Favorable Decision in Chawla v. Holder Appeal

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

California’s Christopher Stender has worked as an immigration attorney for nearly a decade. In that time, Christopher Stender has had numerous decisions published by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. One such favorable decision was in the case of Chawla v. Holder, where the immigration attorney represented Mr. Satpal Singh Chawla. Here are some key facts from that decision.

Mr. Chawla petitioned for a review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ (BIA) decision to reject his request for asylum. His request was based on his fear of persecution because of his Sikh religion. Both the BIA and an immigration judge questioned the credibility of Mr. Chawla’s testimony, but the judges in California’s 9th Circuit Court of Appeals determined that Mr. Chawla’s testimony was indeed credible.

In conclusion, the court accepted Mr. Chawla’s petition. Its findings directed the BIA to reassess whether Mr. Chawla had been persecuted in India, whether that persecution would continue upon his return, and whether such treatment was covered by United States asylum law.


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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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