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Trump's latest immigration proposal limits family-based immigration
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - May 19, 2019 - 12:00am
Just this week, President Trump announced his latest proposal to overhaul the immigration policy of the United States.
Tips on applying for a student visa
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - May 5, 2019 - 12:00am
I always get asked especially by younger people if, aside from a tourist visa, is a student visa a viable option for them to go to the US?
Updated USCIS policy on marijuana convictions
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - April 21, 2019 - 12:00am
On April 19, 2019, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a policy guidance that seeks to clarify that violations of federal controlled substance law, including violations involving marijuana, are generally...
Pay your taxes
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - April 14, 2019 - 12:00am
As the idiomatic expression goes, there are only two things certain in this world --death and taxes. It is already nearing crunch time for every US taxpayer to file their income tax returns due on April 15, 201...
Love and fraud (part 2)
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - April 7, 2019 - 12:00am
When Billy came to me for consultation on what his possible options are to petition Aswan, I asked him about their love story as any lawyer would do.
Never post your visa page on social media
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - March 24, 2019 - 12:00am
Larry, after applying and being denied four times for a US tourist visa, was so ecstatic that he finally got approved on his fifth try. He was so happy that he would be able to see his family and relatives and spend...
Three tips for successful application or petition
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - March 17, 2019 - 12:00am
Just last week, I had the fastest approval obtained from USCIS pertaining to a client's application for extension of his investor visa under the non-immigrant E2 category.
Never lose your social security card
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - March 10, 2019 - 12:00am
One of the benefits of being a US citizen, greencard holder, and in some cases, of having a valid non-immigrant status is being issued a social security number issued by the Social Security Administration.
Lessons to learn for naturalization interview (last of three parts)
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - February 24, 2019 - 12:00am
We continue where we left off last week.
Lessons to learn for naturalization interview (Part 1)
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - February 10, 2019 - 12:00am
Just this week, I sat in with a client in his naturalization interview.
Replacing your naturalization certificate
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - February 3, 2019 - 12:00am
A couple of days ago, I received a call from a friend who wanted to apply for a US passport for the first time.
US no longer accepts Filipinos under H2A and H2B programs
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - January 27, 2019 - 12:00am
The US Department of Homeland Security has recently announced that the Philippines is no longer in the list of countries eligible to send its citizens under the H2A and H2B temporary worker program. For those asking...
How the government shutdown affects immigration processing
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - January 13, 2019 - 12:00am
As of this time, the US government is still in partial shutdown and there appears no end to the showdown between the administration and the Democratic leaders in Congress.
Government shutdown over border wall
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - January 6, 2019 - 12:00am
As of this writing, the US government has been in a partial shutdown for two weeks because of President Trump’s insistence on a five billion dollar budget for a border wall.
Always renew your passport
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - December 30, 2018 - 12:00am
For this issue, let me illustrate the importance of having a valid passport ready and available at all times as it applies in real-life situations.
Christmas gifts come in many forms
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - December 23, 2018 - 12:00am
First of all, I want to greet all of you a blessed and joyful Christmas. May you and your families be blessed with good health, peace and prosperity.
“Coyote”
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - December 16, 2018 - 12:00am
The other day, I received a call from a former client asking me if I could help his cousin get released from a federal detention facility.
“Palanggaanay”
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - December 9, 2018 - 2:07am
As I am writing this column, I am in Dallas, Texas, as a guest and the keynote speaker for the fifth anniversary and induction of officers of the Hiligaynon Community America Texas, Inc. This group’s membership...
Question and Answers
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - December 2, 2018 - 12:00am
I was arrested a month ago for a traffic violation. When the policeman asked for my license and registration, he also asked about my immigration status. I told him I am on a tourist visa. However, I did not tell...
Living will and healthcare proxy
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - November 18, 2018 - 12:00am
This week I received a call from one of the leaders of a Filipino community here in New York soliciting my advice on how to better assist one of her members.
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