Using an Immigration Attorney
The U.S. Immigration Process
The US immigration process is not as straight forward as that of some other countries. US immigration is a lengthy and complex bureaucracy process consisting of multiple departments and multiple steps and procedures. Any mistakes or incomplete forms can delayed the process and in some cases may disqualify the application.
For these reasons, even though the USCIS does not require you to use an attorney, you would be strongly advised to use the services of an authorized U.S. immigration attorneys, or immigration lawyers, as US immigration is an extremely complex process. So there will be occasions where the services of a lawyer would prove invaluable. There are some areas that are fairly easy to handle and there are some that would be best handled by an experienced immigration lawyer or immigration attorney.
Family Based Immigration
There are certain types of immigration applications such as family based immigration which can be fairly straight forward and may not require the services of an employment attorney/lawyer. However, even in this category there are situations when using the services of an immigration attorney will be money well spent. For instance:
- If you are to appear before an immigration judge regarding a deportation notice.
- You have a criminal record.
- There is a problem with your immigration papers.
- There are some technical issues regarding your application.
Human nature is such that many of us have a misconception about lawyers. We only go to lawyers when we run into problems. We often do not realize that lawyers spend a great deal of their services in preventing things from going wrong. The decision you are faced with in your US immigration application is whether on not to use the services of US immigration attorneys to advise you on your options to ensure that application is problem -free. Or, do you wait until there’s a problem in your application and only then use an immigration attorney or lawyer. There are some mistakes once identified could be terminal for your immigration application.
Immigration lawyers are far more knowledgeable and more experienced on US immigration matters than you are. Although it is not absolutely essential that you hire a lawyer, it would be advisable to do so.
When hiring an immigration attorney you do not need to hire one to assist you through the whole process. However, it would be a good idea to consult with immigration lawyers or attorneys over issues you are not familiar with. They are the ones best capable of advising or representing your before USCIS officials.
It is advisable that you have at least one consultation with an experience immigration lawyer to check over your application documents before you submit them.
One area where it would be recommended to consult with an attorney on your immigration is if you fear that there may be something in your past that may make you inadmissible.
US immigration attorneys can also advise you on what other supporting documents you may need in order to strengthen you case.
The U.S. Immigration Bureaucracy
The US immigration process is a complicated bureaucracy consisting of multiple departments and multiple steps and procedures. Any mistakes or incompleted forms can delayed the process and in some cases may disqualify the application. For these reasons, even though the USCIS does not require you to use an attorney, you would be strongly advised to use the services of an authorized USA immigration attorney or lawyer, as US immigration is an extremely complex process.
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