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US IMMIGRATION NOTES
Happy International Nurses Day!
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - May 9, 2021 - 12:00am
May is a month of so many feasts and celebrations. It is also a month when a day is reserved to celebrate the heroism, grace, and fortitude of our nurses.
US Supreme Court issues interesting ruling to favor immigrants
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - May 2, 2021 - 12:00am
The US Supreme Court issued a very interesting decision last Thursday that could dramatically affect immigrants presently in removal or deportation proceedings, and how the government, in the future will issue a...
Helping fellow immigrants
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - April 18, 2021 - 12:00am
This week a client shared her sad immigration journey.
It's tax time!
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - April 11, 2021 - 12:00am
Benjamin Franklin, in a 1789 letter to French scientist Jean Baptiste Leroy said, there are only two certainties in life death and taxes.
Two faces of reversing trump's policies
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - April 4, 2021 - 12:00am
During the presidential campaign, Mr. Biden made a strong push that on Day 1 he will sign an executive order reversing all of Mr. Trump's immigration polices.
Stimulus payments and the undocumented immigrant
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - March 28, 2021 - 12:00am
One of the topmost priorities of the Biden administration is the amelioration of the hardships that Americans continue to suffer due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Biden denounces “skyrocketing” violence against Asian-Americans
by Atty Marco F.G. Tomakin - March 21, 2021 - 12:00am
Last Friday, I attended a hastily-arranged conference call spearheaded by the US Department of Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.
Biden rescinds Trump’s public charge rule
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - March 14, 2021 - 12:00am
This week I got a call from a client who was worried that we received a Request for Evidence from the USCIS advising us to submit Form I- 944, Declaration of Self Sufficiency.
How to prepare for your interview under the new normal
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - March 7, 2021 - 12:00am
This week my clients who are husband and wife had an interview at the USCIS for the wife’s adjustment of status application.
A sad day for Cebu
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - February 28, 2021 - 12:00am
I’d like to start this week’s column on a sad note. We here at The FREEMAN are still feeling the sense of loss brought about by the death of our chairman, Dr. Jose “Dodong” R. Gullas.
US Citizenship Act of 2021
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - February 21, 2021 - 12:00am
Last Thursday, Democratic allies of President Biden introduced a bill in Congress titled the US Citizenship Act of 2021 which sets up the legal structure for Biden’s proposed immigration reforms.
Violent attacks against Asian-Americans on the rise
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - February 14, 2021 - 12:00am
The other day, I read a very disturbing news report about an elderly Filipino who was attacked at a subway train in New York City.
Undocumented immigrants and COVID-19 vaccine
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - February 7, 2021 - 12:00am
One of the questions I get asked most often from clients is that when they are in the US with no lawful status, if they are still eligible to get injected with the life-saving vaccines against COVID-19.
More good news for immigrants and a not so good one.
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - January 31, 2021 - 12:00am
Before former President Trump left office, he issued an order extending restrictions for certain classes of immigrant visa classifications and temporary workers.
Pit Senyor
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - January 17, 2021 - 12:00am
Let me start by greeting each and everyone one of you a very blessed Fiesta Señor Sto. Nino!
America in crisis
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - January 10, 2021 - 12:00am
On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, the whole world witnessed a political crisis in the United States of America never seen in recent years.
Yearend blow for immigrants
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - January 3, 2021 - 12:00am
Just as we are to start and welcome a new year, hopeful immigrants coming into the US have been handed down a couple of not-so-good news.
USCIS updates
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - December 20, 2020 - 12:00am
This week let me share with you a couple of updates from the USCIS which are very important as it affects the timeliness of submitting your applications or petitions before the agency.
Legal representation via phone conference
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - December 13, 2020 - 12:00am
This week I attended a client’s interview for his greencard application via telephone conference.
DACA is back
by Atty Marco F.G. Tomakin - December 6, 2020 - 12:00am
Last Friday, a federal judge has ordered the Trump administration to restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program initiated by then President Obama in order to protect undocumented immigrants from...
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