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

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

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  • Fill client questionnaires
  • Review materials drafted by our law firm
  • Read legal advice
  • Track your complete immigration history

COVID-19 Alerts

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

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has issued this helpful advisory 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…

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 coronavirus (COVID-19) infection or due to restricted travel options, for example. If you are abroad for 6 months or more per year, you risk “abandoning” your green card.…

Apr. 1 Update: USCIS Suspends In-Person Services Until at Least May 4
Apr. 1 Update: USCIS Suspends In-Person Services Until at Least May 4

USCIS has announced the continued suspension of in-person services. USCIS offices will reopen on May 4 unless the public closures are extended further: 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 offices will begin to reopen on May 4 unless the public closures are extended further. Employees…

Emergency Visa Appointments for Medical Professionals
Emergency Visa Appointments for Medical Professionals

On Mar. 26, 2020, the U.S. State Department announced: We encourage medical professionals with an approved U.S. non-immigrant or immigrant visa petition (I-129, I-140, or similar) or a certificate of eligibility in an approved exchange visitor program (DS-2019), particularly those working to treat or mitigate the effects of COVID-19, to review the website of their…

China: Temporary Suspension of Entry by Foreign Nationals Holding Valid Visas
China: Temporary Suspension of Entry by Foreign Nationals Holding Valid Visas

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China National Immigration Administration Announcement on the Temporary Suspension of Entry by Foreign Nationals Holding Valid Chinese Visas or Residence Permits March 26, 2020 In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, China has decided to…

Mar. 20 Update: U.S. State Dep’t Suspends Routine Visa Services Worldwide
Mar. 20 Update: U.S. State Dep’t Suspends Routine Visa Services Worldwide

On Mar. 20, the U.S. State Department announced the suspension of routine visa services in all countries worldwide. Just two days before, Mar.18, the Department had announced the suspension of routine visa services in most countries worldwide. Reportedly, that suspension covered all countries for which the Department had issued levels 2, 3, or 4 travel…

Recent Blog Posts

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

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has issued this helpful advisory 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…

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 coronavirus (COVID-19) infection or due to restricted travel options, for example. If you are abroad for 6 months or more per year, you risk “abandoning” your green card.…

Apr. 1 Update: USCIS Suspends In-Person Services Until at Least May 4
Apr. 1 Update: USCIS Suspends In-Person Services Until at Least May 4

USCIS has announced the continued suspension of in-person services. USCIS offices will reopen on May 4 unless the public closures are extended further: 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 offices will begin to reopen on May 4 unless the public closures are extended further. Employees…

Emergency Visa Appointments for Medical Professionals
Emergency Visa Appointments for Medical Professionals

On Mar. 26, 2020, the U.S. State Department announced: We encourage medical professionals with an approved U.S. non-immigrant or immigrant visa petition (I-129, I-140, or similar) or a certificate of eligibility in an approved exchange visitor program (DS-2019), particularly those working to treat or mitigate the effects of COVID-19, to review the website of their…

China: Temporary Suspension of Entry by Foreign Nationals Holding Valid Visas
China: Temporary Suspension of Entry by Foreign Nationals Holding Valid Visas

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China National Immigration Administration Announcement on the Temporary Suspension of Entry by Foreign Nationals Holding Valid Chinese Visas or Residence Permits March 26, 2020 In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, China has decided to…

Mar. 20 Update: U.S. State Dep’t Suspends Routine Visa Services Worldwide
Mar. 20 Update: U.S. State Dep’t Suspends Routine Visa Services Worldwide

On Mar. 20, the U.S. State Department announced the suspension of routine visa services in all countries worldwide. Just two days before, Mar.18, the Department had announced the suspension of routine visa services in most countries worldwide. Reportedly, that suspension covered all countries for which the Department had issued levels 2, 3, or 4 travel…