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ACCUSED OF FRAUD AND ALMOST DEPORTED FOR NOT DISCLOSING HIS CHILDREN AT HIS VISA  INTERVIEW: Jerry (l.) claimed he was single (which he was) and childless (he had two children with his girlfriend) when he first came to the U.S. under a family petition. Five years later, when he applied for U.S. citizenship, Jerry claimed his two children as his dependents and he was accused of fraud. See how “attorney-of-last-hope” Michael J. Gurfinkel (r.) saved the day on a brand-new episode of your most popular immigration program on television — "Citizen Pinoy" — this Sunday, Dec. 5, at 5:45 p.m. PST. Also, kapamilyas in Houston and surrounding neighborhoods in Texas have the chance to get their immigration questions answered live when leading immigration attorney Michael J. Gurfinkel brings your most popular immigration program on television — "Citizen Pinoy" — to KTBU Channel 55, 11150 Equity Drive, Houston, Texas 77041 on Sunday, Dec. 12. Audience call times are at 12 noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. As a public service from TFC and the Law Offices of Michael J. Gurfinkel seats are free, but you need to reserve now at www.citizenpinoy.com or you may call toll free 1-866-487-3465.

 

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — The Lazaro family lived a quiet but happy life in Davao.

Eventually, the family was petitioned by their grandparents in Hawaii.

It was a family petition, but three siblings, including Jerry, had to be left behind.

They aged-out and that meant waiting for another 11 years.

In the meantime, Jerry had two children with his girlfriend.

When Jerry was processed for his immigrant visa (and upon the advice of his well-meaning mother), he told the consul that he did not have any children.

Jerry was, therefore, recorded as single and childless.

Jerry arrived in the U.S. and started living his American dream.

Life was good for the next five years, until Jerry decided to apply for his citizenship.

At that point, he declared his two children, in order to be able to later petition them.

Of course, it was discovered on record that he entered “single and childless.”

Jerry was accused of fraud.

In a month’s time, Jerry’s naturalization application was denied, and he was served with a “Notice to Appear,” which starts the removal process.

This came as a shock to Jerry and his entire family — how could his illegitimate kids cause his deportation?

He went to consult with a lawyer, but after several meetings, Jerry lost faith in his initial lawyer.

He was about to lose hope, until a friend referred him to “attorney-of-last-hope” Michael J. Gurfinkel.

Upon hearing his story, Atty. Gurfinkel declared with confidence, “I will fight for you!”

Hope sprang anew for Jerry and his family.

This Sunday watch another successful immigration story unfold when leading U.S. immigration attorney Michael J. Gurfinkel brings you a brand-new episode of your favorite immigration program "Citizen Pinoy."

Atty. Gurfinkel will also answer viewers’ immigration questions on everyone’s favorite segment: “Your Tanong, My Sagot.”

Don’t miss this brand-new episode on an all-new "Citizen Pinoy" this Sunday, Dec. 5, at 5:45 p.m. (PST), with a replay the next Sunday at 12:10 a.m. (PST) on TFC.

And for kapamilya in Houston and neighboring areas, "Citizen Pinoy" will be going there for the first time this December.

So save the date on Sunday, Dec. 12, at KTBU Channel 55, 11150 Equity Drive, Houston, Texas 77041.

Audience call times are at 12 noon, 3 p.m. and  6 p.m.

As a public service from the TFC and the Law Offices of Michael J. Gurfinkel, seats are free, but you need to reserve now at www.citizenpinoy.com or you may call toll free 1-866-487-3465.

More updates will also be made available on the website so be sure to click and visit www.citizenpinoy.com

"Citizen Pinoy" is made possible with the generous support of sponsors who are also dedicated to giving back to the Filipino community: Asian Journal — with circulation in Northern and Southern California, Nevada, and in the East Coast; and Arko Foods, the oldest existing Filipino-owned business in Southern California.

"Citizen Pinoy" is also supported by ABS-CBN Global’s key product offerings: Star Kargo, Starry Starry Store, and Sarimanok One.