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Michael J. Gurfinkel
Michael J. Gurfinkel
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Guidelines on civil immigration law
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - October 10, 2021 - 12:00am
In what has been described as “…a dramatic shift in US immigration enforcement policy that will likely spare most undocumented immigrants who have lived in the US for years,” on Sept. 30, 2021,...
The October 2021 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - October 3, 2021 - 12:00am
The October priority dates are typically the start of the new “fiscal year” for visas, where a new annual supply of visas is made available.
Proof of vaccination
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - September 26, 2021 - 12:00am
On Sept. 20, 2021, the Biden Administration announced that it is rescinding/canceling the Trump era COVID-19 travel bans and, starting in November 2021, will instead require all international travelers to the US...
COVID-19 vaccinations required starting Oct. 1, 2021
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - September 19, 2021 - 12:00am
Starting on Oct. 1, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is requiring all immigrant visa applicants over the age of 12 to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. This includes people within the US applying...
When a child is ‘aged out’
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - September 12, 2021 - 12:00am
My sister petitioned me in 2002 in the F-4 category (brother/sister of a US citizen) when my child was still a baby.
A single parent with an illegitimate child
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - September 5, 2021 - 12:00am
I was petitioned as “single” by my immigrant (green card) parent in 2011.
Bringing fiancée to the US
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - August 29, 2021 - 12:00am
There are so many movies and reality shows that focus on fiancé visas, like “90 Day Fiancée,” and it’s hard to sort through fact from fiction.
The September 2021 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - August 22, 2021 - 12:00am
The September 2021 priority dates continue to provide great news for workers in the EB-3 (skilled/professional) and “other worker” (unskilled workers like caregivers) categories.
Is there hope after a fraud denial?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - August 15, 2021 - 12:00am
I was petitioned by my US citizen parent in 2011 as single. The priority date became current, and I submitted all the forms and paid all the fees.
VAWA green card
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - August 8, 2021 - 12:00am
I married a US citizen for love, hoping we would live “happily ever after.”Unfortunately, soon after marriage, he changed. He drank a lot, gambled, took drugs, called me names, said he would never petition...
The August 2021 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - August 1, 2021 - 12:00am
The August 2021 priority dates continue to provide great news for workers in the EB-3 (skilled/professional) and “other worker” (unskilled workers like caregivers).
Great news for F-1 students
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - July 25, 2021 - 12:00am
On July 20, 2021, US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced a new policy that individuals applying for change of status from Visitor, or other non-immigrant status, to F-1 student, no longer need to also...
Administrative closure is back
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - July 18, 2021 - 12:00am
On July 15, 2021, Attorney General Garland brought back “administrative closure” to immigration courts by overruling a previous decision made during the Trump era, which “concluded that the immigration...
Deportation cases
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - July 11, 2021 - 12:00am
In a previous column, I discussed a new memo from the Biden administration, that they are limiting deportations by exercising what is called “prosecutorial discretion,” in terms of whether or not to bring...
No visa if the petitioner moved back to the Philippines
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - July 4, 2021 - 12:00am
My US citizen father petitioned me in 2011 as a single adult child (Category F-1). About 3 years ago, he moved back to the Philippines.
The July 2021 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - June 27, 2021 - 12:00am
The July 2021 priority dates continue to provide great news for workers in the EB-3 (skilled/professional) and “other worker” (unskilled workers like caregivers) categories.
‘Separated’ is not ‘single’
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - June 20, 2021 - 12:00am
I entered the US on a tourist visa and then overstayed and am out of status.
New Biden memo limits deportations, can you benefit?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - June 13, 2021 - 12:00am
On May 27, 2021, the Biden administration issued a memo entitled “Interim Guidance to OPLA Attorneys Regarding Civil Immigration Enforcement and Removal Policies and Priorities.”
Dear Atty. Gurfinkel: ESQ Accidentally registering to vote
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - June 6, 2021 - 12:00am
I am a green card holder and am now eligible for naturalization. However, when I renewed my driver’s license, there was a section on the form to allow people to register to vote in elections.
The June 2021 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - May 30, 2021 - 12:00am
The June 2021 priority dates continue to provide great news for workers in the EB-3 (skilled/professional) and “other worker” (unskilled workers like caregivers) categories.
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