IMMIGRATION CORNER
The February 2019 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - January 20, 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.
Fees to NVC are application fees, not visa issuance fees
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - January 13, 2019 - 12:00am
I’m a US citizen and petitioned my married son many years ago when my grandchildren were still very young.
If Republicans are ‘pro-immigration,’ why are they so against it?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - January 6, 2019 - 12:00am
One of the main talking points of Republicans is that they are not “anti-immigration,” but instead are “anti-illegal immigration.”
Hiring an attorney does not mean you are ‘guilty’ or did anything wrong
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - December 30, 2018 - 12:00am
I’ve been told by friends that having an attorney handle your immigration case is a sign that you are “guilty” or not entitled to the immigration benefit. After all, if you’re entitled or...
The January 2019 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - December 23, 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 could waive marital interviews on petitions to remove conditions (Form I-751)
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - December 16, 2018 - 12:00am
Starting on December 10, 2018, the USCIS could waive (or not require) an interview for a married couple seeking to remove conditions on a conditional green card.
What do ‘dates for filing’ and ‘Application filing dates’ mean on the monthly visa bulletin?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - December 9, 2018 - 12:00am
Since October 2015, the monthly Visa Bulletin (priority dates) was revised, adding a new column or chart called the “Application Filing Dates or “Dates for Filing.” (There is also a column or chart...
Warning: US embassy is charging crewmen with fraud, despite approved provisional waivers!
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - December 2, 2018 - 12:00am
In a shocking and disturbing change in policy, the US embassy in Manila has begun charging crewmen with fraud when those crewmen return to Manila for immigrant visa processing after obtaining an approved provisional...
Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - November 25, 2018 - 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.
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...
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