Areas of Practice
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS).
SIJS is an unusual humanitarian form of immigration relief for young people are unable to reunify with one or both parents due to abuse, abandonment or neglect. SIJS involves an unusual interplay between state and federal laws, first requiring a custody order from a state court - through guardianship, parental custody, dependency or delinquency hearings - and then requires the state court to make a determination that the young person is eligible for SIJS because reunification with at least one parent is not viable. SIJS has literally saved the lives of thousands of young immigrants who seek a safe harbor from domestic violence, abandonment, dire poverty and deportation proceedings by giving them a path to become permanent residents of the United States (the "green card"); and ultimately to become U.S. citizens.
Asylum. Asylum is a traditional form of immigration relief for those who are unwilling or afraid to return their home country due to past persecution or a well-founded fear of future persecution on the basis of their race, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, or membership in a particular social group. A grant of asylum allows immigrants to legally live and work in the United States and eventually become permanent legal residents, thus putting them on the path to U.S. citizenship. Spouses and children of applicants may also receive benefits.
U Visa. The "U visa" is not really a visa, but is another
form of humanitarian immigration relief for victims of certain violent crimes who
suffered substantial physical and/or emotional abuse, and who have cooperated
with law enforcement in the investigation and/or prosecution of the crime.
The crime must have occurred in the United States, and generally must
have been reported to the police. The crime victim's immediate family members--spouses, children, parents and siblings - may also be eligible to receive legal status. U visa approval allows immigrants to legally live and work in the United States and eventually become permanent legal residents.
State Court, Immigration Court, and BIA (Board of Immigration Appeals)
We have represented clients in SIJS cases in superior courts in California counties including of Alameda, San Francisco, Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Joaquin, Sacramento and Shasta.
We represent clients in removal (deportation) proceedings in immigration courts and before the Board of Immigration Appeals.