U.S. Visas, Permanent Residence, Citizenship

Excellence in Immigration Law

That’s Our Passion

Excellence in Immigration Law

That’s Our Passion

U.S. Visas, Permanent Residence, Citizenship

We represent businesses, families, and others worldwide.

Consultations in person, by phone, or by video conference.


Mar. 17, 2020 COVID-19 Update: Our staff s working regular hours. In response to COVID-19, we are working remotely and taking every precaution in order to ensure the safety of our clients and staff. We are advocating that U.S. immigration agencies put in place reasonable accommodations in response to COVID-19, and we are providing guidance to clients regarding available strategies. See below for COVID-19 related alerts.


Gary Chodorow, Managing Attorney

Gary has helped clients with U.S. visas, permanent residence, and citizenship matters for more than 25 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 more.

What We Do

  • 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
  • Form I-751, Petition to Remove the Conditions of Residence
  • Overcoming visa denials
  • 212(d)(3) nonimmigrant visa waivers
  • 214(i) waivers for fraud or misrepresentation
  • Inadmissibility and waivers for Communist Party members
  • I-212 permission to reapply after removal
  • Waivers of the 3- and 10-year unlawful presence bars
  • 212(h) waivers of crime-related grounds of inadmissibility
  • Naturalization
  • Expeditious naturalization for spouses of U.S. citizens employed abroad for certain U.S. companies or 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
  • Advice for children with dual U.S. and Chinese nationality
  • Multinational managers and executives
  • EB-1 extraordinary ability
  • Outstanding professors and researchers
  • L-1 intracompany transferees
  • O-1 extraordinary ability
  • H-1B professionals
  • H-3 trainees
  • F-1 students
  • B1/B2 visitors for business, pleasure, or medical treatment
  • 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
  • To be used for purposes such as immigration and employment background checks

Client Reviews

It can be a daunting task to hire a law firm overseas, but I was impressed by the diligence and commitment of each member of the staff at Chodorow Law Offices. They were well prepared to handle cases like mine, and they patiently dealt with all the details. They succeeded in convincing New Zealand immigration to waive the requirement that I submit a China police certificate on the basis that it was unobtainable.
Catherine Uy, Philippines

Your Case at Your Fingertips

With our firm’s secure and confidential client portal, your case is available 24/7:

  • View your case schedule
  • Upload documents for our law firm to review
  • Fill client questionnaires
  • Review materials drafted by our law firm
  • Read legal advice
  • Track your complete immigration history

COVID-19 Alerts

Apr. 24 Update: USCIS Suspends In-Person Services Until at Least June 4
Apr. 24 Update: USCIS Suspends In-Person Services Until at Least June 4

On Apr. 24, USCIS announced that USCIS offices are preparing to reopen “on or after June 4”: On March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services temporarily suspended in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers (ASCs) to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). USCIS is readying offices to reopen on…

Trump Suspends Entry of Immigrants Who Are “Risk” to Labor Market
Trump Suspends Entry of Immigrants Who Are “Risk” to Labor Market

President Trump has published the Executive Order suspending immigration that he tweeted was forthcoming. Effective Date: The proclamation becomes effective on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 11:59 PM (ET). Whose Entry Is Suspended? The order suspends the entry of any individual seeking to enter the U.S. as an immigrant who: Is outside the United States…

Trump Tweets of Plan to “Suspend Immigration”
Trump Tweets of Plan to “Suspend Immigration”

Apr. 23 Update: President Trump just issued the executive order suspending immigration he tweeted about. See Trump Suspends Entry of Immigrants Who Are “Risk” to Labor Market. So President Trump has announced on Twitter that he intends to issue an Executive Order that will “suspend immigration” in light of how COVID-19 has devastated the economy:…

Applying for a Replacement or New Immigrant Visa
Applying for a Replacement or New Immigrant Visa

An immigrant visa is generally valid for a period of up to 6 months. You must enter the U.S. within this 6-month period.[1] Consular officers do not have the authority to extend the validity of an immigrant visa (IV). But, as explained below, it may be possible to apply for a replacement or new IV.…

COVID-19 and the Public Charge Rule
COVID-19 and the Public Charge Rule

Here are key points on COVID-19 and the public charge rule: 1. Will getting tested, treatment or preventative care for COVID-19 impact my client’s immigration application under the public charge rule? On March 13, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the agency will not consider “testing, treatment, nor preventative care (including vaccines,…

Green Card Holders Staying Abroad Over 6 Months Risk Abandonment
Green Card Holders Staying Abroad Over 6 Months Risk Abandonment

What do you need to do to preserve your status as a lawful permanent resident (LPR)? This question is now critical for persons unable to travel due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic or related travel restrictions. If you are abroad for 6 months or more per year, you risk “abandoning” your green card. This is especially…

Recent Blog Posts

USCIS Processing Times: I-130s and I-129Fs at All Service Centers
USCIS Processing Times: I-130s and I-129Fs at All Service Centers

The below table shows processing times for Forms I-130, Petitions for Alien Relatives, filed by U.S. citizens for immediate relatives (i.e., spouses, parents, or children under 21). In particular, these processing times are for standalone I-130s, meaning I-130s not filed together with Form I-485, Application to Adjust Status. Forms I-129, Petitions for Alien Fiancé(e)s. Upon…

Getting Married in China: a Guide for U.S. Citizens
Getting Married in China: a Guide for U.S. Citizens

1. Introduction This article gives an overview of the requirements and procedures for marriage in China between a U.S. citizen and a Chinese citizen.[1] Chinese law applies when getting married in China.[2] The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in China cannot perform marriages. Local requirements and procedures may vary, so contact local authorities to confirm. 2.…

Litigation Update:  Presidential Proclamation Requiring Health Insurance
Litigation Update: Presidential Proclamation Requiring Health Insurance

On Oct. 4, 2019, President Trump issued a proclamation suspending issuance of immigrant visas to applicants who lack either U.S. health insurance or substantial assets to cover their health expenses. For a summary, see our firm’s client alert. On May 4, 2020, the Federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit refused to stay a…

Communist Party Membership Makes Some Ineligible for U.S. Green Card and Citizenship
Communist Party Membership Makes Some Ineligible for U.S. Green Card and Citizenship

Did you think the Cold War was over? The U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act still makes inadmissible (i.e., 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…

Apr. 24 Update: USCIS Suspends In-Person Services Until at Least June 4
Apr. 24 Update: USCIS Suspends In-Person Services Until at Least June 4

On Apr. 24, USCIS announced that USCIS offices are preparing to reopen “on or after June 4”: On March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services temporarily suspended in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers (ASCs) to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). USCIS is readying offices to reopen on…

Trump Suspends Entry of Immigrants Who Are “Risk” to Labor Market
Trump Suspends Entry of Immigrants Who Are “Risk” to Labor Market

President Trump has published the Executive Order suspending immigration that he tweeted was forthcoming. Effective Date: The proclamation becomes effective on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 11:59 PM (ET). Whose Entry Is Suspended? The order suspends the entry of any individual seeking to enter the U.S. as an immigrant who: Is outside the United States…