An immigration lawyer’s services range from providing a basic consultation in order to explore available immigration law options, to complete representation in preparing and filing documentation, appearing before a government agency and providing ongoing counsel throughout a process. Arguably, the consultation is among the most important steps an immigration client engages in, as all decision-making and expectations generally flows from the information and assessments provided in this context.
The most common questions I am presented with include: How do I bring my fiancé to the U.S? How do I legalize my spouse’s status, although they overstayed their visa, or entered the U.S. without a visa? My company wishes to hire a foreign worker, what are the steps to legally employ them and what are the costs? What is the process of conferring lawful permanent residence, or green card, onto our highly valued foreign worker employee? My friend is facing deportation, how can we keep him here and what are the chances for success?
For each of these questions, there are dozens of federal statutes, regulations and policies that will help provide the answer. In addition to the written laws, though, there are the intangibles and logistical nuances that are at play in any given immigration process, factors only a seasoned immigration lawyer will have insight into. The services an immigration lawyer provides should be a product of knowledge the lawyer derives not only from written laws, regulations and legal resources, but also from the years of experience in the trenches interacting with the relevant government agencies and advocating the rights of clients.