If you are looking to immigrate to the United States, it is important that you understand the process and what immigration lawyers do. Many people try to take on the process themselves or seek help from others who are not immigration experts. This can lead to a lot of problems and wasted time and money. Immigration lawyers have the experience and knowledge necessary to help you through the entire process quickly and smoothly. In this blog post, we will explain what immigration lawyers do and how they can help you achieve your immigration goals.
Immigration lawyers do more than fill out forms
The immigration process involves forms that can be filled out online through the USCIS website. Anyone, including public notaries, attorneys outside the immigration field, and even you, can access these forms online. While these forms are accessible to everyone, immigration lawyers offer more than form-filling services. The forms are complex and require insights and strategies experienced immigration lawyers know how to navigate.
You need to make sure you apply for the best benefits you can qualify for
Experienced immigration lawyers will begin by offering you a consultation to review your unique situation so you can figure out what forms to fill out in the first place. You may be thinking about applying for immigration benefits that you don’t qualify for or you may want to apply for benefits that you have greater chances of being denied. For instance, during your first consultation with our experienced attorneys at Puntier Law, you will be asked questions about how you entered the country, your criminal record, your family history, and more so we can determine which pathway to residency or citizenship makes the most sense for you.
Take the latest immigration reforms into consideration
Immigration lawyers stay updated on the latest news and reforms, so we can better advise you before applying for benefits and during your application process. This is important because immigration policies are always changing. As an example, a few years ago, the Trump administration enacted an MPP, or “Remain in Mexico” policy, which forced asylum seekers to wait outside the country for their immigration hearings. This policy was eventually struck down by the courts, but if you didn’t have an immigration lawyer advising you, you might have been forced to wait outside the country needlessly.
Get the support you need to pass important interviews
Immigration lawyers will also help prepare you for important interviews with immigration officials. If you are applying for a green card, you will have to attend an interview with a USCIS officer. This interview can be intimidating, but immigration lawyers will help you prepare so that you know what to expect and can answer questions confidently.
Avoid costly mistakes in your process
You cannot afford to make mistakes on immigration forms, misinterpret the requirements and fail to provide important and timely documentation for your case. Immigration lawyers are well versed in important processes and use sophisticated tools to ensure they keep up with important requirements and deadlines to keep your case coming along. Managing an immigration case is very different from managing other types of cases, such as a personal injury case or a real estate law case.
Leverage relationships that can help you case
Immigration lawyers also have valuable relationships with immigration officials that can help your case. For example, at Puntier Law, we have a strong relationship with the Atlanta Field Office of USCIS. This allows us to get information about our clients’ cases and resolve issues more quickly than an outsider or an attorney with less experience and rapport than us.
Hire the help you need to get the best possible outcome
Overall, immigration lawyers provide a valuable service that can help you save time, money, and stress as you navigate the immigration process. At Puntier Law, we are here to help you every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule your consultation. We look forward to helping you achieve your immigration goals!