US IMMIGRATION NOTES
Renew your expiring Philippine passport even if intending to naturalize
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - July 14, 2019 - 12:00am
Today we shall feature a couple of questions posed by our readers:
Airport to airport
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - July 7, 2019 - 12:00am
I’m sure most of you have heard the term “airport to airport” which means that a person arrived in the US but wasn’t allowed to enter by agents of US Customs and Border Protection and instead...
Practice your English first
by Atty Marco F.G. Tomakin - June 30, 2019 - 12:00am
The other day, I had a client consultation for a couple who are applying for naturalization.
ICE raids are on the way
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - June 23, 2019 - 12:00am
This weekend, agents of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement are conducting targeted raids in as many as 10 cities against those undocumented immigrants who have already received deportation orders but have...
Social media identifiers now required for US visa applicants
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - June 16, 2019 - 12:00am
On May 31, 2019, the US Department of State instituted a change in its immigrant and non-immigrant visa application forms requesting additional information including social media identifiers.
Clarification on USCIS Manila field office closure
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - June 9, 2019 - 12:00am
You must have read or heard the news that USCIS has announced that it will be permanently closing its field office in Manila on July 5.
Think before you act
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - June 2, 2019 - 12:00am
This week I found myself in a middle of a client's family drama. I consciously avoid to be entangled in such situations, but in this case it was necessary that I lend some advice.
How the "reduced legal immigration" proposal affects you
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - May 26, 2019 - 12:00am
Last week's column generated quite a handful of reactions from our readers as it relates to how the administration's recent policy proposal specifically limiting legal immigration visas could affect their specific...
Trump's latest immigration proposal limits family-based immigration
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - May 19, 2019 - 12:00am
Just this week, President Trump announced his latest proposal to overhaul the immigration policy of the United States.
Tips on applying for a student visa
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - May 5, 2019 - 12:00am
I always get asked especially by younger people if, aside from a tourist visa, is a student visa a viable option for them to go to the US?
How to minimize immigration fees and costs
by Atty Marco F.G. Tomakin - April 28, 2019 - 12:00am
One of the questions I often get from clients is “how much will this petition or application cost me?” This is a very important question and must be addressed at the earliest time possible so the petitioner...
Updated USCIS policy on marijuana convictions
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - April 21, 2019 - 12:00am
On April 19, 2019, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a policy guidance that seeks to clarify that violations of federal controlled substance law, including violations involving marijuana, are generally...
Pay your taxes
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - April 14, 2019 - 12:00am
As the idiomatic expression goes, there are only two things certain in this world --death and taxes. It is already nearing crunch time for every US taxpayer to file their income tax returns due on April 15, 201...
Love and fraud (part 2)
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - April 7, 2019 - 12:00am
When Billy came to me for consultation on what his possible options are to petition Aswan, I asked him about their love story as any lawyer would do.
Love and fraud (Part 1)
by Atty Marco F.G. Tomakin - March 31, 2019 - 12:00am
You know very well that there are a lot of fraudsters lurking in the internet just waiting for the right opportunity to scam people.
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.
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