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Another green card scam: Fake approval notices
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - October 14, 2018 - 12:00am
Several people have consulted with me, asking whether the approval letter they received was genuine.
I broke the law, but the officer exercised ‘prosecutorial discretion’
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - October 7, 2018 - 12:00am
Recently, I had to cross a boulevard.
The October 2018 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - September 30, 2018 - 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.
USCIS’s new ‘denial memo’ is now in effect
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - September 23, 2018 - 12:00am
Starting on Sept. 11, 2018, a new USCIS Policy Memorandum (PM) became effective, instructing officers on how to adjudicate (process and make decisions on) petitions, applications, extensions, etc., when the initial...
Atty. Gen. Sessions makes it harder to obtain court continuances/postponements
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - September 16, 2018 - 12:00am
On Aug. 16, 2018, Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions issued an opinion, to be binding on all immigration courts, on when an immigration judge may grant a continuance of deportation/removal proceedings, where the alien is pursuing...
The Philippine consulate will not report you to DHS
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - September 9, 2018 - 12:00am
When applying for almost all USCIS benefits, the USCIS usually requires a person to have a valid, unexpired passport. This is especially true in connection with adjustment of status or obtaining various non-immigrant...
US citizen husband is considered ‘parent’ of wife’s extramarital child, entitling that child to US citizenship
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - September 2, 2018 - 12:00am
On August 13, 2018, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, which is just below the US Supreme Court, saved a person from deportation by concluding his “father” was a US citizen at the time of his birth,...
You cannot have ‘assumed name’ fingerprints
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - August 26, 2018 - 12:00am
In 2004, I applied for a visitor’s visa but was denied.
The September 2018 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - August 19, 2018 - 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.
‘Public charge’ refusal voids provisional waiver
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - August 12, 2018 - 12:00am
I have previously written about provisional waivers, where certain people are not eligible to adjust status (be interviewed for a green card in the US) and must depart the US to be processed for an immigrant visa...
Good news: USCIS to postpone implementation of NTA memo
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - August 5, 2018 - 12:00am
In previous articles, I wrote about a recent USCIS policy memorandum (PM), where USCIS would start issuing notices to appear (NTA) if USCIS denied certain immigration benefits (such as extension of status, change...
You could face deportation/removal if your case or extension is denied
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - July 29, 2018 - 12:00am
In a previous article, I wrote about USCIS issuing a Policy Memorandum (PM) about the various categories of cases where a person could face deportation/removal if USCIS denied their petition, application, or other...
The August 2018 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - July 22, 2018 - 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.
USCIS to start deporting people
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - July 15, 2018 - 12:00am
On July 5, 2018, the USCIS issued a Policy Memorandum (PM), providing guidance to officers or adjudicators on when to issue notices to appear (NTA), which is the document placing a person in removal/deportation...
State Department is revoking US passports of people who obtained citizenship through fraud
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - July 8, 2018 - 12:00am
In a previous article, I wrote about how the USCIS assembled a task force to start reviewing cases of people who may have obtained their green cards or US citizenship through fraud.
The July 2018 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - July 1, 2018 - 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.
Attorney General Sessions getting tougher on asylum applicants
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - June 24, 2018 - 12:00am
In a recent ruling, Attorney General Jeff Sessions ruled that women who were victims of domestic violence, and people fleeing gang violence in their home country, are not eligible for asylum in the US.
USCIS to start de-naturalizing and deporting people who obtained citizenship by fraud
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - June 17, 2018 - 12:00am
The USCIS announced it will start a task force of several dozen lawyers and immigration officers to start reviewing cases of immigrants who obtained US citizenship through fraud, such as where they had been ordered...
What is a fixed marriage?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - June 10, 2018 - 12:00am
If a person is ever caught in a fixed marriage (married solely to obtain immigration benefits), the consequences (or punishment) could be severe.
DNA testing to establish family relationships
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - June 3, 2018 - 12:00am
In the Philippines, establishing family relationships can sometimes be extremely complex.
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