Credentials Matter

When looking for legal advice about immigration, make sure that the person or party you are asking for help is qualified to give you accurate legal information. Immigration lawyers, immigration advocacy groups and other non-profit and for-profit organizations are typically qualified to give legal advice. Steer clear of parties who claim to be qualified to give you the guidance you need even though they are not. Be confident that information you are being given comes from people with valid credentials and the right amount of knowledge and experience that is needed, to assist you with your particular immigration case. Whether you wish to gain access for yourself, your family, your soon-to-be family, or to avoid losing your cherished residency here, the stakes are high and you do not want to risk making the wrong move. The outcome may have an enormous effect on the rest of your life (starting with where you spend it) and you would be ill-advised to leave that decision to chance — or worse yet, take advice from someone who is not qualified to help you. It is recommended that you get your information from someone with many years of experience, recommendations and referrals, and a philosophy that you believe in.

Years of Experience

Experience is key when it comes to a person’s ability to give accurate and helpful immigration advice. Immigration law is particularly complex, and depending on where you are from, the laws can be stern and not particularly in your favor. Each year, the United States has a cap on the number of green cards or visas they can hand out for certain types of immigration. You should get your information from people who know the fundamentals of immigration law for the best chances of success in your case. Immigration law is particularly complex, and, depending on where you are from, the laws can be stern and not particularly in your favor. Each year, the United States has a cap on the number of green cards or visas they can hand out for certain types of immigration,. This and many other reasons are why you should enlist the help of parties who know the fundamentals  of immigration law for the best chances of success in your case.

Recommendations and Referrals

In addition to qualifications and experience, it is important to find someone to help you based on recommendations and referrals from family, friends and other reputable people in your life such as co-workers or a boss or neighbor you can trust.

Personality and what a person who is helping you with immigration issues prioritizes is important. Some people or parties will be better suited to your particular situation and concerns whereas they may not be especially well suited to another person with a similar situation. Something you may want to ask when looking for someone to help you with immigration issues is, whether or not they will prioritize helping you and your immediate and extended families stay close geographically. A strategy you may find helpful to your selection process, is to make a list of key things that are important to your and your family as you go through this oftentimes difficult process- and ask for recommendations with this list in mind.

Philosophy

Little illustrates more about a person or parties who advocate for immigration rights than the philosophy that drives them to be committed to the work they do. It may be helpful to you to discuss your advocate’s philosophy on the rights of immigrants, as well as what their particular goals are going to be for your particular circumstances. While every individual’s needs are different, many people value working with advocates who want to eliminate as much stress about your immigration issues as they can. You should feel confident that responsible, hardworking, knowledgeable and qualified people are working diligently on your case.

Even for some of the easier immigration situations, the process is often long and drawn out. People are often bombarded with bureaucratic restrictions and tedious paperwork that is difficult to deal with. With the right people helping you, it doesn’t have to be this way.

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