Gary Chodorow (乔德睿), managing attorney of Chodorow Law Offices, is a China-based immigration lawyer. He has helped clients with U.S. visas, permanent residence, and citizenship matters for more than 20 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.
- 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
Spotlight: Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, Help Center
If you feel that you need some help with the Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, you are not alone. Technical errors with the Form I-864 are among the most common reasons for denial of permanent residence applications. Get answers here in plain English about the Form I-86.
- 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
Spotlight: Expeditious Naturalization
Most naturalization applicants must first reside in the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident for 5 continuous years. But that requirement can be waived if your U.S. citizen spouse is employed abroad for a U.S. company, as a missionary, or for certain other employers. Use our expeditious naturalization screening tool to check your eligibility.
- 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
- Options after a consular officer denies your visa
- Immigration consequences of crime
- Unlawful presence waivers
- Fraud and misrepresentation
- Communist Party members
- 212(d)(3), 212(g) and 212(h) waivers
- I-212 permission to reapply after removal
- J-1 foreign residence requirement waiver
- 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
- To be used for purposes such as immigration and employment background checks
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.
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.
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.
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 on marriage-based immigration. I would highly recommend Gary for EB-5 investor visa work and other complex immigration cases.
[Gary’s] knowledge, expertise and professionalism were evident from the day we first met him…. He helped my wife overcome a US visa renewal crisis during a trip overseas. He represented her at the US embassy by calling the consular officer at what were ungodly hours in the US, and managed to succeed in presenting an oral and written argument that got her back. Having Gary on our side was the best thing that could have happened to us….
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.
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.
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!
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.
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