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

Does a lay-off affect your employment-based visa?

A work visa allows you to enter the United States temporarily. You may even be able to bring your spouse and your minor children with you. Employment-based visas are a popular and effective means of entering the United States, but they have many limitations.

A worker who has lived in the United States for years and been a diligent employee could be quite vulnerable if their employer goes through a rough financial time. Companies trying to balance the budget may need to lay off some of their workers during slow times.

Does a layoff impact your work-based visa?

Losing your job can affect your right to stay in the country

When you apply for an employment-based visa, you obtain eligibility to enter the country based on that specific job. While you likely have marketable skills and the opportunity to find other work, the employer hiring you would need to apply for their own work visa.

You will typically only have up to 60 days from when you lose your job to find and start another position. Those officially terminated from their position may not be able to avoid the immigration consequences of losing their job. Those temporarily laid off may be able to stay in the country, especially if their employer plans to put them back to work quickly.

However, you have to remain gainfully employed and receiving a paycheck to comply with the terms of your work visa. If you go long enough to miss paychecks or the layoff turns to a termination, your right to stay in the United States might end. 

Personal stability is a reason people look at other immigration programs

Knowing that you could lose your job and therefore your visa at any moment through no fault of your own is frightening. Once you have entered the United States and maintained your employment for an appropriate amount of time, you might qualify to get a green card, which will protect your right to stay in the country even if there are issues with your employment in the future.

Learning about the benefits and limitations of work visas can help you better protect yourself and your family as an immigrant worker.


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.