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Svetlana L. Kaff

Immigration Attorney at San Francisco, CA

4.8   26 reviews

Licensed for 20 years

About Svetlana

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  1. Immigration
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    Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law. Fourteen years of successful immigration law practice in the areas of Family, Business, and Asylum and Deportation Defense.

    21 years, 1,600 cases

IMMIGRATION QUESTION? CONTACT US FOR A QUICK, EFFECTIVE, COST EFFICIENT SOLUTION FOR YOUR SITUATION!

A Board Certified Immigration and Nationalilty Law Attorney, licensed in California,  representing Corporations, Individuals, Law Firms, governments and other institutions from Europe and all other parts of the world, and from all 50 of the United States in matters related to the United States Immigration & Nationality Law in the areas of Employment Based Immigration, Family Immigration, Investments & Asylum and Deportation Defense, including Immigration Court proceedings and further appeals.

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Licensed for 20 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2002
Updated 11/28/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Svetlana Kaff
50 California Street Suite 1500
San Francisco, CA, 94111

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Pavel | September 24, 2014
Best immigration lawyer I ever worked with
I had an extremely difficult immigration case. All the lawyers I talked to either charged a lot or acted formally, were not interested in the favorable outcome for me. Svetlana talked to me honestly, warned that I had 50/50 chance, but showed her willingness to help me and discussed ways to present my case in the best way possible. Unlike other lawyers, Svetlana not only presented my case before the judge but worked with me in her office to make sure our documents and position are good. Almost 3 years of court hearings led to the final approval of my status and Svetlana supported me with her legal advice during all that time. When it was time to file my Green Card application Svetlana's advice was also really helpful. My present US Permanent Resident status became possible with Svetlana's huge help. I would definitely recommend her as an experienced, knowledgeable, an well educated immigration attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2014
Number one Immigration Attorney, knowledgeable, trustworthy and responsive!
Svetlana Kaff is an excellent immigration attorney who helped me with a very difficult asylum case. I had two attorneys working on my case before I met Svetlana and was already loosing hope. I felt very comfortable working with Svetlana right from the start. She provided me with a very informative consultation which was not a free consultation, but it was worth every penny. I was happy to hear that Svetlana saw a solution to my problem and worked very thoroughly on achieving our goal. I finally got my case granted a few months ago after almost 4 years. Thank you, Svetlana. I recommend Svetlana to all of my friends and also to anyone who needs a trustworthy, experienced and witty Immigration Attorney who will fight for you to the end.
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Posted by ALEXANDER | April 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I got my petition approved with Svetlana!
I am Svetlana's client, and I just got my petition approved at the very first attempt. Before I committed to working with Svetlana, I also considered cheaper lawyers, but after having a consultation with some of them I went back to Svetlana. Just shop around and let different attorneys answer your questions and suggest strategies for your case, and you will see the difference for yourself. I personally found Svetlana's expertise very profound and her associates very helpful and professional. They did their job, and I attribute the success of my case largely to their work. If you follow their guidance, you'll get where you're heading, and whatever you're charged for that is worth the freedom you'll get in return. To be more specific, I had a situation where Svetlana gave me free legal advice for my friend about a loophole that let my friend qualify for EAD way ahead of time, which happened only because my friend's cheaper lawyer was not aware of this loophole and couldn't help his client himself. So, when someone offers you lower rates, just ask yourself why. You might be stuck with your lawyer for years, so be sure to make the right choice. I'll be eternally grateful to Svetlana and her office for everything they've done for me.
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Posted by Alex. M | December 20, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Thanks for the excellent service.
We turned to Svetlana on the recommendation. Satisfied with the service. We went all the way with her to change status. Once again a huge THANKS!
Posted by Sergei | December 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best Lower on the West Coast!
Hello Svetlana, you are best lawyer on the west coast! You are professional and know your business on 100%! Our family wants to thank you and your former assistants, Marat, Andrey for excellent work. You are great guys, thank you very much for your job and support! Good Luck! Sergei and Irina.
Posted by Sergey | November 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer
The best lawyer I've ever met! She did absolutely everything that she promised to us and much more. She was so nice and polite all the time! If you are looking for reliable and honest immigration service you got it! Just go to the law office of Svetlana Kaff and you will definitely be helped.
Posted by Vladimir | November 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attorney Dr. Svetlana Kaff and her success has played tremendously positive role in our life.
To find the best of the best attorney for an immigration process and related needs is very important and critical, since this is about your life and your further success and happiness. We are glad that on our life path we met Attorney Dr. Svetlana Kaff – top San Francisco immigration lawyer with uniquely high record of success of immigration cases. Within the entire process we were very happy to work with Attorney Kaff – very knowledgeable and highly experienced professional, absolutely accurate, extremely friendly, supportive and tactful person. She performed her mission very effectively making sure that all steps were taken on time and in the right way and manner. As the result of Attorney Kaff’s dedicated and efficient work, we successfully completed on-time all documentation, passed all required procedures, got positive decision of the immigration authorities and received documents for permanent residency. That was our huge accomplishment thanks to Attorney Kaff! If you will ever have a need in top-notch professional legal services on all types of your own or your friends’ and families’ immigration needs – we would strongly recommend you to go only with Attorney Dr. Svetlana Kaff. She will play tremendously positive role in your life. Sincerely, Tania and Vlad G San Francisco Bay Area
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Posted by Agne | October 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best lawyer
We received high-quality and professional help with our case. Svetlana brings her work to the end, because she aims at the get good result for the client. Thanks to Svetlana and her entire team for the work done. We were happy to work with you!
Posted by Igor | October 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best attorney
We thank Svetlana and the office for their help in obtaining the status of a just-won case and protecting our interests in court. Work with Svetlana was conducted from the beginning of 2017. After refusing an interview, there were big doubts whether it was worth fighting further or retreating, but after talking support and instilling arguments for success, we decided to completely trust Svetlana. It was our choice, and Svetlana did not disappoint. We thank Svetlana with success to the end of the completed business and the receipt of our large family status in a really difficult business! Each case is individual, each person-complex, as in the preparation process and in the defense process. And here is the choice for everyone: either trust and accept, or go further in search. We also had nuances with delays in working together, but everything was resolved, answered, prepared, corrected and, most importantly, brought to a successful positive result! For two years, not a single question has remained unanswered. With experience and professionalism gained over the years, we received answers to our questions, doubts and felt support. And most importantly - the Result - Our Family Got Status! We thank Svetlana for her work and result
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Posted by Iana | September 7, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Надёжность и профессионализм.
Спасибо большое Вам Светлана Кафф за то что помогаете нам по всем юридическим вопросам. Вы надёжный и профессиональный адвокат. Я желаю Вам всего самого лучшего.
Posted by Marina | August 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Результат достигнут благодаря Светлане и её команде.
Хочу выразить благодарность Светлане и её команде за высокий профессионализм, порядочность и честность, а самое главное - это за полученный результат. Мы сотрудничали по визе ЕВ-1 и получили одобрение после запроса на дополнительные документы. И хотя, должна сказать, что процесс подготовки был непростой, изматывающий морально, так как занимает достаточно много времени и сил (у нас полтора года), мы знали, что результат будет и терпеливо работали. Да, не всегда это получалось так быстро, как мы себе представляли, но Светлана сразу нас честно предупреждала, что клиентов много и придётся потерпеть, подождать с чем-то, так как мы не одни. Это и понятно, так как у плохого адвоката клиентов много не бывает. И ещё хочу подчеркнуть, что нельзя надеяться, что вашу работу за вас сделает адвокат. Прежде всего, вы сами должны работать. Адвокат направляет, советует и правильно оформляет ваш кейс, даёт профессиональное описание, которое навряд ли вы сделаете сами правильно. Но первичные документы - это ваш труд и работа. Перед тем, как заключить договор со Светланой, мы консультировались с несколькими адвокатами. Светлана была единственной, кто дал ответы на наши вопросы вразумительно, чётко, логично и честно. И теперь мы имеем результат правильности нашего выбора. Ещё раз большое спасибо Светлане за её работу.
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Posted by Sergey | August 25, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
My Highly Positive experience of cooperation with the Immigration Low Offices of Svetlana Kaff
I had Highly Positive experience of cooperation with the Immigration Low Offices of Svetlana Kaff in the process of obtaining a Green Card for EB1 category. Before starting cooperation, Attorney Svetlana Kuff, after the first consultation, suggested that I make a self-assessment of compliance with the EB1 visa criteria. This is a prerequisite for working with the office of Svetlana Kaff. On the recommendation of Svetlana Kaff, I, as a potential applicant, made such a self-assessment without overestimation. At the same time, my self-esteem was made taking into account all real achievements and was not underestimated. This professional approach of the lawyer Svetlana Kaff prevented possible errors in the future when she prepared legal documents that convincingly proved the conformity of my scientific and teaching activities to extraordinary criteria. After my self-esteem was approved by the Svetlana Kaff Office, I started collecting all the necessary documents in strict accordance with the list proposed by the Office specialists. This process took me about 12 months. All this time, the Office staff and Lawyer Svetlana Kaff herself were in contact with me, advised via Skype and Viber. The basis for the successful completion of our immigration case was a cover letter to USCIS prepared by a highly professional lawyer Svetlana Kaff. As a result of the work of the Lawyer and the Office staff, our case was approved by the Immigration Officer the first time. The whole process took about 20 months. I highly recommend Attorney Svetlana Kaff as an exceptionally talented and thoughtful analyst working with extraordinary specialists. My advice to potential EB1 visa applicants is to correctly evaluate their self-worth for extraordinary criteria.
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Posted by Ildar | July 19, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you for perfect job.
Спасибо Светлане и всей ее команде за проделанную работу. Я получил качественную профессиональную услугу. И самое главное результат на который и рассчитывал. У меня не было других адвокатов, но слыша истории от своих знакомых про их адвокатов, я понимаю что мне просто повезло что я выбрал Светлану. Светлана доводит свою работу до конца, а не просто бездумно отправляет заполненные бланки, так как она нацелена на конечный результат для клиента.
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Posted by Валентина | June 26, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Благодарность за труд и отзывчивость
Доброго времени суток. Хочу поделиться своей историей. Я, в полной безнадёжности, потратив много времени и денег на адвокатов в Америке, а именно в Сан Франциско, решила обратиться, по совету американских знакомых, к адвокату Светлане Кафф. Меня добродушно встретили в её большом, красивом, чистом офисе. Она меня выслушала, дала советы, потратила много времени, чтобы понять и помочь в моём деле. Светлана Кафф уважаемый и востребованный адвокат с 16-летним стажем, и в тоже время, я почувствовала от неё небезразличное отношение ко мне. Моё дело было выиграно нами. Там же, я познакомилась с её пятью клиентами, из стран СНГ, которые тоже, благодаря ей, добились положительных результатов. Поэтому, всем советую обращаться за помощью к Светлане, если у вас, конечно, правдивый кейс и вы будете выполнять все её рекомендации. Да, Светлана Кафф немного дороже некоторых адвокатов, но она их добросовестно отрабатывает и добивается победы в 98% с первого раза. Не делайте моих ошибок. Я тоже сначала пошла к более дешёвому адвокату, чем Светлана. Но, это было только вначале, потом пришлось ещё дважды доплачивать ему за другие услуги. А итог всего этого: отказ, потеря 1 года и разница в оплате, за услуги между тем адвокатом и Светланы Кафф, всего 1 тысяча $. “Экономный” платит дважды!
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Posted by Evgeniy | June 24, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Очень профессиональный адвокат
Доверили Светлане вести наш кейс и с её помощью довели его до успешного результата. Она прекрасный и грамотный адвокат, ни разу не позволила усомниться в своей порядочности и профессионализме. В силу её востребованности и загрузке бывает, что приходилось ожидать чуть больше по времени, но мы прекрасно понимали, и это подтверждалось постоянно, что нам в свою очередь будет уделено необходимое количество времени, когда потребуется. По мимо всего прочего Светлана - очень приятная и интеллигентная женщина. Очень благодарны Светлане!
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Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend Svetlana Kaff law office
Hello! We started to work with Svetlana in the fall, did not give any 100% prepayments, no "additional services" were imposed on us, all the office staff communicated very courteously and kindly. Everything went on as usual. It must be said that sometimes we were not given the maximum of time - how much we wanted, but I did not raise panic but simply trusted it. As a result, in May there was a court and we won it. Before that, almost a week was given us a maximum of time by several employees, not only Svetlana. There is nothing more to say - in the result we won the case and a huge thank you for your participation, care and result. Thank you and God bless you!
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Posted by Майя | June 23, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Лучший эмиграционной адвокат!!!!!!
Хотелось оставить очень положительный отзыв и большое спасибо от всей нашей семьи Светлане и её офису. Со Светланой познакомились в интернете. Начали работать с ней и ни разу не пожалели. Очень грамотный и толковый адвокат, который знает все тонкости и нюансы. Всегда выходила на связь и отвечала на все вопросы. Нам одобрили наш кейс. Отдельное спасибо Анастасии! Желаем вашему офису процветания!!!!! Людям нужны такие адвокаты как вы, честные и порядочные. Ещё раз спасибо за работу с вами!!!!!
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Posted by Sergei | June 16, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Превосходный специалист.
Это настоящий профессионал с огромным опытом , работает с полной отдачей , внимательно изучает каждую деталь вашего дела. Светлане можно доверять полностью. Это Мастер. У нас был очень хороший кейс, но мы теперь понимаем, что без Светланы мы бы не смогли правильно выстроить беседу с офицером и многое-многое другое ещё. Наша семья безгранично признательна Светлане за настоящее человеческое отношение и профессионализм.
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Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
The best lawyer!
I turned to Svetlana for help in obtaining refugee status in the end of 2018 and in May 2019 I received it! Passed the interview from the first time. In this case, the price justifies the result. I was pleased with her work. Her office works very well and was always ready to advise me on any issues.
Posted by Nayla | April 14, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Professional, focused and realistic lawyer. Highly recommend!
Receiver several consultations regarding immigration law. Svetlana's approach is solid, professional and based on broad experience. Pleasant to deal with. Would continue using her services in future.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Immigration Attorney
  • Law Offices of Svetlana L. Kaff, P.C.
  • 2002 - Present
  • Contract Attorney
  • V&E
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Contract Attorney
  • WSGR
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Immigrant Rights Commissioner
  • San Francisco Board of Supervisors
  • 2003 - 2006
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • San Francisco Immigration Court
  • 2002 - 2002
  • Immigration Attorney
  • Jewish Family & Children's Services
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Financial Assistant
  • Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
  • 1993 - 1998
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Education

  • Odessa Institute of Technology and Computer Systems
  • BS in Civil Engineering
  • 2014
  • Golden Gate Univ SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • San Francisco State Univer
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1998
  • FIDM
  • AA
  • 1994
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Legal Cases

  • Asylum
  • Granted
  • Aylum
  • Granted at Asylum office level
  • Asylum from Ukraine
  • Part reversed and part remanded by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Associations

  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • Featured Attorney
  • 2015 - Present
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • United Humanitarian Mission
  • Chief Information Officer
  • 2004 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Advisory Counsel Member
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Hadassah
  • Board Member
  • 2008 - 2010
  • San Francisco Bar Association
  • Arbitrator
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Rabota
  • Board Member
  • 2004 - 2007
  • San Francisco Immigrant Rights Commission
  • Immigrant Rights Commissioner
  • 2003 - 2006
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Languages Spoken

  • Russian
  • French
  • Ukrainian

Awards

  • Legal Specialist in Immigration & Nationality Law
  • California Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2016
  • Featured Attorney
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2016
  • Featured Attorney
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Featured Attorney/Lawyer of Distinction
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Best Russian Speaking Immigration Attorney
  • Bay Area Russian Community
  • 2012
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Southern Poverty Law Center
  • 2011
  • Important Contributor
  • Wall of Tolerence in Montgomery, Alabama - Fight Against Intolerance
  • 2011
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2006
  • Dean's List
  • GGU School of Law
  • 2001
  • Who is Who Lawyers
  • Who is Who
  • 2000
  • CALI Award for Excellence in Criminal Procedure
  • GGU School of Law
  • 2000
  • Dean's List
  • GGU School of Law
  • 2000
  • CALI Award for Excellence in Constitutional Law
  • GGU School of Law
  • 1999
  • Dean's List
  • GGU School of Law
  • 1999
  • CALI Award for Excellence in Torts
  • GGU School of Law
  • 1999
  • Achievement Award for Academic Excellence
  • San Francisco State University
  • 1998
  • Honoree
  • Beta Gamma Sigma
  • 1998
  • AM-JUR Award for Excellence in Civil Procedure
  • GGU School of Law
  • 1998
  • President's Award
  • FIDM
  • 1994
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Speaking Engagements

  • US History and Culture
  • Immigration In The Lives of Teenagers
  • 2014
  • Russian Attorneys Training on Law Firm Management
  • Small to Mid-size Law Firm Management in the US
  • 2014
  • Rabota Legal Forum
  • Hot topics in Immigration Law
  • 2010
  • GGU School of Law Moot Court
  • Appellate Judge
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (34)
Given (32)
Endorse Svetlana
Immigration Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Svetlana is an excellent and experienced immigration lawyer. I refer all immigration matters to her and unhesitatingly endorse her as an expert in this field."
Immigration Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Svetlana Kaff is a brilliant attorney who has a passion for the practice of law. I respect her as a fearsome advocate and hope that she is never my opponent."
Immigration Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Svetlana Kaff for her valuable contribution to immigration laws practice assisting clients with her demonstrated legal knowledge and efficiency."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Other
"Svetlana is an excellent attorney, which I know from working with her. She is highly experienced, organized, knowledgeable, and a zealous advocate! I have since referred her to my friends and friends of friends and they were happy I did."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Svetlana is very knowledgeable, competent, thorough and really goes out of her way to take care of her clients."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Svetlana is an excellent immigration attorney and a zealous advocate for her clients. I recommend that you call her if you have any questions about any facet of immigration law."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is very experienced and knowledgeable!"
Unknown Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Very knowledgeable attorney."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Other
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community"
Immigration Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"13 years of practicing immigration law is very experienced. Her knowledge of both the law and procedure is excellent and evident in her pro bono contributions here. Read her client reviews and you will want to hire her. Her peer endorsements are also outstanding. Do yourself a favor and schedule a consultation with her."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Svetlana Kaff. Her answers on Avvo indicate that she is a dedicated and knowledgeable advocate in the area of immigration law."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Kaff is a highly trusted member of the legal community, her contribution is greatly appreciated and valued."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Very knowledgeable and respectable member of community."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ms. Kaff. She demonstrates an impressive knowledge of the law based on his accurate legal answers on Avvo. She is an asset to the legal field and respected by colleagues."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Kaff has provided insightful answers to some of the most difficult situations I've seen posted on AVVO so far. She also has a very impressive record of service in state, national and international legal organizations."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Kaff is a knowledgeable lawyer and her representation is recommended,"
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San Francisco Immigration Lawyer Svetlana L. Kaff
Svetlana L. Kaff
Immigration Attorney
San Francisco, CA
Licensed for 20 years