There are many reasons to hire an Immigration Attorney. Immigrating to the United States can be a long and complex process with changes that can occur in both the law and the regulations. Individuals who try to navigate alone may be denied immigration benefits. The consequences of a denied petition can be grave.
Changes in the Law
An immigration attorney will be familiar with changes in immigration law and procedures. There are frequent changes and it can be very difficult for an individual to keep up with the proper process to proceed. Changes may be made during the process of gaining permanent residence or citizenship and these changes may impact what needs to be done to continue the process without starting over.
Liaison with Agencies
Any foreign national who is working towards working and staying in the United States or in becoming a citizen of the United States will need to provide information to Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Sometimes, the process will involve the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and the U.S. Department of State (DOS). An immigration attorney will help process the requests to and from these agencies as well as ensure that all forms are completed and filed correctly. This includes making sure documents are filed at the correct office with the correct supporting documentation and proper filing fees.
Manage the Process
The immigration process is long and complicated. Not all cases are the same. Situations change during the life of the individual applicant. Regulations change within the government departments involved. Having someone who can give knowledgeable advice as things change is vital. Some applications may be denied and appeals need to be filed. Having a professional who can help through the entire process will ensure that the process runs more smoothly. An attorney will be able to get supporting evidence as needed, submit forms, complete applications, collect documentation and many other actions that will be required during the process. Trying to manage all of these items alone can be frustrating and may end with a denial of the application.
Becoming a permanent resident and/or citizen of the United States of America is a lifelong hope for many people. It is important to give these processes the attention they deserve. Hiring an attorney will ensure all legal processes are followed in a timely manner and improve the likelihood of gaining and maintain legal status in the United States.