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Blog - Katrina S. Zafiro

USCIS Has Reopened

A few weeks ago, USCIS resumed in-person public services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers (ASCs).  What this means is that USCIS has resumed scheduling interviews and biometrics appointments.  However, the number of appointments and interviews are still limited to ensure social distancing, allow time for proper cleaning and sanitation, and reduce waiting room occupancy. Here Read More

Four Steps to Take When You Are Served with Divorce Papers

Divorce proceedings officially kick off when you or your spouse are served with divorce papers. If you’re the one getting served, whether you knew it was coming or it comes as a surprise, this can be a very emotional moment. However, it is important to take action quickly to protect your rights and safeguard your future. Here are the steps you need to take after being serve with divorce papers: Review the Read More

Preparing for the Naturalization Test

“Naturalization” is the process by which an immigrant can become a citizen of the country in which they are living. In order to become a citizen of the United States, you will be required to complete a naturalization interview in which you will be asked questions about your application and your background. At the time of your interview, you must also take a test. The test involves reading, writing, and speaking Read More

Five Reasons for Unwed Fathers to Establish Paternity

When a baby is born and the mother is married, the law automatically assumes that the mother’s husband is the baby’s father. The couple does not have to take extra steps in order for the father’s name to appear on the baby’s birth certificate or for him to have parental rights and obligations. However, if you’re a father and you are not married to your child’s mother, things are a little different. You and the mother Read More

Four Ways Coronavirus Can Impact Your Immigration Situation

As the United States responds to coronavirus, many immigrants are feeling frightened and confused about how this will impact them. While things are changing quickly and it’s difficult to be certain of what we can expect, our team is here for you and wants to help. In today’s blog, we’re looking at a few of the ways COVID-19 has affected the immigration process and what these changes mean for you.  Limited Read More

Coronavirus and Child Support

Today we are living in a world that just a few weeks to a month or two ago, most of us never would have imagined. As we face our new reality, we rush to put systems in place that will allow us a semblance of normalcy and keep us closer to our routines and order from before. For parents who rely on child support payments from their formal partners, there’s a big question looming: How will coronavirus impact child Read More

Understanding VAWA

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a federal law established in 1994. It is intended to protect the victims of domestic violence. In addition to other functions, it helps people who have been victims of battery or extreme cruelty at the hands of their U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident family members get green cards so that they can remain in the United States legally. Some people don’t realize just Read More

Child Support During the Time of the Coronavirus

We are in the middle of an unprecedented health crisis right now with states and governments ordering “shelter in place”, complete lockdowns, and social distancing.  Courts are closed or operating on a very limited basis. Schools are closed and parents are scrambling to learn how to provide homeschooling options, provide enough food and snacks for their children while figuring out how to maintain normalcy and sanity Read More

Parenting Plans During the Time of the Corona Virus

As the world faces an unprecedented health crisis and schools are closed and children are staying at home, new parenting issues have come up. Parents are worried about their children who, per court orders, go back and forth between households. Some of these households may have blended families that also include other children with rotating residential schedules. Some households may be multi-generational and include Read More

Immigration Law 101: Birthright Citizenship Explained

You’ve probably heard that if a baby is born in the United States, the baby is automatically a U.S. citizen, regardless of the parents’ citizenship or immigration status. This is due to a practice called “birthright citizenship,” which can also be referred to as “jus soli.” This has been the practice in the United States for as long as it has been a country. We also use “jus sanguinis” or bloodright when we grant Read More