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Excellence in U.S. immigration law.
Chodorow Law Offices helps 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 for more than 25 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 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
- Form N-470, Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes
- 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
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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!
Gary and Linda: It was really a delightful experience working with your law firm. You were were extremely professional and always helpful and respectful in assisting me and my wife with her adjustment of status on the basis of our marriage. The level of detail and advice we received and the level of expertise of the staff greatly impressed us. You have helped us above and beyond what we had expected. Thank you.
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.
Mr. Chodorow handled my fiancé’s Chinese [police certificate application] for her K1 visa. He managed to provide enough documentation regarding why it was unobtainable to satisfy the [consular officer]. He is the only lawyer who is capable of handling the more complicated [cases] that we could find. All other lawyers upon looking at our case referred us to him.
Mr. Chodorow is someone I would I highly recommend for those who feel lost or a bit intimidated by the ins and outs of Immigration Law, especially for attaining visas and green cards. His firm provided substantial materials and guidance in getting through each step of the visa process. His staff was very courteous and incredibly caring and helpful. The Skype meetings we periodically had with Mr. Chodorow were very efficient and meaningful. All in all, I believe working with his firm was a very sound and productive investment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you for doing a fantastic job with our K-1 visa and adjustment of status. Throughout this whole process, you guys were on the ball and handled everything professionally. In particular, we want to thank our case manager, Linda, for keeping us informed and updated about our case. Linda was a pleasure to work with.
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.”
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.
Recent Blog Posts
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The U.S. has begun issuing a new “Bridge” visa foil, replacing the “Lincoln” visa foils currently in use by consular posts worldwide. It will be rolled out gradually as posts exhaust their existing stocks of “Lincoln” visa foils, which were first issued in 2002.
In response to outbreaks of COVID-19 throughout the People’s Republic of China, Shanghai city officials recently implemented guidelines and changes to the local health code which may limit movement and interrupt plans for U.S. Consulate-provided routine services for U.S. citizens and U.S. visa applicants.
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……
Generally speaking, a proxy marriage is a wedding in which one or both of the individuals being united are not in the physical presence of the officiant. An absent party may be represented by another person (“proxy”). Historically, some reasons for proxy marriage have included separation due to military service, imprisonment, or travel restrictions; or when a couple……
A fugitive Chinese businessman was sentenced Friday to one year in prison after he was convicted on two counts of visa fraud for hiding a Marshall Islands passport he held under another name. See Carolina Bolado, Wanted Chinese Businessman Gets One Year for Visa Fraud, Law360 (Oct. 14, 2022) (subscription only). U.S. District Judge Darrin P. Gayles sentenced SHI Jianxiang Shi to 12 months……
Are you considering applying for expeditious naturalization as the spouse of a U.S. citizen employed abroad by a U.S. company, the U.S. government, an international organization, a research institution, or a religious organization? Chodorow Law Offices can help:
Staff Update (Nov. 30, 2021): Our staff is continuing to take every precaution 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.
Persons seeking to enter the U.S. by air as nonimmigrants are required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control is canceling the requirement that incoming air travelers to the U.S. (both citizens and foreign nationals) must present to the airlines evidence of completion of a COVID test taken within 1 day. That requirement was initially put into place Jan. 26, 2021, and revised Dec. 7, 2021. Read more……
In recognition of the fact that current lockdowns in Shanghai may prevent individuals from getting a pre-departure COVID-19 test, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that effective immediately the test requirement is waived for U.S. citizens; U.S. nationals, lawful permanent residents (LPRs); noncitizens in possession of a valid U.S. immigrant visa;……
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