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]janbejar.com

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

The visa landscape for immigrants is in flux

In the next week or two, lawmakers are expected to reveal a new immigration bill. For many undocumented immigrants who are anxiously awaiting their future, the bill could provide immense relief. If approved, many of those undocumented immigrants would over time have a clear path to citizenship.

The future is a lot murkier, however, for temporary visa holders, including those who have (or want) an H-1B visa.

Prior changes to immigration policies are still causing consequences

The “Buy American, Hire American” initiatives put into place over the previous presidential administration make it much more difficult — and costly — for employers to hire foreign job applicants. This is true no matter how badly their skills might be needed in their industry.

Records show that roughly 25% of H-1B visa applications were denied in 2018 and 2019. Prior to that time, denial rates were no more than 5% to 10% per year.

The proposed bill does offer better opportunities for foreign-born students who graduate from U.S. schools with certain degrees to stay here. There are also provisions that would give protection to the children of those who hold H-1B visas from being forced to return to their homelands at a certain age even while their parents are waiting on their green cards.

The bill does not do much to improve the situation for new H-1B applicants, or the industries and businesses that hope to hire immigrants with special skills through that visa program.

More than ever, it’s important get your visa application right

While immigration issues may be headed in the right direction, there are still a lot of changes happening. To stay abreast of how these changes can affect your life and your family, it’s wise to work with an immigration attorney at all times.

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