Importance of Hiring a Lawyer in the Immigration Process


employment immigrationWhen a foreign national wishes to come into the United States – whether for school, to work, or with family – certain immigration documents must be obtained. Depending on your reason for coming to the U.S., the duration of your stay, and what you plan to do while you are in the U.S., various immigrations are available, each with its own requirements and limitations. The immigration process is daunting, confusing, and time consuming for many people. An immigration lawyer can be helping in guiding you through the immigration process, advising you of the various immigration options, and helping to ensure that a complete application is filed in a timely manner.

The following are some of the specific ways that an immigration lawyer is important to the immigration process:

  • Helping you understand the various immigration options. Whether you are coming to the U.S. to work or with family, there may be more than one visa option available to you. Because each visa has its own requirements, limitations, and duration, an immigration lawyer can help you understand which visa option makes the most sense given your specific circumstances.
  • Ensuring that a complete application is filed in a timely manner. Regardless of the visa option that you pursue, the application process requires a significant amount of detailed information. In some situations, such as those involving family-based immigration, an interview with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may also be required. An immigration lawyer can help ensure that you submit a complete application, with necessary supporting documentation, in a timely manner so that the application isn’t denied due to incompleteness.
  • Representing you in connection with an appeal. If your initial application was denied, an immigration lawyer will be able to tell you why the application was denied and help fix the errors in order to appeal the denial or re-apply at a future date.
  • Overcoming hurdles to the application process. If you have been convicted of a crime, have a communicable disease, were previously deported, or have a medical condition, an immigration lawyer can advise you on the impact of these hurdles to immigration and possibly help you overcome the hurdles in the immigration process.
  • Representing you at USCIS interviews. An immigration lawyer can represent you at any USCIS interviews or other meetings.
  • Expediting the application process. An immigration lawyer can communicate with USCIS on your behalf to help move the process along in a timely manner so that you can avoid unnecessary delays.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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