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]

Thank you for your understanding.


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

New guidelines may make things more difficult for asylum seekers

On Behalf of | May 1, 2014 | Asylum

Changes to the guidelines concerning what does or does not constitute a valid request for asylum may be interesting to people in California who are monitoring developments in this issue. The changes could mean that those who are seeking asylum in the United States may now find it more difficult to get their story heard. Some officials say that scenario is already taking place.

The head of the asylum division for Immigration Services recently released a memo that changed how claims concerning the threat of persecution are referred for judgment. He said that, in the past, even those claims that had only a minimal or slight possibility of success were allowed to move forward. The new guidelines state that there must be a “substantial” possibility the claim will be met with success before the applicant is allowed his or her day in court.

Opponents of the change say it creates a burden for asylum seekers that is too burdensome for many to overcome. They claim it makes the standard excessively high regarding what does or does not constitute a genuine threat or credible fear. They argue that it is contradictory to what was intended originally by legislators and say it should not be the message that is sent to those who may have a valid case.

As time passes, the facts will show if the new guidelines are unduly restrictive for those seeking asylum in California and elsewhere in the country. For those who face a genuine threat if they return to their birth country, remaining current as the laws and regulations change is integral to success. Only by understanding the situation fully can they hope to achieve success.

Source: The Kansas City Star, “Feds quietly toughen standards for immigrant asylum seekers“, Franco Ordonez, April 18, 2014


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