Immigrating to the United States is a means to an end for some people, and for others it represents the fulfillment of a long-held personal dream. The impression that this is a nation that offers unparalleled opportunities persists across the globe, in spite of economic challenges that may have arisen. Owing much to this perception, it is common for would-be immigrants often view the prospect of a life here as a way to provide a better and more secure future for their families.
Given the import of this matter, it seems difficult to imagine that anyone would choose to take unnecessary chances that might compromise the success of an application. Yet that is precisely what immigration filers who choose to move ahead without the assistance of a skilled and experienced immigration attorney are doing. An improperly filed application for a visa, Permanent Residency, or other immigration document may not only result in the denial of your application, but it can also cause you to be denied entry for years to come.
Unless you are to face an immigration hearing or need to pursue formal appeals to decisions made in regard to your application, you do not necessarily have to retain an attorney to represent you in your case. Just because you can attempt to file independently, however, does not mean that you should. The thought of paying attorney’s fees can be intimidating, but affordable representation is far superior to the financial drain of repeatedly failed applications.
Working with a lawyer can help in the following ways:
- Ensuring that all of your paperwork is in order
- Ensuring that you are applying for the correct classification
- Ensuring that you do not miss filing deadlines
- Remaining aware of how the most recent policy and legal changes bear on your case