Navigating the complex world of immigration law can be a daunting task, especially if you are unfamiliar with the legal system or how US immigration agencies operate.
Whether you are seeking guidance on an immigration matter or exploring options for a family member or employee, consulting with an immigration lawyer can provide clarity and direction. However, to get the most out of your consultation, it is important to come prepared and set realistic expectations.
In this article, we will share four important tips on how to make the most of your consultation with an immigration lawyer.
1. Write down your questions ahead of time
Immigration laws can get very complex. To get the most out of your consultation with an immigration attorney, make sure you write down everything you want to ask during a consultation. Make a list of questions so you can reference them during the consultation. Having a list of questions takes the stress out of the process, and the immigration attorney will appreciate getting the most out of the time you have together during the consultation.
2. Provide additional information and documents
Before an immigration attorney can answer your questions, especially on matters that are complex, they will need to obtain additional information. In immigration cases, this involves looking at immigration documents, (immigration notices, stamps, and cards issued by US immigration authorities, or copies of filed documents), as well as answering basic questions about your immigration background.
Were you ever arrested or convicted of a crime? Did you stay in the US without immigration status in the past? Was your immigration case denied? Provide answers to these important questions.
If you provide this information upfront, once you begin the consultation with an immigration attorney, they will already have basic key background information. When they do ask you questions during the consultation, these questions can be geared toward more nuanced topics.
The information that you provide to us is not shared and is kept strictly confidential.
3. Set realistic expectations
Although many things can be solved during a consultation, not everything can be solved in a timeframe of one immigration consultation. Sometimes, attorneys will need to look at additional documents and ask additional questions to provide you with thorough answers to case-specific topics. This is especially true if you have a case in process, or have a long immigration history. In these cases, an immigration attorney will want to review the submitted case or look through immigration history-related documents.
If you do not have copies of your documents, your file can be requested from the government by the immigration attorney.
4. Expect value
We understand that you come to an immigration attorney for help. Our team is here to provide you with maximum value.
Our immigration attorneys will not try to sell you on any specific path or any specific service. We will recommend a strategy and explain our reasoning. We will also spend the time during the consultation to provide you with maximum relevant and useful information so that you can make the best-informed decision.
If we are able to assist you, we will discuss the most effective strategy for your case, as well as provide you with an estimate of the time and cost involved.
Have immigration questions in your case? Reach out to schedule a consultation with us.