Choosing to hire an immigration attorney can be hugely beneficial to your case. At the Law Offices of James D. Eiss, our firm can assist you in one of three ways.
First, we offer full service representation that includes preparation and submission of your forms. We are there to answer your questions and provide updates every step of the way.
Second, we also offer limited representation a review of your forms. This option is best for those who prefer to submit their own forms but still want to have an expert review beforehand.
Finally, we offer second opinions. This option is a great choice for those that want to verify information provided to them by another strategy or discuss something you are not yet ready to discuss with your current attorney.
1) Knowledge of the always changing process
From the form edition dates to new rules to filing locations to knowing what kind of evidence is needed, having an immigration attorney review or prepare your forms can give you peace of mind.
Immigration regulations frequently are changed. USCIS releases new versions of some of its forms throughout the year. Even the way USCIS interprets cases may change from one year (or month!) to another. Immigration attorneys stay up-to-date on these changes and know how to best handle them.
At the Law Offices of James D. Eiss, we are members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) which gives our firm access to breaking immigration news, practice updates, and a network of nationwide attorneys for collaboration on research.
2) Ability to handle complicated issues in your file
Having a criminal record, entry without inspection, prior removal or deportation, or overstaying your immigration status are some instances that may make your immigration more complicated to handle on your own. Immigration attorneys use their knowledge of the law while reviewing all facts in your case to explore what options are available to you and advise on what options have the best chance for success. \
Immigration attorneys are not only familiar with the relevant laws but they are able to give you legal advice unique to your situation. While websites and blog posts can provide general background, those sources do not know your specific circumstances.
3) Receive copies of all USCIS communications and contact USCIS on your behalf
If an attorney assists in filing your case, then a Form G-28 will be filed. This form notifies USCIS that an attorney is representing you. A Form G-28 on file means that USCIS will send copies of all notices – including receipt notices, biometrics appointments and interview, Requests for Evidence – to both you and your attorney. This ensures you will not miss any communications from USCIS.
A Form G-28 on file will also permit your attorney to contact USCIS on your behalf to place status inquiries for cases beyond the processing time or request copies of missing notices.
4) Can attend interviews with you, if scheduled
For certain types of cases you may be scheduled for an interview. An attorney who has provided full service representation in your case may be able to attend the interview with you if desired. Alternatively, some attorneys can be retained to join you for an interview only if you have prepared your own forms.
5) Knowledge to explore all potential options to your case
Attorneys are able to examine all relevant facts in your case, such as your educational or work background and future plans, to FULLY explore all options available to you. Though you may be seeking information about one visa classification in particular, they may be other classifications that are a better fit for your situation.
For example, we have had potential clients schedule a consultation wanting more information about the E-2 visa. Upon further discussion, we found that the L-1A visa was a better fit for that client in terms of timing, their existing business abroad, and their future plans for their US business.
Contact the Law Offices of James D. Eiss today if you are interested in using our services for your case.