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US IMMIGRATION NOTES
Readers’ questions
by Atty Marco F.G. Tomakin - February 18, 2024 - 12:00am
This week I received a few questions from readers and clients regarding their immigration situation. Let’s discuss them here:
New year, new hope!
by MArco Tomakin - December 31, 2023 - 12:00am
As a septuagenarian it isn’t easy to keep up with technology.
USCIS updates
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - December 17, 2023 - 12:00am
On December 12, 2023, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services issued an updated guidance on family-based conditional permanent residence which specifically consolidates and updates guidance on eligibility, filing,...
Should immigrants have a will?
by Atty Marco F.G. Tomakin - December 10, 2023 - 12:00am
This week I had a meeting with a couple who has long been living in New York but have still maintained close ties in the Philippines.
Void but existing marriage
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - November 26, 2023 - 12:00am
Today, we tackle one situation that I think is worthy of being highlighted so as to educate our readers and clear up any confusion and misguided information.
Transferring your case to another US Consulate
by Atty Marco F.G. Tomakin - November 12, 2023 - 12:00am
Ramon works as an architect at a construction company in Qatar.
Request for hearing on a denial of naturalization application
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - October 15, 2023 - 12:00am
Anita filed an application for naturalization.
Biden builds border wall
by Atty Marco F.G. Tomakin - October 8, 2023 - 12:00am
In a stunning turnaround of his administration's official policy.
Power of Attorney
by Atty Marco F.G. Tomakin - September 24, 2023 - 12:00am
I am often asked to draft and notarize documents such as contracts, memorandum of agreements, and most commonly, powers of attorney.
DACA ruled unconstitutional
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - September 17, 2023 - 12:00am
On Wednesday, September 13, a federal judge in Texas has ruled that DACA or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a policy promulgated during the Obama administration, as unconstitutional.
New requirement for US travelers to Europe
by MArco Tomakin - September 10, 2023 - 12:00am
Starting next year, 2024, travelers from the United States and other countries would have to go through another layer of administrative hurdles when they visit Europe.
Making corrections in previously submitted forms
by Atty Marco F.G. Tomakin - September 3, 2023 - 12:00am
Jane submitted a greencard application based upon an approved spousal petition filed by her husband, Joe. In her Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, she answered all pertinent...
Telephonic conference during USCIS interviews
by Atty Marco F.G. Tomakin - August 27, 2023 - 12:00am
As you may know, immigration laws in the US are enacted by the federal legislative branch --the US Congress, and as such its power and reach impacts all over the country executed and exercised by the administrative...
Health insurance  for the uninsured tourist
by MArco Tomakin - August 20, 2023 - 12:00am
A couple of months ago, Tina came to the US on a tourist visa. In her seventies, she did not want her son to petition her as she found living in the Philippines less hectic and more laidback compared to the stress...
Requesting a fee waiver
by Atty Marco F.G. Tomakin - August 13, 2023 - 12:00am
Majority of the operations of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is funded largely by application and petition fees submitted to it. So anytime you file an application for naturalization,...
Deportation order in absentia
by Atty Marco F.G. Tomakin - August 6, 2023 - 12:00am
Nida, a native from the Philippines met and married John, a US citizen, while she was in New York.
USCIS now accepts online rescheduling of biometrics appointments
by Atty Marco F.G. Tomakin - July 9, 2023 - 12:00am
As many of you know, there are certain applications filed at USCIS that require the applicant to appear before a designated local district office for biometrics appointment.
Latest US SC decision on immigration
by Atty Marco F.G. Tomakin - July 2, 2023 - 12:00am
Last week, the US Supreme Court issued a decision on immigration that upholds the Biden's administration policy on setting guidelines on whom immigration authorities can enforce arrest and deportation.
USCIS updates (Part 2)
by Atty Marco F.G. Tomakin - June 23, 2023 - 12:00am
This is continued from last week’s article about a few important updates from USCIS which should be of interest to readers.
USCIS updates (Part 1)
by Atty Marco F.G. Tomakin - June 18, 2023 - 12:00am
This week we feature a few important updates from USCIS that should be of interest to our readers.
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