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

Passport application require evidence of citizenship

A United States passport opens doors to international travel. Without a passport, entering another country becomes a virtual impossibility. A passport serves as government identification, which can prove helpful in many instances. The California DMV, for example, may accept a passport as I.D. when seeking a replacement driver’s license. Only U.S. citizens may apply for a U.S. passport, so applications for the document do require proof of said citizenship.

Proof of U.S. citizenship falls under two delineations: primary and secondary. Primary evidence includes expired passports, certified and detailed birth certificates, a naturalization certificate and more. Applicants do need to make sure the submitted proof is acceptable. A short-form birth certificate won’t work. The submitted birth certificate must include extensive information as required by the State Department.

Secondary evidence isn’t as definitive as primary evidence, but such evidence could provide sufficient credibility for the application’s acceptance. A delayed birth certificate, letter of no record or even baptism certificates and school records might work. Submitting several items of secondary evidence may help, but it might also be possible that the passport office could request additional information.

Improperly submitted or incomplete application packages could lead to delays. Persons needing their passport promptly might find the delays troubling, but the State Department will not accept applications lacking sufficient evidence. Therefore, applicants may benefit from carefully reviewing their submissions to make sure nothing is missing. Photocopies and original documents should be legible, too. The review might further benefit from proofreading the application for errors while also making sure documentary evidence fits the necessary criteria.

Requesting assistance from an immigration attorney could prove helpful. The attorney might assist a client with putting together an application package.


We are open Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and we accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

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