IMMIGRATION CORNER
USCIS to start reopening around June 4, 2020
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - May 31, 2020 - 12:00am
USCIS recently announced that it is preparing to reopen some of its offices and resume naturalization ceremonies and adjustment interviews on or after June 4, 2020.
The June 2020 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - May 24, 2020 - 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.
‘Secret evidence’ denials are unconstitutional'
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - May 17, 2020 - 12:00am
On April 14, 2020, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (which is one level below the US Supreme Court) ruled it is unconstitutional for the USCIS to deny a petition or application based on secret or undisclosed evidence....
US embassy cancels visa interviews through May 31, 2020
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - May 10, 2020 - 12:00am
The US embassy in Manila announced that because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is canceling all immigrant and nonimmigrant visa interviews scheduled through May 31, 2020.
The May 2020 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - May 3, 2020 - 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.
Trump’s executive order ‘suspending’ immigration
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - April 26, 2020 - 12:00am
On April 22, 2020, President Trump issued an Executive Order or Proclamation, effective at 11:59 p.m. on April 23, 2020, suspending, for 60 days, the entry of immigrants into the US, as they may compete for jobs...
USCIS announces ‘flexibility’ for non-immigrants during COVID-19
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - April 19, 2020 - 12:00am
On April 13, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security announced it will exercise more flexibility for non-immigrants who must depart the US by a certain date, but are now facing “immigration-related challenges...
New hope for maintaining status when attorney messed up
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - April 12, 2020 - 12:00am
On April 2, 2020, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that if an alien failed to maintain lawful status (or went out of status) as a result of his or her attorney messing up and missing a filing deadline or...
COVID-19 immigration update as of March 30, 2020
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - April 5, 2020 - 12:00am
With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, along with “stay-at-home,” “shelter in place,” quarantines, travel bans, etc., there has been a profound effect on immigration.
COVID-19 and its effects on immigration
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - March 29, 2020 - 12:00am
With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, along with “stay-at-home,” “shelter in place,” quarantines, travel bans, etc., there has been a profound effect on immigration.
The April 2020 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - March 22, 2020 - 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.
No more visitor visas for ‘birth tourism’
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - March 15, 2020 - 12:00am
The US Department of State has revised its regulations on eligibility for visitor visas, establishing that “travel to the United States with the primary purpose of obtaining US citizenship for a child by giving...
Naturalization denied because didn’t work for employer
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - March 8, 2020 - 12:00am
If a person did not work for their sponsoring employer after they obtained a green card (through PERM/labor certification), it could create risks and problems for them when they file for naturalization.
The March 2020 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - March 1, 2020 - 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.
What happens if the beneficiary of a petitioner dies?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - February 23, 2020 - 12:00am
Most people are aware that if the petitioner (person who files a petition) dies, the beneficiary (family member being petitioned) may apply for humanitarian revalidation/reinstatement.
What happens if the beneficiary of a petition dies?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - February 16, 2020 - 12:00am
Most people are aware that if the petitioner (person who files a petition) dies, the beneficiary (family member being petitioned) may apply for humanitarian revalidation/reinstatement.
Supreme Court clears way for new public charge regulations
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - February 9, 2020 - 12:00am
The US Supreme Court recently cleared the way for the Trump Administration to enforce new (and tougher) public charge regulations, which USCIS announce will become effective on Feb. 24, 2020.
No visas for ‘offspring’
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - February 2, 2020 - 12:00am
Years ago, I was petitioned by my US citizen parent in the F-3 category (married child of US citizen).
The February 2020 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - January 26, 2020 - 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.
NVC will shred your case if you don’t respond
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - January 19, 2020 - 12:00am
I petitioned my married son in 1998 while he was still in the Philippines.
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