US IMMIGRATION NOTES
More than a feeling
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - October 13, 2019 - 12:00am
Early this week, I had to rearrange my schedule for the rest of the day because of a new client who was panicking over her petition.
Trump's presidency under threat of impeachment
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - October 6, 2019 - 12:00am
You must have read or heard by now that the US House of Representatives through Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. The inquiry allows Congress to look into allegations...
Trump’s fight for political survival
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - September 29, 2019 - 12:00am
You must know by now that the US House of Representatives has formally opened an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
Be proactive!
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - September 22, 2019 - 12:00am
After mailing in your petition, can you still submit additional evidence even without receiving a Request For Evidence?
Healthcare proxy for immigrants
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - September 15, 2019 - 12:00am
As a nurse being my first profession before I became an attorney, I had the opportunity to work as a professional registered nurse here in New York.
Sometimes love just ain't enough
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - September 8, 2019 - 12:00am
Lisa came to the US on a tourist visa. After about three months in the US, she met Jack, a widower who was so smitten with her.
Name change through naturalization
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - September 1, 2019 - 12:00am
This week my client called me to ask if he can change his surname because he is tired of people mispronouncing it.
Q & A during immigration clinic
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - August 18, 2019 - 12:00am
Last weekend I was invited by the Hiligaynon Community of Texas based in Dallas to assist their members with any immigration issues.
Option for US citizen spouse while I-130 is pending
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - August 11, 2019 - 12:00am
One of the frustrations of filing a spousal petition is the long wait for the whole process to complete.
Immigration in the Democratic debates
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - August 4, 2019 - 12:00am
Two nights this past week, we watched and listened to the CNN Democratic Presidential Debates. All 20 candidates were given the opportunity to lay out to the American electorate what their plans and policies are...
This week's latest news on immigration
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - July 28, 2019 - 12:00am
Late Friday evening, the US Supreme Court issued a ruling allowing the Trump administration to divert military funds in order to finance parts of the border wall that separates the US and Mexico.
Greencard review
by Atty. Marco F.G. Tomakin - July 21, 2019 - 12:00am
Late this week, I received a call from a client whom I worked with in his application for a greencard about four years ago. His adjustment of status was approved based on his marriage to a US citizen.
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...
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