Three Ways to Immigrate to the United States

Immigration attorney Christopher Stender graduated in the top 25 percent of his class at the Syracuse University College of Law. During his career, he has had multiple decisions published by the Board of Immigration Appeals and the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Although American immigration laws can be very confusing and constantly changing in the details, there are three basic ways to immigrate to the United States. Skilled immigration attorneys like Christopher Stender can help with all three of these areas:

1. Employment-based immigration. Many types of visas exist for workers to come to the United States. While most of these are for temporary workers, 140,000 visas a year go to immigrants for permanent employment.

2. Family-based immigration. Family-based immigrants represent the most significant portion of the country’s immigrant population. Nearly a half-million of these visas are available annually and go either to immediate relatives of U.S. citizens or to other relatives based on the family preference system.

3. Immigration for refugees and asylees. These immigrants come to the United States because of extraordinary conditions or threats to their lives in their homelands. For fiscal year 2013, 70,000 refugee visas were granted. The number of persons who may seek visas for asylum is not limited.


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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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