Articles

Should I appeal or refile?

  Dear Atty. Gurfinkel: I just received a denial from USCIS, giving me 33 days to file an appeal. I ...
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No visas for “Offspring”

  Dear Atty. Gurfinkel: Years ago, I was petitioned by my U.S. citizen parent in the F-3 category (married child ...
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The February 2020 Priority Dates

Each month, the Visa Office of the State Department publishes, in the Visa Bulletin, the priority dates for that particular ...
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Nvc will shred your case if you don’t respond

  Dear Atty. Gurfinkel:             I petitioned my married son in 1998 while he was still in the Philippines.  He ...
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Changing visa categories and priority dates

When a petition is filed for a family member, the beneficiary (the person being petitioned) is assigned a “priority date,” ...
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Will signing an untrue confession help your case?

Many people have consulted with me after their case has been denied by a USCIS officer or consul at the ...
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Guidance on petition revocations

Almost 20 years ago, the U.S. State Department (DOS) provided guidance to consular officers that they should be “judicious” (use ...
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The January 2020 Priority Dates

Each month, the Visa Office of the State Department publishes, in the Visa Bulletin, the priority dates for that particular ...
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Embassy’s erroneous employment visa refusals

Whenever an employer sponsors (or petitions) an alien for labor certification (or PERM), the employer must agree to offer at ...
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