IMMIGRATION CORNER
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.
What is ‘extreme hardship’?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - November 4, 2018 - 12:00am
If a person commits certain immigration violations (such as fraud, or overstaying in the US for over six months and then departing, etc.), the person may not be eligible to receive a green card, unless the person...
I came to the US under a different name; is there hope for me?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - October 28, 2018 - 12:00am
I came to the US on a visitor’s visa under a different name.
The November 2018 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - October 21, 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.
Another green card scam: Fake approval notices
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - October 14, 2018 - 12:00am
Several people have consulted with me, asking whether the approval letter they received was genuine.
I broke the law, but the officer exercised ‘prosecutorial discretion’
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - October 7, 2018 - 12:00am
Recently, I had to cross a boulevard.
The October 2018 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - September 30, 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’s new ‘denial memo’ is now in effect
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - September 23, 2018 - 12:00am
Starting on Sept. 11, 2018, a new USCIS Policy Memorandum (PM) became effective, instructing officers on how to adjudicate (process and make decisions on) petitions, applications, extensions, etc., when the initial...
Atty. Gen. Sessions makes it harder to obtain court continuances/postponements
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - September 16, 2018 - 12:00am
On Aug. 16, 2018, Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions issued an opinion, to be binding on all immigration courts, on when an immigration judge may grant a continuance of deportation/removal proceedings, where the alien is pursuing...
The Philippine consulate will not report you to DHS
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - September 9, 2018 - 12:00am
When applying for almost all USCIS benefits, the USCIS usually requires a person to have a valid, unexpired passport. This is especially true in connection with adjustment of status or obtaining various non-immigrant...
US citizen husband is considered ‘parent’ of wife’s extramarital child, entitling that child to US citizenship
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - September 2, 2018 - 12:00am
On August 13, 2018, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, which is just below the US Supreme Court, saved a person from deportation by concluding his “father” was a US citizen at the time of his birth,...
You cannot have ‘assumed name’ fingerprints
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - August 26, 2018 - 12:00am
In 2004, I applied for a visitor’s visa but was denied.
The September 2018 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - August 19, 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.
‘Public charge’ refusal voids provisional waiver
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - August 12, 2018 - 12:00am
I have previously written about provisional waivers, where certain people are not eligible to adjust status (be interviewed for a green card in the US) and must depart the US to be processed for an immigrant visa...
Good news: USCIS to postpone implementation of NTA memo
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - August 5, 2018 - 12:00am
In previous articles, I wrote about a recent USCIS policy memorandum (PM), where USCIS would start issuing notices to appear (NTA) if USCIS denied certain immigration benefits (such as extension of status, change...
You could face deportation/removal if your case or extension is denied
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - July 29, 2018 - 12:00am
In a previous article, I wrote about USCIS issuing a Policy Memorandum (PM) about the various categories of cases where a person could face deportation/removal if USCIS denied their petition, application, or other...
The August 2018 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - July 22, 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 to start deporting people
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - July 15, 2018 - 12:00am
On July 5, 2018, the USCIS issued a Policy Memorandum (PM), providing guidance to officers or adjudicators on when to issue notices to appear (NTA), which is the document placing a person in removal/deportation...
State Department is revoking US passports of people who obtained citizenship through fraud
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - July 8, 2018 - 12:00am
In a previous article, I wrote about how the USCIS assembled a task force to start reviewing cases of people who may have obtained their green cards or US citizenship through fraud.
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