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Michael J. Gurfinkel
Michael J. Gurfinkel
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Should I appeal or refile?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - September 20, 2020 - 12:00am
I just received a denial from USCIS, giving me 33 days to file an appeal. I truly think I was eligible, but am so heartbroken. Would you advise I file an appeal?
Self-petition for a green card
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - September 13, 2020 - 12:00am
I married a US citizen for love, hoping we would live “happily ever after.” Unfortunately, soon after marriage, he changed.
Why did you wait so long?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - September 6, 2020 - 12:00am
I was petitioned by my sister in 1990 and immigrated to the US in 2013.
The September 2020 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - August 30, 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.
Public charge injunction now limited to Connecticut, New York and Vermont
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - August 23, 2020 - 12:00am
Pres. Trump’s new, stricter public charge rules seem to go back and forth, like a tennis or ping-pong match.
Federal court also bans State Department’s 2018 public charge rule
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - August 16, 2020 - 12:00am
In a previous article, I wrote that on July 29, 2020, a federal court judge issued a nationwide injunction prohibiting USCIS from enforcing, applying, implementing or treating as effective, Pres. Trump’s new...
Federal court bans USCIS’s new public charge rule
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - August 9, 2020 - 12:00am
On July 29, 2020, a federal court judge issued a nationwide injunction prohibiting USCIS from enforcing, applying, implementing or treating as effective, Pres. Trump’s new public charge rules as long as there...
Immediate relatives: One person per petition
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - August 2, 2020 - 12:00am
Most petitions (family and employment based) allow the petitioner to include the beneficiary’s spouse and minor children, but not with immediate relative petitions (spouse, parents, minor children of US ...
The August 2020 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - July 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.
Fixed fiancée visa is same as fixed marriage
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - July 19, 2020 - 12:00am
The Board of Immigration Appeals recently held that a person caught applying for a K-1 fiancée visa in a “fixed relationship” (meaning having no intention to have a life together), is subject to...
Is President Trump opposed to the Declaration of Independence?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - July 12, 2020 - 12:00am
Over the 4th of July holiday, Pres. Trump praised the Declaration of Independence as a “beacon of liberty, prosperity, and opportunity for all:
But my child was a baby when the petition was filed!
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - July 5, 2020 - 12:00am
My sister petitioned me in 2001 in the F-4 category, (brother/sister of a US citizen) when my child was still a baby. Recently, the priority date became current.
Trumps extends and expands proclamation ‘suspending’ imigration
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - June 28, 2020 - 12:00am
On June 22, 2020, President Trump issued another Executive Order or Proclamation, extending his April 22, 2020 proclamation to December 31, 2020, and expanding its scope to also include H-1B, H-2B, J-1, and L-1 non-immigrants...
Supreme Court DACA decision is ‘reprieve,’ not victory
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - June 21, 2020 - 12:00am
On June 18, 2020, the US Supreme Court issued its DACA decision, but it did not actually uphold DACA.
The Statue of Liberty versus public charge
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - June 14, 2020 - 12:00am
The Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor has always been a symbol of immigration and of welcoming immigrants to the US.
Is your DAPA child now over 21?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - June 7, 2020 - 12:00am
In November 2014, Pres. Obama announced a program, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, which would have allowed parents of US citizens (or lawful permanent residents) to remain...
USCIS to start reopening around June 4, 2020
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - May 31, 2020 - 12:00am
USCIS recently announced that it is preparing to reopen some of its offices and resume naturalization ceremonies and adjustment interviews on or after June 4, 2020.
The June 2020 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - May 24, 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.
‘Secret evidence’ denials are unconstitutional'
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - May 17, 2020 - 12:00am
On April 14, 2020, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (which is one level below the US Supreme Court) ruled it is unconstitutional for the USCIS to deny a petition or application based on secret or undisclosed evidence....
US embassy cancels visa interviews through May 31, 2020
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - May 10, 2020 - 12:00am
The US embassy in Manila announced that because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is canceling all immigrant and nonimmigrant visa interviews scheduled through May 31, 2020.
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