🤝 Choosing whether to work with a U.S. immigration attorney or a consultant is a serious choice that will define your immigration journey in US. I will outline below all the reasons why an Immigration LAWYER is so much better and more practical to use rather than using a paralegal or consultant.
⚖️ 1.Legal Expertise
Immigration attorneys are trained legal professionals who have completed law school and passed the bar exam. They have a deep understanding of U.S. immigration laws and regulations, which can be complex and subject to frequent changes. This legal expertise can be crucial in navigating the intricacies of the immigration process. If they don’t know something, they can ask colleagues or even call the agency or the court directly and clarify.
👨⚖️ 2. Only Lawyers can Provide Legal Representation
Immigration attorneys can represent you in court and before government agencies. If your case requires legal action or if you need to attend immigration court hearings, having an attorney can be essential. Consultants typically cannot provide legal representation.
🕵 3. Complex Cases
If your immigration case is particularly complex or involves issues such as criminal records, previous immigration violations, or other complications, an attorney’s legal knowledge and experience can be invaluable in finding solutions and avoiding pitfalls. Lawyers will do legal research and get to the bottom of how to legally solve your problem.
👍 4. Legal Advice
Only Attorneys can provide you with legal advice tailored to your specific situation. They can assess your eligibility for various immigration benefits, help you explore different visa options, and develop a strategic plan for your case.
🤐 5. Confidentiality
Attorneys must follow ethical and professional standards to maintain client confidentiality. This can be important if you have sensitive information related to your immigration case that you’d like to keep undisclosed.
📋 6. Ethical Oversight
Immigration attorneys must adhere to ethical standards regulated by state bar associations. If you have concerns about a consultant’s qualifications or behavior, you may have fewer options for recourse. Attorneys, on the other hand, can face disciplinary action for misconduct.This puts “the fear of God” into most attorneys to do the right thing and be ethical.
❌ 7. Visa Denials and Appeals
If your visa or USCIS application is denied, an attorney can assist you with the appeals process, which often involves legal arguments and documentation. They can help build a stronger case for your appeal. They can put real legal arguments into your appeal or motion to reopen to convince USCIS. This carries more weight and always works better.
📝 8. An attorney MUST provide you with a written contract
outlining your payments, fees to the government, their obligations towards you and your obligations towards them. They are under a lot of scrutiny as licensed professionals and business people. This scrutiny simply does not exist for paralegals and consultants. If they make a mistake in your case, there is no “legal malpractice” or ethical obligations. Therefore, the paralegal and consultants have nothing to lose if their work is bad and ineffective.
Money spent on a good lawyer is an investment in your future that will pay off tenfold. Your legal status will affect your, your family and circle of people for generations to come. Get the best attorney for YOU and solve your problems the right way.