Some Wealthy Chinese Seeking U.S. Surogates to Obtain Second Child and Green Cards

Reuters recently ran an article titled: “Wealthy Chinese seek U.S. Surrogates for second child, green card.

Apparently some wealthy Chinese families are hiring American women to serve as surrogates for their children.

These wealthy Chinese want a baby outside of China’s restrictive family planning policies (or they may not be able to have a baby  themselves or they are seeking U.S. citizenship for their children.)

Apparently these families may also wish to immigrate to the United States in the future ( U.S. citizens may apply for Green Cards for their parents when the U.S. Citizen child turns 21). If the child is born in the United States then the child is a U.S. citizen.

“While there is no data on the total number of Chinese who have sought or used U.S. surrogates, agencies in both countries say demand has risen rapidly in the last two years.

U.S. fertility clinics and surrogacy agencies are creating Chinese-language websites and hiring Mandarin speakers.”

“Overall, the number of Chinese visitors to the United States nearly doubled in recent years, from 1 million in 2010 to 1.8 million in 2012, U.S. immigration statistics show. prospective Chinese clients almost always want to chose U.S. citizenship for their babies, while other agencies pointed to a desire to have children educated in the United States.”

Some wealthy Chinese say they want a bolt-hole overseas because they fear they will the targets of public or government anger if there were more social unrest in China. There is also a perception that their wealth will be better protected in countries with a stronger rule of law.

At least one Chinese agent promotes surrogacy as a cheaper alternative to America’s EB-5 visa, which requires a minimum investment in a job creating  business of $500,000.

Some Chinese are going through this process for infertility reasons and others are looking at the process as a way to get around China’s 1979 family planning policy that restricts couples, in most cases, to one child.

The article states that “families who violate the one-child policy face the prospect of forced abortions, sterilizations and fines, policies that have been most brutally enforced in poor, rural areas.”

“For children who are foreign citizens, parents must apply for visas and residence permits.”

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    Our experience was amazing. The process was smooth. Larry and Jason helped us every step of the way to get my husband’s temporary visa. When I started getting anxiety about how long it takes, what’s the next step or what if’s, I would call either of them and they had no problems giving me answers. Jason went with us to our meeting with immigration, and made us laugh the whole time. He really helped keep me calm as I suffer from anxiety very badly. A year later, I can still call Larry and ask questions about the next step. I’m very thankful I found these guys!!! Highly recommend them!

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    I met the love of my life in China. When I was looking for an Immigration attorney to help me get the K1 Visa for my fiance, I was so glad that I found the Law Office Of Lawrence Gruner. Attorney’s Lawrence Gruner and Jason Marachi gave us excellent representation throughout the whole process and got us through the process very quickly and smoothly. It only took six month’s for my fiance to get her K1 Visa and move to the U.S. with me so we could get married and start our lives together. And in another six month’s later, my wife now has her Green Card. I highly recommend this Law Office for your Immigration Law needs.
    Thank you Mr. Gruner and Mr. Marachi!!

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The Land of Opportunity is Mexico

The New York Times ran an article today titled: “For Migrants New Land of Opportunity is Mexico”.  It was a fascinating article which talked about the opportunity for success that  Mexico is providing for immigrants from around the world.

According to the article, “Mexico, whose economic woes have pushed millions of people north, is increasingly becoming an immigrant destination. The country’s documented foreign-born population nearly doubled between 2000 and 2010, and officials now say the pace is accelerating as broad changes in the global economy create new dynamics of migration.

Rising wages in China and higher transportation costs have made Mexican manufacturing highly competitive again, with some projections suggesting it is already cheaper than China for many industries serving the American market. Europe is sputtering, pushing workers away. And while Mexico’s economy is far from trouble free, its growth easily outpaced the giants of the hemisphere — the United States, Canada and Brazil — in 2011 and 2012, according to International Monetary Fund data, making the country more attractive to fortune seekers worldwide.”

Many are finding that Mexico is providing more opportunity than the United States. “There is this energy here, this feeling that anything can happen,” said Lesley Téllez, a Californian whose three-year-old business running culinary tours served hundreds of clients here last year. “It’s hard to find that in the U.S.”

The shift with Mexico’s northern neighbor is especially stark. Americans now make up more than three-quarters of Mexico’s roughly one million documented foreigners, up from around two-thirds in 2000, leading to a historic milestone: more Americans have been added to the population of Mexico over the past few years than Mexicans have been added to the population of the United States, according to government data in both nations.

Mexican migration to the United States has reached an equilibrium, with about as many Mexicans moving north from 2005 to 2010 as those returning south. The number of Americans legally living and working in Mexico grew to more than 70,000 in 2012 from 60,000 in 2009, a number that does not include many students and retirees, those on tourist visas or the roughly 350,000 American children who have arrived since 2005 with their Mexican parents.

For all the good coming out of Mexico there are still problems in Mexico.  “Inequality remains a huge problem, and in many Mexican states education is still a mess and criminals rule. Many local companies that could be benefiting from Mexico’s rise also remain isolated from the export economy and its benefits, with credit hard to come by and little confidence that the country’s window of opportunity will stay open for long. Indeed, over the past year, as projections for growth have been trimmed by Mexico’s central bank, it has become increasingly clear to officials and experts that the country cannot expect its new competitiveness to single-handedly move it forward. “

However, there is still promise that Mexico can still become an economic powerhouse.” If the country of 112 million people can harness the energy of foreigners and newly educated Mexicans, become partners with the slew of American firms seeking alternatives to China, and get them to do more than just hire cheap labor, economists and officials say Mexico could finally become a more equal partner for the United States and the first-world country its presidents have promised for decades. “

Mexico is a country which has not traditionally welcomed outsiders ” the Constitution even prohibited non-Mexicans from directly owning land within 31 miles of the coast and 62 miles of the nation’s borders.”

These attitudes have changed.  “Many economists and social scientists say that closer ties with Mexico’s beloved and hated neighbor to the north, through immigration and trade, have made many Mexicans feel less insular. Millions of emigrants send money earned abroad to relatives in Mexico, who then rush out to Costco for more affordable food and electronics.”

“More and more American consultants helping businesses move production from China are crisscrossing the region from San Luis Potosí to Guadalajara, where Silicon Valley veterans like Andy Kieffer, the founder of Agave Lab, are developing smartphone applications and financing new start-ups. In Guanajuato, Germans are moving in and car-pooling with Mexicans heading to a new Volkswagen factory that opened a year ago, and sushi can now be found at hotel breakfasts because of all the Japanese executives preparing for a new Honda plant opening nearby.

And with so many Mexicans working in the informal economy, foreigners have little trouble starting new ventures. Many immigrants say Mexico is attractive because it feels disorderly, like a work in progress, with the blueprints of success, hierarchy and legality still being drawn. “Not everyone follows the rules here, so if you really want to make something happen you can make it happen,” said Ms. Téllez, 34, whose food business served more than 500 visitors last year. “No one is going to fault you for not following all the rules.”

Mr. Lee said that compared with South Korea, where career options were limited by test scores and universities attended, Mexico allowed for more rapid advancement. As an intern at the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency here, he said he learned up close how Samsung and other Korean exporters worked. “Here,” he said, “the doors are more open for all Koreans.” He added that among his friends back home, learning Spanish was now second only to learning English.  “

 The article goes on to compare Euro[e, Mexico and the United States. “Europe dying; Mexico, coming to life. The United States, closed and materialistic; Mexico, open and creative. Perceptions are what drive migration worldwide, and in interviews with dozens of new arrivals to Mexico City — including architects, artists and entrepreneurs — it became clear that the country’s attractiveness extended beyond economics.

There also appears to be more good news if you grew up abroad as the child in a Mexican family. “Mexico has allowed dual nationality for more than a decade, and among the growing group of foreigners moving here are also young men and women born in Mexico to foreign parents, or who grew up abroad as the children of Mexicans. A globalized generation, they could live just about anywhere, but they are increasingly choosing Mexico.”

All in all it appears that Mexico is definitely on the right track economically.  That is good for Mexico and it is also good for the United States. Viva Mexico!

Lawrence Gruner is an immigration attorney, a Citizenship Attorney, (Top 5  Reasons to become a U.S. Citizen) a fiancé visa lawyer, a fiancé visa attorney, (10 Things You Should Know About Obtianing a Fiance Visas) a green card attorney, and  a green card lawyer with almost 20 years of experience handling immigration cases.  He handles cases Worldwide. He would be happy to talk to you about your immigration case and come up with a plan to help you.  He may be reached at 888-801-6558

 

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    I met the love of my life in China. When I was looking for an Immigration attorney to help me get the K1 Visa for my fiance, I was so glad that I found the Law Office Of Lawrence Gruner. Attorney’s Lawrence Gruner and Jason Marachi gave us excellent representation throughout the whole process and got us through the process very quickly and smoothly. It only took six month’s for my fiance to get her K1 Visa and move to the U.S. with me so we could get married and start our lives together. And in another six month’s later, my wife now has her Green Card. I highly recommend this Law Office for your Immigration Law needs.
    Thank you Mr. Gruner and Mr. Marachi!!

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    Lawrence and his legal team are stellar. They provided an affordable solution to our immigration related legal issues. My wife and I turned to Lawrence and his team from friends that also had a successful experience. Simply, we all agree that it was the right choice. Everything was completed as offered and his legal advice as a lawyer and a friend is always there. Thank You!

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September 2013 Visa Bulletin

The September 2013 Visa Bulletin has just been published.

The U.S. State Department puts out the visa bulletin each month. Each category of applicants has a cut off date set up by the visa bulletin. If you or a loved one is waiting for a visa you may look at the visa bulletin, determine your category, and then figure out how long you should expect to wait in order to obtain your visa.
This system was designed by the U.S. government to control the amount of visas given out to immigrants each year from various countries.
 The categories are split into family-based visas and employment based visas. These 2 broad categories are further divided into sub categories.
China, the Philippines, Mexico, and India are listed separately because of the high demand for visas from those countries. If you or your loved one is based in one of these countries, and you have a pending petition, you should expect to wait a good deal longer for your visa.
Priority dates can and do change.  These changes will affect your wait time for your visa.  For more information about this process please be sure to read our blog post: How to read the visa bulletin.
If you have questions about the visa bulletin feel free to contact our office.  We can help you determine your wait time.
The information provided on this site is not legal advice but general information only.
Laws can and do change and additional laws may apply in your case. Lawrence Gruner is an immigration attorney and a  fiance visa attorney with almost 20 years of experience handling immigration cases.  He would be happy to talk to you about your immigration case.  He has office locations throughout California and handles cases throughout the United States and the World.  He may be reached at 888-801-6558

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    Our experience was amazing. The process was smooth. Larry and Jason helped us every step of the way to get my husband’s temporary visa. When I started getting anxiety about how long it takes, what’s the next step or what if’s, I would call either of them and they had no problems giving me answers. Jason went with us to our meeting with immigration, and made us laugh the whole time. He really helped keep me calm as I suffer from anxiety very badly. A year later, I can still call Larry and ask questions about the next step. I’m very thankful I found these guys!!! Highly recommend them!

  • L. Alvarado Jr.
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    I met the love of my life in China. When I was looking for an Immigration attorney to help me get the K1 Visa for my fiance, I was so glad that I found the Law Office Of Lawrence Gruner. Attorney’s Lawrence Gruner and Jason Marachi gave us excellent representation throughout the whole process and got us through the process very quickly and smoothly. It only took six month’s for my fiance to get her K1 Visa and move to the U.S. with me so we could get married and start our lives together. And in another six month’s later, my wife now has her Green Card. I highly recommend this Law Office for your Immigration Law needs.
    Thank you Mr. Gruner and Mr. Marachi!!

  • M. Obregon
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    Lawrence and his legal team are stellar. They provided an affordable solution to our immigration related legal issues. My wife and I turned to Lawrence and his team from friends that also had a successful experience. Simply, we all agree that it was the right choice. Everything was completed as offered and his legal advice as a lawyer and a friend is always there. Thank You!

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How Long Does the Fiance Visa Interview Take?

How Long Does the Fiance Visa

Interview Take?

Once your case is called for your K-1 fiancé visa interview you will be likely taken into a private office and interviewed by a Consular Officer. Your U.S. Citizen fiancé is not required by USCIS to attend this interview. However, he may be allowed to come to the interview with you. If you would like your U.S. Citizen fiancé to attend the interview then this should be looked into before he takes the trip out to the country where the interview is taking place.

If a child is going with you to the United States then you should bring that child with you to the interview.

The interview itself should take between 15 and 30 minutes. However, it could be a little longer or a little shorter depending on the interviewer and how he perceives the interview to be going. The interviewer will be using that time to learn about your background, your fiancé’s background and whether or not your relationship is genuine.

Our office would be happy to answer any questions you may have about the fiancé visa process.

Lawrence Gruner is a fiancé visa attorney  and fiancé visa lawyer with almost 20 years of experience handling fiancé visa and other immigration cases.  His office handles cases nationwide. He may be reached at 888-801-6558

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  • S. Lucas
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    Our experience was amazing. The process was smooth. Larry and Jason helped us every step of the way to get my husband’s temporary visa. When I started getting anxiety about how long it takes, what’s the next step or what if’s, I would call either of them and they had no problems giving me answers. Jason went with us to our meeting with immigration, and made us laugh the whole time. He really helped keep me calm as I suffer from anxiety very badly. A year later, I can still call Larry and ask questions about the next step. I’m very thankful I found these guys!!! Highly recommend them!

  • L. Alvarado Jr.
    IMMIGRATION LAW
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    I met the love of my life in China. When I was looking for an Immigration attorney to help me get the K1 Visa for my fiance, I was so glad that I found the Law Office Of Lawrence Gruner. Attorney’s Lawrence Gruner and Jason Marachi gave us excellent representation throughout the whole process and got us through the process very quickly and smoothly. It only took six month’s for my fiance to get her K1 Visa and move to the U.S. with me so we could get married and start our lives together. And in another six month’s later, my wife now has her Green Card. I highly recommend this Law Office for your Immigration Law needs.
    Thank you Mr. Gruner and Mr. Marachi!!

  • M. Obregon
    IMMIGRATION LAW
    img

    Lawrence and his legal team are stellar. They provided an affordable solution to our immigration related legal issues. My wife and I turned to Lawrence and his team from friends that also had a successful experience. Simply, we all agree that it was the right choice. Everything was completed as offered and his legal advice as a lawyer and a friend is always there. Thank You!

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