The Law Offices of Michael J. Gurfinkel

The Law Offices of Michael J. Gurfinkel We strive to get the best possible results for our clients as quickly as possible. The Law Offices of Michael J. Gurfinkel, Inc. is one of the most respected and successful immigration law firms in America.
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We take pride that many of our cases are considered "miracle cases" that were "emergency" in nature, or were considered "too difficult" or "impossible" by other attorneys. Through hard work, determination, and years of experience in immigration, litigation, and negotiation, we have been fortunate to help thousands of people solve their immigration problems, be reunited with their families, and be able to live the "American Dream." Our philosophy is simple. We Strive to Bring families Together to Live the American Dream.

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10/10/2020
Is There Hope After Immigration Fraud?

Atty. Gurfinkel discusses about people who entered the US through fraud or under a different name, but could eventually find hope through a qualifying relative or if they can demonstrate extreme hardship when they apply for a fraud waiver.

In this video Atty. Gurfinkel discusses about people who entered the US through fraud or under a different name, but could eventually find hope through a qua...

10/10/2020
Is Hiring An Attorney A Sign Of Guilt?

It is not true that hiring an attorney to handle your case or represent you is a sign of guilt. In my opinion, having an attorney represent you greatly increases your chances of success. I believe the USCIS has no problems with attorneys handling a person’s case, as it may even make USCIS’s job much easier.

Questions on family-based petitions take centerstage this Sunday October 11, on CITIZEN PINOY: Your Tanong, My Sagot.
10/08/2020

Questions on family-based petitions take centerstage this Sunday October 11, on CITIZEN PINOY: Your Tanong, My Sagot.

Some people hope or believe that if consuls or immigration officers hear their grave predicament, they would be filled w...
10/07/2020
No mercy or compassion with some immigration laws - Law Offices of Atty Michael Gurfinkel - Immigration Law, Non Immigrant Visas, Family Based Petitions, Immigration Corner, Employment Based Petitions

Some people hope or believe that if consuls or immigration officers hear their grave predicament, they would be filled with mercy and compassion and approve their case. If their situation is dire, and they tearfully pour out their heart and soul, this will help in getting their case approved.

07 Oct No mercy or compassion with some immigration laws Posted at 14:45h in Immigration Articles by Michael J. Gurfinkel, Esq. Some people hope or believe that if consuls or immigration officers hear their grave predicament, they would be filled with mercy and compassion and approve their case. If....

10/03/2020
Is Hiring an Attorney a Sign of Guilt?

It is not true that hiring an attorney to handle your case or represent you is a sign of guilt. Watch as Atty. Gurfinkel explains why having an attorney represent you greatly increases your chances of success.

It is not true that hiring an attorney to handle your case or represent you is a sign of guilt. In my opinion, having an attorney represent you greatly incre...

10/03/2020
The October 2020 Priority Dates are CURRENT for Workers. Are You Eligible For Adjustment?

The October 2020 priority dates provide great news for workers in the EB-3 (skilled/professional) and “Other Worker” (unskilled workers like caregivers). The priority dates for all countries (except India and China) are CURRENT! This includes the Philippines! This means visas are available, regardless of the person’s priority date. If a person is being petitioned by an employer, and their form I–140 employment–based petition has been approved or is pending, they could possibly be eligible to file for adjustment of status and work authorization, assuming they are otherwise eligible for adjustment of status (i.e. no issues re maintaining status, no fraud\crimes, etc.) People with approved or pending I–140 petitions should see an attorney about their eligibility to file for adjustment, now that the priority dates for these employment-based categories are current.

10/03/2020

The October 2020 priority dates provide great news for workers in the EB-3 (skilled/professional) and “Other Worker” (unskilled workers like caregivers). The priority dates for all countries (except India and China) are CURRENT! This includes the Philippines! This means visas are available, regardless of the person’s priority date. If a person is being petitioned by an employer, and their form I–140 employment–based petition has been approved or is pending, they could possibly be eligible to file for adjustment of status and work authorization, assuming they are otherwise eligible for adjustment of status (i.e. no issues re maintaining status, no fraud\crimes, etc.) People with approved or pending I–140 petitions should see an attorney about their eligibility to file for adjustment, now that the priority dates for these employment-based categories are current.

10/02/2020

DHS PROPOSES TOUGHER RULES FOR SPONSORS

09/25/2020

In this video, Atty. Gurfinkel discusses about a relative petitioning another relative for an employment-based green card. Yes, it is possible and there is nothing wrong or illegal about it, as long as the job is real and all the other requirements are met.

The October 2020 Priority Dates
09/24/2020

The October 2020 Priority Dates

09/19/2020
Family Can Petition Other Family Members For Employment-Based Green Card

Watch out for another video as Atty. Gurfinkel discusses about a relative petitioning another relative for an employment-based green card. Yes, it is possible and there is nothing wrong or illegal about it, as long as the job is real and all the other requirements are met.

In this video, Atty. Gurfinkel discusses about a relative petitioning another relative for an employment-based green card. Yes, it is possible and there is n...

09/19/2020
You Don't Need a Philippine Annulment to Marry in the U.S.

Watch this video as Atty. Gurfinkel discusses a common misconception among people in the US on how they can terminate prior marriage to get married in the US. Under US immigration law divorce is valid and recognized for U.S. immigration purposes. For Filipinos in the US, you do not need to annul your marriage in the Philippines to get married in the U.S.

09/18/2020

Watch this video as Atty. Gurfinkel discusses a common misconception among people in the US on how they can terminate prior marriage to get married in the US. Under US immigration law divorce is valid and recognized for U.S. immigration purposes. For Filipinos in the US, you do not need to annul your marriage in the Philippines to get married in the U.S.

"I just received a denial from USCIS, giving me 33 days to file an appeal. I truly think I was eligible, but am so heart...
09/16/2020
Should I appeal or refile - Law Offices of Atty Michael Gurfinkel - Immigration Law, Non Immigrant Visas, Family Based Petitions, Immigration Corner, Employment Based Petitions

"I just received a denial from USCIS, giving me 33 days to file an appeal. I truly think I was eligible, but am so heartbroken. Would you advise I file an appeal?"

16 Sep Should I appeal or refile Posted at 15:37h in Immigration Articles by Michael J. Gurfinkel, Esq. Dear Attorney Gurfinkel: I just received a denial from USCIS, giving me 33 days to file an appeal. I truly think I was eligible, but am so heartbroken. Would you advise I file an appeal? Very trul...

09/12/2020
You Don't Need a Philippine Annulment to Marry in the U.S.

Under US immigration law divorce is valid and recognized for U.S. immigration purposes. For Filipinos in the US, you do not need to annul your marriage in the Philippines to get married in the U.S.

Watch this video as Atty. Gurfinkel discusses a common misconception among people in the US on how they can terminate prior marriage to get married in the US...

"I married a U.S. citizen for love, hoping we would live “happily ever after.”  Unfortunately, soon after marriage, he c...
09/10/2020
Getting an abusive green card - Law Offices of Atty Michael Gurfinkel - Immigration Law, Non Immigrant Visas, Family Based Petitions, Immigration Corner, Employment Based Petitions

"I married a U.S. citizen for love, hoping we would live “happily ever after.” Unfortunately, soon after marriage, he changed. He drank a lot, gambled, took drugs, called me names, said he would never petition me and would try to get me deported...
Is there any way to legalize my status in this horrible marriage, especially when he refuses to petition me and threatens to have me deported?"

09 Sep Getting an abusive green card Posted at 12:33h in Immigration Articles by Michael J. Gurfinkel, Esq. Dear Atty. Gurfinkel: I married a U.S. citizen for love, hoping we would live “happily ever after.” Unfortunately, soon after marriage, he changed. He drank a lot, gambled, took drugs, cal...

"I was petitioned by my sister in 1990, and immigrated to the U.S. in 2013.  Unfortunately, I had to leave behind my eld...
09/03/2020
Why did you wait so long? - Law Offices of Atty Michael Gurfinkel - Immigration Law, Non Immigrant Visas, Family Based Petitions, Immigration Corner, Employment Based Petitions

"I was petitioned by my sister in 1990, and immigrated to the U.S. in 2013. Unfortunately, I had to leave behind my eldest child, because she had aged out. I have been hoping and praying something could be done for her. Could she be covered by the Child Status Protection Act? Is there anything else I can do to bring my child to the U.S.?"

02 Sep Why did you wait so long? Posted at 17:29h in Immigration Articles by Michael J. Gurfinkel, Esq. Dear Atty. Gurfinkel, I was petitioned by my sister in 1990, and immigrated to the U.S. in 2013. Unfortunately, I had to leave behind my eldest child, because she had aged out. I have been hoping....

08/28/2020
CITIZEN PINOY: Your Tanong, My Sagot

Leading U.S. immigration attorney, Michael J. Gurfinkel, will be hosting another special edition of Citizen Pinoy where he will answer questions from the public.

Send all inquiries or questions via a private message on the page of the Gurfinkel Law Office at www.facebook.com/GurfinkelLaw.

08/22/2020
What to do with Immigration Denials?

In today's video, I will discuss denials and on what to do when you get one. I understand how devastating it can be for people when they receive a denial in the mail. Their hopes, their dreams are crushed. Is there anything else that they can do? They had filed the petition or the application, such as adjustment of status, and now comes the denial. Sometimes even before that, you get a notice of intent to deny or notice of intent to revoke, and ultimately, in comes the denial. So let's go through a couple of things that you can do or how to analyze what to do with a denial.

08/21/2020

In today's video, I will discuss denials and on what to do when you get one. I understand how devastating it can be for people when they receive a denial in the mail. Their hopes, their dreams are crushed. Is there anything else that they can do? They had filed the petition or the application, such as adjustment of status, and now comes the denial. Sometimes even before that, you get a notice of intent to deny or notice of intent to revoke, and ultimately, in comes the denial. So let's go through a couple of things that you can do or how to analyze what to do with a denial.

The September 2020 Priority Dates
08/19/2020

The September 2020 Priority Dates

08/15/2020
What to do with Immigration Denials?

Watch Atty. Michael J Gurfinkel as he talks about what you can do when you get an immigration denial. There is hope even if you get denied!

In today's video, I will discuss denials and on what to do when you get one. I understand how devastating it can be for people when they receive a denial in ...

08/14/2020

Watch Atty. Michael J Gurfinkel as he talks about immediate relative petitions by a U.S. citizen of their parents, spouse, or minor children under 21. The main takeaway is only one person per petition is allowed.

08/08/2020
Immediate Relatives: One Person Per Petition

Watch Atty. Michael J Gurfinkel as he talks about immediate relative petitions by a U.S. citizen of their parents, spouse, or minor children under 21. The main takeaway is only one person per petition is allowed.

In today's video, I'm going to discuss immediate relative petitions, that is a petition by a U.S. citizen of their parents, spouse or minor children under 21...

08/08/2020
Breaking News on Trump’s Public Charge Regulation

There's breaking news concerning President Trump's public charge regulations on July 29, 2020. A federal court issued an injunction prohibiting USCIS from applying or implementing the new public charge regulations. And there's great news. USCIS has decided to abide by that injunction.

(CNN)The Trump administration is dramatically increasing fees for dozens of immigration and work applications, including...
08/02/2020
US to raise naturalization application fees by $500

(CNN)The Trump administration is dramatically increasing fees for dozens of immigration and work applications, including a more than 80 percent increase on naturalization applications and a first-time fee for asylum applicants.

The Trump administration is dramatically increasing fees for dozens of immigration and work applications, including a more than 80 percent increase on naturalization applications and a first-time fee for asylum applicants.

08/01/2020
Breaking News on Trump’s public charge regulation

Watch Atty. Michael J Gurfinkel discuss news on public charge regulations! On July 29, 2020, a federal court issued an injunction prohibiting USCIS from implementing the new public charge regulations, and USCIS has decided to abide by that injunction.

There's breaking news concerning President Trump's public charge regulations on July 29, 2020. A federal court issued an injunction prohibiting USCIS from ap...

“Any policy that deters residents from seeking testing and treatment for COVID-19 increases the risk of infection for su...
07/30/2020
Judge blocks administration from implementing 'public charge' rule during pandemic

“Any policy that deters residents from seeking testing and treatment for COVID-19 increases the risk of infection for such residents and the public. Adverse government action that targets immigrants, however, is particularly dangerous during a pandemic," Daniels wrote.

New York State Attorney General Letitia James noted that immigrants have been on the front lines of the pandemic since its start.”

A federal judge blocked the Trump administration from implementing its controversial "public charge" rule during the coronavirus pandemic

The Trump administration will not accept new applications for the Obama-era program that shields from deportation certai...
07/28/2020
Trump administration to review DACA and reject new applications

The Trump administration will not accept new applications for the Obama-era program that shields from deportation certain undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children and will limit renewals to one year instead of two while it reviews the program, the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday.

The Trump administration will not accept new applications for the Obama-era program that shields from deportation certain undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children and will limit renewals to one year instead of two while it reviews the program, the Department of Homeland Security said T...

FOREIGN nationals with long-term visas will be allowed entry into the Philippines starting August 1.
07/18/2020
[UPDATE] Foreigners allowed to enter the Philippines starting Aug 1

FOREIGN nationals with long-term visas will be allowed entry into the Philippines starting August 1.

FOREIGN nationals with long-term visas will be allowed entry into the Philippines starting August 1. Malacañang Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. made this announcement on Friday, July 17, saying that the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases reached this deci...

07/18/2020
FIXED FIANCÉE / FIXED MARRIAGE = LIFETIME BAN

The Board of Immigration Appeals, or BIA, recently ruled that a fixed fiancée visa has the same lifetime ban as a fixed marriage. In this video, I'm going to explain that decision because it could have grave consequences, not only to people who apply for K-1 visas, but also people who are considering getting into a fixed marriage or were already denied for fixed marriage in the BIA.

“FILIPINOS who have become naturalized citizens of other countries and are not dual citizens, as well as foreign nationa...
07/16/2020
Filipino US passport holders, foreigners temporarily barred from entering PH

“FILIPINOS who have become naturalized citizens of other countries and are not dual citizens, as well as foreign nationals, are temporarily barred from entering the Philippines as the coronavirus pandemic surges on.”

FILIPINOS who have become naturalized citizens of other countries and are not dual citizens, as well as foreign nationals, are temporarily barred from entering the Philippines as the coronavirus pandemic surges on. This was confirmed to the Asian Journal by the Philippine Consulate General in San.....

07/16/2020

The Board of Immigration Appeals, or BIA, recently ruled that a fixed fiancée visa has the same lifetime ban as a fixed marriage. In this video, I'm going to explain that decision because it could have grave consequences, not only to people who apply for K-1 visas, but also people who are considering getting into a fixed marriage or were already denied for fixed marriage in the BIA.

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