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Michael J. Gurfinkel
Michael J. Gurfinkel
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May I ‘take over’ a petition?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - May 16, 2021 - 12:00am
Both my husband and I have been US citizens. In 2011, he filed a petition for our adult single son (Category F-1), which was approved in 2015.
DOS provides update on immigrant visa prioritization
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - May 9, 2021 - 12:00am
It can be extremely frustrating for anyone outside the US waiting for their immigrant visa interview, and for their family members in the US, anxiously awaiting their arrival.
The May 2021 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - May 2, 2021 - 12:00am
The May 2021 priority dates continue to provide great news for workers in the EB-3 (skilled/professional) and “other worker” (unskilled workers like caregivers) categories.
No principal, no derivatives
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - April 18, 2021 - 12:00am
When a person is petitioned for a green card, they are called the “principal beneficiary.” In some cases, the petition includes their spouse and minor children, who are called “derivative beneficiaries.”...
What are motions to reconsider and reopen?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - April 11, 2021 - 12:00am
When a person has been placed in deportation/removal proceedings, they would ordinarily receive a decision from the immigration judge or, if they appeal, a decision from the Board of Immigration Appeals.
Embassies are reopening
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - April 4, 2021 - 12:00am
In a previous article, I reported that on Feb. 24, 2021, President Biden revoked Trump’s immigration ban, which was set to expire at the end of March 2021. Because of that ban, most immigrant visa processing...
The April 2021 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - March 28, 2021 - 12:00am
The April 2021 priority dates continue to provide great news for workers in the EB-3 (skilled/professional) and “other worker” (unskilled workers like caregivers).
New hope for CSPA age out children
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - March 21, 2021 - 12:00am
The Child Status Protection Act is complex, confusing and can be extremely frustrating.
Biden drops ‘public charge’ policy
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - March 14, 2021 - 12:00am
On March 9, 2021, DHS Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas announced that the US government will no longer defend the Trump administration’s 2019 public charge rule, as doing so “is neither in the public interest...
The March 2021 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - March 7, 2021 - 12:00am
The March 2021 priority dates, continue to provide great news for workers in the EB-3 (skilled/professional) and “other worker” (unskilled workers like caregivers).
Biden revokes Trump’s immigration ban
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - February 28, 2021 - 12:00am
On Feb. 24, 2021, President Biden revoked Trump’s immigration ban for immigrant visa applicants, which was scheduled to expire March 31, 2021.
Information on the embassy reopening
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - February 21, 2021 - 12:00am
As almost everyone is aware, the US embassy in Manila has not been issuing most immigrant visas since approximately March 2020 because of COVID-19 restrictions and the presidential proclamation suspending visa issuance...
NVC sending notices, but I’m in the US
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - February 14, 2021 - 12:00am
I entered the US in 2000 on a visitor’s visa and overstayed.
Biden’s newest executive orders on immigration
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - February 7, 2021 - 12:00am
On Feb. 2, 2021, President Biden issued several additional Executive Orders on immigration.
Court blocks deportation freeze
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - January 31, 2021 - 12:00am
As I reported in a previous article, on Jan. 20, 2021, just after taking office, President Biden issued an executive order calling for a 100-day pause on most deportations or removals.
Biden’s immigration bill: who benefits?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - January 24, 2021 - 12:00am
It’s official: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn in as president and vice president, and the Trump era of strict immigration enforcement and demonizing of immigrants is now over.
Immigration ban extended
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - January 17, 2021 - 12:00am
On Dec. 31, 2020, President Trump extended his “immigration ban” through March 31, 2021, just hours before it was set to expire.
Court upholds Trump’s ‘public charge’ proclamation
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - January 10, 2021 - 12:00am
On Dec. 31, 2020, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal struck down a nationwide injunction by a lower District Court, ruling that President Trump’s proclamation banning the issuance of immigrant visas to those who...
The January 2021 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - January 3, 2021 - 12:00am
The January 2021 priority dates, continue to provide great news for workers in the EB-3 (skilled/professional) and “other worker” (unskilled workers like caregivers).
NVC erroneously sending notices on visa availability
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - December 27, 2020 - 12:00am
I was born in the Philippines, and in 2015 my mother petitioned me in the F-2B category (unmarried adult child of immigrant).
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