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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]

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Resolving Immigration ProblemsIn An Honest & Responsible Manner

Immigration bill to increase permanent residence for skilled work

It may be one of the more endearing nicknames we’ve seen in a while: dubbing the Congressional supporters of immigration reform as the ‘Gang of Eight’ has a somewhat nostalgic ring to it, especially if you’re a baby boomer remembering terms and phrases popular back in the sixties. More importantly, the federal immigration bill, if passed, would impact California positively and would expand opportunities for temporary work visas and permanent residence for high-skilled workers from overseas. This would help satisfy the enormous demand in the country for skilled and high tech workers.

It appears that the government currently has unduly restricted the ability of engineers and other high tech workers to immigrate here. These unrealistic limitations have resulted in many companies having unfulfilled positions for technologically skilled workers. For example, the limit on H-1B visas for skilled workers is 65,000, but immigration authorities report having reached that cap less than a week after the application period opened. The agency is facing using a lottery to pick future applicants.

Furthermore, it’s reported that far too many students are forced out of the country when their student visas expire, instead of giving them the opportunity to apply for permanent resident status. In fact, we’ve apparently created an underground of university graduates here on student visas that have gone into the shadows to avoid deportation. Furthermore, an increase in foreign graduates in science, technology, engineering and math has been proved to increase wages for native workers and to increase productivity and economic growth, according to studies at the University of California-Davis and at Colgate University.

That last factor is something that the country has ignored for far too long -important economic benefits have been wasted by not holding onto willing high tech workers who want to contribute to the country’s growth. If you’re a California resident facing immigration questions you’ll want to closely follow the progress of the so-called ‘Gang of Eight’ legislation, which will increase the numbers of immigrants who can apply for permanent residence status. Additionally, you may find it highly beneficial to get a consultation with an immigration practitioner who can answer all of your questions and give you an accurate and informed explanation of your options and potential remedies.

Source: azcentral.com, “Immigration reform would aid skilled workers,” April 22, 2013

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