Every year, hundreds of persons who need legal assistance schedule an immigration consultation (in-person, telephonic or Zoom) with one of our attorneys.
Our online appointment system allows you to schedule an appointment with our immigration attorneys, choose a date and time for your consultation and decide whether you want to come to our office or to have your consultation by telephone or Zoom.
However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, currently we are working from home, and are not scheduling any in-person immigration consultations.
Below are 5 tips to help you get the most out of your immigration consultation:
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1. Complete Your Intake Form
We have designed our intake form to allow us to learn the most relevant information about folks like you who need immigration assistance.
The form asks questions about you, your family members, your education and experience, your immigration status and how we can assist you.
Please keep in mind that the information on the intake form must relate the foreign-born person who needs the immigration assistance. For example, if a U.S. citizen wishes to sponsor their spouse for a green card, it is the spouse’s information which should be included on the intake form.
Taking the time to be as complete as possible helps the attorney to understand your immigration matter and suggest possible solutions for you during your immigration consultation. The information that you provide to us will be kept strictly confidential.
2. Attach Documents Regarding Your Case
Documents are often essential to solving your problem.
Were you denied an immigration benefit? If so, please attach a copy of the denial. This way, the attorney can read the denial before your immigration consultation and suggest possible solutions.
Are you being sponsored by an employer? Please let me know the details of the job offer and the education and experience required for the job.
Were you ever arrested or convicted of a crime? It is essential that the attorney be able to read and analyze your arrest and conviction records before your interview.
3. Have a List of Questions for Your Immigration Consultation
Immigration laws are complex and interviews are 30 minutes in length. Make sure to have a list of questions written down for you to ask the attorney during your immigration consultation.
4. Be Realistic
If your case has been going on for months or even years, your file may contain dozens or even hundreds of pages. We are here to help you. However, giving you an opinion without being able to read your file is not in your best interest and cannot be accurate. It would be like expecting a doctor to give you an opinion without examining you first.
In many such cases, our clients retain us to get their files from their previous attorneys or from the government using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Once we read and study their files, we are in a much better position to advise them on the best course of action in their case.
If we do not believe that we can help you, or that you should not file any application with the government, we will let you know during your immigration consultation. If we can help you, we will tell you what your best strategy is, how long it will take and how much it will cost.
5. You Get What Your Pay For
Let’s face it, if you are looking for a cheap immigration consultation, we are not the firm for you. Our attorneys have a combined total of over 80+ years of immigration law experience. Each of our attorneys specializes in a different area of immigration law: employment-based, family-based, litigation and deportation defense. We pride ourselves in providing quality service to our clients, both corporate and individual.
Just as it is your decision whether to buy a Mercedes or a less expensive car, you need to decide whether to schedule an immigration consultation with one of our attorneys or with an attorney who offers free consultations. If you retain our services within 48 hours of your interview, we will subtract your consultation fee from your overall fee.