IMMIGRATION CORNER
USCIS to destroy undeliverable green cards and work authorizations
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - April 15, 2018 - 12:00am
On April 3, 2018, the USCIS announced that it will start destroying green cards and work authorizations that are returned to it as “undeliverable.”
Trump wants to speed up deportations
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - April 8, 2018 - 12:00am
Since becoming president, Donald Trump has made several significant changes to make it easier for the government to deport more people.
Can my relative petition me for an employment-based green card?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - April 1, 2018 - 12:00am
My aunt owns a care home, and wants to petition me as a caregiver.
Bad truth or good bola?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - March 25, 2018 - 12:00am
A Filipino and his US citizen wife came to my office recently for a consultation.
The April 2018 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - March 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.
ICE targeting those with DUI convictions
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - March 11, 2018 - 12:00am
As part of its “enforcement priorities,” Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the recent arrest of over two dozen people with DUI convictions in connection with “Operation Secure...
Should President Trump deport his in-laws?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - March 4, 2018 - 12:00am
President Trump is fiercely opposed to family “chain migration” and wants to limit family petitions to spouses and minor children of green card holders or US citizens.
Why did the embassy cancel my interview?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - February 25, 2018 - 12:00am
I was petitioned in November 2006 as a single adult child of my immigrant (green card) parent, in the F-2B category. I waited many years, and in November 2017, the embassy scheduled my interview for January 201...
The March 2018 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - February 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.
USCIS to schedule asylum interviews for newest filings first
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - February 11, 2018 - 12:00am
On Jan. 31, 2018, USCIS announced a change in policy for scheduling affirmative asylum interviews.
Filipina nurses make great ‘green card’ caregivers
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - February 4, 2018 - 12:00am
Several years ago, Filipina nurses had a fast track to green cards, as their priority was “current.”
2 different lines/processing times for family petitions
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - January 28, 2018 - 12:00am
Dear Attorney Gurfinkel: I am a green card holder, and petitioned my adult single child in June 2015 in the F-2B category.
Saving documents is critical to your case
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - December 9, 2017 - 4:00pm
For almost all immigration benefits, you should save and preserve documents to establish eligibility for that particular benefit.
I’m tired and just want to give up and go back home!
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - December 2, 2017 - 4:00pm
Many Filipinos consult with me saying they are sad, lonely, and depressed over their immigration situation, and just want to give up, and go back to the Philippines.
CBP ‘inspects’ domestic flight from SFO to JFK
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - October 28, 2017 - 4:00pm
On Oct. 12, 2017, several passengers aboard a domestic Delta flight from San Francisco to New York, filed a lawsuit against US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), alleging a violation of their Fourth Amendment rights...
Supreme Court makes it harder for unwed mothers to transmit citizenship to their children
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - July 22, 2017 - 4:00pm
One of the cornerstones of US constitutional law is “equal protection.” That means people in similar situations should be treated the same. There should be no favoritism, such as on the basis of sexgender....
Consultant’s unnecessary lies result in unnecessary denial and fraud waiver
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - June 24, 2017 - 4:00pm
Recently, a person came to my office for consultation after her adjustment of status application (based on marriage to a US citizen) was denied due to fraud. She had entered the US on a transit visa (C-1), but was...
Can adopted children petition biological family members?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - April 30, 2017 - 12:00am
Before I was 16 years old, I was adopted and petitioned by my aunt, and got my green card through her petition. I am now a US citizen, and would like to petition my biological mother. Is that possible?
The May 2017 Priority Dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - April 23, 2017 - 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.
Permanent residents can petition their spouse and unmarried children
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - April 16, 2017 - 12:00am
Many legal permanent residents (LPR or green card holders) mistakenly believe only US citizens can petition family members. Even after they obtain their green cards, they still wait many years until they finally...
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