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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 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
  • 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

  • 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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Recent Blog Posts

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USCIS Processing Times for Immediate Relatives (I-130s) and Fiancé(e)s (I-129Fs)

This post includes two tables: Table 1 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). More specifically, these processing times are for standalone I-130s, meaning I-130s not filed together with Form I-485, Application to Adjust……

Guide to Form I-485, Application to Adjust Status

This Guide explains how a foreign national who is physically present in the U.S. can file with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) a Form I-485, Application to Adjust Status, to become a lawful permanent resident (LPR), otherwise known as a green card holder.

Social Security Number Application Now Part of Form I-485, Application to Adjust Status

Applicants filing Form I-485, Application to Adjust Status, can now request that they be issued a Social Security number (SSN), according to a USCIS announcement on Aug. 8, 2021. The Form I-485 asks, “Do you want the SSA to issue you a Social Security card?” After the I-485 is approved, “USCIS will electronically transmit the……

Certain Hong Kong Residents to Be Granted Deferred Enforced Departure

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas released the following statement on Deferred Enforcement Departure for certain residents of Hong Kong: “Today President Biden issued a memorandum directing the Department of Homeland Security to take appropriate measures to defer for 18 months the removal for Hong Kong residents presently in the United States.  This decision……

Police Certificates Now Valid for 2 Years, Says U.S. State Dep’t

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……

319(b) Expeditious Naturalization: USCIS Washington DC Field Office Procedures Update

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……

COVID-19 Alerts

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.

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 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……

Students and Academics in China Exempted from COVID-Related U.S. Visa and Entry Ban

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……

State Dep’t Creates National Interest Exceptions for Regional COVID Entry Bans

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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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.