“Immigration law is a mystery and a mastery of obfuscation, and the lawyers who can figure it out are worth their weight in gold.”
-USCIS spokeswoman Karen Kraushaar
Immigration applications with the government are legal documents, similar to filing court documents for a lawsuit. Don’t be deceived that these applications are “simple” and “just paperwork.” Behind the forms are thousands of pages of law that affect your rights and ability to live and work in the U.S. There is no one-size-fits-all with immigration cases. Consequently, you should consult an immigration lawyer, not family or friends, whenever you have to face the government. After all, isn’t your immigration a life-changing matter that deserves the best assistance possible?
For a qualified and experienced immigration lawyer to provide you with the best help, he or she must:
- Inform you of your options based upon the latest changes in U.S. immigration law and procedures.
- Recommend and help you decide the best course of action, based upon your individual situation, your business or employment interests, or your family concerns.
- Represent and defend you before Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and the U.S. Department of State (DOS), immigration-related agencies, and at U.S. consulates around the world.
- Advise you every step of the way with regard to the immigration or visa matters you have asked the lawyer to file for you, or with regard to other matters concerning your personal life that comes up from time to time.
- Check the status of your application with the government to verify timely processing.
- Submit requests for status to the government if your application processing takes longer than the normal processing time posted by the government.
- Prepare all legal documents for filing with the CIS, DOL, and DOS, along with correct filing fees, at the correct office of these agencies.
- Keep you informed with regard to changes in U.S. immigration law and procedures that could affect your case.
- Help you if CIS, DOL, or DOS finds something wrong with your case or your individual situation, and help you resolve the matter.
- Be ready to appeal an adverse decision, denying your petition or application, if necessary, and advise you on what to do next and how to get what you want.
This information is provided as an educational service by Ann Massey Badmus. If you have questions about immigration, you are invited to call or email me at 214-472-2161, firstname.lastname@example.org, or click here for a case review.