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Atty. Michael Gurfinkel

Atty. Michael Gurfinkel Michael J. Gurfinkel is licensed, and an active member of the State Bar of California and New York. All immigration services are provided by, or under the supervision of, an active member of the State Bar of California. Each case is different. The information contained herein (including testimonials,


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The November 2017 priority dates

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. A priority date is a person’s “place in line” for a … Continue reading

October 19, 2017

Appealing a visa denial

ORDINARILY, there is no appeal process for visa refusals at the Embassy. Under the doctrine of “consular non-reviewability,” a person cannot even sue the embassy or appeal their visa refusals in U.S. federal courts. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the … Continue reading

October 12, 2017

‘Your tanong, My sagot,’ part 1

A POPULAR segment on my weekly immigration television show, “Citizen Pinoy”, is “Your Tanong, My Sagot”, where people ask immigration questions on a variety of subjects, and I offer my advice and guidance. Here are a sampling of questions from … Continue reading

October 05, 2017

Things that could make your case suspicious

(Part 2) In a previous article, a reader, who was scheduled for his visa interview, asked about some of the things which could trigger suspicions or investigations by the Embassy, and how a person could best avoid having his case … Continue reading

September 28, 2017

State Department scraps ‘30/60 day rule’ in favor of the new ‘90 day rule’ for fraudulent intent

One of the most technical rules on visa fraud focuses on a person misrepresenting his or her intent when applying for certain nonimmigrant visas or when entering the United States. If a person is applying for a visitor’s visa, they … Continue reading

September 21, 2017

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