The Child Status Protection Act (CPSA) was enacted in 2002 because Congress and the President were deeply concerned by the large number of families who were being separated during the process of immigrating to the United States. We have filmed a number of CSPA videos to help you understand how this law could help keep your family together.
Prior to CSPA, when a child reached the age of 21, he could no longer immigrate together with his family. CSPA provides that when a US citizen parent sponsors a child before his 21st birthday, his age is frozen. So even if he immigrates months or years later, he is still considered as a child.
CSPA also provides that when a child is immigrating together with his parents in either a family-based or an employment-based preference category, the amount of time that it takes the USCIS to approve the visa petition will be subtracted from the child’s age once the priority date is reached. If the resulting age is below 21, the child must seek to acquire a green card within one year.
The CSPA videos below discuss the conditions under which a child’s age may be frozen. They also explain the operation of the mathematical calculation which lowers a child’s age. Finally, these CSPA videos discuss the “sought to acquire” requirement, the “opt-out” clause, the “automatic conversion” clause as well the effective dates of CSPA.
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- How the Child Status Protection Act Can Help You (Part 1)
This video explains the fundamentals of the Child Status Protection Act, including how to freeze the immigration age of children so they remain immediate relatives
- How the Child Status Protection Act Can Help You (Part 2)
In this video Attorney Shusterman discusses the retroactive effect of CSPA and the Federal Court litigation concerning the “automatic conversion” clause.
- Attorney Shusterman’s 9th Circuit
On June 19, 2012, Attorney Shusterman presented his oral argument before an 11-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in DeOsorio v. Mayorkas.
- CSPA Case Heads to the Supreme Court
Attorney Shusterman advises immigrants and their attorneys about what they should do while our Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) victory in DeOsorio v. Mayorkas heads for the Supreme Court.
Carl Shusterman served as an INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) before opening an 8 attorney firm specializing in immigration law. He is a Certified Specialist in Immigration Law who has testified as an expert witness before the Senate Immigration Subcommittee. Carl was featured in the February 2018 edition of SuperLawyers Magazine.
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