Stopping Deportation By Christopher Stender

Aliens in the United States who are up for possible deportation have several options that may cease or delay the deportation process. In many cases, they are not aware of their options and find themselves needlessly deported at the American taxpayers’ expense.

Cancellation of a deportation order is the most desirable outcome of challenging a deportation ruling. There are three main requirements to qualify for a cancellation: the individual must have been admitted to the country legally for a term of at least five years, have lived in the United States for seven consecutive years, and not have been convicted of any aggravated felonies.

Another optimal outcome is Cancellation of Removal for non-permanent residents. In this case, the individual must have lived in the United States for ten years, have no felony or aggressive/drug related misdemeanor convictions, and have a legally-residing family who would experience undue hardship as a result of his or her absence.

Other options include voluntary departure, which allows for future return; requesting a waiver for conditions that may impede cancellation or adjustment of status; or requesting asylum, withholding of removal, or relief under the Convention Against Torture.

About the Author: Christopher Stender is an immigration attorney in San Diego, California with experience in all types of deportation cases, defenses, and appeals.


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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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