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Due to the health risks posed by the Corona Virus tragedy, our office is following the directives of the governor of California in order to minimize the risks to our staff, our clients and our community. Our office will continue to operate fully, as it has thus far, observing our normal schedule, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. We will continue to schedule appointments to meet with clients and will do this via ZOOM or Telephone only.

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Debido a los riesgos para la salud planteados por la tragedia del Virus Corona, nuestra oficina está siguiendo las directivas del gobernador de California para minimizar los riesgos para nuestro personal, nuestros clientes y nuestra comunidad. Nuestra oficina seguirá funcionando a pleno, como lo ha hecho hasta ahora, cumpliendo con nuestro horario habitual, de lunes a viernes de 8:30 a.m. a 5:30 p.m. Continuaremos programando citas para reunirnos con los clientes y lo haremos solo a través de ZOOM o por teléfono.

Si desea programar una cita con alguno de nuestros abogados o miembros del personal, hágalo llamando a nuestra oficina al 619-291-1112. También puede contactarnos por correo electrónico a [email protected]

Gracias por su comprensión.

Resolving Immigration ProblemsIn An Honest & Responsible Manner

California couple struggles with immigration laws

United States federal law recognizes only marriages between heterosexual couples. This means that homosexual Americans cannot exercise the rights of a married couple, including the right to keep one’s spouse in the country after marriage if the spouse is an immigrant. A news story released in California tells the story of a gay married couple, one of whom is an Australian immigrant, fighting to stay together.

The couple has been living together in the U.S. for the last 19 years. They married legally seven years ago in Massachusetts, which permits two people of the same sex to get married. Now, because of federal immigration laws, the Australian man is being forced to leave the country. The two men plan to file for a last-minute spouse visa and are requesting their California state representatives’ endorsement in their campaign. The Australian man is also facing some severe health problems, and the couple is desperately requesting that immigration authorities take his poor health into account.

Until recently, the Australian man had been utilizing the Visa Waiver Program to exit and enter the United States. Under the program, Australians are allowed to remain in the United States for a total of three months, minus a visa. However, immigration authorities recently informed him he would no longer be allowed to use the program to remain on American soil. One ray of hope for this couple is the proposed Uniting American Families Act. The newly proposed bill would allow same-sex partners to sponsor each other for visas.

Immigration rights activists argue that since homosexual Americans are fighting for equality, homosexual immigrants should also be entitled to increased legal rights.

Source: San Francisco Weekly, “Bradford Wells- Gay San Franciscan- Fighting Against Husband’s Deportation; Taken To Hospital,” Lauren Smiley, 10 June. 2011.

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