IMMIGRATION CORNER
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.
The July 2018 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - July 1, 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.
Attorney General Sessions getting tougher on asylum applicants
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - June 24, 2018 - 12:00am
In a recent ruling, Attorney General Jeff Sessions ruled that women who were victims of domestic violence, and people fleeing gang violence in their home country, are not eligible for asylum in the US.
USCIS to start de-naturalizing and deporting people who obtained citizenship by fraud
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - June 17, 2018 - 12:00am
The USCIS announced it will start a task force of several dozen lawyers and immigration officers to start reviewing cases of immigrants who obtained US citizenship through fraud, such as where they had been ordered...
What is a fixed marriage?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - June 10, 2018 - 12:00am
If a person is ever caught in a fixed marriage (married solely to obtain immigration benefits), the consequences (or punishment) could be severe.
DNA testing to establish family relationships
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - June 3, 2018 - 12:00am
In the Philippines, establishing family relationships can sometimes be extremely complex.
ICE deports student for not attending classes
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - May 27, 2018 - 12:00am
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently issued a press release that they had a student removed/deported, when they found out that he was not attending class, as is required with a student visa.
The June 2018 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - May 20, 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.
Titanic problems
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - May 13, 2018 - 12:00am
Almost every Filipino has seen the movie Titanic, the story of Jack and Rose who sailed that doomed ship, which hit an iceberg and sank.
It is now easier to transmit citizenship to out of wedlock children Michael J. Gurfinkel, ESQ
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - May 6, 2018 - 12:00am
US immigration law allows citizen parents to “transmit” or pass on US citizenship to their children born abroad, provided certain requirements are met.
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