You are not required to have a lawyer when applying for an immigrant visa or green card in the United States or overseas. If you have a straightforward case, are clearly eligible for the benefits you seek, and no record of crime or negative run-ins with immigration authorities, you can potentially proceed all the way obtaining a visa or green card without a lawyer. In fact, if you are overseas, lawyers cannot attend counselor interviews with you, although they are allowed to prepare the paperwork. However, there are numerous situations when you will need attorney services in Fort Lee and will save yourself a lot of time and aggravation by getting it. Immigration law is notoriously complicated and operates with little oversight and public scrutiny than you might expect. Here are some of the most likely situations:
If You Are In Immigration Court Proceedings
If you are or have been in immigration court deportation proceedings, call us immediately. If the proceedings are not finished or you are on appeal, your entire immigration situation is in the power of the courts and you will not get anywhere trying to use the same application procedures as people who are not in proceedings. Even if the proceedings are over, you should ask our lawyers whether the outcome affects your current application.
If You Are Inadmissible
The most common legal issue encountered by would-be immigrants is the claim by USCIS or the consulate that they are inadmissible. For example, if a crime has been committed or the U.S. government has been lied to. If you know that any of these grounds apply to you, it makes sense to get legal help before you begin the application process.
If You Are Overwhelmed By The Paperwork
Even the simplest of U.S. immigration applications involves filling out some forms, and you will most likely be asked to follow some detailed instructions about gathering and including other paperwork and fees. Make a mistake, and you will find your application returned, delayed, or even rejected.
Immigration lawyers have dealt with this paperwork countless times before you, and have both the knowledge and the streamlined systems to prepare the applications smoothly. They have computer programs in which they can enter your information and produce the forms in an instant. Hiring a lawyer can be well worth the peace of mind alone.
If You Are Encountering Delays
Another circumstance that often drives people to lawyers is the failure of USCIS or the consulate to act on or approve the application, for reasons that have more to do with bureaucracy than law. For example, an applicant who moves from Los Angeles to San Francisco after filing the green card application might find that the application, which should be transferred to the San Francisco office, has disappeared for months.
Being separated from your family is something no person should have to endure. America immigration law takes into account the sheer amount of stress and heartache that is involved in being unable to see your children, spouse, siblings or parents. At the offices of Kevork Adanas P.C. Attorney at Law, you gain a trusted hand in your green card case. Call us today for a free consultation.