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

How to bring a child to live in the United States

Are you a United States citizen? Do you have the desire to bring a child to live with you in the country? If you find yourself in this position, you may have a variety of questions about what you should and shouldn’t be doing.

To start, you need to understand the definition of a child as it pertains to eligibility purposes. A child is anyone under the age of 21 who is not married.

Note: You have the right to petition on behalf of an unmarried daughter or son who is over the age of 21.

What are the documentation requirements?

There is a lot that goes into bringing a child to live in the United States. Here are some of the many steps that you need to take:

  • Complete a petition for alien relative, Form I-130. In addition to completing the form, you should sign it and include the filing fee.
  • Provide evidence of your United States citizenship. This can include any of the following: United States passport, United States birth certificate, certificate of citizenship, naturalization certificate or Consular Report of Birth Abroad.
  • Proof of name change. This may not always be applicable, but there are times, such as if you are married, where it’s necessary.
  • Proof of relationship. For example, if you’re the biological mother, you need to provide a copy of the child’s birth certificate. If you’re the biological gather, you’ll also need a copy of the marriage certificate to the child’s biological mother and evidence of an established relationship.

If you want to bring a child to live in the United States, you should begin to collect this information as soon as possible. Even if you have everything you need on hand, this is never a fast and simple process. Any number of challenges could arise along the way.

As long as you know what’s required of you, which steps to take, and your legal rights for bringing a child to live in the United States, you’ll find yourself in position to reach your goal in the future.


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