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IMMIGRATION CORNER
The August 2024 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - July 14, 2024 - 12:00am
Each month, the Visa Office of the State Department publishes, in the Visa Bulletin, the priority dates for that particular month for the various family and employment-based categories.
Reporting changes to your petition
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - July 7, 2024 - 12:00am
When a family petition is filed, it can sometimes take many months or even years for the petition to be approved, and then even more years until the priority date is current.
USCIS must approve the petition
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - June 30, 2024 - 12:00am
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services Policy Manual states that if a petitioner properly files a family-based petition “and demonstrates the eligibility requirements, then USCIS must approve the pet...
Biden’s new amnesty?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - June 23, 2024 - 12:00am
On June 18, 2024, President Biden announced a new program or process “to ensure that US citizens with noncitizen spouses and children can keep their families together.”
The July 2024 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - June 16, 2024 - 12:00am
Each month, the Visa Office of the State Department publishes, in the Visa Bulletin, the priority dates for that particular month for the various family and employment-based categories.
Adding, removing family members from petitions
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - June 9, 2024 - 12:00am
Many people are confused as to which family members are and are not included under a family or employment-based petition.
CSPA shock: My child was in diapers when the petition was filed, but aged out?!
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - June 2, 2024 - 12:00am
In 2003, my sister petitioned me and my family. At the time, our eldest child was only six months old.
Automatic revocation of your petition
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - May 26, 2024 - 12:00am
Even if a person already has an approved petition, it could be automatically revoked as of the date of approval.
But I don’t plan on dying!
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - May 19, 2024 - 12:00am
Over the years, I have had dozens of consultations from tearful clients, with the same facts and situation: a parent files a petition for their son or daughter, where the waiting time for a visa could be anywhere...
The June 2024 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - May 12, 2024 - 12:00am
Each month, the Visa Office of the State Department publishes, in the Visa Bulletin, the priority dates for that particular month for the various family and employment-based categories.
My adjustment was denied, now what?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - May 5, 2024 - 12:00am
I filed for adjustment of status (Form I-485) to enable me to obtain my green card in the US.
‘Fixed marriage’ ban does not apply to stepchildren
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - April 28, 2024 - 12:00am
My father married a US citizen, who petitioned both of us for green cards.
Did you marry before your petitioner naturalized?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - April 21, 2024 - 12:00am
Under US immigration law, lawful permanent residents (LPR or green card holders) may petition their unmarried children, whether the child is under or over 21 years of age.
The May 2024 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - April 14, 2024 - 12:00am
Each month, the Visa Office of the State Department publishes, in the Visa Bulletin, the priority dates for that particular month for the various family and employment-based categories.
Petitioning relatives for employment-based green cards
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - April 7, 2024 - 12:00am
One of the most popular and informative articles for Filipinos was about petitioning family members for employment-based green cards, such as nieces, cousins, siblings, etc. for such jobs as caregivers for your parents...
I entered the US under an assumed name; is there hope?
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - March 31, 2024 - 12:00am
Years ago, I applied for a visitor’s visa under my real name and was denied.
The dangers of voting by non-citizens
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - March 24, 2024 - 12:00am
Only US citizens may vote in federal elections.
The April 2024 priority dates
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - March 17, 2024 - 12:00am
Each month, the Visa Office of the State Department publishes, in the Visa Bulletin, the priority dates for that particular month for the various family and employment-based categories.
CSPA: When not to expedite
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - March 10, 2024 - 12:00am
My employer recently agreed to petition me for a green card.
Caught through her fingerprints
by Michael J. Gurfinkel - March 3, 2024 - 12:00am
In 2002, I was petitioned as a married daughter (F3) by my US citizen mother.
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