CPG Immigration Law Group


Please be advised that Goeschl Law Corporation has ceased operations as of September 3, 2012. Malcolm Goeschl is now a Partner at Morgan Lewis Bockius LLP and can be reached at the contact details below.

CPG Immigration Law Group has purchased the operating assets of Goeschl Law Corporation and will continue to operate using the same address, internet domain, and phone numbers. Many of the clients previously represented by Goeschl Law Corporation have agreed to representation by CPG Immigration Law Group. Please contact Malcolm Goeschl or Charina Garcia should you have any questions.

Malcolm Goeschl
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
One Market
Spear Street Tower
San Francisco, CA 94105
Direct: 415.442.1145
Main: 415.442.1000
Fax: 415.442.1001

Charina P. Garcia
CPG Immigration Law Group
155 Sansome Street, Suite 800
San Francisco, CA 94104
Main: 415-371-1800
Fax: 415-371-1811

At CPG Immigration Law Group, we focus on understanding our clients' individual needs and provide immigration services to meet these needs with speed, accuracy, responsiveness, and creativity.

News Alerts

November 2014 Department of State Visa Bulletin
Posted on Friday October 10, 2014

The November visa bulletin is at this link:  http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/law-and-policy/bulletin/2015/visa-bulletin-for-november-2014.html Employment-based categories are as follows: EB-1 remains current for all countries; EB-2 is current for all countries, except for China (Dec 9, 2009) and India (Feb 5, 2005); EB-3 is at Jun 1, 2012, for all countries, except for China (Jan 1, 2010), and India (Nov. [...]

2016 Diversity Visa Program Now Open
Posted on Wednesday October 01, 2014

The 2016 Diversity Visa Program is now open and will close at noon, (EST), Monday, November 3, 2014. Congress provides for 55,000 immigrant visas for persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.  Applicants must submit entries electronically during this period at https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/.  Paper entries will not be accepted.  All entrants [...]

“Priority Date Checker”, an online tool from the U.S. Department of State
Posted on Tuesday September 30, 2014

The Department of State, Office of Visa Services, in the Consular Affairs Bureau, Department of State, has an online tool, the Priority Date Checker, which uses information from the Visa Bulletin, to check if your Family Based or Employment Based case is eligible for processing, if you have an approved I-130 (Family based) or I-140 [...]

USCIS Changes Secure Ink Color to Blue
Posted on Wednesday September 24, 2014

USCIS recently posted that they have begun to use a new secure blue ink for many of its secure stamps, instead of the old red ink.  Employers should be especially careful when examining acceptable documents during the I-9 process.  Look for the secure blue ink on the following: Initial/Replacement Form I-94 Stamp DHS Parole Stamp [...]

October 2014 Department of State Visa Bulletin
Posted on Wednesday September 10, 2014

The October visa bulletin is at this link:  http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/law-and-policy/bulletin/2015/visa-bulletin-for-october-2014.html Employment-based categories are as follows: EB-1 remains current for all countries; EB-2 is current for all countries, except for China (Nov. 15, 2009) and India (May 1, 2009); EB-3 is at Oct. 1, 2011, for all countries, except for China (Apr. 1, 2009), and India (Nov. [...]

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