What Does an Immigration Lawyer Do?


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Christopher Stender, an immigration attorney in San Diego, California, has been working on diverse cases within immigration law since 1990. Immigration law is a particularly complicated area, in part because regulations change so often. Even among attorneys such as Christopher Stender, immigration law is considered a specialized practice. Self-representation may be appropriate in some cases, but immigration is diverse and complex enough that a lawyer in this area is typically considered necessary.

Immigrating to the US from a foreign country may involve several different processes. The most common way to achieve a green card (permanent residency) and eventually citizenship, is through a family connection, where a spouse or family member files a petition for the potential immigrant. There are, however, many other kinds of processes that immigration attorneys will take on in order to help someone move to the US.

Sometimes, crime and other legal issues will arise in tandem with a person’s immigration status, and that can lead to deportation. Having an experienced attorney who understands the complexities of working across different areas of the law is very important for helping people to immigrate to the US as well as protecting them from deportation.


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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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