CORONA VIRUS / COVID-19 ADVISORY

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.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with any of our lawyers or staff members, please do so by calling our office at 619-291-1112. You can also contact us via e-mail at [email protected]janbejar.com

Thank you for your understanding.

AVISO DE CORONA VIRUS / COVID-19

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

Unlike rest of U.S., California makes life easier for immigrants

It seems that the state of California is doing what the federal government cannot do in terms of passing immigrant friendly legislation. Over the last several months, California has made some important changes in their immigration policies that are set up to actually help illegal immigrants. These changes include some new measures that will help open state-funded scholarships to undocumented students, as well as a law that states that employers are not required to check immigration status via the federal E-Verify program. This is a major step forward in employment immigration law and making California a welcoming place for immigrants.

In early October Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law AB 131 (previously reported on in this blog). This is the second part of what is known as the California Dream Act. The law will allow undocumented university and college students to apply for state-funded scholarships. The first part of the California Dream Act, AB 130, was enacted in July and it allowed undocumented students access to private scholarship funds.

The governor went even farther by recently signing a bill that prohibits California cities and counties from enacting their own laws requiring employers to check immigrant status via the federal E-verify program. He also signed AB 207, which requires California school districts to accept various types of documents as “reasonable evidence” that the school students meets residency requirements. And he signed AB 353, which limits various authorities’ ability to impound vehicles when the offense is simply not having a valid driver’s license.

While all of this is great news for those concerned about immigration issues, many people may still need assistance when it comes to things such temporary work permits, work visas and green cards. For those individuals, consultation with an experienced immigration lawyer may be the best option to take.

Source: The Huffington Post, “California ‘Bucks The Trend’ With New Immigration Laws,” Oct. 13, 2011

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