Whether you’re legal or undocumented in the United States, there are times when you might need to enlist the services of an immigration attorney. Immigration attorneys specialize in all aspects of the law as it regards immigration. They could mean the difference between staying in the country or being deported. For that reason, it’s important that you properly prepare for your consultation with them.
Depending on your circumstances, you will consult with your immigration attorney in person or online via video chat. Either way, however, you should prepare the same way.
Ask Questions to Put Your Mind at Ease
When meeting with an immigration attorney, there’s no such thing as a bad question. The initial consultation is the best time to voice any concerns or questions regarding their expertise or the case itself. After all, you’re about to spend your hard-earned money, so you should know exactly what you’re getting in return.
To make your meeting as effective as possible, write a list of questions you’d like to ask. This will also show your immigration attorney that you’re organized and prepared.
Here’s a list of questions you might ask your immigration attorney during the consultation.
- What is your success rate?
- How much experience do you have with this type of case?
- What will your services cost me?
- What are your areas of specialty in immigration?
- How long have you been practicing law?
- How long will it be before the a final decision is made on my case?
- Do you think we’ll be successful?
You should bring any paperwork pertinent to the case to your appointment. This will allow the attorney to quickly review it for dates or other important facts. This includes the following:
- An intake form, if one, is required by your prospective law firm.
- Important documents relating to your immigration case, including employee sponsorship forms, work visas, immigration benefit forms or denials, and more.
- Copies of criminal records if applicable. This includes anything from being arrested to traffic violations and everything in between.
- Copies of documents that have been filed by ICE or other government committees.
- Bring a copy of your green card, marriage license, social security card, birth certificate, employment card, passport, and anything else official and important.
Depending on the specifics of your case and situation, there might also be additional documents that you’ll need. Ask your lawyer when you call to schedule the appointment if they need anything else.
Bring an Interpreter if Necessary
Finally, if you struggle with English and your lawyer doesn’t speak your natural tongue, you should bring an interpreter. This could be a friend, family member, or someone appointed by the law firm or court. The last thing you want is a language barrier to keep you from getting the help and information you need.
If you, a friend, or a family member is facing legal issues related to immigration, contact Roach and Bishop for assistance. Our team of experienced lawyers has seen it all and can help you if you’ve illegally immigrated to the US or need assistance going through the process legally. No matter your immigration status or issue, we’re here to help. Contact us to schedule an appointment or for more information about how to prepare for an immigration law consultation in Washington.