Determined & Skilled Immigration Defense

San Francisco Asylum Office

Immigration Defense Attorney in San Jose and San Francisco

The San Francisco Asylum Office conducts I-589 asylum interviews for asylum and refugee status from persons residing in:

  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • Alaska
  • The northern part of Nevada
  • And all of California north of Los Angeles County

Applying for asylum is a delicate and complex immigration matter. You need a respected law firm with the expertise to present your case in a clear and compelling fashion. Daniel Shanfield, Esq. Immigration Defense is located in downtown San Jose, only a short drive to the asylum office.

As a former attorney with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service and migration expert with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Daniel has an in-depth understanding of what asylum officers need to know about your case, and has successfully fought for immigrants and their families for over a decade.

Get the asylum help you need by consulting a San Jose immigration defense attorney as soon as possible. Give our San Francisco Asylum Office a call at (866) 559-9498 or contact us online.

Asylum Requests

You must be in the United States to apply for asylum. Your application must be based on past persecution or a reasonable fear of future persecution in your country of origin, and must be filed within one year of arriving in the U.S.

If you have been here longer than one year without filing your application, you may request a waiver based on a change of circumstances in your life, or in the country of origin, or based on exceptional circumstances beyond your control that prevented you from filing on time.

If the asylum application is filed beyond the one-year deadline, you may still qualify for other forms of humanitarian protection, like withholding or restriction on removal (non-refoulement) or protection under the Convention Against Torture (CAT).

The types of persecution which may qualify for asylum include:

  • Race
  • Nationality
  • Political opinion
  • Religion
  • Membership in a particular group
  • Gender and sexual orientation-based persecution

Our San Jose Immigration Defense Lawyer Is Here to Help

Under the READ ID Act, an asylum claim must include extensive and convincing documentation. Our team has enjoyed overwhelming success in investigating and obtaining critical evidence of persecution and human rights violations in our clients' country of origin.

Our firm also has extensive knowledge assisting asylum clients with criminal issues and issues relating to material support bars. Protecting asylum clients from persecution is our top priority.

Contact an immigration defense attorney in San Jose and San Francisco for aggressive asylum representation at the San Francisco Asylum Office.

Clients Tell Their Stories

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


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


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


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


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

    Former Client

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


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


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