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What happens if the beneficiary of a petition dies?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - February 16, 2020 - 12:00am
Most people are aware that if the petitioner (person who files a petition) dies, the beneficiary (family member being petitioned) may apply for humanitarian revalidation/reinstatement.
Supreme Court clears way for new public charge regulations
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - February 9, 2020 - 12:00am
The US Supreme Court recently cleared the way for the Trump Administration to enforce new (and tougher) public charge regulations, which USCIS announce will become effective on Feb. 24, 2020.
No visas for ‘offspring’
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - February 2, 2020 - 12:00am
Years ago, I was petitioned by my US citizen parent in the F-3 category (married child of US citizen).
The February 2020 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - January 26, 2020 - 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.
NVC will shred your case if you don’t respond
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - January 19, 2020 - 12:00am
I petitioned my married son in 1998 while he was still in the Philippines.
Changing visa categories and priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - January 12, 2020 - 12:00am
When a petition is filed for a family member, the beneficiary (the person being petitioned) is assigned a “priority date,” which is their “place in line” for a visa.
Will signing an untrue confession help your case?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - January 5, 2020 - 12:00am
Many people have consulted with me after their case has been denied by a USCIS officer or consul at the embassy.
Guidance on petition revocations
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - December 29, 2019 - 12:00am
Almost 20 years ago, the US State Department (DOS) provided guidance to consular officers that they should be “judicious” (use good judgment or common sense) about returning approved petitions to USCIS...
The January 2020 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - December 22, 2019 - 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.
Embassy’s erroneous employment visa refusals
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - December 15, 2019 - 12:00am
Whenever an employer sponsors (or petitions) an alien for labor certification (or PERM), the employer must agree to offer at least the “prevailing wage” for the job position, as determined by the US Department...
Explaining attorney fees and charges
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - December 8, 2019 - 12:00am
Many people want to retain an attorney to assist them with their immigration case, represent them at hearings or interviews, etc., especially during this era of Pres. Trump, where USCIS is taking a very hard line...
Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - December 1, 2019 - 12:00am
Thanksgiving is when people step back and reflect on all of the wonderful things and events to be grateful for, and to give thanks to those people who played such a key role in helping us achieve them.
No court order required to terminate ‘CR’ status
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - November 24, 2019 - 12:00am
When a person marries, and is petitioned by a US citizen, they are given a conditional resident temporary green card, if they have been married for less than two years to the US citizen.
Outright denials for missing information or documents
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - November 17, 2019 - 12:00am
When a person files a petition or application, certain information and documents are required as part of the filing.
Is there hope after a denial?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - November 10, 2019 - 12:00am
In a previous article, I discussed some situations where there could still be hope even if the case was denied.
Relief act could ‘expedite’ family petitions
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - October 27, 2019 - 12:00am
On Oct. 16, 2019, a bill (or proposal) was introduced in the Senate called the “Resolving Extended Limbo for Immigrant Employees and Families Act,” or RELIEF Act (SB 2603).
Is there hope after a denial? Part 1
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - October 20, 2019 - 12:00am
Many people believe that once their case is denied, that is the end of the line. No more hope or chances.
The value of being legal and legal services
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - October 13, 2019 - 12:00am
Some people who are in the US with immigration problems/issues, such as being out of status, in deportation/removal, or they are outside the US hoping to immigrate one day, are reluctant to do anything about it...
Safeguarding your petition, Part 3
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - October 6, 2019 - 12:00am
In a previous article I discussed some tips, strategy, and suggestions to safeguard your family-based petition. Here are more suggestions and observations:
Safeguarding your petition, Part 2
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - September 29, 2019 - 12:00am
In a previous article I discussed some tips, strategy, and suggestions to safeguard your family-based petition.
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