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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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Myths and misconceptions about immigration law

THERE are many myths and misconceptions about immigration law, which are simply not true.  People may receive “advice” from consultants, or well-meaning friends or relatives, which is wrong.  Following these myths, misconceptions and advice could have devastating effects on a … Continue reading

August 24, 2017

The September 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

August 17, 2017

‘RAISE ACT’ to eliminate most family petitions and create point system for employment green cards

ON August 2, 2017, Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) introduced the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act, which would create a skills-based immigration points system, reduce the number of family-based immigrants, and void many … Continue reading

August 10, 2017

Green card holders and other non-citizens: What to do when you receive a jury summons

Dear Atty. Gurfinkel: I just received a jury summon from the County Courthouse, but I am in illegal status (TNT).  How did they get my name and address?  Do I have to serve on a jury?  Will Immigration be able … Continue reading

August 05, 2017

Senators propose ‘Dream Act of 2017’

ON July 20, 2017 Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced a bipartisan bill (supported by Democrats and Republicans), called the Dream Act of 2017, which would provide a pathway to lawful permanent resident status to young people … Continue reading

July 27, 2017

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