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. 

Related articles:

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 ...
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USCIS Filing Fees Increase

USCIS has issued a final rule increasing filing fees for most immigration applications and petitions. The new fees go into effect December 23, 2016. USCIS explains that fees are increasing "for the first time in six years, by a weighted average of 21 percent." ...
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Erler v. Erler: Enforcement of Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, Obligations

A wealthy real estate agent must pay to support his immigrant ex-wife per his Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, even though she is now living with and being supported by her adult son. That's the ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Erler v. Erler, 2016 U.S ...
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Special Considerations for Visa Processing at U.S. Consular Posts in China

Since our firm's offices are in China, we are often asked by lawyers in the U.S. to work as local counsel for U.S. visa applications at the U.S. Consulates in Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Chengdu, and Shenyang. We make it our business to know each consulate’s policies, practices, and procedures. Here ...
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Immigration Lawyer Arrested for Forging Forms I-864, Affidavits of Support

Immigration attorney Gnoleba Seri was arrested in Brooklyn, NY, on January 14 on charges of immigration fraud and aggravated identity theft for forging Forms I-864, Affidavits of Support ...
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USCIS Reviewing K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa Program in Wake of San Bernardino Shootings

The USCIS director tells lawmakers that the agency is reviewing the K-1 fiancé(e) visa program used by one of the attackers in San Bernardino, and that USCIS has been ordered to retroactively review such cases approved in recent years ...
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Is This a Thing? Advertising for an Affidavit of Support Joint Sponsor

I just came across this classified ad on Craigslist seeking a joint sponsor for the Form I-864, Affidavit of Support: ...
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Form I-864, Affidavit of Support: What if the Petitioner Dies?

Unfortunately, there are occasions when a petitioner who has filed a Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, dies before their relatives immigrate. It may still be possible to complete the immigration process. This article discusses how death alters the normal requirement that the petitioner file a Form I-864, Affidavit of Support ...
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Dear USCIS: Digitize the Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, Please

The Washington Post reports that the U.S. Citizenship an Immigration Services has spent more than $1 billion trying to replace its antiquated paper-based approach to managing immigration with a system of online forms. But a decade in, all that officials have to show for the effort is a single online ...
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