Excellence in U.S. immigration
Commitment to our clients’ success
Chodorow Law Offices represents businesses, families, and others worldwide with 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
- 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
- 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
- To be used for purposes such as immigration and employment background checks
Chodorow Law Offices helped me and my wife with our Form I-751, Petition to Remove the Conditions on Residence. Gary and Linda’s detailed preparation and good communications made this stressful process much easier. Best of all, the USCIS officer was super impressed with our filing and told us so when he approved the I-751.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Gary is one of the most thorough, patient and analytical attorneys I’ve met. He was a joy to collaborate with on an article we co-wrote. I would highly recommend Gary for investor visa work and other complex immigration cases.
Gary and his team helped me to acquire a Chinese Police Certificate in order for me to apply for residency in New Zealand. His team are very professional and thorough and kept me updated regularly. Would highly recommend!
Thank you for your professional and timely management of my application for a China police clearance.
Thanks to Chodorow Law Offices for all your guidance and assistance throughout our entire CR-1 visa journey, and thanks especially for Eric’s help and responsiveness as our case manager! I’ve already referred your services to an acquaintance I made here in Beijing and will happily recommend your firm in the future. We really appreciate all your work and look forward to hearing from you again before the conditional residency expires. Thanks again and we wish you a happy New Year!
Chodorow Law Offices did a great job helping me get a notarial birth certificate from China. I’m a former Chinese citizen and needed it to file with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The law firm’s staff were really communicative, quick to respond, and diligent.
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.
Thanks, Gary, for providing an expert legal opinion explaining to the U.S. Embassy in London that it would be impossible for my wife to obtain a Chinese police certificate. At the immigrant visa interview, the consular officer reviewed the documentation and approved the visa a few minutes later. It worked perfectly.
Pete Zhang, the paralegal who helped with my application for a Nanjing police certificate, was exemplary in every way. He introduced himself at the beginning; responded to questions and requests promptly; showed initiative to track down the right people; and was patient and reassuring, building trust and confidence in his competence and the professionalism of the firm.
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!
I can recommend Gary Chodorow. For my China permanent residency application he helped me get an FBI certificate of no criminal conviction and get it authenticated by the PRC Embassy in Washington, DC. The process went very smoothly, was reasonably priced, and I did not have to travel to the U.S. to get it done.
Gary Chodorow represented my wife in her application for expeditious naturalization on the basis of my employment abroad for a U.S. company. He was thorough, knowledgeable and covered all contingencies. At the interview, the officer commented that Gary had done “excellent work” and that the application package was “complete and well put-together.”
Gary helped me win an appeal when USCIS wrongly denied my Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. I hired Gary after I had spoken with another law firm but was concerned they didn’t have the experience to help with the complexities in my case, including my overseas assignment and N-470. Gary’s guidance was very good and I was pleased with the service.
Linda is very capable, consistent, understanding, and professional…. We felt very fortunate to have her as our case manager. Thank you for guiding us through this complicated [K-1 visa and Form I-485, Application to Adjust Status] process. We appreciate your diligence and timely response at every step. [We] will surely recommend your firm to anyone we know that is in need.
Chodorow Law Offices helped me become a U.S. citizen through expeditious naturalization under INA section 319(b). They were professional, punctual in responding to my questions, and knowledgeable about this type of case.
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.
Recent Blog Posts
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Applicants for U.S. immigrant visas and K-1 (fiancée) visas are required to submit a set of civil documents in support of their application. This includes, for example, birth, marriage, and police certificates. Effective June 15, 2021, the U.S. State Department has extended the validity of police certificates to 2 years. See 9 FAM 504.4-4(A) and……
The USCIS Washington DC Field Office has provided an update regarding their procedures for appointments and oath ceremonies for applicants for expeditious naturalization under section 319(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Section 319(b) allows the spouses of U.S. citizens employed abroad by certain U.S. employers to qualify for naturalization without completing the normally required……
Borderless Magazine recently ran an informative story about “A-files” and the importance of a filing a request under FOIA (the Freedom of Information Act) to USCIS for copies of one’s A-file. A-files contain records of all interactions between a noncitizen and immigration agencies and officers. This includes copies of previously filed applications and petitions. This……
“The United States Should Welcome Immigrants from China,” proclaims an article on the Cato Institute website by Alex Nowrasteh and John Glaser. The authors see that competition with China is dominating America’s foreign policy discourse in a way reminiscent of the Cold War. The authors blame this poisoned discourse in part on President Biden’s failure……
Generally speaking, a proxy marriage is a wedding in which one or both of the individuals being united are not physically present, and perhaps are being represented instead by other persons (“proxies”). If both partners are absent a “double proxy marriage” occurs. During COVID-19, proxy marriages have proliferated because lockdowns and international travel restrictions have made it harder……
The Visa Office has published the following statistics for immigrant visa issuances at the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou in April 2021. The first thing that stands out is the huge increase in issuance of FX visas (for spouses and children of permanent residents, and their children). In April 1,324 FX visas were issued, compared to……
Staff Update (Mar. 30, 2021): Our staff is continuing to work remotely and is taking every precaution in order to ensure the safety of our clients. 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 to respond to the pandemic.
What do you need to do to preserve your status as a lawful permanent resident (LPR)? This question is critical now more than ever for persons unable to travel due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic or related travel restrictions. U.S. Customs and Border Protection has not provided any special guidance related to readmission to the……
The State Department has just announced an exception to the COVID-related visa and entry ban for persons present in China. Namely, applicants for F-1 student visas and J-1 exchange visitor visas for academic programs will qualify for a “national interest exception” (NIE) to the ban, so they may be issued visas and enter the United……
The Secretary of State has opened up cracks in the the entry bans for foreign nationals who have been in China, Iran, Schengen Area, United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, or South Africa within 14 days of applying for a visa or seeking entry to the United States. These entry bans were created by Presidential Proclamations 9984……
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