Family Immigration

At Chodorow Law Offices, we put families first. Immigration may be mission critical for your family. We understand. We have the legal expertise you need. And we are sensitive to the time pressures you may face. Did you know that unlike many immigration lawyers we focus on visa processing at U.S embassies and consulates abroad worldwide. And if your relative is in China, we have unparalleled experience and resources on the ground for representing clients before the international USCIS offices, U.S. Embassy Beijing, and the U.S. Consulates in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenyang, and Hong Kong. We make it our business to know each consulate’s policies, practices, and procedures.

Highlights

Guide to Form I-485, Application to Adjust Status
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.

Form I-864, Affidavit of Support: Help Center
Form I-864, Affidavit of Support: Help Center

Welcome to the 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.

How to Read the State Department Visa Bulletin
How to Read the State Department Visa Bulletin

Under U.S. immigration law, there is an annual quota on the number of persons who may be granted lawful permanent resident (LPR) status in any category. The monthly Visa Bulletin explains to whom an immigrant visa number is immediately available.

Introduction to Family Immigration
Introduction to Family Immigration

Both U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (also known as LPRs or green card holders) can petition for family members to immigrate.

K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa Guide
K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa Guide

This article covers the requirements and procedures to apply for a K-1 visa, as well as the terms and conditions of K-1 status. Also covered are the rules for the fiancé(e)’s unmarried children under age 21 to apply for K-2 visas.

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

A spouse who immigrates based on marriage to a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident will be granted conditional resident (CR) status if, at the time of admission as an immigrant, the marriage is less than two years old.

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

A U.S. citizen planning to file a visa petition for a foreign fiancée or spouse who is outside the U.S. may have various strategies to choose from. The most common options are the K-1 fiancée visa, the K-3 visa, and the CR1/IR1 immigrant visa. This article analyzes the factors to be considered in choosing among……

Applying for a B1/B2 (Visitor) Visa as the Spouse of a U.S. Expat
Applying for a B1/B2 (Visitor) Visa as the Spouse of a U.S. Expat

I’ve been asked several times today about how the spouse of a U.S. citizen expat can apply for a B1/B2 (visitor for business or pleasure) visa. The question typically goes something like this: I am a U.S. citizen. I have lived in China for 5 years. My wife has been denied a U.S. tourist visa……

Guide to Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, on Behalf of a Spouse
Guide to Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, on Behalf of a Spouse

This Guide is about the Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative. Such a petition is the first step for a U.S. citizen to sponsor a husband or wife for lawful permanent resident (LPR) status, colloquially known as “green card” status.

Recent Articles on Family Immigration

Is a Utah Marriage Over Zoom Valid for Immigration Purposes?

Generally speaking, a proxy marriage is a wedding in which one or both of the individuals being united are not physically present, and perhaps are being represented instead by other persons (“proxies”). If both partners are absent a “double proxy marriage” occurs. During COVID-19, proxy marriages have proliferated because lockdowns and international travel restrictions have made it harder……

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……

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……

Immigrant Visa Issuances at the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou (Apr. 2021)

The Visa Office has published the following statistics for immigrant visa issuances at the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou in April 2021. The first thing that stands out is the huge increase in issuance of FX visas (for spouses and children of permanent residents, and their children). In April 1,324 FX visas were issued, compared to……

Client Testimonials

Linda is very capable, consistent, understanding, and professional…. We felt very fortunate to have her as our case manager. Thank you for guiding us through this complicated [K-1 visa and Form I-485, Application to Adjust Status] process. We appreciate your diligence and timely response at every step. [We] will surely recommend your firm to anyone we know that is in need.
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