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4 Questions to Ask Your Immigration Lawyer

Last updated 2 years ago

If you’re trying to gain legal residence in the United States, you need an experienced immigration lawyer on your side to make sure that the process goes as smoothly as possible. When you meet with your lawyer, be sure to ask the following questions to make sure that he or she is the right attorney for you.

How much experience do you have with immigration law?
Immigration is a complex and highly specialized legal area, and you require an attorney who has enough experience to help you get the results you need. Young, inexperienced lawyers may be well-educated, but only real-world experience can truly give an attorney the necessary expertise to represent you well.

What type of visa is available to me?
Depending on your employment skills and your situation, you may be eligible for one of several types of visas. Be sure to ask your attorney which visa is best for you and for an explanation of relevant regulations, like whether it requires a sponsor. If you have family members who you would like to bring with you, ask how that can be accomplished.

How long will it take to resolve my immigration matter? 
While an attorney cannot give you an exact timeline, he or she may be able to give you an estimate of how long you can expect the process of obtaining a visa to take. Be aware that complications may arise that alter this estimate.

What is your policy regarding returning phone calls?
Resolving your immigration issue may take a long time, and it may not be realistic to expect to hear from your attorney every week. However, he or she should respond to your phone calls within a reasonable amount of time to answer questions and resolve concerns. If your attorney cannot commit to this, you may want to consider hiring another attorney.

Your immigration status is important to you, and you need an attorney who takes it just as seriously. The attorneys at Kelly, Parker & Cohen, LLP will help you fight for your visa. To schedule an initial consultation with a lawyer in our Harrisburg office, call (888) 482-1351 today.


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