When to hire a US immigration lawyer
When facing an immigration related issue you are not obliged to hire an immigration lawyer, but doing so comes with many benefits. The U.S immigration system is incredibly complex and navigating it alone can be tough. An immigration lawyer has an in-depth knowledge of US immigration law, as well as previous experience of the immigration system, they can use this to help you with your immigration issue.
An immigration issue can assist with many different issues, but there are several circumstances where it is highly recommended that you seek the assistance of a US immigration lawyer, they include the below circumstances.
If you’re unsure of your immigration options
The first step of travelling to the US is deciding which immigration option is best for you. There are a wide range of US immigration options including temporary and permanent visas, visas for working, studying, joining family members, visiting and much more.
Each immigration route comes with its own set of requirements and the best route for you will depend on what you plan to do in the US, how long you plan to stay for and which requirements you can meet.
You may be eligible for multiple types of visas or Green Cards. The vast number of options and requirements can make it difficult to decide which route to choose, but an immigration lawyer can help.
Our US lawyers offer professional advice sessions where they can discuss your circumstances with you, find out your goals and can advise you on the most viable immigration options available to you. They can also assess your eligibility for any type of US immigration route and can give you more information about them, including how to apply and what your next steps should be.
Choosing the correct immigration route for you will make the immigration process easier and will give you a much higher chance of success.
If an application is overwhelming you
Once you have decided which immigration route you will use, the next step is the application. Immigration applications can be overwhelming, the application process varies depending on the route you are applying for. You may need a US sponsor to start an application on your behalf, you will usually need to complete large amounts of complex paperwork and file various forms with USCIS, you will need to obtain and submit a substantial amount of supporting documents and you could even be required to attend interviews.
Mistakes in the paperwork can be incredibly detrimental to your application and it can be difficult to understand what documents you need and how to submit them. Overall the application process can be complicated, expensive, stressful and time-consuming.
An immigration lawyer can minimise the stress associated with an immigration application and can save you time and money by assisting you through the application process and giving you the highest chance of a successful application.
An experienced immigration lawyer can assist you with an application by:
- Filling in paperwork on your behalf and assisting your US sponsor with any required petitions
- Helping you to gather any necessary documents and putting together a substantial portfolio of evidence
- Liaising with USCIS on your behalf for updates on your applications progress
- Helping you to prepare for any interviews you may need to attend and answering any questions you may have about the application process
- Thoroughly checking your application forms and supporting documents to ensure they are accurate and free from mistakes
Hiring a good immigration attorney could be the difference between your application being refused or accepted. An immigration lawyer will ensure that you have the highest chance of success and could save you from paying more application or appeal fees.
If you are an employer hiring overseas workers
If you’re an employer who would like to hire foreign workers an immigration attorney can help to ensure you are compliant with immigration laws. To hire an overseas worker you will need to complete the labour certification (PERM) process by submitting the PERM application (ETA Form 9089), this is a complicated form that can be difficult to understand and even the smallest mistake will result in the application being rejected. As well as this, you may have to comply with other immigration laws such as job advertisement rules.
It’s likely that as a business owner your time is very valuable and is not well spent trying to understand the details of complex immigration laws and applications. Instead it is a good idea to use the services of knowledgeable immigration attorney who can take on this responsibility for you.
An immigration lawyer can complete the PERM paperwork for you and can ensure that any job advertisements you put out are listed for the correct time frames and using the proper requirements.
If you are undergoing immigration court proceedings
If you are involved in immigration court deportation proceedings you should contact an immigration attorney as soon as possible.
Receiving a Notice To Appear (NTA) means that the U.S government intends to begin removal proceedings against you and you have a duty to appear in court. When proceedings are ongoing or in appeal your entire immigration situation is in the hands of the court.
An experienced immigration lawyer has a much more substantial knowledge of the court system than you do and trying to go through it alone is unlikely to end in a successful outcome. Instead, it is highly likely that you will need an immigration lawyer to assist you with your case in order to get a positive outcome.
If you need a lawyer to help you with court proceedings, you should contact an attorney immediately as these cases are often urgent and time sensitive. A lawyer will discuss the next steps with you and answer any questions you may have about the removal process and how you can challenge it.
When your visa application has been denied
Unfortunately, visa applications are sometimes denied. This can be very disheartening a leave many people wondering what their next steps should be. There is no visa appeal process in the United States, but you may not be out of options. Most visa refusals are not because the applicant is ineligible for the visa, but rather due to mistakes in the application or a lack of evidence to prove you meet the requirements.
If you feel that there is additional information that could be considered as part of your visa application or there have been significant changes in your circumstances since your last application, you can reapply for your US visa.
An immigration lawyer can help you to reapply for your visa and can assess where your previous application went wrong. They will ensure that this time round, your application is completed to the highest standard and that you have an adequate amount of evidence to demonstrate your eligibility.
Our US immigration lawyers
If you’re looking to hire an immigration lawyer who specialize in US immigration law, look no further than IAS. Although IAS is a law firm based in the UK, we also have a team of experienced immigration lawyers based across the United States.
Our U.S immigration attorneys are trained in all areas of US immigration law and are able to assist with all types of immigration cases, no matter how complex. If you need immigration help, our US lawyers can offer their assistance immediately, they offer bespoke services tailored to their clients personal needs. Our US services include professional legal advice, Green Card, visa and U.S citizenship application assistance and much more.
For more information about how to hire an immigration lawyer in the U.S, get in touch with our team today on 0333 305 9375.
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