4 Things to do Before Choosing a US Immigration Lawyer

4 Things to do Before Choosing a US Immigration Lawyer

Hiring an immigration lawyer can be the best thing you do for your chances of successfully obtaining a U.S. visa, green card, or other immigration benefits -- if you choose the right lawyer.

The practice of immigration law is unlike most areas of law. Your lawyer will not only perform services for you but also become your advocate in dealing with often difficult and unpredictable government policies. 
When aided by your lawyer's knowledge and organization, the process will go so smoothly that you never notice the bumps in the road. But if major difficulties arise, it becomes especially important to have a lawyer you can trust.

However, immigration lawyers are not one-size-fits-all. It’s best to choose an attorney whose expertise best suits your needs, so consider checking the following factors before retaining their services.
  1. Make sure they are licensed
Your attorney should be licensed by a State Bar in the United States that proves they are licensed to practice law. 
Although not mandatory, membership to the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is also a good indication that you will be represented well, as the AILA advocates the fair practice of immigration law.  
  1. Will the lawyer be easy to reach?

You will want to know that you can reach your lawyer during the months that your application is being processed by USCIS or the consulate/embassy.  
In your first meeting, simply ask the lawyer how quickly he or she will get back to you. Of course, you also have a responsibility not to bother your lawyer with frequent calls. Your lawyer should be available for serious questions about your case, including inquiries about what's next.
  1. Know their field of expertise
Some lawyers practice US immigration as a small part of their overall career. It may be best to choose a lawyer whose sole focus is in the area of immigration. 
It’s a great plus if they have experience in dealing with the type of visa you want because they will most likely have a good idea about possible roadblocks and how to work around them.
  1. Determine your preferred consultation practices
This goes hand in hand with knowing your immigration lawyer’s forte. What would be your most convenient means of getting a consultation? Some lawyers may prefer face-to-face meetings, while others are tech-savvy and prefer all communication via an online client portal. 
Choose which setting works best for you because, after all, your comfort should come first.

Does your immigration lawyer pass the checklist? If so, then you can be sure you’re in safe hands.

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