Tips In Choosing An immigration Lawyer in California
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Recent news on the setback suffered by an immigration bill that seeks to legalize millions of illegal immigrants in the US among others, has once again placed the spotlight on the existing and potential problems being faced by thousands of people elbowing their way to get a chance to live in the United States.The US Immigration law has so many blind corners that can presumably work for or against an immigrant. The deciding factor as to what laws will work for or against him is really up to the processes being availed of by the applicant. Prospective immigrants can always get help from the different US immigration agencies as regards their documentation and other requirements. However, it is always a good idea to get an immigration lawyer who is experienced, proven and achieved success.
With several lawyers advertising their services on the web and even offline, how will you know whom to choose for your immigration application? Of course, the best lawyers for immigration cases are lawyers specializing in immigration law. Nothing is better than the experts for a purpose as sensitive and as life-changing as an immigration application.
So how will you know if you are choosing the right immigration lawyer considering that there are over 7,000 immigration lawyers in the US? Here are some tips to doing that:
1. An immigration lawyer that has achieved results.
If you want to hear only the good news then settle for an immigration lawyer who will give you the sun and the moon until you end up with nothing at all. If you want to be given the lowdown of your immigrant status then you better choose an immigration lawyer who is honest and decent enough to give you an objective assessment of your case. This is someone who, knowing what the odds are will be able to suggest new courses of action for your application.
You can start by getting references from friends who have successfully migrated to the US. Get their feedback on their immigration lawyer and compare that with those given by other clients as well. The fact that your friends have become successful in their immigration bid is already a plus point in hiring that lawyer.
3. Choose an immigration lawyer who is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association will most probably have new information and the proper connection on immigration matters. Wile membership to this group does not ipso facto make him qualified in all aspects, you are at least assured that he is legitimate.
Of course, price is always a consideration. Although being approved as an immigrant to the US is priceless for you, you should be very critical when it comes to costs. It would be best if you can get an immigration lawyer who will accept your case on a flat rate basis rather than one who requires a per hour or per appearance fee. However, bear in mind that cheap is not always the best because for all you know, the lawyer may be giving you the lowest rate in town because he is assigning your case to a legal assistant or a paralegal.
5. TrustWhile this virtue can seem outdated in the 21st century, hiring an immigrant lawyer whom you can trust is fundamental. And you can only give your trust to someone you know or you have done research on.
To summarize, immigration lawyers are plentiful in the United States but do your homework and your dream of ultimately becoming a US citizen will become a reality.
- » Notaries, consultants, service bureaus, travel agents, or others who promise quick, easy solutions to immigration problems.
- » Anyone who guarantees they can get you a visa for a certain fee.
- » Lawyers from other countries who do not know U.S. laws and are not licensed to practice in the U.S.
- » People who say the “know someone” who has an “inside track” or anyone who wants money to influence or bribe.
- » Be wary of unlicensed operators! They are not accountable to anyone. They are known for taking people’s money and doing nothing. Or worse, they may lie to the government in your name for a quick, simple solution that in the end may result in your deportation or permanent exclusion from the U.S.
- » If you are not sure whether the person offering you immigration services is a lawyer or an accredited representative, ask to see the accreditation letters or U.S. bar admission certificate. If you are still not sure, call the State Bar Association. Remember, in the United States it is illegal to practice law without a license.