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Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin
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USCIS issues updated guidance on naturalization for veterans living overseas
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - June 20, 2021 - 12:00am
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued an updated guidance providing clarification regarding certain naturalization applications filed by veterans of the US Armed Forces.
US Supreme Court rules against immigrants under temporary protected status
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - June 13, 2021 - 12:00am
The US Supreme Court issued a ruling that bars immigrants who are physically present in the US because of humanitarian reasons to be eligible to become permanent residents.
Biden relaxes rules on prosecutorial discretion
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - June 6, 2021 - 12:00am
In another big win for immigrants, the Biden administration has relaxed its rules on pursuing deportation cases as it grants more flexibility for ICE attorneys in deciding whether cases are to be dropped or mai...
Memorial day in the USA
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - May 30, 2021 - 12:00am
Tomorrow, May 31, is Memorial Day, a federal holiday in the USA for honoring the members of the United States Armed Forces who died in the performance of their duties.
Campaign in poetry, govern in prose
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - May 23, 2021 - 12:00am
Former New York governor Mario Cuomo once famously said "campaign in poetry, govern in prose."
President Biden revokes trump's healthcare insurance proclamation
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - May 16, 2021 - 12:00am
On May 14, 2021, President Biden issued an executive proclamation that revokes Presidential Proclamation 9945 issued on October 4, 2019 by then President Trump which suspended the entry of immigrants who would financially...
Happy International Nurses Day!
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - May 9, 2021 - 12:00am
May is a month of so many feasts and celebrations. It is also a month when a day is reserved to celebrate the heroism, grace, and fortitude of our nurses.
US Supreme Court issues interesting ruling to favor immigrants
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - May 2, 2021 - 12:00am
The US Supreme Court issued a very interesting decision last Thursday that could dramatically affect immigrants presently in removal or deportation proceedings, and how the government, in the future will issue a...
Helping fellow immigrants
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - April 18, 2021 - 12:00am
This week a client shared her sad immigration journey.
It's tax time!
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - April 11, 2021 - 12:00am
Benjamin Franklin, in a 1789 letter to French scientist Jean Baptiste Leroy said, there are only two certainties in life death and taxes.
Two faces of reversing trump's policies
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - April 4, 2021 - 12:00am
During the presidential campaign, Mr. Biden made a strong push that on Day 1 he will sign an executive order reversing all of Mr. Trump's immigration polices.
Stimulus payments and the undocumented immigrant
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - March 28, 2021 - 12:00am
One of the topmost priorities of the Biden administration is the amelioration of the hardships that Americans continue to suffer due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Biden rescinds Trump’s public charge rule
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - March 14, 2021 - 12:00am
This week I got a call from a client who was worried that we received a Request for Evidence from the USCIS advising us to submit Form I- 944, Declaration of Self Sufficiency.
How to prepare for your interview under the new normal
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - March 7, 2021 - 12:00am
This week my clients who are husband and wife had an interview at the USCIS for the wife’s adjustment of status application.
A sad day for Cebu
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - February 28, 2021 - 12:00am
I’d like to start this week’s column on a sad note. We here at The FREEMAN are still feeling the sense of loss brought about by the death of our chairman, Dr. Jose “Dodong” R. Gullas.
A Poem for Sir Dodong Gullas
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - February 28, 2021 - 12:00am
Gratitude is the Most Painful Goodbye.
US Citizenship Act of 2021
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - February 21, 2021 - 12:00am
Last Thursday, Democratic allies of President Biden introduced a bill in Congress titled the US Citizenship Act of 2021 which sets up the legal structure for Biden’s proposed immigration reforms.
Violent attacks against Asian-Americans on the rise
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - February 14, 2021 - 12:00am
The other day, I read a very disturbing news report about an elderly Filipino who was attacked at a subway train in New York City.
Undocumented immigrants and COVID-19 vaccine
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - February 7, 2021 - 12:00am
One of the questions I get asked most often from clients is that when they are in the US with no lawful status, if they are still eligible to get injected with the life-saving vaccines against COVID-19.
More good news for immigrants and a not so good one.
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - January 31, 2021 - 12:00am
Before former President Trump left office, he issued an order extending restrictions for certain classes of immigrant visa classifications and temporary workers.
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