At Chodorow Law Offices, we help entrepreneurs with temporary visas and green cards. This includes, for example:
In addition, if the entrepreneur is in China, we have unparalleled experience and resources on the ground for providing representation before the U.S. Consulates in China that handle related applications (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenyang, Chengdu, and Hong Kong). We make it our business to know each consulate’s policies, practices, and procedures.
We help families worldwide. Consultations in person, by phone, or by video conference.
I previously reported on fee increases by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) for nonimmigrant visas effective June 4, 2010. Now, DOS has also issued an interim final rule increasing fees for immigrant visas and certain American Citizen Services, effective July 13. DOS justifies the changes by citing an independent ...Read More
Statistics show a surge in interest in the EB-5 investor visa program during 2009.Â Created as part of the Immigration Act of 1990,Â the EB-5 visa program grants lawful permanentÂ residence to foreign nationals who investÂ $500,000 or $1 million in U.S. businesses andÂ create or preserve at least 10 U.S. jobs. Especially noteworthy is ...Read More
USCIS has announced that applicants may experience up to an eight-week delay in the delivery of their permanent resident cards while USCIS upgrades its card production equipment. If you have recently been admitted to the U.S. as an immigrant, you will still be able to travel and seek employment in ...Read More
On March 11 the President signed theÂ Fiscal 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, H.R. 1105, extending the EB-5Â Immigrant Investor Pilot Program.Â This is the Pilot Program that allows USCIS to receive, process, andÂ adjudicate Forms I-526, Immigrant Petitions by AlienÂ Entrepreneur, affiliated with Regional Centers relying on â€œindirectâ€ job creation analysis. The law also ...Read More
On Sept. 22, 2008, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released a powerpoint presentation with updates on the EB-5 investor visa program for Fiscal Year 2008. Here are the highlights: 12 new EB-5 regional centers were approved. 1017 Forms I-526, Immigrant Petitions for Alien Entrepreneurs, were filed. 350 Forms I-829, Petitions ...Read More
Recently, USCIS Service Center Operations offered an opinion on whether it's possible to file a second visa petition if the first one was denied and is currently on appeal or a motion to reopen is pending: ...Read More
In a July 2008 decision, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) made a fundamental mistake by concluding that it is not required to follow USCIS headquarters' policy memos.  What ever happened to chain of command? ...Read More
According to the below news story, CanAm has signed up 150 Chinese seeking EB-5 visas to invest in a company that would loan money to the Philadelphia Convention Center. The investors already deposited their money--$500,000 each--in escrow, apparently as long as a year ago. The only problem is that the ...Read More
Our law firm is often retained to represent clients where a U.S. Consulate has returned the visa petition to USCIS to consider revocation. This process is slower and less transparent than it should be. Still, this update explains that recently there have been some minor improvements in the process. These ...Read More
NONIMMIGRANT VISA APPLICATION FEE WILL INCREASE TO $131 Effective January 1, 2008, the application fee for a U.S. nonimmigrant visa will increase from $100 to $131. Those applicants who paid the prior $100 application fee before January 1, 2008 will be processed without further payment only if they appear for ...Read More