U.S. Visas, Permanent Residence, Citizenship

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

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

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

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

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.
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Your Case at Your Fingertips

Our firm’s secure and confidential client portal makes your case available 24/7. You can:

  • 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

This portal helps our firm work seamlessly with clients anywhere in the world.

COVID-19 Alerts

633COVID-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.

Consular Posts May Prioritize K-1 Visas

On Aug. 31 the State Department announced that consular posts may give high priority to K-1 (fiancée) visas: Effective August 28, as it becomes safe to resume more consular operations at each U.S. mission, posts are authorized to give K visa cases high priority.  Applicants should check the website of their nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate…

Update: USCIS Cancels Employee Furlough, But Processing Delays Loom

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced on Aug. 25 that the agency will abandon plans for administrative furlough of more than 13,000 employees, scheduled to begin Aug. 30. USCIS expects to cover budget shortfalls, which were the announced reason for the furloughs, through spending cuts and increased revenue. USCIS Deputy Director for Policy Joseph Edlow…

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…

Recent Blog Posts

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Expeditious Naturalization under Section 319(b) for Spouses of U.S. Citizens Employed Abroad

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:

Applying to Renounce Chinese Citizenship

A child may automatically acquire dual citizenship in China and another country at birth. For example, a child born in China to a Chinese parent and a U.S. citizen parent may acquire both nationalities. Similarly, a child born in the U.S. to a U.S. citizen parent and a Chinese parent who has not settled in the…

Consular Posts May Prioritize K-1 Visas

On Aug. 31 the State Department announced that consular posts may give high priority to K-1 (fiancée) visas: Effective August 28, as it becomes safe to resume more consular operations at each U.S. mission, posts are authorized to give K visa cases high priority.  Applicants should check the website of their nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate…

USCIS Processing Times for I-129Fs and I-130s for Immediate Relatives

The below table shows processing times at all Service Centers 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; and Forms I-129F,…

Update: USCIS Cancels Employee Furlough, But Processing Delays Loom

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced on Aug. 25 that the agency will abandon plans for administrative furlough of more than 13,000 employees, scheduled to begin Aug. 30. USCIS expects to cover budget shortfalls, which were the announced reason for the furloughs, through spending cuts and increased revenue. USCIS Deputy Director for Policy Joseph Edlow…

Public Charge Litigation Update: Second Circuit Grants Full Stay of District Court Injunction

U.S. Court of Appeals Order (Sept. 11, 2020) A Sept. 11, 2020 court decision allows the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to resume implementing the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds Final Rule nationwide. The decision stays an earlier injunction that prevented DHS from enforcing the rule. Therefore, DHS has announced that it will apply…