US IMMIGRATION NOTES
Never post your visa page on social media
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - March 24, 2019 - 12:00am
Larry, after applying and being denied four times for a US tourist visa, was so ecstatic that he finally got approved on his fifth try. He was so happy that he would be able to see his family and relatives and spend...
Three tips for successful application or petition
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - March 17, 2019 - 12:00am
Just last week, I had the fastest approval obtained from USCIS pertaining to a client's application for extension of his investor visa under the non-immigrant E2 category.
Never lose your social security card
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - March 10, 2019 - 12:00am
One of the benefits of being a US citizen, greencard holder, and in some cases, of having a valid non-immigrant status is being issued a social security number issued by the Social Security Administration.
Lessons to learn for naturalization interview (last of three parts)
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - February 24, 2019 - 12:00am
We continue where we left off last week.
Lessons to learn for naturalization interview (Part 2)
by Atty Marco F.G. Tomakin - February 17, 2019 - 12:00am
We continue where we left off last week.
Lessons to learn for naturalization interview (Part 1)
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - February 10, 2019 - 12:00am
Just this week, I sat in with a client in his naturalization interview.
Replacing your naturalization certificate
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - February 3, 2019 - 12:00am
A couple of days ago, I received a call from a friend who wanted to apply for a US passport for the first time.
US no longer accepts Filipinos under H2A and H2B programs
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - January 27, 2019 - 12:00am
The US Department of Homeland Security has recently announced that the Philippines is no longer in the list of countries eligible to send its citizens under the H2A and H2B temporary worker program. For those asking...
Pit Señor! Viva Señor Sto Niño!
by Atty Marco F.G. Tomakin - January 20, 2019 - 12:00am
This week, let's take a little break from our usual topic on US immigration. Although there have been a lot of developments going on right now that have direct consequences on issues involving the lives of immigrants...
How the government shutdown affects immigration processing
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - January 13, 2019 - 12:00am
As of this time, the US government is still in partial shutdown and there appears no end to the showdown between the administration and the Democratic leaders in Congress.
Government shutdown over border wall
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - January 6, 2019 - 12:00am
As of this writing, the US government has been in a partial shutdown for two weeks because of President Trump’s insistence on a five billion dollar budget for a border wall.
Always renew your passport
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - December 30, 2018 - 12:00am
For this issue, let me illustrate the importance of having a valid passport ready and available at all times as it applies in real-life situations.
Christmas gifts come in many forms
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - December 23, 2018 - 12:00am
First of all, I want to greet all of you a blessed and joyful Christmas. May you and your families be blessed with good health, peace and prosperity.
“Coyote”
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - December 16, 2018 - 12:00am
The other day, I received a call from a former client asking me if I could help his cousin get released from a federal detention facility.
“Palanggaanay”
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - December 9, 2018 - 2:07am
As I am writing this column, I am in Dallas, Texas, as a guest and the keynote speaker for the fifth anniversary and induction of officers of the Hiligaynon Community America Texas, Inc. This group’s membership...
Question and Answers
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - December 2, 2018 - 12:00am
I was arrested a month ago for a traffic violation. When the policeman asked for my license and registration, he also asked about my immigration status. I told him I am on a tourist visa. However, I did not tell...
Thank you, readers
by Atty Marco F.G. Tomakin - November 25, 2018 - 12:00am
One of the biggest and the most anticipated holidays in the US is Thanksgiving Day. Every year, on the fourth Thursday of November, Americans celebrate this day, along with the traditional feast of turkey, stuffing,...
Living will and healthcare proxy
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - November 18, 2018 - 12:00am
This week I received a call from one of the leaders of a Filipino community here in New York soliciting my advice on how to better assist one of her members.
Republican president, Democrat House
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - November 11, 2018 - 12:00am
Last week we observed how consequential the midterms elections were as far as the balance of US political power is concerned.
Immigration and the 2018 midterm elections
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - November 4, 2018 - 12:00am
Two days more to go and the US electorate will go to the polling booths to pick their candidates for local, state, and national positions.
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