Law Office of Geri N. Kahn

Attorney practicing Immigration and Naturalization Law as well as Social Security Disability Law with offices in San Francisco and Benicia, CA.

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Firm Overview

I practice Immigration Law and Social Security Disability Law. I am the only attorney and I have a legal assistant. I have offices in both San Francisco and Benicia.

In my Immigration Practice, I routinely represent my clients at the USCIS offices in San Jose, San Francisco and Sacramento. I also represent individuals in Immigration Court in San Francisco. If my client is in custody, I will go to the jail where he/she is detained to meet as long as the detention facility is located in northern California.

I represent families, individuals, and small business in all aspects of immigration law.

In my Social Security practice, I represent my clients at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review Offices ("ODAR") located in San Jose, Sacramento, Oakland, San Rafael, and San Francisco. I also will travel to the Social Security offices in Vallejo, Suisun City, San Francisco, Daly City, and Oakland, when necessary for interviews.

My law practice is not a factory. I give great attention to each case and personally get to know every single client.
Main Office

Benicia Office
940 Adams Street
Suite I
Benicia  CA  94510

Phone
  • (707) 746-1813
Fax
  • (707) 361-0350

Fees

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

All Immigration services are fixed fees.

All Social Security cases are set by statute - 25% of the past due benefits or $6,000, which ever is lower.

Office Information

Office Hours

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday

Emergency After Hours

No

Other Offices

  • Law Office of Geri N. Kahn
    400 Montgomery Street
    Suite 810
    San Francisco,  CA  94104
Immigration Law
I am a certified specialist in Immigration and Naturalization law certified by the Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California. I have over 20 years of experience representing individuals and small businesses.
I handle both non immigrant (temporary) and immigrant (permanent) cases. Some of the types of non immigrant cases I have taken include student visas (F-1), temporary workers (H-1B), religious workers (R-1), inter-company transferees (L-1), persons of extraordinary achievement (O-1) and athletes, artists and entertainment groups (P visa).

For those who wish to permanently immigrate, I represent individuals who wish to bring their parents, spouses, fiances,(K-1) children and siblings to the United States. I assist with filing the petition and adjustment of status/green card (I-485) or consular processing.

I have a great deal of experience with asylum applications, (Form I-589) and asylee relative petitions (Form I-730). I have represented asylum seekers from all over the world.

My office in San Francisco is close to the Immigration Court for a reason. I represent individuals in removal proceedings and wish to be close to the court. I take cancellation cases (EOIR 42), asylum and adjustment of status for those who find themselves in front of an Immigration Judge.

One of the newer forms of temporary relief to individuals has been DACA (Deferred Adjudication of Childhood Arrivals). I continue to see it as great form of relief and will gladly represent students who wish to apply.

Sometimes people have immigration issues in their arrival to the United States or have criminal issues. In either case, they may need a waiver (I-601/I-601A). I represent individuals in preparing and filing their waiver.

One of the most rewarding types of immigration cases is naturalization (citizenship) (N-400). It is nice to see the immigration process end on a high note. I assess eligibility and then assist in the application and interview process. If an individual cannot pass the naturalization exam due to disability, I will help him or her obtain a disability waiver (Form N-648)

I will take a case as far as it needs to go, from initial initial application to appeal if necessary. I have successfully represented people in the Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, Administrative Appeals Office, U.S. District Court, and 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
SSDI
I practice Social Security Disability Law. In this practice area, I assist people in obtaining benefits when they become disabled.
I represent people at all stages of the process when applying for SSI or SSDI. I prepare and file an initial application. If it is denied, I help to file a Request for Reconsideration.

If the reconsideration is denied, the client has a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. I represent my clients at the hearing.

If a case is denied, I appeal at the Appeals Counsel. I will take a case even further, to the U.S. District Court and to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, if necessary.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I became interested in Immigration Law while I was in law school. I was fortunate to participate in a clinical educational class in which we worked on a real political asylum case. This gave me great experience which helped me obtain my first job out of law school - as a staff attorney for Jewish Family & Children's Services.

I also chose Immigration Law because of my family's background as I come form a family of immigrants. Of course, all of us in the United States are immigrants. We all came from somewhere else.

I became interested in Social Security Disability Law a few years after I started practicing Immigration Law. I saw that there was a real need for advocacy at the Social Security Administration. I saw that people needed the benefits yet could not obtain them because they kept receiving denials and did not know what to do.

Immigration and Social Security are very similar areas of law in that they deal with large bureaucratic agencies. My advocacy skills are essential in both areas.

Geri Kahn

Geri N. Kahn is designated a certified specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. She specializes in removal (deportation) defense, business, and family immigration matters. She represents applicants for political asylum, professionals and religious workers and individuals at all stages of the naturalization process. Ms. Kahn also practices Social Security Disability law and represents disabled individuals at administrative hearings and in federal court. Ms. Kahn has been a member of the California Bar since 1990, and is a member of the United States District Court (Northern and Eastern Districts of California), the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

She is an active participant in professional law associations, having served as a Commissioner with the State Bar of California's Board of Legal Specialization's Immigration and Nationality Law Advisory Commission for three years, and as a liaison to the Board of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Northern California. She has spoken at local and regional conferences and panels.

Ms. Kahn has been awarded an AV rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest rating for competence and ethics issued by that publication, and reserved for attorneys designated as outstanding in their field.
License
  • Bar Number: 148536
    California , 1990
Education
  • University of San Francisco
    JD , 1990
  • University of California Santa Cruz
    Politics , 1985
    College Honors,
    College Service Award

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