AN important part of Christmas and New Year is buying gifts for loved ones and making resolutions for the coming year. 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, given as a way of “sharing one’s blessings.”
However, many Filipinos forget about what could be the most important “gift” for their family members: legalizing their status, or finding a way for their family members to immigrate to the U.S. and be reunited, under the same roof, not only during Christmas, but all year round. I know that some people have been separated from their family members for many years, because they have not done anything about their immigration situation. Yet, if you ask the family members back home, they probably believe that nothing that could be bought in any store would mean as much as the family being together.
If you have not yet done anything about your immigration situation, and are spending yet another lonely Christmas and New Year in the U.S., maybe now is the right time to give the real gift a family wants – being together in the U.S. Or at least make a New Year’s resolution to finally take steps to either legalize your status and/or bring your family to America.
On behalf of myself and my law office, Manigong Bagong Taon sa inyong lahat!
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Michael J. Gurfinkel has been an attorney for over 35 years and 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, “Success Stories,” endorsements and re-enactments) is of a general nature, and is not intended to apply to any particular case, and does not constitute a prediction, warranty, guarantee or legal advice regarding the outcome of your legal matter. No attorney-client relationship is, or shall be, established with any reader.
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