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U.S. Visas | Permanent Residence | Citizenship

We help businesses, professionals, investors, families, and others worldwide.

Consultations in Beijing, Shenyang, Shanghai, or Los Angeles; by phone; or by video conference.

Gary Chodorow, Managing Attorney

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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 waiver
  • Multinational managers and executives
  • EB-1 extraordinary ability
  • Outstanding professors and researchers
  • L-1 intracompany transferees
  • EB-5 investors
  • Green cards for multinational managers and executives
  • 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
  • To be used for purposes such as immigration and employment background checks

Client Testimonials

Chodorow Law Offices helped get my Canada permanent residence application approved. In particular, the law firm proved to Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that it was not possible for me to meet the normal requirement of submitting a police certificate from China, where I previously lived. The firm’s work was quick, with clear, prompt, and personal communications, thanks especially to Pete Zhang. I have no hesitation in recommending your firm.
Benjamin Kearney

Recent Blog Posts

Why Are USCIS Processing Times Increasing for Forms I-130, Petitions for Alien Relatives?

USCIS admits that processing times for I-130s for immediate relatives are skyrocketing. Here's what their historic data shows: FY 2015FY 2016FY 2017FY 2018FY 2019 (up to Mar. 31)6.1 mo.6 mo.7.7 mo.9.7 mo.10.3 mo ...
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USCIS Closing International Field Offices

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that it is planning to close its international field offices, according stories by NPR and Reuters, among others. July 3 Update: USCIS closed its Ciudad Juarez field office on June 30. The Manila field office will close on July 5. Apr. 23 Update: BuzzFeed is reporting that "In September, the Monterrey, Mexico, office ...
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Job Opening: Bilingual Paralegal (Shenyang)

Our firm is growing! The paralegal will work under lawyer supervision to manage all steps of U.S. immigration cases before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the State Department, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. This includes nonimmigrant visas (e.g., B, H, L, O), permanent residence (e.g., through family, investment, or employment), and naturalization. Specialized training provided ...
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New Social Media Question on Visa Application Forms

On May 31, 2019, the U.S. State Department updated its immigrant and nonimmigrant visa application forms to request social media usernames from most immigrant and nonimmigrant visa applicants worldwide ...
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Filing Tax Returns When Married to a Nonresident Alien

Are you a U.S. citizen or permanent resident married to a spouse living overseas? Maybe you are living overseas together, or maybe you are in the U.S. waiting for your spouse to immigrate ...
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U.S.-China Dual Nationals

Looking for U.S.-China dual nationals who have recently flown China > Bangkok on a PRC passport and then transferred to a Bangkok > U.S. flight on a U.S. passport. Contact me if willing to discuss briefly, confidentially ...
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What Type of China Birth Certificate Is Required for U.S. Immigration?

If you were born in Mainland China and are applying for a U.S. green card, you will need to submit a China birth certificate. That's true regardless of whether you are filing a Form I-485, Application to Adjust Status, with USCIS or are applying for an immigrant visa at a U.S. consulate abroad ...
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U.S. State Department Appeals to Ninth Circuit a Ruling That Same-Sex Couple’s Child Acquired Citizenship Upon Birth Abroad

Andrew and Elad Dvash-Banks have twin sons, born four minutes apart. The U.S. State Department has maintained that one is a U.S. citizen and one is not. The same-sex couple has been fighting the U.S. government in federal court for citizenship rights for their young child ...
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State Dep’t Statistics on B Visa Refusals for Chinese Nationals

The rate of B (tourist and business visitor) visas refusals for Chinese nationals have been climbing since 2013 and stands at 17% as of 2018, according to the U.S. State Department ...
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