What Should I Look for in An Immigration Attorney?
The many laws and processes instituted by our government have made the immigration process complex and difficult for most people to navigate by themselves. Although our firm is hopeful that the current administration will begin streamlining the process, it is best to hire an experienced immigration attorney to avoid errors and delays. An immigration attorney will guide you through the entire process while increasing your chances of receiving an immigration benefit. It is important to note that not all attorneys are familiar with immigration, and you should consult an immigration-specific attorney to handle your case. More specifically, if you have any sort of criminal history, consult a crimmigration attorney for the best results. Below are some of the things you should consider before hiring an immigration attorney, including some general questions to ask during a consultation.
As a result of the intricate nature of immigration law, having an immigration attorney who has experience handling various types of immigration matters is crucial to making sure you get the results you are looking for yourself and or your family. Be sure to ask your potential attorney about their experience, education, and achievements. We also recommend conducting a quick search online to verify their experience as best you can. Avvo is a great place to start when looking for an experienced attorney to handle your case.
Strong Communication Skills
For many individuals pursuing an immigration benefit, English is their second or third language. Language barriers can make it more challenging to communicate your needs and situation. Therefore, it is important to have someone that listens and can present your case to immigration officials in a clear and comprehensive manner. Their ability to explain what you want, and your situation, can form the basis upon whether your immigration petition is approved or denied. Your attorney should also communicate with you often and provide regular updates regarding your case.
You need to be able to trust and rely on your attorney to represent your best interests. He or she should be clear and upfront about your case, addressing any potential roadblocks or challenges you may face. We recommend scheduling a consult and reading through client testimonials to determine whether you feel comfortable with an attorney before making the decision to hire.
In addition to the areas discussed above, there are some general questions you should ask a potential attorney before hiring him or her to represent you.
- How long has he or she been a lawyer?
- Are they a member of AILA?
- How many cases like yours has the firm handled?
- Were any of these cases unsuccessful? If so, why?
- Will he or she be handling your case directly or will an associate be handling your case?
- How often should you expect to hear from the firm about your case?
- How can he or she be reached in case of an emergency?
What Should I Do?
The fact of the matter is your situation is unique to you. You should find an attorney that can best represent your case. After all, one tiny mistake on your immigration application can cause long delays or outright denial. Hiring an experienced immigration attorney to navigate the maze of paperwork and deadlines will increase your rate of success. Don’t you deserve the best representation?
At LaGrone Law, we will guide you through the process and help make sure that your petition is approved. We recommend working with our experienced firm to avoid confusion, unnecessary delays, and to ensure that you comply with applicable laws and immigration requirements. We are ready to help you achieve your American dream. Are you ready to take the next step? Pick up the phone now and call 678-250-5449 to schedule a consultation.