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Reasons to contact an immigration attorney

On Behalf of | Mar 15, 2022 | Immigration |

The U.S. immigration process is complex and requires extensive paperwork.

Additionally, there are a number of factors that can complicate the application process, and it may become overwhelming or frustrating without legal help.

When you need an immigration attorney

Any of the following situations may require the assistance of an immigration attorney:

  • You received a previous refusal or denial.
  • You need emergency help.
  • You plan to request a waiver or asylum.
  • Your application is for an investment-based visa.
  • Removal proceedings against you began already.
  • You do not know if you are eligible for a green card.
  • You have a criminal record.
  • Your application is for a work visa, but the employer refused to assist you.
  • The application process confuses you.
  • You completed your application but continue to receive additional documentation or information requests.

Application fees are nonrefundable. Therefore, you should get everything you need and complete it correctly the first time. In general, you may consider contacting an immigration attorney if you do not feel confident throughout the process.

How to prepare for your first meeting with the attorney

If the attorney requires a consultation fee, bring payment along with any of the following documents:

  • Current visas
  • Your identification, including passport
  • Notices that you received from USCIS
  • Marriage certificate
  • Your Arrival-Departure Record Card
  • A copy of your criminal record

The initial meeting is your opportunity to present questions and provide as much information as possible. Likewise, the attorney will ask many questions, and any information you provide is strictly confidential.