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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.

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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

The most important test immigrants need to take just got harder

When you’re an immigrant to the United States who hopes to gain citizenship, one of the most angst-producing events in your life is likely to be the naturalization civics test that you must take.

Already fairly tough, it just got tougher.

More information to study, more questions to answer

In the past, immigrants hoping for citizenship were orally presented with 10 test questions drawn from a list of 100. To pass — a necessary requirement for naturalization — the candidate had to answer at least 6 of those questions correctly.

Now, candidates will be asked 20 questions, and they must correctly answer 12 of them, which doubles the pressure. Plus, the list of questions they may be asked has been increased to 128, with many of the new questions putting a heavy emphasis on civics.

Applicants who apply for U.S. citizenship on Dec. 1, 2020, or after are subject to the new rules. Those who applied prior to that date will be subject to the old rules.

Criticism of the new rules is coming from immigration advocates

Many immigration advocates feel like the new changes are coming at a particularly bad time. Citizenship and Immigration Services is already suffering from what many have called a “broken” immigration system, and cutbacks and budget problems have made it harder for the agency to move applications forward already.

These new rule changes won’t help. They put more pressure on the agency and the immigrants involved. Many see this as one more maneuver to make immigration more restrictive and this country less-welcoming to immigrants as a whole.

More than ever before, it’s important to have experienced representation by your side. If you’re an immigrant who is at a transition point in your journey, don’t hesitate to ask for assistance.

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