Determined & Skilled Immigration Defense

Adam Walsh Act

Immigration Defense Lawyer in San Jose and San Francisco

The U.S. Congress passed the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act to protect children from sexual abuse. While this act established the national sex offender registry, it also modified the immigration law by prohibiting sex offenders from sponsoring family-based immigration. This means that if USCIS wrongfully decides that if you pose any risk to the beneficiary spouse or fiancé, you will not be allowed to sponsor your family as immigrants.

Further, as a beneficiary of a sponsor now charged as a sex offender, your status here is in jeopardy. If you are in either of these situations, you need strong and effective legal defense and should contact a San Jose and San Francisco immigration defense lawyer immediately.

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Sex Crimes Against Minors

Under the Adam Walsh Act the following sexual offenses against minors invalidates a permanent resident's or a citizen's right to sponsor family member for immigration:

  • Kidnapping or false imprisonment unless committed by a parent or guardian
  • Solicitation to engage in sexual conduct
  • Solicitation to practice prostitution
  • Possession, distribution or sale of pornography
  • Voyeurism, including viewing videos
  • Any sexual conduct involving a minor, including the use of a computer to solicit sex.

San Francisco and San Jose Immigration Defense Attorney

The Law Offices of Daniel Shanfield - Immigration Defense, PC fights to help clients maintain their immigration status in the San Jose area. As a former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service litigator and prosecutor of many years, Daniel is a seasoned and insightful litigator producing stellar results for our clients. The firm has achieved an enviable reputation in the legal community in the last 14 years in dealing with serious immigration problems.

Where a sponsor is wrongfully targeted as a sex offender by immigration authorities, we aggressively defend the sponsor's rights and those of his or her beneficiaries.

Dedicated to defending immigrating spouses and children whose status is being revoked through the fault of their sponsor, we employ a variety of legal tools to protect them. As an example, we may use the battered spouse or child waiver or cancellation of removal remedies under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Our legal team works tirelessly to fight deportation and achieve permanent status for our clients.

Contact an immigration defense lawyer in San Jose and San Francisco at our firm for a consultation.

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