IMMIGRATION CORNER
Explaining attorney fees and charges
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - December 8, 2019 - 12:00am
Many people want to retain an attorney to assist them with their immigration case, represent them at hearings or interviews, etc., especially during this era of Pres. Trump, where USCIS is taking a very hard line...
Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - December 1, 2019 - 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.
No court order required to terminate ‘CR’ status
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - November 24, 2019 - 12:00am
When a person marries, and is petitioned by a US citizen, they are given a conditional resident temporary green card, if they have been married for less than two years to the US citizen.
Outright denials for missing information or documents
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - November 17, 2019 - 12:00am
When a person files a petition or application, certain information and documents are required as part of the filing.
Is there hope after a denial?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - November 10, 2019 - 12:00am
In a previous article, I discussed some situations where there could still be hope even if the case was denied.
Relief act could ‘expedite’ family petitions
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - October 27, 2019 - 12:00am
On Oct. 16, 2019, a bill (or proposal) was introduced in the Senate called the “Resolving Extended Limbo for Immigrant Employees and Families Act,” or RELIEF Act (SB 2603).
Is there hope after a denial? Part 1
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - October 20, 2019 - 12:00am
Many people believe that once their case is denied, that is the end of the line. No more hope or chances.
The value of being legal and legal services
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - October 13, 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...
Safeguarding your petition, Part 3
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - October 6, 2019 - 12:00am
In a previous article I discussed some tips, strategy, and suggestions to safeguard your family-based petition. Here are more suggestions and observations:
Safeguarding your petition, Part 2
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - September 29, 2019 - 12:00am
In a previous article I discussed some tips, strategy, and suggestions to safeguard your family-based petition.
The October 2019 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - September 22, 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.
Safeguarding your petition, Part 1
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - September 15, 2019 - 12:00am
Most family-based petitions take years to be processed and for the priority date to finally become current.
New ‘public charge’ regulations could result in more denials
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - September 8, 2019 - 12:00am
The Trump administration recently announced new regulations on public charge, to be effective Oct. 15, 2019.
Date of marriage on illegitimate child’s birth certificate should not harm single parent’s petition
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - September 1, 2019 - 12:00am
I was petitioned as “single” by my immigrant (green card) parent in 2008.
The September 2019 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - August 25, 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.
Petition denied based on petitioner’s prior fixed marriage
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - August 18, 2019 - 12:00am
Many people believe that once they obtain a green card through marriage, they are “home free” as far as their legal status is concerned.
Terminating a failed marriage could ‘expedite’ your petition
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - August 12, 2019 - 12:00am
I was petitioned by my US citizen parent in 2008 as a married child (category F-3).
HR 1044 would hurt and help Filipinos
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - August 4, 2019 - 12:00am
On July 10, 2019 the US House of Representatives passed the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019 (HR 1044).
5 years of social media required on visa application forms
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - July 28, 2019 - 12:00am
Recently, the State Department revised immigrant and non-immigrant visa application forms to add a question asking a person to list each social media platform they have used within the last five years.
The August 2019 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - July 21, 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.
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