On behalf of Immigration Law Firm, DiSanto & DiSanto, PLC
There are multiple reasons people hire an immigration attorney to represent them. The main reason, however, is the complexity of legal issues involved in the United States immigration process. An applicant’s failure to follow the requirements of United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (“USCIS”) and the Immigration and Nationality Act can lead to a denial of any and all benefits, and possibly a referral to the immigration court.
For many individuals the immigration process can seem overwhelming, time consuming, frustrating, and often creates legal questions that they cannot confidently address themselves. For these and many other reasons, consulting an immigration lawyer is an option to consider when faced with an employment or family related immigration matter.
If you are looking for an immigration attorney and do not know where to start, the following comments are a few things to consider when searching for an attorney to best represent you with your immigration issue.
- When you begin researching law offices, you may notice some lawyers specialize in immigration law and some list immigration law as just one of multiple types of legal matters they handle. When looking for an immigration attorney, ask how much of their practice is devoted solely to immigration law, and consider whether you want an attorney dedicated part or full time to specializing in immigration law. A specialized approach to immigration law allows the attorney to more readily stay up to date with the ever changing immigration laws and procedures, so the attorney can focus their expertise solely on immigration law matters. Check with the immigration law firm to see how long they have been in practice and what kind of immigration services they provide.
- Next, contact your local State Bar to find out if the lawyer you are considering is licensed in good standing, and if the attorney has ever been disciplined by the State Bar. There are also other tools, such as Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, that can help you find out what other attorneys think about your potential selection. Martindale Hubbell is one of the most comprehensive directories of reputable lawyers.
- You may want to ask if the immigration attorney you are considering is a member of AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association: http://www.aila.org. ) AILA is the only legal association in the United States for immigration attorneys and provides resources and information on the most up to date immigration law and policies. According to AILA, more than 11,000 immigration lawyers are members of this national association of lawyers and attorneys who teach and practice immigration law.
- Check online reviews for immigration lawyer reviews, like Avvo.com, as these reviews are made by clients who have personally dealt with a particular attorney. A good rating and positive reviews on websites like Avvo.com can be reassuring.
- Call and speak directly with the attorney’s office you are considering and ask questions. You should feel comfortable with this relationship and confident you have made the right decision.
- Interview the attorney you are considering by meeting for a consultation to discuss your immigration issue. The attorney you choose should be knowledgeable in the area of your particular immigration matter, able to address all of your concerns and questions, and present the options that are the best available to you for a successful outcome.
Disclaimer: Providing the above general information is to inform the public, and is not intended to be used or taken as legal advise for any individual or situation. Using this blog does not establish an attorney client relationship between you and the Blog/Web Site publisher and is not a substitute for legal advice from a licensed professional attorney. Although the hiring of an immigration lawyer is an important decision, this blog is not published for advertising or solicitation purposes.