Why Hire an Immigration Attorney
There is no rule that says you need to use a lawyer to file your petition for immigration to the United States. You can find plenty of information on how to do it yourself. But you will probably find the process a lot easier if you hire an experienced immigration attorney.
An Immigration Attorney Understands Immigration Law
Immigration law and procedures are complex and change often. A lawyer specializing in immigration will keep up with those changes and make sure you follow current procedures for filing your case.
Also, changes in the law or your personal circumstances could affect your case. For example, did you know that if your spouse files to be your sponsor while a lawful permanent resident, your visa will be in the family second preference category, but if he or she becomes a U.S. citizen before your visa is approved, you can upgrade your petition to immediate relative? An immigration attorney is familiar with these nuances of the law and can leverage them on your behalf.
Some immigration cases may involve legal areas other than immigration. If this is true for your case, your lawyer can make sure you follow all applicable laws.
An Immigration Attorney Will Ensure Paperwork is Thorough
The appropriate forms you need to file depends on the type of visa you are applying for. In some cases, you have have several different options, and an attorney can help you decide which will work best for your case and obtain the appropriate forms for that type of visa.
Your attorney can also help prepare the forms, make sure you have the correct filing fees, and get the forms to the correct office of the correct agency.
If you intend to immigrate on a family visa, your attorney can make sure your sponsor fulfills the requirements and files an affidavit of support if necessary.
Your attorney will also make sure you have included any other required documents:
- Birth certificate
- Marriage certificates
- Divorce certificates
- Police reports
An Immigration Attorney Can Be Your Advocate
Lawyers are all bound by client-attorney privilege, so you can tell them anything, even things you would rather not tell others. Knowing everything about you can help your attorney increase your chances of getting approval for your petition.
Immigration petitions can sometimes take years to resolve, and your lawyer can be with you every step of the way. He or she can help keep your case moving forward, working to resolve any problems USCIS may find with your case or personal situation. If necessary, he or she can represent you in front of the appropriate government agencies.
Your petition for immigration is a legal case. You should have a legal representative to help it go smoothly.