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IMMIGRATION CORNER
The June 2022 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - May 22, 2022 - 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 safely travel if I am out of status?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - May 16, 2022 - 12:00am
Another acceptable document is an “US citizenship and immigration services employment authorization card” or a work permit, which is typically issued to a person while they have some other application...
Can I safely travel if I am out of status?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - May 15, 2022 - 12:00am
Many people in the US are out of status, but need to fly, either for business or family functions, such as a wedding, graduation, etc. When they consult with me, I am often asked:
Where is my I-94?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - May 8, 2022 - 12:00am
Dear Attorney Gurfinkel:
No marital interview required?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - May 1, 2022 - 12:00am
USCIS recently announced a new policy where they will consider “waiving interviews for conditional permanent residence who have filed a petition to remove the conditions on their permanent resident statu...
The May 2022 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - April 24, 2022 - 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.
Immigration reform can be quick and simple
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - April 17, 2022 - 12:00am
In a previous article, I discussed how we are all waiting for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, but Congress is evenly divided and it seems the Republicans and Democrats are unwilling to compromise on their positions...
Immigration reform can be quick and simple (Part 1)
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - April 10, 2022 - 12:00am
For decades, almost every presidential candidate promises Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
The April 2022 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - April 3, 2022 - 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.
DHS to dismiss removal/deportation cases
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - March 27, 2022 - 12:00am
The Department of Homeland Security announced a new initiative where it will affirmatively (on its own) move to dismiss certain cases currently in deportation/removal proceedings, so the person can, instead, apply...
When not to naturalize (Part 1)
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - March 20, 2022 - 12:00am
US citizenship is the dream and goal of almost every immigrant coming to the US.
Dismissal of removal/deportation cases
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - March 13, 2022 - 12:00am
The Department of Homeland Security announced a new initiative where it will affirmatively (on its own) move to dismiss certain cases currently in deportation/removal proceedings, so the person can, instead, apply...
Who is not eligible for an immigrant visa interview?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - March 6, 2022 - 12:00am
Since the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic, people around the world have been anxious to schedule their immigrant visa interview at the embassy, so they can finally travel to the US and be reunited with their...
Confusion over scheduling US embassy interviews
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - February 27, 2022 - 12:00am
With the pandemic thankfully in decline and US embassies around the world slowly reopening, there are so many families anxious to have their cases finally scheduled for interviews, so they can have their immigrant...
The March 2022 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - February 20, 2022 - 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.
Were you ordered removed/deported?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - February 13, 2022 - 12:00am
Were you ever ordered deported/removed in absentia (meaning “in your absence”) because you did not attend an immigration court hearing, either because you did not show up, or were unaware of the hearing...
The dangers of NYC’s voting law for noncitizens
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - February 6, 2022 - 12:00am
New York City has legislation that would allow more than 800,000 noncitizens, such as green card holders or lawful permanent residents, as well as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, to vote in local...
DOS updates student visa requirements
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - January 30, 2022 - 12:00am
On Dec. 20, 2021, the US Department of State updated its Foreign Affairs Manual concerning the “residence abroad” requirement for student visas.
The February 2022 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - January 23, 2022 - 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.
Expedited renewals of work permits for health care workers
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - January 16, 2022 - 12:00am
On Dec. 28, 2021, USCIS posted a notice for health care workers advising that, if eligible, they could have their expiring work permit or Employment Authorization Document renewed on an expedited basis. The requirements...
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