Determined & Skilled Immigration Defense

Federal Court Immigration Litigation

San Francisco and San Jose Immigration Defense Attorney

We assist clients who have had trouble dealing with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service and need relief.

This can be from the USCIS:

  • Wrongful denial of a naturalization petition
  • Failure to act on adjustment of status petition
  • Unjust order of removal and unfair detention of client

We are Daniel Shanfield, Esq. Immigration Defense serving the San Jose area. We appeal unjust USCIS decisions to the Federal Court obtain a just result. We also seek writs of mandamus which are orders to an official to perform a duty. We use this action to compel a USCIS agent to rule on an application for adjustment of status or naturalization. For assistance we urge you to contact an immigration defense lawyer in San Jose.

Denial of Naturalization

Naturalization is important. It gives the immigrant final status as a United States citizen with the right to vote and serve on juries and truly call oneself an American. Sometimes the USCIS wrongfully denies citizenship based on poor moral character due to some long past crime. By law, it may only look back five years for crimes but its agents often ignore this rule. We appeal to the Federal Court where naturalization can be ordered.

Relief to Individuals Held in Prison

The USCIS sometimes holds persons in jail with a view to imminent deportation. This may be due to an old order for deportation or recent conviction of a crime. Where the client's constitutional rights have been violated, sometimes due to ineffective assistance of other counsel, or the client is not legally deportable or inadmissible, we bring the matter to a head by filing a writ of habeas corpus. This compels immigration authorities to bring our client to the federal court. There we present our arguments to the federal judge to seek release of our client and other appropriate relief.

Immigration Defense Lawyer in San Jose and San Francisco

Our firm is accomplished in seeking relief for our clients oppressed by unjust actions at the USCIS. Our founding attorney, Mr. Shanfield, is a former New York clinical law professor and former Immigration and Naturalization Service attorney.

Contact a San Francisco and San Jose immigration defense attorney for assistance in federal court.

Clients Tell Their Stories

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


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


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


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


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

    Former Client

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


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


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