U.S. Visas, Permanent Residence, Citizenship

Excellence in U.S. immigration
law is our passion.

Citizenship

Excellence in U.S. immigration
law is our passion.

Permanent Residence

Excellence in U.S. immigration
law is our passion.

Visas

Chodorow Law Offices represents businesses, families, and others worldwide with regard to U.S. visas, permanent residence, and citizenship. We invite you to schedule a consultation in person, by phone, or by video conference.

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

  • To be used for purposes such as U.S. immigrant visa applications and Forms I-485, Applications to Adjust Status

Client Reviews

Gary Chodorow and Linda Tang were incredibly helpful in assisting us with a K-1 (fiancée) visa and then a green card on the basis of our marriage. They were experienced and knowledgeable in all aspects of immigration law related to our case. Gary and Linda continuously kept us up to date with a clear schedule and meetings. They made it simple for us to understand the procedures and set our expectations appropriately.  Thank you.
Jacob & Jingzhu

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

COVID-19 Update (July 15, 2020): Our staff is 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.

National Interest Exceptions to Travel Bans for Immigrants and Nonimmigrants Presenting a “Risk” to the Labor Market

The President’s travel bans are causing chaos for international travel. On July 22, the State Department announced the following about national interest exceptions to the travel bans: On June 22, the President signed Presidential Proclamation (P.P.) 10052, which extends P.P. 10014, which suspends the entry to the United States of certain immigrant visa applicants, through…

July 14 Update: U.S. State Dep’t Announces Phased Resumption of Routine Visa Services Worldwide

On July 14, the U.S. State Department announced that U.S. Embassies and Consulates are beginning a phased resumption of routine visa services that have been suspended due to COVID-19. This will occur on a post-by-post basis. This is in addition to emergency and mission-critical visa services that posts have been providing since March. The State…

Trump Amends Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Presenting a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market

If you’ve been keeping count, the President has now issued three different proclamations restricting visa issuance and entry of noncitizens allegedly presenting a risk to the U.S. labor market in the wake of COVID-19. They are: Version 1.0 (Apr. 23): President issues  Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market…

Routine Visa Appointment Availability in China

June 24 update: Bloomberg is reporting that dozens of U.S. diplomats are preparing to return to Beijing next month. Reportedly, some are concerned that the Chinese government could have access to their DNA samples from COVID-19 testing. And some are concerned that dependent family members may be separated if they test positive. June 20: The…

Trump Issues Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Presenting a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market

President Trump on June 22 issued a Proclamation expanding on his prior Apr. 23 Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak. You can think of this as Proclamation version 2.0. Extension of Ban on Certain Immigrants Version 1.0 banned the entry…

USCIS May Furlough Employees Because of Budget Shortfall

Officials at USCIS told employees last month that the agency may soon be unable to meet payroll. Management has estimated it will run out of funds to operate normally on Aug. 3. About 15,000 USCIS employees may be furloughed in 30-day increments, according to Government Executive. That represents three quarters of the agency’s workforce. The…

Recent Blog Posts

Public Charge Litigation Update: Government Enjoined from Enforcing 2019 Rules

Latest News On July 29, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, in the cases of State of New York v. DHS, Make the Road New York v. Cuccinelli, and Make the Road New York v. Pompeo, issued nationwide preliminary injunctions prohibiting the government from enforcing 2019 rules related to…

USCIS to Increase Filing Fees

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a final rule that will impose significant fee increases across the legal immigration system. The average fee increase is about 20%. The changes include increases of about 80% naturalization and 100% for adjustment of status (including employment authorization and advance parole). The agency last adjusted its fees in 2016.…

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…

National Interest Exceptions to Travel Bans for Immigrants and Nonimmigrants Presenting a “Risk” to the Labor Market

The President’s travel bans are causing chaos for international travel. On July 22, the State Department announced the following about national interest exceptions to the travel bans: On June 22, the President signed Presidential Proclamation (P.P.) 10052, which extends P.P. 10014, which suspends the entry to the United States of certain immigrant visa applicants, through…

Chinese Communist Party Members Targeted by Draft Trump Visa Ban

Visa bans based on Communist Party membership–like any bans based on ideology or associaiton–are an unnecessary, and most damaging, legacy of the McCarthy era.

July 14 Update: U.S. State Dep’t Announces Phased Resumption of Routine Visa Services Worldwide

On July 14, the U.S. State Department announced that U.S. Embassies and Consulates are beginning a phased resumption of routine visa services that have been suspended due to COVID-19. This will occur on a post-by-post basis. This is in addition to emergency and mission-critical visa services that posts have been providing since March. The State…