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The August 2021 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - August 1, 2021 - 12:00am
The August 2021 priority dates continue to provide great news for workers in the EB-3 (skilled/professional) and “other worker” (unskilled workers like caregivers).
Great news for F-1 students
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - July 25, 2021 - 12:00am
On July 20, 2021, US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced a new policy that individuals applying for change of status from Visitor, or other non-immigrant status, to F-1 student, no longer need to also...
Administrative closure is back
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - July 18, 2021 - 12:00am
On July 15, 2021, Attorney General Garland brought back “administrative closure” to immigration courts by overruling a previous decision made during the Trump era, which “concluded that the immigration...
Deportation cases
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - July 11, 2021 - 12:00am
In a previous column, I discussed a new memo from the Biden administration, that they are limiting deportations by exercising what is called “prosecutorial discretion,” in terms of whether or not to bring...
No visa if the petitioner moved back to the Philippines
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - July 4, 2021 - 12:00am
My US citizen father petitioned me in 2011 as a single adult child (Category F-1). About 3 years ago, he moved back to the Philippines.
The July 2021 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - June 27, 2021 - 12:00am
The July 2021 priority dates continue to provide great news for workers in the EB-3 (skilled/professional) and “other worker” (unskilled workers like caregivers) categories.
‘Separated’ is not ‘single’
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - June 20, 2021 - 12:00am
I entered the US on a tourist visa and then overstayed and am out of status.
New Biden memo limits deportations, can you benefit?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - June 13, 2021 - 12:00am
On May 27, 2021, the Biden administration issued a memo entitled “Interim Guidance to OPLA Attorneys Regarding Civil Immigration Enforcement and Removal Policies and Priorities.”
Dear Atty. Gurfinkel: ESQ Accidentally registering to vote
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - June 6, 2021 - 12:00am
I am a green card holder and am now eligible for naturalization. However, when I renewed my driver’s license, there was a section on the form to allow people to register to vote in elections.
The June 2021 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - May 30, 2021 - 12:00am
The June 2021 priority dates continue to provide great news for workers in the EB-3 (skilled/professional) and “other worker” (unskilled workers like caregivers) categories.
Biden revokes Trump’s health insurance ban
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - May 23, 2021 - 12:00am
On May 14, 2021, President Biden revoked former president Trump’s proclamation of Oct. 4, 2019, which would have barred the entry of immigrants unless they could prove they already had health insurance, could...
May I ‘take over’ a petition?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - May 16, 2021 - 12:00am
Both my husband and I have been US citizens. In 2011, he filed a petition for our adult single son (Category F-1), which was approved in 2015.
DOS provides update on immigrant visa prioritization
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - May 9, 2021 - 12:00am
It can be extremely frustrating for anyone outside the US waiting for their immigrant visa interview, and for their family members in the US, anxiously awaiting their arrival.
The May 2021 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - May 2, 2021 - 12:00am
The May 2021 priority dates continue to provide great news for workers in the EB-3 (skilled/professional) and “other worker” (unskilled workers like caregivers) categories.
No principal, no derivatives
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - April 18, 2021 - 12:00am
When a person is petitioned for a green card, they are called the “principal beneficiary.” In some cases, the petition includes their spouse and minor children, who are called “derivative beneficiaries.”...
What are motions to reconsider and reopen?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - April 11, 2021 - 12:00am
When a person has been placed in deportation/removal proceedings, they would ordinarily receive a decision from the immigration judge or, if they appeal, a decision from the Board of Immigration Appeals.
Embassies are reopening
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - April 4, 2021 - 12:00am
In a previous article, I reported that on Feb. 24, 2021, President Biden revoked Trump’s immigration ban, which was set to expire at the end of March 2021. Because of that ban, most immigrant visa processing...
The April 2021 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - March 28, 2021 - 12:00am
The April 2021 priority dates continue to provide great news for workers in the EB-3 (skilled/professional) and “other worker” (unskilled workers like caregivers).
New hope for CSPA age out children
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - March 21, 2021 - 12:00am
The Child Status Protection Act is complex, confusing and can be extremely frustrating.
Biden drops ‘public charge’ policy
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - March 14, 2021 - 12:00am
On March 9, 2021, DHS Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas announced that the US government will no longer defend the Trump administration’s 2019 public charge rule, as doing so “is neither in the public interest...
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