We founded Zambrano & Ruiz Immigration Attorneys in 2019. As compassionate, experienced immigration lawyers local to the Atlanta area, we are committed to fighting for family unity and passionate about helping immigrants attain the American Dream. We exclusively practice immigration law, representing individuals seeking immigrant and non-immigrant visas, permanent residency, naturalization, and individuals in removal proceedings.

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Visas

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Non-Immigrant
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Information about green cards and bringing a foreign spouse to live in the U.S.

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  • July 29, 2022

    What is TPS, and how do these authorizations benefit migrants?

    The U.S. government has announced an 18-month extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Venezuelans. This action is a direct response to the petitions of various political and economic sectors that have asked the government to continue protecting those migrants that left Venezuela in 2014 due to the sociopolitical crisis they’re currently in. However, TPS does not only cover Venezuelans. Other migrants can also apply and benefit from this travel authorization document. But how? In our blog post, we will explain to you what exactly is TPS and how it helps those who benefit from this immigration process. What is Temporary Protected Status? Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, is an immigration program that the government provides to citizens in certain countries under particular circumstances that allow them to remain temporarily in the U.S. TPS was created by Congress as part of the Immigration Act of 1990 to protect citizens of certain countries that cannot return to their homeland because of: An ongoing armed conflict between their country and another nation or a civil war. Environmental disasters in their nation. Pandemics. Other temporary and extraordinary conditions. Which countries can apply for TPS? The Department of Homeland Security allows citizens of these countries to be potential beneficiaries of TPS:   Afghanistan Myanmar Cameroon El Salvador Haiti Honduras Nepal Nicaragua Somalia Sudan South Sudan Syria Ukraine Venezuela Yemen If you are a citizen or a stateless person that has resided in one of these countries, you are qualified to benefit from TPS. What are TPS’s benefits? Despite the fact that this immigration program does not grant permanent residency or any other immigration status, immigrants that are under TPS can benefit from a series of measures to help them incorporate their lives in the United States. Therefore, beneficiaries will be provided with: Protection from being deported. Remaining for a period of time in the United States designated by their TPS. An employment authorization document (EAD). An application for travel authorization. What criteria must I meet in order to be eligible for TPS? To become a TPS beneficiary, first, you must either be a citizen from one of the designated countries or a stateless person that has resided in these countries before immigrating to the U.S. In addition, you must have been residing or continually physically present (CPP) in the United States prior to the effective date of the most recent designation date for your country.  Although there are some exceptions in TBS that do not require you to be physically present in the U.S. at all times, the law allows beneficiaries to leave the U.S. for a brief period under innocent circumstances. However, all of these departures must be reported to the USCIS. Does TPS have to be renewed? Yes. Since this is a temporary permit, once you are granted TPS benefits, you must renew your status in each re-registration period to continue having your temporary protected status. This requirement applies to all TPS beneficiaries, including those who were initially granted TPS by immigration authorities, a judge, or the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). If you’re a resident of these countries that is eligible for […]

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  • June 29, 2022

    What is the Los Angeles Declaration and how does this affect migration?

    On June 10, 2022, over 20 American and Caribbean countries gathered at the Ninth Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles to commit to working together in creating safe conditions and reinforcing frameworks to protect migrants.  These commitments are the basis for the creation of the Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and Protection, which also builds upon other international immigration instruments such as the 1984 Cartagena Declaration and the 2018 Quito Process. Although the agreement is not binding, the Los Angeles Declaration is a step forward in properly managing the migration waves that occur in the Americas. Events such as the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, and the diaspora of Venezuelans due to their country’s economic situation, add to the flows of Central American immigrants that are fleeing their homelands to move to North American countries. What exactly does the Declaration of the Americas consist of? The 20 countries that signed the Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and Protection were: Argentina Barbados Belize Brazil Canada Chile Colombia Costa Rica Ecuador El Salvador United States Guatemala Haiti Honduras Jamaica Mexico Panama Paraguay Peru Uruguay The White House has stated that the countries “are committed to protecting the safety and dignity of all migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and stateless persons, regardless of their migratory status, and respecting their human rights and fundamental freedoms”. This declaration has established to work on promoting four major issues: Stability and assistance for communities of destination, origin, transit, and return. Legal pathways for migration and international protection. Humane migration management. Coordinated emergency response. With this shared approach, the signatory countries commit to investing and supporting countries that have received large numbers of migrants and refugees such as: Belize, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru, and Trinidad and Tobago. But what exactly did the U.S. government commit to? How does the Los Angeles Declaration impact migration to the United States? Due to their high number of deportation cases, the United States was the country that proposed the Los Angeles Declaration. One of the talking points of the Los Angeles Declaration was the U.S. government announcing three commitments that aim to help migrants. The U.S. government announced the aid of 65 million dollars to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help American agricultural companies that hire temporary workers from Northern Central America under the H2-A visa program. Additionally, the U.S. government also announced that they will provide an additional 11,500 H-2B visas for temporary non-agricultural workers for Haitian and Northern Central American citizens. According to the White House, this new number of visas “represents a three-fold increase from this year”.   Reunification of Haitian and Cuban Families The U.S. government has also pledged to increase the number of referrals to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for Haitians. Additionally, the United States will resume and increase its participation in the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program, in which certain eligible U.S. citizens and permanent residents can sponsor family members for parole, which is to enter the country and temporarily stay with an immigrant or non-immigrant visa. The White House also announced that the Department of State will intensify its efforts to […]

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  • May 9, 2022

    How to Pay National Visa Center (NVC) Fees Electronically

    If you are researching how to pay the National Visa Center (NVC) fees, CONGRATULATIONS! That means your petition has been approved, and you are continuing your U.S. immigration process. To begin, the most common way to get to this point is through an approved family petition. For example, an approved family member could be your U.S. citizen child over the age of 21, your U.S. citizen, or permanent resident spouse who files an approved I-130 petition on your behalf. When the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approves an I-130 petition, USCIS sends the approval to the National Visa Center (NVC), and the NVC generates the immigrant visa. As long as the priority date on the I-130 petition is current, you can submit your visa application on the NVC website. Here are the steps you need to take to pay your NVC fees: 1. Get Your Case Number and Invoice ID The NVC should have sent you a notice about your visa called “Notice of Immigrant Visa Creation.” This notice contains an NVC Case Number and an Invoice ID Number.     Note: The NVC case number will contain the initials of the city where you will do your Consular Processing. For example: ⦁ BGT: Bogota, Colombia ⦁ CDJ: Ciudad Juarez, Mexico ⦁ GTM: Guatemala City, Guatemala ⦁ GYQ: Guayaquil, Ecuador ⦁ SNS: San Salvador, El Salvador 2. Go to the Necessary Website to Make Payments Once you have your case number and invoice ID, go to the following website: https://ceac.state.gov/IV/Login.aspx and click on the box that says, “I have read the terms of the Privacy Act Notice.”   3. Enter your Case Data where Instructed Once you have checked the box that says, “I have read the terms of the Privacy Act Notice,” enter your NVC Case Number in the box that says “Case Number.” Then enter your Invoice ID Number in the box that says “Enter the Invoice ID Number that the National Visa Center sent you.”   4. Establish that You Are the Applicant Once you have entered your NVC Case Number and Invoice ID Number, select the “I am the APPLICANT” option from the drop down menu.   5. Fill In the Security Code Once you have entered your NVC Case Number, your Invoice ID Number, and select “I am the “APPLICANT,” enter the security letters and numbers you see on the screen to establish that you are a real person and not a bot. In this example, they would be “DA6DN” but everyone has a different configuration. Once you have entered that information, click the button, “Continue.”   6. Go to the Summary Information Screen Once you have pressed “Continue,” the following screen will appear: At this point, you are ready to make payments. Be sure to have your payment method available. If you leave the page open for more than a few minutes without activity, the page automatically reverts to the home page, and you will have to enter all your information again. 7. Enter your Payment Information To make the first payment, click on the link that says, “Pay Now” under the […]

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  • November 23, 2021

    4 Things to Know About Deferred Action for Medical Reasons

    Several individuals present in the United States qualify for an immigration program called “Deferred Action.” There are several types of deferred action available to immigrants in the United States, but the focus of this blog is for those who are the caregivers of children, parents, or spouses that are United States citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents with severe medical conditions. Circumstances For Deferred Action  This type of Deferred Action is an excellent option for individuals and families without status who present these compelling equities:  a serious medical condition long-term presence in the United States close family ties   A Humanitarian Outlook  Under this type of program, individuals might request the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USICS”) to defer removal or deportation for humanitarian reasons. This kind of discretion is vital to maintaining a compassionate immigration system and a healthy society. It also helps to carefully use limited resources to deport those who present a danger. Historically, officials have considered the following factors: the likelihood of removal the presence of sympathetic factors the likelihood a large amount of adverse publicity will be generated because of the sympathetic factors whether the individual is a member of a class of deportable aliens whose removal has been given high enforcement priority If Deferred Action is granted, it is given in 2-year increments. While Deferred Action does not confer lawful status on an individual and does not provide a path to permanent residence or citizenship, individuals who have obtained deferred action are eligible to apply for employment authorization. Making a World of Difference Recently, our office helped a single mother of a four-year-old US citizen with severe Down’s Syndrome, intellectual disabilities, and heart defects.  Our client needed a driver’s license to be able to take her child to doctor appointments and therapy without the worry of immigration authorities detaining her. Thanks to the Deferred Action program, our client was able to obtain an employment authorization card and a Georgia Driver’s License. Our client is now focusing on the health of her child without being worried about deportation. Considering Deferred Action Options If you are the caregiver of a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident child, parent, or spouse with severe medical conditions, you may want to consider this option. If you want more information about this type of Deferred Action, contact the attorneys Zambrano & Ruiz at 770-769-5820.

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  • November 22, 2021

    4 Important Things to Consider When Applying for a Green Card

    To begin, what is a green card? Officially known as a Permanent Resident Card, it is proof of a person’s lawful permanent residency in the United States. A green card demonstrates that the cardholder is living in the United States legally. The United States government has therefore granted the green card holder the authorization to live and work in the country permanently. There are several different ways that a person can apply to receive a green card so that they can be a permanent resident of the United States. The ways in which a person can receive a green card is through employment, holding the status of a “special immigrant” like a religious worker, or for humanitarian reasons like having status as an asylee or refugee or being a human trafficking or crime victim. These paths are just a few of the many ways one can obtain a green card. But one of the most common ways people can obtain permanent residency is through a family member. If the person seeking this status is an “immediate relative” of the citizen or permanent resident, then they could be eligible to obtain a green card through that relative. According to the United States government’s US Immigration and Citizenship Services, an immediate relative is defined as the spouse of a U.S. citizen, the unmarried child under the age of 21 of a U.S. citizen, or the parent of a U.S. citizen (21 years or old). Many times, this means that the family member can petition on their behalf. There are many people living in the United States and abroad whose parents have U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent residency. Clients frequently ask us during consultations if a parent with U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent residency can petition to obtain permanent resident status, or a green card, for their child. Generally, the eligibility criteria of the adult child hinges on whether or not they are married and whether or not they are under the age of 21. Please see a breakdown below to determine whether a family-based petition filed for a green card by your parent on your behalf is an option for you. My parent is a U.S. citizen. Can they petition to obtain a green card for me? Yes. An immigrant visa or green card is immediately available for the children of United States citizens. For immigration purposes, children are considered “unmarried people under the age of 21.” If you are over the age of 21 and unmarried, you are eligible to seek residency in this manner. This category is known as “first preference” or F1. Keep in mind that you will have to wait for your priority date to become current before you can apply for your immigrant visa, so it is not immediately available. If you are over the age of 21 and married, which is known as third preference (F3),  you are also eligible to seek residency and obtain a green card in this manner. You will also have to wait for your priority date to become current before you may apply for your immigrant visa. My parent is a […]

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Alexis Ruiz is a brilliant attorney. She represented us in my husband's case. Before our interview for his residency, she helped us prepare, and gave us a completely honest view of what the interview might be like. In the days leading up to the interview, she kindly answered all of our questions. On the day of the interview, she was there to answer our last minute questions and helped us stay calm and focused. We would recommend Alexis Ruiz to anyone in need of an immigration attorney and will definitely go to her again for our naturalization process.

Hedy Alvarado

This was my first time receiving legal help from an attorney, and I don't think I could have made a more professional, effective, responsive and efficient choice than Alexis Ruiz. She is very quick to respond to any questions or concerns you may have. I was very fortunate to have come across this law firm. It was an unparalleled experience because my case was in very good hands. Alexis, I thank you very much for your professionalism and affordable service.

Saujan Niraula

Alexis Ruiz is a fully experienced immigration law attorney and is one of the best attorneys I have ever come in contact with. Alexis and her team are extremely organized, friendly, and informative, which made us feel extremely confident with the entire process. She answered all of the questions we had before we had our green card interview. Thanks to her support a week later, I had my green card in my hands. Thank you very much.

Maria A Mason

Shirley Zambrano is the best! There are no words to describe how happy I am to have found her because she helped us when many had turned their backs on us. We live in Maryland, and she lives in Georgia, but that was never a problem for her. She is a true professional, and I give her 10 stars. I fully recommend her to anyone because she really puts the odds in your favor. Thank you, Shirley. We appreciate you very much and look forward to working with you again to get our citizenship.

Luis diaz

They are very professional and reliable lawyers. When no one wanted to help me with my case, they took my side and helped me throughout the entire process. They are an excellent support-- definitely recommended. Thank you, Shirley Zambrano, for helping me and my family.

Roque Martinez

I fully recommend Shirley Zambrano. She understood my case from the beginning, explained the whole process in detail, listened to all my concerns, and gave me the right advice at all times. She was always available to answer my concerns with great customer service and professionalism. Definitely an excellent attorney--I am completely grateful for her work. Thank you Zambrano & Ruiz.

Silvana Sahu

Shirley is an incredible attorney. The whole experience made me feel heard and trusted. Shirley really went the extra mile, and she was absolutely wonderful. Trust them, you will not regret it.

Amira Muhsen

Alexis Ruiz gave my wife and me a service that went above and beyond what we expected. We could not have chosen a more qualified immigration attorney than her. If you are bilingual and are looking for legal support and have not started looking into legal options, consider the experience and professionalism of Zambrano & Ruiz.

Archie Martinez

I had a wonderful experience with this firm. I would especially like to thank attorney Alexis Ruiz and her team for handling my case. She was an absolute pleasure to work with. She was extremely helpful in guiding me through my case. I would highly recommend her.

Livardo Becerra

Shirley was wonderful while handling my case. She guided me through every step of the process and listened to all my concerns, was always available to answer my questions, and sought the best outcome for my case. Her entire team was very friendly and maintained the best communication at all times. I would hire her again without hesitation.

Noelia Solano

Shirley Zambrano was amazing every step of the way. Our case had been ongoing for over 3 years, and we had already worked with several attorneys to seek a resolution, to no avail. We hired Shirley Zambrano earlier this year, and our case was approved. 5 stars is not enough. She worked very closely with me, communicated frequently, and prepared me perfectly. If you are looking for a lawyer who will get you results, she is the one.

Shonna M

Shirley Zambrano is honestly the best immigration attorney I have ever had. She always answers questions in a perfect way so that you can understand the whole process. She handled my case successfully even when it was difficult. She dispelled all my doubts, and, as she said, everything worked out in the end. My thanks will never be enough. 10/10 highly recommended.

Nicole Sosa

Alexis Ruiz was extremely helpful. She really went above and beyond what we expected and helped our family. I fully recommend her services. She is honest, professional, and very responsive. Thank you so much for all your help.

Olga Melnyk

Attorney Shirley Zambrano went above and beyond my expectations in my case. She worked diligently and with great professionalism. My immigration case turned out completely fine thanks to her. I highly recommend Shirley Zambrano.

Leonor Sosa

I fully recommend attorney Alexis Ruiz for immigration cases. My mom was having problems with her green card due to delays caused by Covid-19, and Alexis advised us through the legal process, giving us multiple options, which resulted in an effective resolution. Alexis is an experienced attorney, and she is detailed, professional, and extremely prompt with communication. Thank you, Alexis.

Victor Baten

Alexis Ruiz is a brilliant attorney. She represented us in my husband's case. Before our interview for his residency, she helped us prepare, and gave us a completely honest view of what the interview might be like. In the days leading up to the interview, she kindly answered all of our questions. On the day of the interview, she was there to answer our last minute questions and helped us stay calm and focused. We would recommend Alexis Ruiz to anyone in need of an immigration attorney and will definitely go to her again for our naturalization process.

Hedy Alvarado

This was my first time receiving legal help from an attorney, and I don't think I could have made a more professional, effective, responsive and efficient choice than Alexis Ruiz. She is very quick to respond to any questions or concerns you may have. I was very fortunate to have come across this law firm. It was an unparalleled experience because my case was in very good hands. Alexis, I thank you very much for your professionalism and affordable service.

Saujan Niraula

Alexis Ruiz is a fully experienced immigration law attorney and is one of the best attorneys I have ever come in contact with. Alexis and her team are extremely organized, friendly, and informative, which made us feel extremely confident with the entire process. She answered all of the questions we had before we had our green card interview. Thanks to her support a week later, I had my green card in my hands. Thank you very much.

Maria A Mason

Shirley Zambrano is the best! There are no words to describe how happy I am to have found her because she helped us when many had turned their backs on us. We live in Maryland, and she lives in Georgia, but that was never a problem for her. She is a true professional, and I give her 10 stars. I fully recommend her to anyone because she really puts the odds in your favor. Thank you, Shirley. We appreciate you very much and look forward to working with you again to get our citizenship.

Luis Diaz

They are very professional and reliable lawyers. When no one wanted to help me with my case, they took my side and helped me throughout the entire process. They are an excellent support-- definitely recommended. Thank you, Shirley Zambrano, for helping me and my family.

Roque Martinez

I fully recommend Shirley Zambrano. She understood my case from the beginning, explained the whole process in detail, listened to all my concerns, and gave me the right advice at all times. She was always available to answer my concerns with great customer service and professionalism. Definitely an excellent attorney--I am completely grateful for her work. Thank you Zambrano & Ruiz.

Silvana Sahu

Shirley is an incredible attorney. The whole experience made me feel heard and trusted. Shirley really went the extra mile, and she was absolutely wonderful. Trust them, you will not regret it.

Amira Muhsen

Alexis Ruiz gave my wife and me a service that went above and beyond what we expected. We could not have chosen a more qualified immigration attorney than her. If you are bilingual and are looking for legal support and have not started looking into legal options, consider the experience and professionalism of Zambrano & Ruiz.

Archie Martinez

I had a wonderful experience with this firm. I would especially like to thank attorney Alexis Ruiz and her team for handling my case. She was an absolute pleasure to work with. She was extremely helpful in guiding me through my case. I would highly recommend her.

Livardo Becerra

Shirley was wonderful while handling my case. She guided me through every step of the process and listened to all my concerns, was always available to answer my questions, and sought the best outcome for my case. Her entire team was very friendly and maintained the best communication at all times. I would hire her again without hesitation.

Noelia Solano

Shirley Zambrano was amazing every step of the way. Our case had been ongoing for over 3 years, and we had already worked with several attorneys to seek a resolution, to no avail. We hired Shirley Zambrano earlier this year, and our case was approved. 5 stars is not enough. She worked very closely with me, communicated frequently, and prepared me perfectly. If you are looking for a lawyer who will get you results, she is the one.

Shonna M

Shirley Zambrano is honestly the best immigration attorney I have ever had. She always answers questions in a perfect way so that you can understand the whole process. She handled my case successfully even when it was difficult. She dispelled all my doubts, and, as she said, everything worked out in the end. My thanks will never be enough. 10/10 highly recommended.

Nicole Sosa

Alexis Ruiz was extremely helpful. She really went above and beyond what we expected and helped our family. I fully recommend her services. She is honest, professional, and very responsive. Thank you so much for all your help.

Olga Melnyk

Attorney Shirley Zambrano went above and beyond my expectations in my case. She worked diligently and with great professionalism. My immigration case turned out completely fine thanks to her. I highly recommend Shirley Zambrano.

Leonor Sosa

I fully recommend attorney Alexis Ruiz for immigration cases. My mom was having problems with her green card due to delays caused by Covid-19, and Alexis advised us through the legal process, giving us multiple options, which resulted in an effective resolution. Alexis is an experienced attorney, and she is detailed, professional, and extremely prompt with communication. Thank you, Alexis.

Victor Baten

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