CORONA VIRUS / COVID-19 ADVISORY

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.

AVISO DE CORONA VIRUS / COVID-19

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 Problems
In An Honest & Responsible Manner

Fee increases for immigration services concerns advocates

Advocates for immigrant rights in California and across the nation are concerned with the Trump Administration’s decision to increase the fees associated with immigration and work visa applications. The announced fee changes come after nine months of deliberation on the matter by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency responsible for the nation’s immigration system.

 

The main area of concern is the increase of over 80 percent applied to applications for first-time asylum seekers and individuals seeking naturalization. The cost of online naturalization applications increased from $640 to $1,160. The agency counters by saying the fee increase satisfies the entire cost of application processing and contributes to the overhead expenses of the agency.

 

The $50 asylum fee America will now assess makes them only the fourth nation in the world to require payment from asylum seekers. The three other countries are Iran, Fiji, and Australia.

 

The announcement from the UCSIS comes at a time when the agency faces problems with its budget. The agency found it necessary to request a billion-dollar bailout from Congress after closing offices and discontinuing services in some locations. The UCSIS is unlike many federal agencies in that government funding does not provide a significant portion of its operating expenses. The agency depends on fee collection to survive.

 

A spokesperson for the UCSIS says the increased fees are not in response to problems with the agency’s budget. The spokesperson says the fee adjustment was part of the routine two-year evaluation of the agency’s fee structure and is needed to ensure the agency can continue to provide the same level of protection to the American people.

 

Immigration policy in America is often complex and can change without much warning. Immigrants and their families who have questions about either their immigration status or the immigration process as a whole may find it helpful to speak with an immigration attorney.

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Trump administration now wants to replace properly trained and experienced asylum officers with Border Patrol officers with 5 weeks training to conduct credible fear interviews. Quality and justice once again sacrificed for speed by Trump.

Jóvenes DACA en peligro.
Los jóvenes que se han visto beneficiados con el programa DACA se podrán ver perjudicados si no renuevan su DACA antes del fallo de la corte suprema de la nación que será en junio de 2020.
Lo recomendable es que se renueve dicho permiso aún si el permiso vence despues de la fecha del fallo de la corte que sera en junio de 2020.