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

Traveling to the U.S. while pregnant could be complicated

At the end of 2020, federal prosecutors charged a group of people with running a birth tourism racket. They allege it cost New York state over $2 million in fraudulent Medicaid costs. It followed a similar prosecution by a California court caught in 2019.

Birth tourism is a long-standing issue. In January 2020, the government introduced new rules targeting it. Sadly they could also make it harder for pregnant women traveling to the U.S. for legitimate reasons to get a visa.

Who decides if you are traveling to the U.S. for legitimate reasons?

The new regulations give consular officials the responsibility to decide whether a woman has a valid reason to travel. Or if she is doing so to gain U.S. citizenship for her child.

Women must present sufficient evidence to convince the consular official that their reason to travel is legitimate. If they need to give birth in the U.S. for medical reasons, they need to prove they cannot receive the same medical treatment elsewhere. They must also show evidence of sufficient funds to do so.

If you are pregnant and traveling to the U.S. for reasons not related to pregnancy, you could still be affected. You might be traveling for tourism, business or to see family. Yet, a consular official may decide that you are fabricating a story and that your real motive is to gain U.S. citizenship for your child.

Get help with your immigration issue before immigration authorities get involved

Consular workers are not gynecologists. They do not have the necessary medical training to make judgments about a woman’s pregnancy. What is worse is that women have no right to appeal their decision. Immigration matters can be incredibly complicated. Being denied can also affect your future chances of gaining a visa. It is best not to tackle things alone.

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