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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  • President Biden’s Top 5 Actions on Immigration
    February 8, 2021

    President Biden’s Top 5 Actions on Immigration

    President Biden’s Top 5 Actions on Immigration President Biden has sent an immigration bill to Congress, but there is no telling when the bill will move forward. With that being said, President Biden has already issued numerous executive orders (EO’s) and directives regarding immigration that are beginning to take effect. These following 5 actions are set to create swift changes in the immigration system. 1. 100- Day Moratorium on Deportations: President Biden has directed certain immigration agencies, such as the Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to stop the deportations of certain noncitizens while these agencies review current enforcement policies. NOTE: Just as many of President Trump’s executive actions were fought in court, this directive is already seeing legal challenges. A U.S. District Judge from Texas has issued an injunction, stopping this moratorium. This injunction was issued on January 26th and lasts two weeks. 2. Revoking of Travel Ban On his first day in office, President Biden revoked an EO issued by President Trump that restricted travel from numerous countries including Belarus, Burma, Eritrea, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Nigeria, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Venezuela, and Yemen. 3. Suspending New Enrollments in the MPP President Biden has directed the Department of Homeland Security to stop enrolling asylum-seekers in the Migrant Protection Protocols Program (MPP). This program requires asylum-seekers arriving from Latin American countries to remain in Mexico while they seek asylum in the United States. There is still no official word from the White House on what will happen to those already enrolled and still waiting. 4. Halting of Border Wall Construction President Biden has issued a proclamation ending the National Emergency declared by a previous Proclamation issued by President Trump. With this proclamation, construction of the border wall has come to a halt. A plan is under development to redirect funds given for the wall. 5. Halting of Excluding Noncitizens from U.S Census President Biden has signed an EO that directs those in charge of completing the 2020 Census to include all residents regardless of citizenship or immigration status. This revokes two EO’s signed by President Trump that aimed to 1) Collect citizenship information through census questioning and 2) Exclude undocumented immigrants from representation.

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  • January 17, 2021

    Proposed Biden Policies

    Joe Biden has promised to lift the travel ban implemented by the Trump Administration on various majority Muslim countries on his first day of office. He has also promised to condemn violations of human rights against Uyghur Muslims in China and Rohingya Muslims in Burma. Biden will look to implement a 100-day freeze on deportations while his administration issues guidance narrowing who can be arrested by immigration agents. This guidance will focus on preventing “collateral arrests”. Biden has pledged to end the Migrant Protection Protocols policy implemented by the Trump administration. However, it remains unclear how the administration will handle the cases of thousands of asylum-seekers already waiting in Northern Mexico. Sources close to Biden’s team have said the administration plans to withdraw from all three agreements the Trump administration has made with Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. These agreements allow rejected asylum-seekers to be sent to these countries.

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  • April 21, 2020

    What are some options to adjust your immigration status in Atlanta?

    An adjustment of status in the United States is one of the ways in which an immigrant can obtain a green card. Through this process, an eligible person can obtain a number of benefits, such as permission to stay in the country, even if your nonimmigrant visa expires. Therefore, through an adjustment of status we a person can get a step closer to applying for legal permanent residence in the United States. This immigration process can be an option for foreigners who reside within the country and comply with a series of documents and requirements that we will explain in this new Blog. Three important requirements for adjusting your status Many people do not know if they are eligible for an adjustment of their status. This is understandable given the numerous changes that the administration of the United States government continually makes. Not all immigrants in the country are eligible to make an adjustment to their status. To begin with, an applicant for adjustment of status must meet the requirements for permanent residency. If a person does not meet these requirements they may be denied and subsequently deported. For this reason, it is very important to seek help from an immigration lawyer who knows how to handle adjustment of status and permanent residence cases. Here are the requirements you must meet to make an adjustment of status in the United States: Physical presence in the United States. If the situation is that you do not reside in the country at the time of the adjustment of status, you cannot carry out any procedure related to this goal. First of all, it is necessary to apply for an immigrant visa at the consulate or embassy of your country of origin. Legal admission in the United States. As we previously mentioned, in order for you to make the adjustment of status, you must have a physical presence in the United States. However, when entering the country you must pass through an entry post, where an officer allows you to enter and will legally admit you into the country. Do not become a public charge. In the past month, the Trump administration approved the new Public Charge standard, which specifies and adds the specific elements for which a person is considered a public charge in the United States and cannot apply for adjustment of status. According to the USCIS, a person is considered a public charge if he or she is likely to depend on the government to survive in the country. Therefore, foreigners who wish to adjust their status must present the necessary evidence to prove that they can support themselves and are not likely to need help supporting themselves. For instance having a job, a place to live, owning a home can help.  Adjustment of status through your family or work As you may know, adjustment of status is a process that allows an immigrant to apply for lawful permanent residence status without having to leave the United States. One of the simplest ways that the Zambrano & Ruiz immigration law firm advises clients to pursue is to make the adjustment […]

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  • January 14, 2020

    What should I do to be a beneficiary of an O Visa?

    Is there a difference between a Green Card and an O Visa? Are there different types of O Visas? How do I apply for an O Visa? All of these questions and more will be answered in this blog. If you have additional questions, we’re experienced immigration lawyers that will be happy to talk to you. What is an O Visa? First, an O Visa is a nonimmigrant visa granted by the USCIS for a person who possesses extraordinary skills in the areas of science, arts, education, business, and sports. That is, they have managed to be recognized in their professions nationally or worldwide for achievements in their fields. This sounds like a broad category for visas, but the beneficiary of the visa, or the person who is hoping to come work in the U.S, must meet at least three of the eight O Visa requirements to be considered. There are three different types of O Visas depending on the field of expertise, work assistance, and family members.  O-1 Visa (a): visa granted to all those people with an extraordinary ability in science, education, business or sports. O-1 Visa (b): visa granted to all those people with an extraordinary ability in the field of the arts, as well as in movies and on television. O-2 Visa: this visa is granted to those people who will accompany the person holding the O-1 Visa. These people are an integral or essential part of the work and must have a high critical capacity and experience to help the worker perform in the United States. O-3 Visa: visa granted to people who are spouses or children of the person who is requesting an O-1 Visa or an O-2 Visa. What is “extraordinary ability”? Success is measured differently all around the world. So what does it mean to have an extraordinary ability that qualifies someone for an O-1 Visa (a or b) instead of a Green Card or another type of visa? The USCIS has a list of requirements that the person must meet in order to be considered for an O Visa. These requirements serve as proof that they have achieved success in their professional career and, therefore, have enough documents to support and enforce the claim.     Unless the person possesses a major internationally recognized award such as a Nobel Prize, they must meet three of the following eight requirements: Recipient of one or several national or international awards in their field for excellent work. Membership in a nationally or internationally recognized organization focused on excellence and outstanding achievements in their field of expertise. Published material in a professional or major trade publications or other types of major media. These do not necessarily have to be written by the person, but they must highlight the significance of them and their work. Contributed original scientific, scholarly/academic, and/or business related work that is of major significance in their field of expertise Author of scholarly articles in their field published either in professional journals or other major media that require classification to be published in. Be paid a high salary or other form of compensation […]

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  • November 8, 2019

    An Overview of Deportation Basics

    The United States reserves the right to deport foreigners who participate in criminal acts, threaten public safety or violate the detailed specifications on their visas. Crossing the border without documentation or with forged documentation counts as a criminal act and can make you eligible for deportation from the country. Even when you enter the United States with the appropriate visa, if you violate the terms of that visa, you may also be eligible for deportation. There are many ways to be expelled from the United States: accelerated deportation, reinstatement of deportation, administrative deportation, regular deportation … You can know what type of proceedings you’re in based on the document the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has given you to explain your removal. However, you can and should contact an immigration lawyer to find out your legal status. Expedited removal Accelerated deportation occurs when you are arrested at or near the border. The accelerated or expedited detention and deportation law was passed by Congress over 20 years ago and the measure was applied to the first 100 miles from the border. However, in July 2019, the law was adapted to the whole country for undocumented immigrants who had been in the country for less than 2 years. If you fear you may fall into this category, don’t panic. Contact an immigration lawyer and follow these recommendations: Gather evidence to prove your physical presence within the U.S. This evidence will help you avoid an expedited deportation process. Keep original documents. If you are arrested, you won’t be able to access the documents that prove your presence in the U.S, so someone your trust must be able to access the documents.   Reinstatement of removal The restoration of deportation is a process linked to expedited or accelerated deportation. It occurs when you are arrested for entering the United States without documentation after being previously deported. In this case, deportation will be reordered without a hearing before an immigration judge, even if your circumstances have changed. Administrative removal Administrative removal occurs if DHS (Department of Homeland Security) says that you have been convicted of a violent crime and, therefore, are not a permanent legal resident of the United States. How to know the status of my deportation? If the document you have is a “Notice of Appearance,” then your regular deportation process has begun. If your document is an “Order to prove cause”, then you are in deportation proceedings. Finally, a document labeled as I-110 or I-122 means that you are being deported. The Zambrano & Ruiz Law Firm can help with any of these deportation procedures. They passionately advocate for immigrants in order for families to stay together. The Voluntary Departure The voluntary departure is an option, often chosen after a hearing with an immigration judge. You can choose to leave the United States before completing the expulsion process. If you do so voluntarily, you can request re-entry without any problem. Failure to do so means you could face a fine and a 10-year ban on various forms of relief from deportation. If during immigration, detention, or removal proceedings you are discriminated against, […]

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