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Michael J. Gurfinkel
Michael J. Gurfinkel
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Deported because extension denied
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - July 14, 2019 - 12:00am
Many people visit the US, and upon arrival are allowed to remain for six months.
How come the consul said my child ‘aged out’?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - July 7, 2019 - 12:00am
My sister petitioned me back in 1997, when my child was still a baby. Recently, the priority date became current. We paid all the fees and submitted all the forms on behalf of my family, including my child, who is...
Mother’s eight-month delay in filing petition causes extra 12-year wait for daughter
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - June 30, 2019 - 12:00am
I recently had a consultation where a mother’s confusion and lack of understanding of immigration law resulted in her delaying filing a petition for her minor child for approximately eight months.
The July 2019 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - June 23, 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.
Nothing has been happening on my petition all these years!
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - June 16, 2019 - 12:00am
I am a US citizen, and petitioned my sister and her family in 1995.
US embassy still open, despite USCIS Manila field office closure
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - June 9, 2019 - 12:00am
Recently, the USCIS announced it will be closing its Manila field office.
Trump cracking down on immigrants who receive public assistance
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - June 2, 2019 - 12:00am
On May 23, 2019, President Trump issued a memorandum to strictly enforce obligations under affidavits of support (Form I-864), including...
Employer-sponsored green cards are still available despite H-2B ban
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - May 26, 2019 - 12:00am
The USCIS has “de-listed” (or banned) Filipinos from applying for the seasonal/temporary H-2B visa.
The June 2019 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - May 19, 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.
Fees to NVC are application fees, not visa issuance fees
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - May 12, 2019 - 12:00am
I’m a US citizen and petitioned my married son many years ago when my grandchildren were still very young.
Employer-sponsored green cards are still available despite H-2B ban
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - May 5, 2019 - 12:00am
Recently, the USCIS “de-listed” (or banned) Filipinos from applying for the seasonal/temporary H-2B visa.
The May 2019 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - April 28, 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.
State Department reports many Filipino family-based visas go unclaimed
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - April 21, 2019 - 12:00am
Recently, officials from the US State Department discussed the monthly Visa Bulletin and the movement of priority dates.
What are a green card holders’ rights if they get stuck at the airport when returning to the US?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - April 14, 2019 - 12:00am
Recently, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) posted a brochure concerning lawful permanent residents’ (LPR or green card holder) rights when they are detained at a port of entry, such as an...
How deep will USCIS dig when you file for naturalization?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - April 7, 2019 - 12:00am
Many people think that once they obtain their green card, they are now “home free” as far as eligibility and entitlement, and that if they pay their taxes and do not commit crimes for the next five years,...
DACA flight attendant: Small misunderstanding causes big problems
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - March 31, 2019 - 12:00am
Recently, there were news reports from many media outlets about a Texas flight attendant enrolled in DACA who was told by a supervisor that it was safe for her to fly to Mexico and safely return to the US.
Citizen Pinoy tackles ‘fraud ambush’ at US embassy
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - March 24, 2019 - 12:00am
Jimmy Guinto tried to follow the rules so he could be “legal” in America.
You are supposed to have the opportunity to prove your innocence before being charged with fraud
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - March 17, 2019 - 12:00am
I’ve had numerous consultations over the years with people who went for their visa interview at the US embassy, only to be told they are guilty of fraud/misrepresentation, and therefore, not eligible for a...
ICE has access to AB-60 license information, including the driver’s address
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - March 10, 2019 - 12:00am
AB-60 licenses allow undocumented immigrants to drive legally in California.
There could still be hope after a denial
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - March 3, 2019 - 12:00am
Many people believe that once their case is denied, that is the end of the line.
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