You want to carefully consider the value of working with an experienced attorney on your immigration papers before making the choice to represent yourself in the process. There are certainly many quality resources and information available online for immigrants that wish to handle all their immigration papers on their own, but there are many good reasons to hire an experienced attorney to guide you through the process, too. Immigration to the United States is a time-consuming and complicated process that requires a strict adherence to paperwork requirements and deadlines. You are at risk for rejection or deportation if you make mistakes along the way.
Complicated Process of Immigration
Federal immigration laws and regulations in the United States are complicated and you will also have to deal with state immigration laws for the state you hope to take up residency. There are a number of costs and fees, and it might be tempting to try to cut costs on the immigration process by not hiring an experienced lawyer. You will be significantly increasing your chances of not completing the process properly and may cost yourself the ability to immigrate to the United States without the right attorney on your side.
An experienced lawyer can generally shorten the immigration process by weeks or more for the right candidate. They will be able to help you properly prepare for all potential interviews and will make sure that you have submitted all required documentation for each step of the process. They can also help you find the best legal strategies and immigration options available for you.
Possibility of Waivers
An experienced immigration attorney will be able to help you understand any visas or relief options via waivers available to you and your family. They will be able to help you understand if relief via waivers or an adjustment of status is a viable option. There are options for adjustment of status based on a marriage to a US citizen, but that may not be the best path forward. In some cases, it may be better to leave the US and apply for citizenship from abroad. Complex rules and regulations that determine the best course of action for each individual are among the strongest reasons to use an experienced immigration attorney.
Risks of Not Using an Attorney for Immigration
Applying for relief via waivers or an adjustment of immigration status can actually leave you open to more risk of deportation. If you are currently living in the United States without any immigration status, then you are certainly at risk for detainment and deportation. There are legal paths in some cases, even for people that are living in the US with no immigration status. Attempting to navigate the process without an attorney is unlikely, though. An experienced attorney will be able to review any past legal issues and advise you on the potential risks they may pose.
Margaret W. Wong & Associates have more than 80 years of experience with the complexities of immigration law in the United States. If you are looking for an experienced immigration attorney to help with your immigration papers, contact us today at (216) 566-9908 to schedule an initial consultation or make an appointment online.