Christopher A. Kerosky

Christopher A. Kerosky

Kerosky Purves & Bogue LLP Immigration and Business Law Firm
  • Business Law, Immigration Law
  • California
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CHRISTOPHER A. KEROSKY has practiced law for over 30 years and has been recognized as one of the top immigration lawyers in Northern California for 10 years by “Super Lawyers”, most recently in 2020. https://profiles.superlawyers.com/california-northern/san-francisco/lawyer/christopher-a-kerosky/358dc9f1-b1c2-46b5-80cc-6e9610b1cd43.html.

He graduated from University of California, Berkeley Law School and was a former counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C.

Since 2013, Christopher serves as a Member of the Human Rights Commission for Sonoma County, appointed by the County Board of Supervisors to represent the 5th District. As part of his work with the Commission, Christopher helped found My American Dreams, a local non-profit devoted to community education and advocacy for immigrants. www.MyAmericanDreams.org.

From 2004 to 2019, Mr. Kerosky was serving as Honorary Consul for the Republic of Poland in San Francisco, and his SF office fulfilled the role of the Polish Consulate for the Bay Area. Mr. Kerosky was one of the longest serving members of the Consular Corps of San Francisco.

Christopher speaks Spanish and Polish fluently and conversational Russian and French.

He lives with his wife Mary and two children in Sonoma County.

Practice Areas
  • Business Law
  • Immigration Law
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
State Bar of California
ID Number: 116586
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Languages
  • French
  • Polish: Spoken
  • Russian
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney
Kerosky Purves & Bogue LLP
Current
Education
Centre European de Luxembourg
Bachelor's degree | International Studies
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Miami University of Ohio
B.A., B.Phil. | Political Science and Philosophy
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University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)
J.D. | Law
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Awards
Super Lawyer - Top Rated Immigration Attorney in Northern California
Super Lawyers
Selected to Super Lawyers: 10 years (2006 - 2012, 2016 - 2020)
Attorney General's Trial Advocate Award
U.S. Department of Justice
This was one of two awards I won while serving as Trial Counsel for the Federal Programs Branch of the Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice in Washington DC.
Attorney General's Special Achievement Award
U.S. Department of Justice
This was one of two awards I won while serving as Trial Counsel for the Federal Programs Branch of the Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice in Washington DC.
Professional Associations
California State Bar  # 116586
Member
- Current
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Publications
Articles & Publications
The Supreme Court DACA Decision: What Does It Mean for DACA holders and potentially for DAPA?
Sonoma County Gazette
What can young people with DACA do if the Supreme Court allows DACA to end?
La Voz Bilingual Magazine
Can Medical Workers Get A Green Card?
Sonoma County Gazette
Donald Trump's Immigration “Freeze”: What it covers and what it doesn’t cover.
La Voz Bilingual Newspaper
How do I sponsor my family member to come to the U.S.
La Voz Bilingual Newspaper
Immigration Options for Victims of Violence Against Women.
Sonoma County Gazette
Applying for the Waiver of Inadmissibility (I601A)
La Voz Bilingual Newspaper
Can an immigrant get a green card by marrying a US Citizen?
Sonoma County Gazette
TN Visa for Mexican or Canadian Professionals (TN)
La Voz Bilingual Newspaper
Options if You Were Not Picked for the H-1b Lottery
La Voz Bilingual Newspaper
Naturalization: How to Apply and Succeed
La Voz Bilingual Newspaper
Speaking Engagements
Immigration Law: Methods of Obtaining Legal Status in the USA , Sonoma County Bar Association , Sonoma County
Sonoma County Bar Association
https://www.sonomacountybar.org/?p=zqbbaibtow&paged=43
What You Need to Know About Immigration Today , Sonoma County Library , Sonoma County
Sonoma County Library
https://sonomacounty.libcal.com/event/3753579
Immigration Issues for Employers , Sonoma County Bar Association, Business Law Section , Sonoma County
Sonoma County Bar Association, Business Law Section
https://www.sonomacountybar.org/?p=10375
Immigration: The Line That Divides Us , http://www.sonomawest.com/sonoma_west_times_and_news/news/the-line-that-divides-us-sebastopol-discusses-immigration/article_2e5e660c-cf3c-11e9-8ce6-073360c2e0e2.html , Sonoma County
Sonoma West News
http://www.sonomawest.com/sonoma_west_times_and_news/news/the-line-that-divides-us-sebastopol-discusses-immigration/article_2e5e660c-cf3c-11e9-8ce6-073360c2e0e2.html
Asylum Law: An Introduction to the substantive and procedural law , Indivisible , https://www.petaluma360.com/multimedia/8458157-180/events-guide#!/details/Indivisible-Sonoma-County-April-General-Meeting/6488891/2019-04-23T17
https://www.petaluma360.com/multimedia/8458157-180/events-guide#!/details/Indivisible-Sonoma-County-April-General-Meeting/6488891/2019-04-23T17
Websites & Blogs
Website
Blog
English language blog
Blog
Spanish language blog
Legal Answers
5 Questions Answered

Q. Does my fiancée need to move in with me when we get married to start her U.S. citizenship process?
A: Your fiancee can certainly apply for residence once you get married. The process can take between 12-24 months depending on where you live and other factors regarding her immigration history. During that time, I would recommend that you move in to the same residence and I could advise you on other steps to convince the immigration or consular officials that your marriage relationship is bona fide. In my experience, I have had great success getting cases like this approved if they are well-documented.
Q. Hi, my F2B Visa petition was approved in mid May/20. Will Trump’s green card freeze delay my case ?
A: The Trump Administration’s recent Executive Order suspended the entry of certain foreign nationals on employment-based nonimmigrant visas into the United States. This Executive Order covers those with an: • H-1B visa and any foreign national accompanying or following to join them; • H-2B visa and any foreign national accompanying or following to join them; • J visa, to the extent the foreign national is participating in an intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel program, and any foreign national accompanying or following to join them; and • L visa, and any foreign national accompanying or following to join them. So this would not cover you. Trump's earlier "freeze" announced in April was also extended until December 31, 2020. That freeze: • applies to only persons OUTSIDE the U.S. So all petitions for persons in the U.S. are not covered by this. • wives and husbands of U.S. citizens are not covered by this freeze either—even if outside the USA. • Children under 21 immigrant visas are EXCLUDED • The freeze doesn’t affect Legal Permanent Residents; they would still be eligible for citizenship • The freeze does NOT apply to U visas for victims of crimes • It doesn't affect asylum/refugees whose cases can go forward. Since your F2B immigrant petition was based on a marriage or as the adult child of a lawful permanent resident, you likely will be affected by this freeze. Make sure you complete the National Visa Center paperwork so that as soon as the freeze is lifted, you can get your visa interview. I hope this helps.
Q. Do I need to renew my green card if I applied for U.S. citizenship?
A: It is recommended that you renew your green card in case you need to travel outside the U.S. while your naturalization application is pending, or if you need a valid residence card for work or other purposes.
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