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Don’t Skimp on an Immigration Lawyer

When you’re trying to figure out the complex immigration process in America, you may have a brief thought of contacting an immigration lawyer. Your next thought is probably something along the lines of, “I can probably figure it out for myself.”

Even the most cursory reading of recent news shows that this desire for independence and to avoid any extra costs with your immigration process is misplaced. Immigration in the U.S. is incredibly difficult to manage without the help of an experienced lawyer, and the consequences of trying to pull it off alone can be devastating to families.

The American immigration system isn’t as straightforward as it could be. There are many different kinds of visas, and each one comes with its own requirements. Many of these requirements are vague and include the potential for those reviewing your case to demand ever more information and proof for a claim. When it’s a matter of keeping your family together or being able to stay in the country, you really shouldn’t try to guess how best to fill out this information and meet the right requirements. You want to have absolute certainty.

Things are further complicated by the legal limbo of DACA and certain kinds of immigration, such as the so-called “chain migration” visa, that the system is dealing with right now.

This is only the beginning. The law around immigration is fluid, and for the first time in many decades, that law is a central focus of the whole political system. That means it’s no longer so easy to get by without resolving ambiguities in your case.

According to the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, an immigration lawyer can help you with all of the following:

  • Tracking down delays in applications: USCIS, the part of the federal government responsible for processing visa and citizenship applications, can be incredibly slow and very difficult to get information from. A lawyer can help track down your case and fast-track it.
  • Filling in paperwork right: There’s a lot of paperwork involved in the green card and citizenship process. Tiny mistakes can have big consequences. Your lawyer can guide you through your paperwork and review it to make sure everything is filled in correctly.
  • Waivers: Sometimes, individuals are considered inadmissible because of past behavior. There is often a way around this, but it requires a lawyer.
  • Court hearings: One of the most well-publicized issues about the immigration process recently has been the way the U.S. conducts court hearings. A lawyer can make all the difference here. This is perhaps the most important reason to get a lawyer.

No matter where you are in the immigration process, no matter your history with the system or the legitimacy of your reasons, this is a moment in time when it is crucial you get the legal help that can make sure your case is as solid as possible. You don’t want to play around with your future and your family’s future in America. Don’t skimp: get an immigration lawyer.