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Chodorow Law Offices helps businesses, families, and others worldwide with U.S. visas, permanent residence, and citizenship.

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Gary Chodorow, Managing Attorney

Gary has helped clients with U.S. visas, permanent residence, and citizenship for more than 30 years. Gary also has been 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 an adjunct professor at Chicago-Kent School of Law. Read more.

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
  • Form I-751, Petition to Remove the Conditions of Residence
Naturalization and Citizenship
  • 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
  • Form N-470, Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes
  • Advice for children with dual U.S. and Chinese nationality
Temporary Visas
  • L-1 intracompany transferees
  • O-1 extraordinary ability
  • E-2 treaty investors
  • H-1B professionals
  • H-3 traineees
  • F-1 students
  • J-1 exchange visitors
  • B1/B2 visitors for business, pleasure, or medical treatment
  • Etc.
Waivers / Overcoming Visa Denials
  • 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
Protecting Permanent Resident Status
During 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
Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act Requests
  • Request copies of your alien file (A-file) from USCIS
  • Request your entry-exit records from U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Request prior visa applications and consular officer decisions from the State Department
Employment-Based Immigration
  • Multinational managers and executives
  • EB-1 extraordinary ability
  • Outstanding professors and researchers
China Police Certificates
  • To be used for purposes such as immigration and employment background checks
China Birth Certificates
  • To be used for purposes such as U.S. immigrant visa applications and Forms I-485, Applications to Adjust Status

Recent Blog Posts

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How to Reschedule a USCIS Biometrics Appointment

New rules for rescheduling biometrics appointments were announced by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in July 2023. If biometrics are required by USCIS for your case, you will receive a biometrics appointment notice (Form I-797C, Notice of Action). It will include the date, time, and location for your appointment at the USCIS Application Support…

Updated USCIS Processing Times for I-130s and I-129Fs

Summary This article focuses on processing times for Forms I-130 (Petitions for Alien Relatives) on behalf of immediate relatives (i.e., spouses, parents, and children under age 21) and Forms I-129F (Petitions for Alien Fiancé(e)s) who will apply for their visas at U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad. Table 1 below, based on our firm’s monthly check…

U.S. Consulate General in Wuhan is now open for all categories of nonimmigrant visa appointments 

May 20, 2024: The U.S. Consulate General in Wuhan is open for all categories of nonimmigrant visa appointments, such as business and tourist visitor visa appointments starting Monday, June 3. Apr. 12, 2024: U.S. Consulate General in Wuhan has opened student and scholar visa appointments The U.S. Consulate General in Wuhan has opened appointment slots…

Proving Nonimmigrant Intent for a U.S. Visa

1. Introduction Eligibility for many types of nonimmigrant visa require proof that the applicant (a) is not an intending immigrant, (b) has an unabandoned foreign residence, and/or (c) is coming to the U.S. temporarily. This article describes that set of requirements, which are often loosely described as nonimmigrant intent. Understanding that set of requirements is…

U.S. Visas for Medical Treatment

More Chinese patients are checking into travel abroad for healthcare needs, spurred by a rising demand for specialty care and sophisticated treatments. Below, I look at the driving forces behind the increase in so-called medical tourism, some differences between the U.S. and Chinese health care systems, the doctor-patient relationship in the U.S., and the U.S. visa requirements for healthcare…

Understanding the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number

An Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) is issued by the IRS and is for individuals who need a U.S. taxpayer identification number but are not eligible for a Social Security Number (SSN). For many foreign nationals, particularly those seeking U.S. immigration benefits, proving tax compliance is critical. An ITIN is often essential for this purpose,…

Client Reviews

One of the most professional, dedicated, successful, detail-oriented law firms I have dealt with.

Stephanie Lippert

Gary and Linda did a great job and were always there to support us. They made sure all our paperwork was filed correctly and gave us many great tips. They greatly reduced our stress level. Any time we had a question or concern we could message Linda on WeChat and she would get back to us quickly. They helped my husband arrange all his documents perfectly which was very helpful during the interview. He was able to get his visa with no problems.

Megan

Very professional service with attentive and reassuring support throughout. The knowledgeable and consistent communication throughout the process was excellent to have. The fact that multiple members of the team felt invested in the case was also exactly what I needed.

Andrew B.

Gary Chodorow and Tang Yumei were very helpful in our K-1 (fiancée) visa application and subsequent marriage green card application. They showed extensive experience and knowledge of the immigration laws relevant to our cases. Their case schedule and meetings were clear, and they always kept us updated on the progress of the case. They made the complex application process simple and easy to understand, and our expectations always matched the results. Thank you.

Jacob & Jingzhu

[Gary’s] knowledge, expertise and professionalism were evident from the day we first met him…. He helped my wife overcome a US visa renewal crisis during a trip overseas. He represented her at the US embassy by calling the consular officer at what were ungodly hours in the US, and managed to succeed in presenting an oral and written argument that got her back. Having Gary on our side was the best thing that could have happened to us….

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Dheeraj Raina, MD

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Gary Chodorow was the attorney for my J-1 waiver, H-1B, outstanding professor green card, and naturalization. Recently, he helped apply for certificates of citizenship (Form N-600K) for my children living in Paris. We couldn’t have achieved this without his expertise and guidance. We’re deeply grateful for the wonderful job he did. The above photo of the kids’ naturalization ceremony hangs in our living room.

Hafid

I have known Gary for many years. He has an in-depth understanding of the U.S. Consulates in China. Every time I have difficult issues with one of these consulates, Gary is the first person that I go to for assistance, and he has been extremely helpful. I highly recommend Gary to anyone who would like to negotiate the U.S. visa process in China.

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Jared Leung, Immigration Attorney

Attorney Gary Chodorow represented me in applying for a visa at the U.S. Consulate in Shenyang. When the Consulate returned my passport, it was accompanied by a note thanking Gary for the “thorough and well-prepared” visa application. I’ve never heard of a consular officer sending out a thank-you note!

Wendy

I would like to personally thank you for this great source of information…. I wish I would have known three years ago what I’ve learned from reading your “Law and Border Blog.” It would have helped me make better decisions and avoid a lot of pain and travails….

Darren

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 Platt

Gary Chodorow and his team provided support far beyond our expectations resulting in a K-1 visa for my Chinese fiancé. He and his team are experienced with the issues faced by international LGBT couples. Chodorow Law Offices is effective in working across language and cultural boundaries. I recommend them highly.

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Kenneth

I found Chodorow Law Offices at a time when my US visa application was stuck in administrative processing as I was unable to provide a Chinese police clearance covering my period of residence in China more than 10 years ago. Gary and Linda managed not only to solve my problem quickly but also to restore something I was starting to lose: hope. Their work helped me reunite with my wife in the US. I’ve read somewhere that a lawyer can change people’s lives. Chodorow Law Offices did that for me.

Antonin

Thank you for your professional and timely management of my application for a China police clearance.

Ludivine Grippay

Gary Chodorow and Pete Zhang were a great help to me in getting an immigrant visa at the U.S. Embassy in London. The Embassy initially denied my application because the public security bureau in China refused to issue me a police clearance on the grounds that I lacked sufficient evidence of my residence there long ago. Then I hired Chodorow Law Offices. With attention to detail and expertise, Gary and Pete prepared evidence that persuaded the Embassy to waive the China police clearance requirement and approve my visa application. Thank you!

Marie Thomas

We worked with Chodorow Law Offices on my CR-1 immigrant visa application. The services provided by Gary Chodorow, Linda Tang, and Natalie Xin were very professional. They made a clear plan for my case and worked efficiently, preparing and checking each document very carefully. The staff is patient and friendly. Thank you for your hard work to help me get to the U.S. Here’s a photo at the airport in Boston after I entered with the CR-1 visa!

LIU Wenjing

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The ABC’s of U.S. Immigration Law

Are you looking to become more literate in the basics of U.S. immigration law and its jargon? Read here for the fundamentals of:

  • Who is a U.S. citizen?
  • What types of nonimmigrant visas are there?
  • How can one become an immigrant through employment or family?
  • How do employers verify that a new hire is eligible for employment in the U.S.?
  • Etc.