Stuck in the Philippines: Mommy Connie’s journey back to the US with the guidance of Immigration Attorney Michael J. Gurfinkel on Citizen Pinoy this Sunday

STUCK IN THE PHILIPPINES: MOMMY CONNIE RETURNS TO THE U.S. DESPITE PANDEMIC CHALLENGES AND AN EXPIRED GREEN CARD, ON A BRAND-NEW SUCCESS STORY ON CITIZEN PINOY THIS SUNDAY! Mommy Connie (center) is a green card holder (LPR) but returned to the Philippines in 2017 for a vacation. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, she was unable to return to the U.S. in time. The COVID-19 pandemic and an expired green card made it even more difficult to return at once. She had also petitioned her daughters, and those petitions could be in jeopardy if she “abandoned” her green card by overstaying outside the U.S. Her daughter, Dianne (left), consulted with leading U.S. Immigration Attorney Michael J. Gurfinkel (right) after she watched an episode on Atty. Gurfinkel’s YouTube channel, U.S. Immigration TV Channel, where he discussed that there was hope for cases where green card holders were stuck in the Philippines due to COVID, and could not return. With the help of Atty. Gurfinkel, she was able to board her flight to New York and return to the U.S., where she was able to renew her green card and managed to keep the petitions for her other daughters alive. Watch this success story on a brand-new episode of Citizen Pinoy on Sunday, February 18 at 6:30 PM PT (9:30 PM ET) through select Cable/Satellite providers, right after TV Patrol Linggo.
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IN 2017, Mommy Connie returned to the Philippines for a vacation and medical checkup. However, it was not until 2018 that she discovered her green card was missing. By the time it was found in 2019, it had already expired, leaving her stranded in the Philippines for an extended period, exacerbated by the global pandemic.

Concerns loomed over the potential classification of Mommy Connie’s green card as “abandoned.” The expiration of her green card posed a threat to the petition for her other daughters, a process they had been patiently waiting for a decade.

Dianne (left) researched all resources available to help her Mommy Connie (right) be able to return to the U.S. despite her expired green card.

Dianne, Mommy Connie’s daughter, undertook extensive research to find a solution. Discovering the possibility of an SB-1 visa for residents who overstayed outside the U.S., the family attempted to secure an interview at the U.S. Embassy, only to be thwarted by pandemic-related closures.

In a stroke of fate, Dianne stumbled upon Attorney Michael J. Gurfinkel’s episode on his U.S. Immigration TV YouTube channel, offering hope to green card holders stuck abroad due to COVID-19.

After her initial consultation with Atty. Gurfinkel, Dianne felt that he was too expensive and decided to consult with three other lawyers, who told her that her mother’s case was hopeless.

Despite initial budget constraints, Dianne eventually retained the services of Attorney Gurfinkel in February 2023. The family decided to have Mommy Connie fly to the U.S. with a stopover in Doha, Qatar, where she was not allowed to board in Doha.

On her second attempt via a direct flight with Philippine Airlines, she was not allowed to board due to her expired green card.

Attorney Gurfinkel tirelessly investigated the reasons behind the repeated denials. Convinced that there was no justifiable reason for the refusals, the family made another attempt in May 2023. This time, Mommy Connie successfully boarded a flight to New York, where she was allowed entry by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection at JFK.

Mommy Connie (extreme left) was able to return to the U.S. on her third try, with the help of leading U.S. Immigration Attorney Michael J. Gurfinkel.

Mommy Connie’s perseverance paid off as she not only renewed her green card but also safeguarded the petition for her other daughters, providing an inspiring example of overcoming adversity in the pursuit of the American dream.

Watch this success story on a brand-new episode of Citizen Pinoy on Sunday, February 18 at 6:30 PM PT (9:30 PM ET) through select Cable/Satellite providers, right after TV Patrol Linggo. Citizen Pinoy is also available on iWantTFC. Viewers may download the free app.                 (Advertising Supplement)

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