID-19 vaccine series prior to being issued an immigrant visa.

Guide to Form I-485, Application to Adjust Status
Guide to Form I-485, Application to Adjust Status

This Guide explains how a foreign national who is physically present in the U.S. can file with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) a Form I-485, Application to Adjust Status, to become a lawful permanent resident (LPR), otherwise known as a green card holder.

Social Security Number Application Now Part of Form I-485, Application to Adjust Status
Social Security Number Application Now Part of Form I-485, Application to Adjust Status

Applicants filing Form I-485, Application to Adjust Status, can now request that they be issued a Social Security number (SSN), according to a USCIS announcement on Aug. 8, 2021. The Form I-485 asks, “Do you want the SSA to issue you a Social Security card?” After the I-485 is approved, “USCIS will electronically transmit the……

Police Certificates Now Valid for 2 Years, Says U.S. State Dep’t
Police Certificates Now Valid for 2 Years, Says U.S. State Dep’t

Applicants for U.S. immigrant visas and K-1 (fiancée) visas are required to submit a set of civil documents in support of their application. This includes, for example, birth, marriage, and police certificates. Effective June 15, 2021, the U.S. State Department has extended the validity of police certificates to 2 years. See 9 FAM 504.4-4(A) and……

Immigrant Visa Issuances at the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou (Apr. 2021)
Immigrant Visa Issuances at the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou (Apr. 2021)

The Visa Office has published the following statistics for immigrant visa issuances at the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou in April 2021. The first thing that stands out is the huge increase in issuance of FX visas (for spouses and children of permanent residents, and their children). In April 1,324 FX visas were issued, compared to……