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Gary Chodorow

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Homepage: http://lawandborder.com

Weddings from Hell: the Cambodian Brides Trafficked to China (Guardian, Feb. 1): There’s a pattern of Cambodian women lured to China by promises of work but then sold into forced marriages. Even if they manage to flee China and return to Cambodia, reintegration is difficult.

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As a publicity stunt, consumer electronics giant Suning Commerce Group hired a number of foreign students to work as express delivery couriers over Spring Festival in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Nanjing, and Chengdu. The story drew wide media coverage (e.g., Global Times, China Daily). The Chinese press seemed intrigued by the notion that expats might … Continue reading Oops! As Publicity Stunt, Suning (Illegally) Hires Foreign...

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Here is our law firm’s unofficial translation of the Ministry of Public Security’s announcement:   上海、江苏、浙江三省(市)实施部分国家人员144小时过境免签政策 该政策将于1月30日起施行 Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang Implement 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit Policy for Certain Nationalities Effective Jan. 30.  时间:2016-01-26 Date: Jan. 26, 2016 经国务院批准,自1月30日起,在上海各开放口岸以及江苏省南京航空口岸、浙江省杭州航空口岸,对51个国家持有效国际旅行证件和144小时内确定日期、座位前往第三国(地区)联程客票的人员,实行过境免办签证政策。过境外国人可选择从上海海、陆、空港口岸或者南京航空口岸、杭州航空口岸任一口岸入境或出境,在上海市、江苏省和浙江省行政区域内免签停留144小时。此项政策作为公安部支持上海科创中心建设的出入境政策措施之一,将为上海打造具有全球影响力的科技创新中心和长三角区域民航、旅游及经济发展发挥积极作用。 The State Council has approved, effective January 30, a visa free policy at each public port in Shanghai, … Continue reading Translation: 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit Policy for Shanghai, Jiangsu,...

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On February 2, the Senate Judiciary Committee had a hearing on “The Failures and Future of the EB-5 Regional Center Program: Can it be Fixed?” Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) submitted statements. Two witnesses were called: Nicholas Colucci, Chief, Immigrant Investor Program, at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; and Stephen L. Cohen, Associate … Continue reading Senate Hearing on the EB-5 Regional Center Program...

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Trying to impress my 8-year-old son, Jacob, I told him that I was quoted in today’s Wall Street Journal about how China’s national soccer team is seeking to recruit foreign players. His response: that was an odd choice by the Journal because dad knows nothing about soccer. Sigh. My son’s opinion of my soccer skills is … Continue reading Wall Street Journal on China’s Recruitment of Foreign...

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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. According to a press release by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the complaint filed in Manhattan federal court: Seri submitted falsified and forged I-864 Forms (affidavits of support … Continue reading Immigration Lawyer Arrested for Forging Forms I-864, Affidavits...

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Beijing’s Zhongguancun Science Park has received approval from the Ministry of Public Security for a visa pilot program to take effect March 1.  The policy is meant to lure foreign talent to help to continue to develop Zhonguancun as a national center for science and technology innovation. Zhongguancun covers 488 square kilometers and has more … Continue reading New Visa Pilot Program in Beijing’s Zhongguancun Science...

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Thank goodness the ImmigrationProf Blog has written the Top 10 U.S. Immigration Stories of 2010 so I don’t have to. Of particular note is #7: China became the number one immigrant sending country; and more Mexicans are now leaving than coming to the United States. This story did not make as big of a national splash … Continue reading Top 10 U.S. Immigration Stories of 2010

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Congress gave final approval last Friday to a $1.1-trillion funding bill, keeping the government running through September 30, 2016 (the end of the fiscal year). Tucked into the law is a provision to extend a key part of the EB-5 investment immigration scheme. The provision extends the pilot program for regional centers through September 30 with no changes. That pilot … Continue reading President Signs EB-5 Extension into Law

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The Department of Homeland Security frequently investigates visa applicants’ social media. Our law firm advises clients to exercise caution. According to recent news reports, Tashfeen Malik, the female shooter in the San Bernardino massacre, had posted extremist views yet still obtained a visa to the United States. Malik’s messages were reportedly published under a pseudonym and were controlled by … Continue reading Alert: DHS Pilot Projects Investigating Visa Applicants’ Social...

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