Why Do I Need an Immigration Attorney
The first in our series on Immigration Law.
There are some jobs that are self-explanatory, a plumber comes to your house and fixes leaky pipes. A roofer comes and fixes a leaky roof. A mechanic can get your car running. Other jobs are a bit more complex in description. What does an immigration attorney do and why would I need one? The answer is easy, the description of what we do is; well, way more complex than anyone has time for. We’re starting a series on the PH Law Blog about immigration basics, breaking down what an immigration attorney can do for you starting with visa applications.
But first, a bit of an overview…
A visa is a legal document that allows an individual to enter and stay in a country for a certain amount of time. That being said, act of getting a visa to stay in the country for longer than 30 days can take an enormous amount of time and effort. A visa is the first step toward immigrating to the United States and becoming a citizen. Without a visa an immigrant can’t legally get a job, obtain a driver's license, or rent a place to live. With the complexities that are involved with US immigration it is essential that one have an expert on their side.
Paperwork, paperwork, paperwork
We deal with paperwork everyday. The process of establishing US citizenship and legal immigration involves a mountain of paperwork and immigration is particularly picky when it comes to this paperwork, even down to the form in which the paperwork may be turned it. Certainly you can attempt to do this yourself, but a good immigration attorney can point out the pitfalls and problem areas that you may not be aware of. We also deal with citizenship/visa issues daily, so we can help you understand wait times, criteria, and legal jargon plus help you find and use supporting documents.
What if I’m already here?
The unfortunate fact of the matter is that many immigrants are in the country illegally or have not been successful in their legal attempts to become US citizens. This is where an immigration attorney can help. We can get you back on a pathway to citizenship, help you with removal proceedings, and even help you bring family into the U.S. via legitimate methods of entry. Mistakes that have been made in the past do not necessarily mean that a person's American dream is over, just that it needs some help in most instances. We can provide that.
Avoid the trick questions.
In the immigration process there are tests and interviews that are conducted in order to ascertain whether someone is a candidate to become a citizen or enter the country, or whether they are being honest. There are even tests of the American system of government, our political structure, our history. This can be a daunting task, but a good immigration attorney can help you along the way by offering and matching you with the services that you need.
A friendly, helpful, face
Lastly an immigration attorney is an advocate in an impersonal setting. A good immigration attorney doesn’t just shuffle papers and get a result, he or she communicates with you, and tries to understand your situation and tries provide compassionate, effective solutions in an often-confusing situation. They’re also a problem solver who looks for legal avenues to help people achieve their goals.
This is what an Immigration Attorney does everyday and we can do it for you.