TO GET A VISA OR GREEN CARD YOU NEED THE RIGHT LAWYER
With the new complexities and restrictions of the U.S. immigration system, it has become more challenging for immigrants to move through the legal immigration process.
So it’s more important than ever to get expert advice from a lawyer who has experience, has seen similar cases and knows what is going to be convincing to the government agency, the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), making the decision.
WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH?
It’s important to start the attorney-client relationship with a clear understanding of the goal and the scope of what you are trying to do together. Does the applicant qualify for the immigration benefit desired, such as a work permit, permanent residence or citizenship, and what are the chances of obtaining it?
Attorneys sometimes will suggest that a client is eligible for a particular benefit, but that only means that the person meets the basic requirements, and that may not be enough — you might have to exceed the basic requirements. So a very fair question is, “Even if I meet the requirements, can I actually get it?”
Clients also should understand the strategy, ask what could go wrong and what could happen if that’s the case.
WHAT EXPERIENCE DOES THE LAWYER HAVE?
It’s important to hire an experienced professional licensed to practice immigration law in the United States, and not a public notary or an unauthorized adviser. If the attorney doesn’t have enough experience, does he or she have the passion and resources to help the client during the process?
Lawyers can often run into new situations, but can do research — they have colleagues that they can call, or join organizations like AILA.
Clients should feel comfortable that their lawyer is aware of all the newest laws and regulations, that they have handled similar cases in the past and that they are interested in their case and in them as a client.
Remember: the attorney serves your interest, not the lawyer’s interest.
HOW MUCH AND HOW WILL THE ATTORNEY CHARGE?
Immigration lawyers charge different fees based on services provided, and often depending on the cases’ complexity.
Ask if the attorney charges an hourly rate and, if so, how many hours a case like yours usually takes. Make sure the attorney is working the most efficiently way possible. For example, do they have paralegal assistants, so they won’t charge you to make photocopies.
But don’t be surprised if fees are higher than those paid by someone with a similar case a year ago, because immigration cases are harder and they require more effort.
Law Office of Sergiy Fedorov
Call/text attorney Sergiy Fedorov (916) 769-9498 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment.
Once working on your case, I will always communicate personally, not through secretaries or assistants.
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Sacramento, CA 95821