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Michael J. Gurfinkel
Michael J. Gurfinkel
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Cable 99: Working constructively with attorneys
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - February 25, 2024 - 12:00am
February 2024 marks the 25th anniversary of the State Department’s famous cable, 99 State 21138 (“Cable 99”).
The March 2024 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - February 18, 2024 - 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.
I didn’t know!
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - February 11, 2024 - 12:00am
Recently, a woman consulted with me about options for her unmarried sister in the Philippines to immigrate to the US faster.
Common mistakes on adoption petitions
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - February 4, 2024 - 12:00am
Whenever a couple wants to petition an adopted child from the Philippines, several requirements must be met before they may file that petition. If the petition is filed too early or before they comply with all the...
Do something while Biden is still president
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - January 28, 2024 - 12:00am
The presidential election will be in November 2024. Currently, President Biden and former president Trump are the frontrunners. Trump is once again campaigning on a platform of being tough and restrictive when it...
The February 2024 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - January 21, 2024 - 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.
Common immigration scams
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - January 14, 2024 - 12:00am
Many people, both inside and outside the US, are desperate to achieve the “American dream,” which means a better life for themselves and their children.  Other people in the US have been out of status...
‘Remote wedding’ possible for same-sex couples
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - January 7, 2024 - 12:00am
Over the years, US citizens or green card holders have consulted with me about how to petition their same-sex partners who live in another country where same-sex marriages are not recognized.
A wonderful year-end gift for your family
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - December 31, 2023 - 12:00am
An important part of Christmas and New Year is buying gifts for loved ones and making resolutions for the coming year.
Legalization: The perfect Christmas gift!
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - December 24, 2023 - 12:00am
As we approach yet another Christmas, Filipinos around the world are cheerful and excited over the joy and memories the holiday season brings.
The January 2024 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - December 17, 2023 - 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.
Thank you for cheating!
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - December 10, 2023 - 12:00am
My husband and I have been married since 1995.
What if my marriage does not work out?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - December 3, 2023 - 12:00am
Whenever a person obtains a green card through marriage to a US citizen and they were married less than two years, they are granted a “conditional,” two-year green card and are referred to as a “conditional...
Conditional residents can petition children with their two-year green card
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - November 26, 2023 - 12:00am
I married a US citizen after my child’s 18th birthday and am now a conditional resident. I know my husband and I need to file a joint petition to remove conditions within 90 days of the expiration of my two-year...
Why I am so grateful this Thanksgiving
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - November 19, 2023 - 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.
The December 2023 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - November 12, 2023 - 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.
How will marriage affect my petition?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - November 5, 2023 - 12:00am
In a previous article, I discussed some situations where the marriage of a beneficiary could affect their petition.
How will marriage affect my petition?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - October 29, 2023 - 12:00am
Many people ask what would happen to their petition if they got married. In this article, I will discuss how marriage could greatly affect the validity of the petition or the waiting time for a visa.
Can the mistress’ child be included?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - October 22, 2023 - 12:00am
In 2002, I was petitioned by my US citizen parent as a married child (category F-3).
The November 2023 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - October 15, 2023 - 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.
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