Determined & Skilled Immigration Defense

Deportation & Asylum

Immigration Defense Attorney in San Jose and San Francisco

Anyone who is facing deportation and/or seeking asylum needs a law firm that will fight with skill and dedication to win. Over a 14 year career, Daniel Shanfield, Esq. Immigration Defense has successfully fought for clients in the San Jose and San Francisco Bay Area and throughout the United States, defending against deportation and advocating for the granting of asylum. Our background in asylum immigration law is second to none. Daniel Shanfield has extensive experience in political asylum cases, and has testified before Congress on the rights of asylum seekers.

Prior to founding his own law practice, Daniel oversaw the asylum representation program at the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights in New York (now Human Rights First), and served as a Migration Expert with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Central Asia. Daniel was also Legal Services Manager with the U.S. Refugee Program OPE in Europe, resettling vulnerable religious minorities from the Middle East to safety in the United States. He has been recognized as a Northern California Immigration "Super Lawyer" by San Francisco Magazine, and holds a 10/10 AVVO rating, ranking him as "Superb" in experience, industry recognition, professional conduct. As a former prosecutor and litigator with INS (U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service), Daniel possesses unique insights he uses everyday to help his clients. Talk to an immigration defense attorney in San Jose who is highly motivated to successfully resolve your case.

Deportation Defense

USCIS may seek deportation on several grounds including:

  • Illegally entering the United States
  • Overstaying or violating the terms of a non-immigrant visa
  • Committing certain crimes while in the U.S.
  • Failing to timely file for permanent residency


An application for asylum may be a successful defense against deportation. An applicant may qualify for asylum based on past persecution or a well-founded fear of future persecution on account of the applicant's race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. This may include persecution based on the applicant's gender or sexual orientation. An applicant may also qualify for asylum based on gang or criminal violence in the home country where there is a political motive or a motive based on the applicant's family ties or other social group.

Please see our FAQ for additional information on Asylum.

San Francisco and San Jose Immigration Defense Lawyer

Our attorneys and staff will take the time to listen to you and find out about your situation. We are dedicated to protecting clients from unfair removals and persecution in their home country. We understand that our clients rely on us to provide a skilled and passionate defense to protect their residency and keep their families intact. Where appropriate, we zealously advocate for approval of asylum petitions on behalf of clients.

Contact an immigration defense attorney in San Jose and San Francisco at our firm for a consultation about deportation defense and asylum.

Clients Tell Their Stories

  • “The outcome of their professionalism and expertise resulted in my deportation case being dismissed.”


  • “ was their expertise, diligence, and hard work that produced a successful outcome for me.”

    Former Client

  • “this office should always be your first choice.”


  • “Thank you to Law Offices of Daniel Shanfield for all your hard work.”


  • “Efficient and knowledgeable...especially for complicated and non-standard immigration cases.”


  • “...their professional approach to all my concerns gave me the confidence I needed to relax”


  • “ case was a kind of difficult one, but Daniel made it done.”


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