If you are embarking on the immigration process, you probably have lots of questions—where do you start? What’s expected of you or your family? While you might not technically need a lawyer to help get you into the country, having the help of one can make the process that much easier on you and your family.
To help you understand the benefits of an immigration lawyer, we’ve put together a brief FAQ:
Can an immigration lawyer from the US help me while I’m still in my country?
Yes, a US immigration lawyer is who you’ll want to work with to help sort out the process, even if you’re still living in your home country. You won’t be able to meet face to face, but your lawyer will be able to communicate to you all of the necessary documents, processes and requirements you need to be mindful of—they will also be there for you should you encounter bumps along the way, and will follow up with you to ensure that you’re moving along.
Do immigration lawyers work for the US government?
No—just like any private practicing lawyer, an immigration lawyer works separately from the sphere of government control. That being said, an immigration lawyer is well versed with US laws and those that specifically pertain to immigration, so their familiarity may prove helpful to you.
Remember that US immigration law is federal, so your immigration lawyer can—and is trained to—provide legal counsel to you, even if you’re outside of the US.
Is hiring an immigration lawyer costly?
Hiring an immigration lawyer will, of course, cost you more initially than trying to take on the entire process yourself. However, an immigration lawyer’s expertise and familiarity with the field of immigration law can prove invaluable to you down the road—their knowledge can save you from wasting your resources by doing the wrong thing for your specific case. A successful end result with as few “roadblocks” as possible is worth the extra upfront cost.
What’s the difference between an immigration lawyer and a consultant?
You may have heard about immigration consultants and are considering enlisting the help of one. An immigration consultant can provide advice to you, but only a lawyer is able to draft legal documents, interpret laws and represent clients in court.
Who needs an immigration lawyer?
As we mentioned before, an immigration lawyer can help to speed up your immigration timeline and sort out any difficulties you may encounter—so no job is too small. That being said, there are certain cases where having access to a lawyer can be especially helpful. These include:
· You have been deported and want to return to the US
· Your US employer (if you are applying for a work visa) has not offered you help with the process
· You have been convicted of a criminal offense
· You are seeking asylum
· You require emergency help for a time sensitive situation
If you need to hire an immigration lawyer—or simply have questions about the immigration process—please feel free to give us a call at (386) 449-8541. We will work to help you find the resources, advice or representation you need.