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  • Honduran Witness Protection and Its Shortcomings June 7, 2021
    I am proud to present an article by a guest blogger, Dr. Robert Kirkland. Dr. Robert Kirkland is a retired career army officer who is a security expert in the Americas. He provides expert witness testimony in cases where Mexican and Central American nationals in the United States facing deportation are requesting either asylum or […]
    Geri Kahn
  • What is a “skill” for purposes of filling out Form I-944, “declaration of self sufficiency?” September 29, 2020
    There is a new form that is now required to be submitted with all adjustment of status applications filed in the United States. This form is known by Form I-944 and the title of it is “Declaration of Self Sufficiency.” This form must be submitted with every application where public charge applies. The draconian form […]
    Geri Kahn
  • “We Demand the Right to Vote” – 100 years since the 19th Amendment August 30, 2020
    The Benicia-Vallejo branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will host a free, public Zoom program “We Demand the Right to Vote” – 100 years since the 19th Amendment. Participants may sign in starting at 1:30 pm; the program starts at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. Individuals may join the Zoom meeting […]
    Geri Kahn
  • How to change your name in California, Part Two May 24, 2020
    I previously wrote an overview about how to change your name in California. I am now going to give you the specifics of how to do it. Again, I am focusing on applying for a name change in Solaono County but the forms are the same throughout California. What forms are required? You will need […]
    Geri Kahn
  • How to change your name in California, Part One May 13, 2020
    My immigration clients often end up with documents that have different names on them.  They will have a passport with one name and a driver’s license with another.  When it comes time to apply for a green card, they want to change their name to match the name on their driver’s license but USCIS will […]
    Geri Kahn
  • Giving talk in Benicia on Immigration law November 18, 2019
    On November 20, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.,  I will be giving a talk on Immigration Law along with Brett Snider, attorney and director of legal services at Jewish Family & Children’s Services of San Francisco.  The talk will take place at the Heritage Presbyterian Church, 1400 E. 2nd Street, in Benicia. We will be focusing […]
    Geri Kahn
  • When our own government tortures November 14, 2019
    More often that not, I feel like I live in a dystopian novel.  Unfortunately the events of today are real.  Over the past year I have been hearing about the numbers of people at the border seeking asylum.  I could not believe it was true.  Yet, according to Physicians for Human Rights, as of August […]
    Geri Kahn
  • End of Year Giving Safety December 29, 2015
    The year of 2015 is drawing to a close.  Immigrants and citizens alike receive spam email as well as legitimate email from organizations requesting donations.  I am happy to feature a post written by guest blogger Melba Pearson who gives tips on how to determine if the request for a donation is legitimate or not. […]
    Geri Kahn
  • Asylum denied to North Korean due to firm resettlement in South Korea December 27, 2015
    May a citizen of North Korea be granted political asylum despite being firmly resettled in South Korea?  The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently said, “no.” In Jang v. Lynch, — F.3d. — (9th Cir. 2015) the applicant, Sung Kil Jang, was born in North Korea and is a citizen of North Korea.  He was persecuted […]
    Geri Kahn
  • 5 Things You Need to know About the EB-5 Investor Visa in 2016 December 24, 2015
    5 important things to know about the EB-5 Immigrant investor program
    Geri Kahn