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US Temporarily Halts China Visa Interviews Due to Coronavirus

On Friday, January 31 President Trump signed a proclamation barring entry to the United States of most foreign nationals who traveled to China within the 14 days immediately prior to arrival in the United States.   The proclamation went into effect on February 2.  This action follows the declaration of a public health emergency in the […]

Getting Married on a Tourist Visa Then Adjusting Status vs. Spouse Visa

My fiance from China now has a B1/B2 visa, which is a tourist visa. Is it possible to wed in the States and then file for the spousal visa? Yes, you can get married in the US while on a tourist visa. It happens all the time, and doesn’t always have anything to do with […]

Direct Consular Filing in China – Faster or Better?

We have a question from Yan, and she asks: “Is it faster or better to file my IR1 spousal visa directly with the embassy in China, or by mailing it off to the USCIS?” Because direct consular filing bypasses the USCIS and National Visa Center, the process can be quicker than the normal inquiry process. […]

Will the Lack of a Chinese Birth Certificate Be a Problem for a Visa?
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Live from Las Vegas, what’s our next question? Joseph Clifton. My girlfriend is Chinese, she is not born in a hospital so she doesn’t have her birth certificate, but a household registry, which is an official Chinese document. Yeah, that’s a common situation. The short answer is no, of course if they’re not issuing birth […]

Visa Memoirs Podcast #4 (3-3-16) Dustin & Michelle

Singer and winner of the 2010 “Gensan Pop Idol”, a popular competition in General Santos, Philippines, Michelle Malabarbas met Dustin online while professionally singing in China. They quickly fell in love and filed for a K1 visa to be united in California. Visa Type: K1 Visa Country: Philippines Your browser does not support the audio element.

The Chinese Hukou System

Hukou is built upon a history of family registries that dates back to the Xia Dynasty (2100 BCE- 1600 BCE). The modern usage takes this and is applied similar to the internal passport system used in the former Soviet Union. This internal passport identifies a person by regional city or village and there work status […]

Getting Married in China

Marriage in China is based on China’s laws regardless of nationality of the individuals marrying.  Getting married in China requires at least one of the applicants is either a citizen or has a long term resident permit. China requires applicants for marriage to meet minimum age requirements of 22 for men and 20 for women.  Additionally, if a […]

Getting a Chinese Birth Certificate

Chinese birth certificates are available in the form of notarial certificates (Chu Sheng Gong Zheng Shu or Chu Sheng Zheng Ming Shu). While some notarial birth certificates will list stepparents or adoptive parents along with natural parents this is not always the case. In some cases the certificates will list only the natural parents covering […]

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