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

Differences between refugees and immigrants seeking asylum

Persecution or fear of persecution because of religion, nationality, political beliefs, race or social status are motivations for both groups to cross borders into the United States. Members of the two groups often settle here in San Diego, but there are some important differences between them.

Some of the differences between refugees and asylum-seekers include sheer numbers (refugees outnumber immigrants seeking asylum) and where the two groups begin the immigrantion process (refugees begin it abroad; those seeking asylum do it at the border or inside the U.S.).

Some refugees come to escape armed conflicts at home. Before arriving in America, they are sometimes housed in camps overseas where they receive assistance with essentials (food, minimal housing, etc.) from international organizations. Once here, they can receive support that includes financial aid, medical care, education and other assistance.

Asylum-seekers are often fleeing more personal battles with hostile powers at home, including people who are politically active or gay or otherwise deemed objectionable.

Unlike refugees asylum-seekers are sometimes detained at a port of entry such as San Diego and then given an interview to try to determine if their fears of persecution are credible. Those whose fears aren’t considered credible can be deported. Those who pass that initial test will face a hearing before an immigrantion court judge, PBS recently reported.

At every step of the process, knowledge of process and paperwork is critical.

An experienced immigrantion law attorney can help you navigate a complex system. You can contact the Law Offices of Jan Joseph Bejar, A Professional Law Corporation, for more information.


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