USCIS Responds to April 2016 Earthquakes

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Immigration Attorney Christopher Stender has built a career assisting those who are seeking to move permanently to the United States. As an immigration attorney, Christopher Stender holds an interest in the broad range of issues that these individuals face. This includes the challenges of those affected by the recent earthquakes in Japan, Burma, and Ecuador.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the governmental organization that oversees legal immigration to the U.S., offers humanitarian provisions for a wide range of situations, including natural disasters. If individuals from outside the U.S. can show how a disaster affected them personally, there are a number of ways USCIS can help them.

USCIS provides immigration relief measures for people affected by the multiple earthquakes in April 2016. These provisions include extending the entry period for those who do not qualify for a visa and a fee waiver for qualified individuals seeking a visa. The organization also offers people with nonimmigrant status the opportunity to change or extend their status. Considerations like these can alleviate some of the burdens for people who need to begin rebuilding their lives after these recent natural disasters.

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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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