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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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Is your broken marriage really ‘fixed’?

IF a person is ever caught in a fi xed marriage (married solely to obtain immigration benefits), the consequences (or punishment) could be severe. A fixed marriage finding by the USCIS could result in a lifetime ban from ever having … Continue reading

January 19, 2017

The February 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

January 12, 2017

What to do if you get a ‘knock on the door’

MANY people are justifiably afraid and concerned about their future in America once Donald Trump becomes president. When he kicked off his campaign, he stated his intention to deport the approximate 11 million illegal aliens who are in the US. … Continue reading

January 05, 2017

Non-crewman C-1 transits can adjust status in the US

DEAR Atty. Gurfinkel: I entered the U.S. on a C–1 transit visa, but I am not a crewman, nor was I joining any ship. I was simply passing through the U.S. to another country. However, I remained in the U.S. … Continue reading

December 29, 2016

Legal status: A wonderful Christmas gift for your family

AN important part of Christmas is buying gifts for loved ones.  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, … Continue reading

December 22, 2016

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