Family Immigration

Family Immigration

We help families worldwide. Consultations in person, by phone, or by video conference.

At Chodorow Law Offices, we put families first. Our family immigration work includes, for example:

  • We help U.S. citizens and permanent residents obtain immigrant visas for their relatives at U.S. Consulates worldwide. This is typically a two-step process involving filing with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) a Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, and upon approval, filing an immigrant visa application with a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad. See our Guide to the Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, on Behalf of a Spouse.
  • We help with special issues faced by U.S. citizen expats, including the option to file Form I-130 with a USCIS international office or U.S. Consulate and questions related to domicile for the Form I-864, Affidavit of Support. 
  • Form I-485, Application to Adjust Status

In addition, if your relative is in China, we have unparalleled experience and resources on the ground for representing clients before the USCIS offices and U.S. Consulates in China that handle immigrant visa applications (Guangzhou and Hong Kong). We make it our business to know each consulate’s policies, practices, and procedures. 

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K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa Guide

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Guide to Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence

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Choosing the Best Visa Strategy for a Fiancée or Spouse: K-1, K-3, or CR1/IR1 Immigrant Visa?

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Making a Congressional Inquiry for Help with Your Immigration Case

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Why Are USCIS Processing Times Increasing for Forms I-130, Petitions for Alien Relatives?

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Issues for U.S. Expats Filing a Form I-130, Immigrant Petition for Alien Relative

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