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Michael J. Gurfinkel
Michael J. Gurfinkel
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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.
The March 2019 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - February 24, 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.
Can I re-marry my first spouse and petition her?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - February 17, 2019 - 12:00am
I divorced my Filipina spouse and married a US citizen who petitioned me for a green card.
The value of being legal and legal services
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - February 10, 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 because...
If Democrats favor immigration reform, they should repeal the harsh laws signed by Bill Clinton
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - February 3, 2019 - 12:00am
The Democrats constantly talk about comprehensive immigration reform, including a pathway to legalization for the approximate 11 million undocumented immigrants in the US. They criticize President Trump for his harsh...
Will there be an amnesty?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - January 27, 2019 - 12:00am
There are over 11 million undocumented aliens living in the US.
The February 2019 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - January 20, 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 - January 13, 2019 - 12:00am
I’m a US citizen and petitioned my married son many years ago when my grandchildren were still very young.
If Republicans are ‘pro-immigration,’ why are they so against it?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - January 6, 2019 - 12:00am
One of the main talking points of Republicans is that they are not “anti-immigration,” but instead are “anti-illegal immigration.”
Hiring an attorney does not mean you are ‘guilty’ or did anything wrong
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - December 30, 2018 - 12:00am
I’ve been told by friends that having an attorney handle your immigration case is a sign that you are “guilty” or not entitled to the immigration benefit. After all, if you’re entitled or...
The January 2019 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - December 23, 2018 - 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.
USCIS could waive marital interviews on petitions to remove conditions (Form I-751)
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - December 16, 2018 - 12:00am
Starting on December 10, 2018, the USCIS could waive (or not require) an interview for a married couple seeking to remove conditions on a conditional green card.
What do ‘dates for filing’ and ‘Application filing dates’ mean on the monthly visa bulletin?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - December 9, 2018 - 12:00am
Since October 2015, the monthly Visa Bulletin (priority dates) was revised, adding a new column or chart called the “Application Filing Dates or “Dates for Filing.” (There is also a column or chart...
Warning: US embassy is charging crewmen with fraud, despite approved provisional waivers!
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - December 2, 2018 - 12:00am
In a shocking and disturbing change in policy, the US embassy in Manila has begun charging crewmen with fraud when those crewmen return to Manila for immigrant visa processing after obtaining an approved provisional...
Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - November 25, 2018 - 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 2018 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - November 18, 2018 - 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.
California Service Center approves less than 7% of humanitarian revalidation requests
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - November 11, 2018 - 12:00am
I have long suspected that with the way the California Service Center (CSC) adjudicates humanitarian revalidation requests, it is virtually impossible for any beneficiary in the Philippines to qualify.
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