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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  • 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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  • May 25, 2021

    ICE to stop detaining immigrants at two county jails under federal investigation

    The Biden administration has decided to stop detaining immigrants in a pair of county jails facing federal probes in Georgia and Massachusetts, calling the decision an “important first step” in a broader review of the nation’s sprawling network of immigration jails. DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Thursday ordered U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to immediately terminate its contract with the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office in Massachusetts and to transfer the few remaining detainees elsewhere. He also directed ICE to rescind an agreement with the sheriff’s office that trained deputies to screen inmates arrested for crimes to see if they are also eligible for deportation. Mayorkas also directed ICE to “as soon as possible” sever its contracts with the Irwin County Detention Center in rural Georgia, a more complicated endeavor because the facility is county-owned but run by a private contractor. Federal officials chose the two facilities mainly because their detention rosters have shrunk and they are “no longer operationally necessary,” said a Department of Homeland Security official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the administration’s deliberations. Bristol is holding seven detainees out of nearly 200 beds; Irwin has 114 detainees out of almost 1,000 beds. [Immigration arrests fell in April to lowest monthly level on record] Both county jails are also under federal investigation for complaints of abuses against immigrants — allegations that remain open and unresolved — and those factored into Mayorkas’s decision, the official said. In a memo to ICE directing the changes, Mayorkas said his “foundational principle” is that “we will not tolerate the mistreatment of individuals in civil immigration detention or substandard conditions of detention.” Read More

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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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