Immigration Practice Areas
- Adjustments of Status
- Bond Hearings and Requests
- Removal Defense
- Asylum / Withholding / CAT
- Family based petitions such as applying for spouses, children, parents and siblings
- Detention Cases
- Appeals to the Board of Immigration and Federal Courts
- Visas for victims of crimes and domestic abuse (VAWA)
- Consular processing
- Visitor visas
- Fiancé visas
- Immigration waivers – (Inadmissability, Deportability, Fraud, Unlawful Presence)
Other Practice Areas
- Personal Injury
Why is choosing a good immigration lawyer is so important?
Dealing with immigration law and the USCIS with both documented and undocumented immigrants, we’ve come to understand that perhaps it’s not the field of law that’s going to make us uber-rich. We deal with clients from all over the world, both rich and poor. We try our best to be reasonable and we are, but we find people are always looking for ways to get discount legal help.
Truth is, your immigration case is worth an investment. You will be completing a tedious process, which takes time and attention. Simple mistakes can become big ones. You are going through a process which will determine your entire future including; where you will be, where you will begin and raise a family, and what type of person you will have the opportunity to become.
This is serious stuff. A notario will not be able to help you when things start to go wrong, because they really aren’t supposed to be helping you in the first place.
So what should you look for in selecting an immigration attorney?
1. Choose someone who focuses their practice on immigration law.
It’s a complicated system of laws that changes literally every day. There are so many avenues of relief for people that we often compare practicing immigration law to a game of chess. Many different possible moves, leading to our ultimate goal, residency or citizenship.
2. Choose someone who listens to you.
There have been many times we’ve had clients consult with us who tell us about their previous experiences with lawyers. These stories include episodes of lawyers yelling at them, not giving them time to explain their stories, and not addressing their fears and concerns. This is your life, don’t take being treated like a child, be actively involved in the process that’s going to make you a citizen.
3. Run away from a lawyer that advises you to lie or act dishonest or against what you think is right. And don’t believe any guarantees.
Immigration forms and testimony is legally binding. When you sign a form you vouch for everything in that form. Telling an untruth can destroy your credibility on every application you will ever file. It can also get you deported. We always tell clients, that we win with the truth. There is always a way, there is always hope. Don’t fall prey to someone who promises you the world and then leaves you hanging.
4. Know what you are paying for.
An immigration lawyer that keeps piling on fees every time you see them must have a problem paying their bills or an obsession with an extravagant lifestyle. A good immigration lawyer will advise you of a flat fee for specific services and advise where you will have extra government fees and costs.
5. Choose someone who cares about whether you win your case.
Immigration practice is not for the faint of heart. It takes dedication and soul. We want our families to stay together. We like promoting love. We want people to live a dream. This is why a good immigration lawyer does what he or she does. Once you help an immigrant become documented, or return them to a family, you have a friend for life.