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 extend your stay in the United States

If you have the desire to extend your stay in the United States, it’s imperative to take all the right steps at the right time. Assuming you can make this decision without additional documentation is one of the biggest mistakes you can make.

The first thing you need to do is use Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, to file a request with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Timing is important here, as you need to do so before your authorized stay comes to an end.

In the event that you remain in the country past your authorization date, it can lead to deportation and/or stop you from being able to return in the future.

You are permitted to apply for an extension if:

  • You were originally admitted into the country with a nonimmigrant visa
  • Your visa status is valid
  • You have not committed a crime making you ineligible
  • You have a valid passport
  • You have not violated any terms or conditions of your original admission to the country

There could come a point when you realize that you are not ready to leave the United States. While there is no guarantee that you will be able to stay, knowing how the extension process works is of utmost importance.

Once you have a clear idea of what you need to do, it’s time to take action. The steps that you take, as well as when you take them, will have a lot to do with what happens next and whether you are permitted to stay in the country longer.

Source: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, “Extend Your Stay,” accessed Feb. 13, 2018


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For our clients’ convenience we offer English and Spanish speaking services.