What is an immigration lawyer?
An immigration lawyer is an independent practitioner who helps clients deal with issues related to immigration. This includes green cars, visas, immigration benefits, and U.S. citizenship
Are immigration lawyers connected to U.S. immigration authorities?
No, immigration lawyers are unconnected to the U.S. immigration authorities
Can I get an immigration lawyer if I am not in the United States?
Yes, U.S. immigration law is federal, which means that you have access to immigration lawyers in every U.S. state as well as if you are currently living in another country
What benefits are there to getting an immigration lawyer?
Hiring an immigration lawyer can help you save money and time. Immigration lawyers can help you through situations such as redoing an application done incorrectly or defending yourself in removal proceeding if an application goes wrong
Should I call an immigration lawyer if I am uncertain about my basic eligibility for a green card or another immigration benefit?
Should I call an immigration lawyer if I have received government assistance while living in the United States?
Should I call an immigration lawyer if I am concerned that I might be inadmissible?
Should I call an immigration lawyer if I am requesting any sort of discretionary relief, such as a waiver or asylum?
Yes, this involves persuading the immigration authorities to make an exception or offer you benefits that might not ordinarily be offered to other applicants in your position
Should I call an immigration lawyer if I am struggling with obtaining citizenship, a USCIS green card, or other immigration benefits?
Yes, you may be asked to supply additional evidence which an immigration attorney can aid you with
Should I call an immigration lawyer if I need emergency help with an immigration matter?
Should I call an immigration lawyer if deportation or removal proceedings are being started against me?
Yes, if you have been notified of these proceedings call an immigration lawyer
Should I call an immigration lawyer if I have been deported from the U.S. and I wish to apply to return?
Should I call an immigration lawyer if I have had an immigration application refused or denied?
Should I call an immigration lawyer if I have been convicted or have committed a criminal offense?
Yes, you should contact an immigration lawyer if you have been convicted or have committed a criminal offense are you are trying to enter the U.S or protect yourself from removal from the U.S.
Should I call an immigration lawyer if I am planning on moving to the U.S to work?
Yes, if you are planning to move to the U.S to work for a U.S. employer and the employer has not assisted you with the immigration process
Should I call an immigration lawyer if I need help with my application process?
Yes, if you have looked into the application process and you need help with the forms and documents
Should I call an immigration lawyer if I am applying for an investment-based visa?
What should I expect in my initial meeting with my lawyer?
Most immigration lawyers charge a flat fee to meet with you, and many offer free first consultations. Try to meet with more than one attorney before choosing one to represent you. Make sure to bring any personal documents that relate to your immigration situation, such as notices from immigration authorities, marriage certificates, passports, visas, and your I-94. The lawyer will most likely ask questions and take notes, and they will advise you on how to proceed
What benefits will this meeting provide?
The meeting with immigration lawyers will allow you to ask questions and tell them your circumstances. Immigration lawyers are duty-bound and must keep your information confidential, so give your attorney as much information as possible