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 ProblemsIn An Honest & Responsible Manner

Possible new requirements for immigrant families

In California, people understand that immigrating to the United States is a goal for many around the world. It’s a difficult process with many hurdles that must be cleared. In 2019, the Trump Administration introduced new requirements for DNA collection from potential immigrants, and in 2020, the administration floated the idea of expanding that requirement.

Sponsoring citizens

In addition to collecting genetic information from the immigrants themselves, the idea is that the Department of Homeland Security would also require DNA swabs from the citizens sponsoring them. This fits in with the Trump Administration’s anxiety about so-called chain migration. This refers, essentially, to family immigration, meaning that people who have become established in the United States use their status to bring relatives over, too.

With advances in technology, the government has many options to collect information from newcomers. In addition to DNA, this can include biometric markers. This refers to measurable characteristics that are unique to an individual. Fingerprints are probably the best-known biometric marker. Voice prints, iris maps and palm prints are other examples.

Understanding the why

In some developing countries, records are not always reliable and can even be hand-written. That’s reportedly one reason DHS and the Trump Administration are eager to transition to biometrics and DNA. One of the goals is to ensure that U.S. residents can only use family sponsorship to bring actual relatives to the country. Government officials claim to be very concerned about fraud in the system.

Individuals awaiting a decision on their immigration status may be confused by these new requirements. In this situation, it may be helpful to contact an experienced immigration lawyer. With their knowledge of the ever-changing requirements, lawyers may help guide people through this increasingly complex process.

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