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Michael J. Gurfinkel
Michael J. Gurfinkel
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Automatic revocation of your petition
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - May 26, 2024 - 12:00am
Even if a person already has an approved petition, it could be automatically revoked as of the date of approval.
But I don’t plan on dying!
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - May 19, 2024 - 12:00am
Over the years, I have had dozens of consultations from tearful clients, with the same facts and situation: a parent files a petition for their son or daughter, where the waiting time for a visa could be anywhere...
The June 2024 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - May 12, 2024 - 12:00am
Each month, the Visa Office of the State Department publishes, in the Visa Bulletin, the priority dates for that particular month for the various family and employment-based categories.
My adjustment was denied, now what?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - May 5, 2024 - 12:00am
I filed for adjustment of status (Form I-485) to enable me to obtain my green card in the US.
‘Fixed marriage’ ban does not apply to stepchildren
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - April 28, 2024 - 12:00am
My father married a US citizen, who petitioned both of us for green cards.
Did you marry before your petitioner naturalized?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - April 21, 2024 - 12:00am
Under US immigration law, lawful permanent residents (LPR or green card holders) may petition their unmarried children, whether the child is under or over 21 years of age.
The May 2024 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - April 14, 2024 - 12:00am
Each month, the Visa Office of the State Department publishes, in the Visa Bulletin, the priority dates for that particular month for the various family and employment-based categories.
Petitioning relatives for employment-based green cards
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - April 7, 2024 - 12:00am
One of the most popular and informative articles for Filipinos was about petitioning family members for employment-based green cards, such as nieces, cousins, siblings, etc. for such jobs as caregivers for your parents...
I entered the US under an assumed name; is there hope?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - March 31, 2024 - 12:00am
Years ago, I applied for a visitor’s visa under my real name and was denied.
The dangers of voting by non-citizens
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - March 24, 2024 - 12:00am
Only US citizens may vote in federal elections.
The April 2024 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - March 17, 2024 - 12:00am
Each month, the Visa Office of the State Department publishes, in the Visa Bulletin, the priority dates for that particular month for the various family and employment-based categories.
CSPA: When not to expedite
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - March 10, 2024 - 12:00am
My employer recently agreed to petition me for a green card.
Caught through her fingerprints
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - March 3, 2024 - 12:00am
In 2002, I was petitioned as a married daughter (F3) by my US citizen mother.
Cable 99: Working constructively with attorneys
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - February 25, 2024 - 12:00am
February 2024 marks the 25th anniversary of the State Department’s famous cable, 99 State 21138 (“Cable 99”).
The March 2024 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - February 18, 2024 - 12:00am
Each month, the Visa Office of the State Department publishes, in the Visa Bulletin, the priority dates for that particular month for the various family and employment-based categories.
I didn’t know!
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - February 11, 2024 - 12:00am
Recently, a woman consulted with me about options for her unmarried sister in the Philippines to immigrate to the US faster.
Common mistakes on adoption petitions
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - February 4, 2024 - 12:00am
Whenever a couple wants to petition an adopted child from the Philippines, several requirements must be met before they may file that petition. If the petition is filed too early or before they comply with all the...
Do something while Biden is still president
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - January 28, 2024 - 12:00am
The presidential election will be in November 2024. Currently, President Biden and former president Trump are the frontrunners. Trump is once again campaigning on a platform of being tough and restrictive when it...
The February 2024 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - January 21, 2024 - 12:00am
Each month, the Visa Office of the State Department publishes, in the Visa Bulletin, the priority dates for that particular month for the various family and employment-based categories.
Common immigration scams
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - January 14, 2024 - 12:00am
Many people, both inside and outside the US, are desperate to achieve the “American dream,” which means a better life for themselves and their children.  Other people in the US have been out of status...
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