Immigration is a complicated and emotionally fraught topic for most of us, but it can sometimes feel overwhelming. That’s why it’s important to have someone you trust help guide you through the process. A family immigration lawyer can be a powerful ally who will help you navigate the legal bureaucracy of this complex and many-layered system. By reading this article, you will get a better understanding of the benefits of hiring a family immigration lawyer and how to find the right lawyer for you.
Who is a family immigration lawyer?
A family immigration lawyer is an attorney who specializes in the laws surrounding family immigration. These are laws that apply to the families of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents (LPRs). This means that a family immigration lawyer helps clients with issues like obtaining visas for spouses, fiancés, and other relatives of U.S. citizens and LPRs; petitioning for an immigrant’s residence in the United States; fighting removal (deportation) proceedings; dealing with citizenship applications; and representing clients during administrative interviews at U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) offices to help ensure that clients receive due process of law in these cases.
How a a family immigration lawyer can help
Understanding visa laws
Immigration laws are complex. After you have exhausted your Internet searches, talking to your friends and family, and digging through the library, it can be a relief to turn to an immigration attorney who can take some of the stress out of the situation. A family immigration lawyer will help you make sense of USCIS rules and explain them in plain language so that you fully understand what is going on with your case.
Representing clients during administrative interviews
If you are not a U.S. citizen, then chances are that USCIS officer will ask you questions during an interview before they make a final decision on your case, as well as before they decide whether or not to grant your petition for a visa (i.e. a green card). A family immigration lawyer will help make sure that you are prepared to answer the questions accurately and that you fully understand the process before going in to the interview.
Dispute USCIS’s decision
If you are not a U.S. citizen, chances are that USCIS will make a decision about your case, whether it be favorable or unfavorable, without giving you enough time to challenge it in court (i.e. without giving you an “expedited hearing”). A family immigration lawyer can help represent your interests at this stage of the process and fight for an evidentiary hearing on USCIS’s decision.
File a visa petition on your behalf
If you are not a U.S. citizen, then you will need to file a visa petition with USCIS before you can apply for a green card through family immigration. A family immigration lawyer can help make sure that your application is submitted correctly and that it will be approved by the government in the shortest possible time frame when the time comes for your green card interview.
Not a U.S. citizen? A family immigration lawyer can help you fight to remain a legal immigrant in the United States. This consultation is free, courtesy of our friends at Kosher Immigration, an immigration broker located just north of Washington DC in Clinton, Maryland. The Kosher Immigration team is experienced and experienced with helping non-citizens apply for permanent residence through family immigration and other types of visas.