GREEN CARD DESPITE PETITIONER’S DEATH, AND WITHOUT HUMANITARIAN REVALIDATION: Elvie (l.) came to the U.S. as a tourist to be with her terminally-ill mother who had already petitioned for her. Elvie was devastated with the death of her mother, and was also worried that her petition would no longer be valid. See how leading U.S. immigration attorney Michael J. Gurfinkel (r.) saved the day, enabling Elvie to acquire her green card with the implementation of President Obama’s “Survivor Law” — on a brand-new episode of your most popular immigration program on television — "Citizen Pinoy" — this Sunday at 5:45 p.m. (PST) on TFC.


REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Elvie and her family were dirt-poor back in the Philippines.

She remembers rainy days where they had to struggle to find a dry place inside their shanty because its roof was full of holes.

Luck smiled when elder sister, Millet, married a U.S. sailor, which eventually paved the way for them to be petitioned to the U.S. one-by-one.

Soon Millet was able to petition her parents.

Their mother, in turn, petitioned Elvie.

While waiting for her petition to be current, Elvie was stricken with lupus.

Shortly thereafter, her mother-petitioner was also diagnosed with stage 4 uterine cancer and she did not have much longer to live.

Fearful that she would no longer be able to see her mom, Elvie came to the U.S. on a tourist visa.

She was able to spend the last few months with her mother.

But when their mama passed, the whole family was devastated and overcome with sadness.

Their father went into a period of depression.

And Elvie overstayed her tourist visa until she became out-of-status.

Did the death of her petitioner mother also mean the "death" of her petition?

The answers came to Elvie when she caught an episode of  “Citizen Pinoy” on TFC (The Filipino Channel), where it was discussed what would happen to a petition if the petitioner died.

She immediately felt that she was being directed to Attorney Gurfinkel for help.

The family consulted with the Law Offices of Michael Gurfinkel and retained their services.

It was also around that time when President Obama signed a new law that allowed certain survivors of deceased petitioners to be granted immigration benefits, without the need for applying for humanitarian revalidation.

Hope sprung anew for Elvie and her sisters.

Watch another successful immigration story unfold this Sunday at 5:45 p.m. (PST) on TFC, when leading “attorney-of-last hope” 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.”

"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.

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