A consultation with an immigration attorney is the perfect opportunity to learn more about your intended immigration process and the attorney you intend to hire. It is important to choose an experienced immigration attorney who is vigilant about keeping up with the ever-changing immigration regulations and policies. At our firm, we always recommend you consult with a couple of attorneys to make sure you work with the one that best fits your personality and needs.
Here are a few questions you may want to consider asking an attorney before you retain him or her:
Does your firm focus in immigration law?
Immigration is a fast-paced field where policy changes are expected weekly, forms are constantly being updated, and processing times are every-changing. In immigration law, it is essential to be immersed in the literature, government updates, and professional associations sources to keep up with the latest modifications and developments. Many practitioners run successful general law practices, but when pursuing an immigration matter, it is in your best interest to find a law firm that focuses all of its efforts on perfecting the intricacies of immigration law. The truth of the matter is that if the wrong form is filed for you at the wrong time, you can literally lose your opportunity to stay in the United States, if not forever then for a very long, long time.
Does the firm charge a flat or hourly fee?
In the majority of matters, we handle cases on a flat-fee basis, so there are no surprises or hourly charges. At Maged & Rost, our immigration attorneys want you to feel free to call or e-mail with a question without fear of how much it will cost you. We want to to reach out to us with questions so that you have a full understanding of your process and to make sure you coordinate your action plan with the strategy that we all are working towards. Flat fees also encourage our attorneys and staff to efficiently handle cases and promptly file with the appropriate agency, as there is no hourly incentive to drag your case out.
Are there any red flags in my case what would keep my petition from being approved?
Although your attorney cannot ever guarantee an approval from USCIS , it is important to spot issues at the beginning of your process that could cause hurdles or even a denial. For example, if you are applying for a green card through marriage you should speak with your attorney about your most recent entry into the United States and any unauthorized work, among other points. If your attorney spots an issue early, they will be able to save you the time and expense of pursuing a path to immigration that is unlikely and can help you brainstorm other immigration options that would be more successful.
At Maged & Rost, our practice is focused solely in immigration law because we strive to provide the highest quality service to our clients and achieve the most satisfying results for everyone involved. Frequently, our work results in significant immigration benefits not only for one individual but also for families and organizations. Please feel free to contact us to schedule a consultation – we’re ready to answer your questions!