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Welcome to Santee Law

Trusted Immigration and Criminal Defense Lawyer

The Law Offices of David S. Santee is an immigration and criminal defense law firm based in suburban Philadelphia. We offer a full range of immigration services, including applications of individuals seeking U.S. lawful permanent residency (a “green card”), petitions for businesses seeking to bring in workers from overseas, and defense of individuals in deportation proceedings. We also represent individuals whose criminal charges jeopardize their immigration status.

One of the defining characteristics of our firm is that we are never afraid of a challenging case. In fact, what distinguishes us most is our creative approach to solving the most difficult legal problems. We won’t rest until we have thought about the case from every angle, going over the details again and again until we find the answer.

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We help keep families together here in the U.S. through a process known as “adjustment of status” and also file immigrant visa applications for those seeking to reunite with their family already living in the U.S.

Employment-Based Immigration

We help individuals obtain permanent residency through their employment and businesses bring in talented workers from overseas. We handle the whole process, from labor certification to visa application.

Student & Other Nonimmigrant Visas

We help students and exchange visitors obtain nonimmigrant visas, and extend and change their status. We handle CPT, OPT, and STEM extensions. We also handle visas for temporary workers.

Deportation Defense

We draw on our extensive courtroom advocacy experience to provide highly effective deportation defense. We understand the many defenses to deportation and, more importantly, how best to present them.


We represent noncitizen clients in criminal court and also consult with criminal defense attorneys on potential immigration consequences such as ICE detention and loss of immigrant status.

Appeals & Post Conviction

We handle appeals on immigration and criminal matters. We also file post-conviction petitions to overturn criminal convictions that carry serious immigration consequences, including deportation.

  • What a great immigration attorney David Santee is!
    Since our very first meeting I realized how bright he was. That added to being kind and friendly makes for a great match.... read more

    Key Magic Inc Avatar Key Magic Inc
    February 24, 2022

    I won’t say a page about David Santee,but if you ever want are need a real sincere immigration lawyer the best, then Santee is the man,real honest,give you 💯 percent,God... read more

    Voltaire Ramsay Avatar Voltaire Ramsay
    February 24, 2022

    David and Anna Maria are the best team to have behind you if you're looking for an immigration lawyer. They are extremely organized, detail-oriented, and patient. I would recommend them... read more

    Stephanie Kenny Avatar Stephanie Kenny
    December 24, 2021
  • From the moment we spoke with David over the phone until the day we met in person, we understood that he was a dedicated lawyer unlike any other we met.... read more

    Allana Pacheco Avatar Allana Pacheco
    March 24, 2020

    I have had the pleasure of working with Dave and his office for over six years. Dave has an exceptionally strong eye for detail that has been a benefit on... read more

    Thomas Martin Avatar Thomas Martin
    March 24, 2020

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