Top 5 Immigration Tips for U.S. Immigrants

Christopher Stender of Stender & Lappin, a San Diego, California-based immigration law firm, is an attorney with more than 21 years of experience. Christopher Stender is well travelled and multilingual, speaking English, Spanish, and German. People in need of legal advice concerning immigration law find the law office of Stender & Lappin a great place to start. When applying for extensions and permits, it is good to be aware of basic procedural requirements.

1. Take action as early as possible. When applying for status renewals or work permits, be sure to do everything far in advance. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services department is often extremely committed with thousands of cases on hand. If renewals, permits, and visas are not obtained on time, you may be subject to arrest by the authorities.

2. Be on time. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Department, the U.S. Embassies and Consulates, and the U.S. Immigration Court are extremely strict regarding time. Being late for a scheduled appointment may result in months of delays or even deportation.

3. Follow visa laws and regulations. Violating visa regulations can seriously damage your chances of obtaining extensions or renewals in the future. It can also result in deportation.

4. Copy and track all documents. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Department is notorious for losing paperwork. Protect yourself and your time and effort by keeping track of all your documents. Make and keep several copies of everything.

5. Obtain legal help. Contact immigration law offices. Professional attorneys can offer invaluable advice and guidance regarding your rights and options as an immigrant.


About Christopher Stender

After working for three years as Assistant Chief Counsel for the San Diego District of the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service, Christopher Stender launched a law partnership in 1993. Initially known as Stender & Larkin, the firm was renamed Stender & Associates, PC. Christopher Stender and his team of bilingual associates provide comprehensive immigration-related legal services, working with individuals held at Arizona’s detention centers and prisons in Eloy and Florence, as well as at California’s detention centers in El Centro, San Diego, and San Pedro. Christopher Stender assists in bond procurement and payment, visitation and hearing scheduling, and detainee transportation. He is known for taking tough cases, promoting novel legal theories, and getting positive results for his clients. He routinely appears before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as the First, Fifth, and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. Prospective clients can read about the immigration process in both English and Spanish on his website. Christopher Stender spent his undergraduate years at the University of Würzburg, Germany, and the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. He earned his Juris Doctor in 1990 from the Syracuse University College of Law. An East Coast native who lived abroad for two years, Christopher Stender has traveled extensively throughout Europe. In addition to his native English, he speaks German and Spanish. He supports Grace Point Church, Homeless Outreach, Cesar Chavez Elementary School, Tijuana Schools Mission, and Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project. He lives with his wife and four children in San Diego.

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