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Immigration and COVID-19 Resource Center

As many of you know, the Governor of California has issued a stay at home order for all California residents in an attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19 aka Coronavirus.

As the coronavirus situation continues to evolve, we are focused on ensuring the health and safety of our staff and their families. At the same time, we remain committed to delivering the best level of service to our clients. We also aim to support the public with up to date information about the implications of COVID-19 on Immigration law practice.

Our Plan of Action

We realize that these are challenging times for everyone everywhere, we have taken immediate actions to stay ahead of the virus. Safety actions include ongoing updates on health recommendations and safety measures; banning non-essential travel; amplified cleaning and sanitization at the office; and offering remote work options to encourage self-quarantine and social distancing. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be scheduling or accepting any in-person appointments. All meetings will be conducted via phone, Zoom, Facetime,or other remote conferencing technologies.

Operations During COVID-19

Our office is closed temporarily for any in person meetings with clients and prospective clients. But we are fully functional remotely and online.

We have a cloud-based immigration management platform where all cases are being processed, secure online file storage system, and voip phone and video communication tools to enable close collaborations in a remote environment.

We are actively following the latest reports and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO) to help us develop our policies.

While our team has transitioned to remote work during the COVID-19 crisis, our staff will be filing petitions at our san diego office when needed. We also have coordinated staff members to receive documents at our office location, as USCIS requires original signatures on forms. If you need copies of your receipt notices, do not hesitate to call, all incoming mail is being scanned and sorted in the online system for your convenience.

Our Promise to You

We are committed to providing exceptional and personal client service during this time of uncertainty. Clients and business partners affected by immigration issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic should immediately seek support and guidance from our team. We are in this together.

Stay Safe. Stay Healthy.

Jacob Sapochnick

COVID-19: In the Media

Attorney Jacob Sapochnick was recently interviewed by ABC 10 News San Diego regarding the impact that the Coronavirus has had on citizenship applications. At this time USCIS is not scheduling interviews, biometrics appointments, or oath ceremonies as required by the shelter-in-place orders nationwide. These measures will unfortunately cause backlogs and delays in adjudicating citizenship applications, as well as applications and petitions for many other types of benefits.

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Client Reviews
Great immigration lawyer, very professional, knowledgeable and experienced. Jacob always answered my questions, e-mails and calls; great customer service from him and everybody at his office. I highly recommend Jacob, probably the best immigration lawyer out there. Plinio Franca
I trust you know how much all of us at the Spreckels Organ Society appreciate your incredible generosity in providing legal assistance with the visas required by the international artists last year during our International Summer Organ Festival. We consider it an honor that you and your firm provided this service, and were delighted to publicize your firm in our concert materials. George H.
That's good news on the approval of our 3 executive L1A visas. You fought a tough RFE, but we won. We are pleased to be working with you. KB is also bringing passports tomorrow again to the US Embassy in Tashkent for visa processing. We look forward to his arrival to the US. Sarvar
I wanted to thank again and again for obtaining my E1 Treaty Trader visa for me. The process was not easy, especially since our trade was all based on Technology. You knew the law, and was able to craft an outstanding file to be presented to Immigration. We are now ready to take the business to the next level. Toda Raba
Thanks for helping me with my marriage-based immigration case. You were very accessible - taking my calls, returning my messages and emails promptly. You answered all my questions. I was most impressed and relieved that you attended the immigration interview with me and my wife. You made the whole process streamline and simple. You really know your stuff, and you're a nice, friendly guy as well. Shane P.