Current Publications

2017

Year of the Rooster: What to expect from China’s economy in 2017 and the Potential Impact of Trump’s Trade Policy - by Siva Yam and Paul Nash

 

"According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2017 is the year of the Rooster, an astrological sign associated with optimism, confidence, energy, and productivity.


The extent to which these qualities will be reflected in the performance of the Chinese economy this year will depend on whether or not the global recovery can improve China’s exports. Propitiously, China’s economy entered 2017 on firm footing......"

 

 

Please click here to download the full article.  This article will be published in Diplomatic Courier's special G7 issue to be distributed to the delegates attending the G7 summit this year in Taorimina, Italy.

2016

Chinese Document Authentication: Why and How Are Documents Authenticated to Be Used in China?

 

Chinese document authentication can be a complicated process, but it doesn't have to be.  Please refer to the U.S.-China Chamber of Commerce Chinese Authentication Reference sheet for answers to questions about document authentication and for some cost saving tips.  Contact U.S.-China Chamber of Commerce at (312) 368-9911 or info@usccc.org for more information.

 

Please click here to download the Chinese Authentication Reference sheet.

2015

BEWARE OF SCAMS

 

A few years ago we alerted our members and the general public of scams, primarily originated through the e-mails.  In the past few months, those scams seemed to have come back, and USCCC continues to receive reports from individual companies regarding those scams.

 

1. Certain small companies have received unsolicited inquiries from a Chinese website domain registration organization claiming that they have received a request from a third party to register a domain name – typically, something very similar to the domain name of the company they are attempting to scam – and upon investigating that third party, have found that they lack the proper documentation to prove ownership of the name/brand. The company asks you to hire them to register your domain name to prevent this third party from stealing your brand; conversely, if you do not respond, they threaten to accept the other company’s claim over the domain name as legitimate.

 

This is a scam designed to convince you to spend a small amount of money registering the many possible domain names that could be very similar to your company’s legitimate web domain. Once when you send them the money, you will NOT hear back from them.  None of those domain names in question will be registered under your name. 

 

2. Some smaller US manufacturers have received inquiries from Chinese companies claiming that they are looking to place a very large order ($1-5 million) of manufactured products (most of them are commodity type products that could be easily made in China), which could potentially double the revenues of the US manufacturers.  Some of those Chinese companies claim that they are subsidiaries of a very large, well known, state-owned enterprise that is legitimate.  They will then proceed to negotiate with the target on terms that are customary to trade practice.  When the negotiation is substantially complete, the Chinese company will ask its U.S. counterpart to visit them in China to ink the deal.  Sometimes, they will ask the U.S. company to bring gifts (custom practice in China) for the signing ceremony.  Once when the US executives arrive, the Chinese company will tell them a signing ceremony has been arranged but will find excuses to postpone the ceremony.  Then, the U.S. executives will be asked to give their Chinese host additional money either through wire transfer or advancements from the ATM or credit cards under either persuasion or coercion or both.  Surprisingly, although many U.S. executives are suspicious of such scams, they think that it is an opportunity that they cannot pass on.  They even spend tens of thousands of dollars in hiring attorneys or consultants to review the documents.  Surprisingly, many of those so called experts fail to alert them that those are scams.

 

Our advice is to ignore these mass mailing scams, and they should discontinue.

 

For further information regarding scams and specific companies, please contact our office at info@usccc.org or 312-368-9911.

 

To learn more about selling to China and doing business in China, please consider attending the 16th Annual U.S.-China Trade Conference on November 5 & 6, 2015 in Chicago. 

 

What Has Happened to China’s Economy?

Posted: September 19, 2015

 

We are working on an article discussing the current China’s economic conditions and the strategy that it might want to take to reverse the spiral downturn trend.  In the meantime, I would like to draw your attention to an article that was published nine (9) years ago, predicting that “Many Chinese manufacturers will face financial distress in five to ten years.  The effect will ripple through to the financial institutions which have lent relentlessly in favor of real estate speculation and capital expansion.”   The original article is hereby attached.  Any comments will be appreciated.

Important Updates in Immigration

July 16, 2015 - Reprinted with permission from Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP

 

In United States immigration news this week, a long-awaited White House report recommended wide-ranging administrative improvements to the U.S. legal immigration system, including plans to improve the manner in which employment-based immigrant visas are allocated. 

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services reinstated premium processing for H-1B extension petitions received by the agency on or after July 13, 2015. The suspension was originally set to end on July 27. While USCIS continues to process receipted FY 2016 H-1B cap petitions, the agency estimates that all H-1B cap petitions not selected in the lottery will be returned by July 20, 2015. 

 

For full article, click here.

 

Source: © Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, Fragomen Global LLP and affiliates. All Rights Reserved.

H-1B Processing Update: USCIS Completes Return of FY 2016 Cap Petitions Not Selected in the Lottery

July 14, 2015 - Reprinted with permission from Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP

 

USCIS today announced that it has finished returning H-1B petitions that were not selected in the FY 2016 cap lottery.  Employers with cases not chosen for processing should receive their returned petition packages and fee checks by July 20, 2015.  

USCIS continues to work on pending non-premium processed cases, as well as premium cases that received requests for evidence (RFEs).  The agency has not yet estimated when it will finish initial adjudication of non-premium cases, but is expected to do so in the coming weeks.  During the FY 2015 H-1B cap adjudication season, USCIS completed initial adjudication of pending cases by early August 2014.

Employers who receive RFEs in pending cases should work with their Fragomen professionals to quickly assemble any additional facts or documents necessary for a response. The sooner an RFE response is submitted, the greater the likelihood that the case will be decided in time for an October 1, 2015 H-1B employment start date.

 

For full article, click here.

 

Source: © Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, Fragomen Global LLP and affiliates. All Rights Reserved.

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Extensions

July 13, 2015 - Reprinted with permission from Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP

 

USCIS announced today that it has reinstated premium processing for H-1B extension petitions – two weeks earlier than anticipated. Beginning today, the agency will accept Form I-907 premium processing requests for any H-1B petition requesting an extension of stay, but any request to premium process an H-1B extension received prior to July 13, 2015 will be rejected.  

The premium processing suspension was put in place on May 19 to allow USCIS to devote resources to the new H-4 employment authorization program, which opened on May 26. The suspension was originally set to end on July 27, but has been lifted early because the agency's H-4 EAD workload was not as onerous as expected.   

What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals?

Employers who were unable to submit a premium processing request or whose earlier request was rejected for the underlying H-1B extension petition can now upgrade to premium processing by submitting Form I-907 and its required fee.  New H-1B extension petitions with a request for premium processing will also be accepted as of today.  

 

For full article, click here.

 

Source: © Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, Fragomen Global LLP and affiliates. All Rights Reserved.

Premium Processing for H-1B Extensions to Be Suspended Until July 27

May 19, 2015 - Reprinted with permission from Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP

 

USCIS will suspend premium processing for H-1B extensions from May 26 through July 27 in order to devote resources to the upcoming H-4 employment authorization program. The unexpected announcement is likely to have a significant negative impact on employers, H-1B foreign nationals and their H-4 dependents. Fragomen and other immigration stakeholders are working to obtain clarification from USCIS and to communicate the effect of the suspension on U.S. businesses.

 

For full article, click here.

 

Source: © Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, Fragomen Global LLP and affiliates. All Rights Reserved.

Reminder: Travel Tips for Foreign Students Awaiting a Change of Status to H-1B

April 23, 2015 -Reprinted with permission of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP

 

Are you an F-1 student who is the beneficiary of an H-1B petition and a request to change status to H-1B for employment starting on October 1, 2015? If you are planning to travel abroad between now and October 1, you should carefully consider whether your travel is necessary.

Traveling internationally during this time can pose significant risks and result in delays, depending on whether you are in an ongoing course of study or period of optional practical training (OPT), or whether you are in the “cap gap” – the period between the end of your course of study or OPT and October 1, the date that a timely-filed H-1B petition and change of status will take effect.
 

Click here to read full article. 

 

Source: © Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, Fragomen Global LLP and affiliates. All Rights Reserved.

Pocket Planner and Guide to Traveling to China

 

For travel tips and money saving advice while traveling in China, please refer to USCCC's pocket guide.  This printable pamphlet is a great way to organize your trip to China and contains travel tips that novices and seasoned travelers will find helpful. 

 

The pocket planner also has a convenient trip planner that can help organize your itinerary to make your next trip to China easy and uncomplicated. 

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