A wonderful year-end gift for your family

IMMIGRATION CORNER - Michael J. Gurfinkel - The Philippine Star

An important part of Christmas and New Year is buying gifts for loved ones and making resolutions for the coming year. Filipinos are busy filling their balikbayan boxes with pasalubong to send to their families “back home.” The pasalubong may consist of clothes, food items, electronics or other useful items, given as a way of “sharing one’s blessings.”

However, many Filipinos forget about what could be the most important “gift” for their family members: legalizing their status, or finding a way for their family members to immigrate to the US and be reunited, under the same roof, not only during Christmas, but all year round.

I know that some people have been separated from their family members for many years, because they have not done anything about their immigration situation. Yet, if you ask the family members back home, they probably believe that nothing that could be bought in any store would mean as much as the family being together.

If you have not yet done anything about your immigration situation and are spending yet another lonely Christmas and New Year in the US, maybe now is the right time to give the real gift a family wants – being together in the US. Or at least make a New Year’s resolution to finally take steps to either legalize your status and/or bring your family to America.

On behalf of myself and my law office, Manigong Bagong Taon sa inyong lahat!

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