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U.S. Visas | Permanent Residence | Citizenship

We help businesses, professionals, investors, families, and others worldwide.

Consultations in Beijing, Shenyang, Shanghai, or Los Angeles; by phone; or by video conference.

Gary Chodorow, Managing Attorney

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.


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

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.

  • 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

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
  • Multinational managers and executives
  • EB-1 extraordinary ability
  • Outstanding professors and researchers
  • L-1 intracompany transferees
  • EB-5 investors
  • Green cards for multinational managers and executives
  • 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

Client Testimonials

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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.

Hafid

Recent Blog Posts

New DHS Public Charge Rule

On August 14, 2019, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule governing the public charge grounds of inadmissibility, found at section 212(a)(4) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Unless litigation halts implementation of the rule, it will go into effect after 60 days, on October 15, 2019. Here is a summary provided by the American ...
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USCIS Partial Retreat: Some International Field Offices, including Beijing and Guangzhou, Will Remain Open

Aug. 9 Update: USCIS announced in a news release today that they have cancelled plans to close operations at 7 international field offices: Beijing, Guangzhou, Nairobi, New Delhi, Mexico City, San Salvador, and Guatemala City. The news release calls these operations "cost-effective and high value": they will continue to "adjudicate complex immigration petitions that require in-person interviews, to enhance integrity ...
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Asking a Member of Congress for Help with Your Immigration Case

A member of the U.S. Congress may be willing to inquire with a Federal immigration agency, such as U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the U.S. Department of State (DOS), if you are having problems with your case ...
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Findream LLC Operator Indicted for OPT-Related Scam

The below July 26, 2019, press release is from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Huang Weiyun has been indicted on allegations that, among other things, she sold letters falsely verifying that F-1 students were eligible for optional practical training (OPT) based on employment with her company, Findream LLC. CHICAGO — A Chinese businesswoman was indicted by a federal grand jury ...
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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)? If you are abroad for 6 months or more per year, you risk "abandoning" your green card. This is especially true after multiple prolonged absences or after a prior warning by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer at the airport ...
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Why Are USCIS Processing Times Increasing for Forms I-130, Petitions for Alien Relatives?

USCIS admits that processing times for I-130s for immediate relatives are skyrocketing. Here's what their historic data shows: FY 2015FY 2016FY 2017FY 2018FY 2019 (up to Mar. 31)6.1 mo.6 mo.7.7 mo.9.7 mo.10.3 mo ...
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Job Opening: Bilingual Paralegal (Shenyang)

Our firm is growing! The paralegal will work under lawyer supervision to manage all steps of U.S. immigration cases before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the State Department, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. This includes nonimmigrant visas (e.g., B, H, L, O), permanent residence (e.g., through family, investment, or employment), and naturalization. Specialized training provided ...
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New Social Media Question on Visa Application Forms

On May 31, 2019, the U.S. State Department updated its immigrant and nonimmigrant visa application forms to request social media usernames from most immigrant and nonimmigrant visa applicants worldwide ...
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Filing Tax Returns When Married to a Nonresident Alien

Are you a U.S. citizen or permanent resident married to a spouse living overseas? Maybe you are living overseas together, or maybe you are in the U.S. waiting for your spouse to immigrate ...
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