Immigration Attorney Thoughts on Atty Gurfinkel
It’s that time of the year again. I’m starting to see ads encouraging people to enter the US INS Diversity Visa Lottery program, commonly called the Green Card lottery.
You Can’t Win a Green Card in a Lottery
Use caution, please. A few facts, especially for Filipinos and other non-US folks who might want to check these offers out:
- There is no need to pay anyone to enter this lottery. It’s completely free. Go to the US Immigration official website and avoid charlatans who want to charge you a fee for what you can (and should) do yourself.
- I’m going to put his in red, because so few people ever seem to pay attention: The Green Card Lottery is NOT open to Philippine citizens. Don’t waste your time and money, please.
Read more here, the rules haven’t really changed since I wrote this, but so many people seem to want to rely on blind hope, or rumor and the advice “they” give rather than reading a few paragraphs and learning the facts. Enter a Lottery, Win a Green Card — Maybe
In My View, You Need Help
Now in immigration matters, it’s very likely you will need an attorney from time to time. If you read my recent posts about the “two Alfreds” you can see how important an attorney might be. Marriage, Nationality and Divorce — Part 2
One thing that comes up when I talk with people about Immigration Attorneys is, “I don’t know any”, or “There are no immigration Attorneys near me.”
You Might Want To Call Atty. Gurfinkel
Well I’m going to solve both those problems for you. Call the man in the picture. I have no business relationship with Attorney Michael Gurfinkel, and certainly you can contact other attorneys … I’m sure there are many other competent practitioners out there.
However, Attorney Gurfinkel specializes in these convoluted, headache-inducing cases people continually write me about. Primarily, Filipinos in the US who didn’t know the law, or knew the law and chose to ignore it and are now in a “legal pickle.”
He has several offices. But he doesn’t have to have an office close to you. In obtaining an attorney to represent you in an US Immigration matter, various questions will often occur, which result in different answers from most other inquires concerning legal matters not related to immigration For most legal matters, localization and jurisdictional limitation is the standard rule.
However, because preparing, immigration law and procedures are a “Federal” issue, an attorney who is licensed in any given state can represent a US citizen, or a foreigner inside the USA, who is living and working in any other state.
Use a Specialist, Not Someone “Cheap”
And I don’t recommend you seek out Tito Juan’s cousin, down the street who just passed the bar … because he’s “tipid”. A lawyer who is a “generalist” and has many hands in multiple pots may not have the same focus as one who specializes in practicing a specific type of law — for example, US Immigration law.
That thought leads me directly to the last point I want to make. Cost.
But Atty. Gurfinkel Charges So Much
If anyone hates me, and wants to kill me by remote control, all they would ever have to do is write me and say, “I can easily afford a lawyer …”
Instead I almost always hear, “But Philly, I can’t afford an attorney”.
Time are tough. Very few, if any of us, ever has ‘enough” money for everything we want. And I recognize that some have a tougher time than others.
But this is your life, people. And the lives of your children and other relatives who depend on you. You can not afford NOT to hire competent legal help in immigration matters when you need it.
Here’s a thought … look down at the table next to you, or in your pocket or purse, or wherever your cell phone is and consider this.
According to Attorney Gurfinkel’s website, he charges $320 USD for an initial consultation. If you haven’t spent $320 on that cell phone you are looking at (either in cash or in ridiculous US cell phone plan monthly charges), I’ll eat it, without salt.
Is your cell phone (or the $300 you sent your brother-in-law to start the sari-sari store which then “got lost’, worth more than staying out of jail and ensuring your children’s or your aging parent’s future?
As we say here in the Philippines, “S’up to You”. but frankly, I don’t think it is. Get help when you need it, please. Godspeed.
Anyway, that’s my current Immigration Attorney Thoughts on Atty Gurfinkel.