While it is not absolutely necessary to hire a lawyer to obtain a green card, for most applicants it is advisable. Having an immigration lawyer on your side reduces the chances of making a mistake during what is often a complicated application procedure. That means the odds of your receiving permanent resident status increase when all paperwork is filled out correctly and no documentation is missing. You could complete and file the application on your own if your case is straightforward, but if there are any complicating circumstances in your life that affect your application, legal counsel is critical.
Family or Employer Sponsorship
If you are married to a U.S. citizen, your spouse will file your green card petition. While such family sponsorships are the most straightforward way to obtain permanent resident status, it is still a good idea to have an immigration attorney review the petition. If there are any issues with marriage or family sponsorships, the lawyer can help you avoid such disputes. Even a relatively minor error can result in a big problem.
The other major green card eligibility status is via your employer, who will file the petition on your behalf. Employment-related green cards are based on employment offers, large investments in companies creating U.S. jobs, or the ability to fill specialized, in-demand jobs.
How a Lawyer Can Help You Get a Green Card
There is no question that the paperwork involved in the green card application is challenging. Proving your eligibility means collecting a great deal of documentation. Any mistakes will cost you. At the least, your application is returned, and you must make the corrections. At worst, the mistake causes rejection of your application.
Immigration lawyers are familiar with the paperwork and will ensure it is complete and correct before submission. They can answer any questions you have. Their software expedites form completion.
Deadlines are crucial when it comes to green card applications, and hiring an attorney means deadlines are always met. Your attorney will also help you prepare for an interview with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, if USCIS requests one. If your green card application is denied, an attorney can help you file an appeal.
When You Must Hire an Attorney
There are some situations in which it is necessary to hire an immigration lawyer before applying for a green card. If you ever received government aid while in the U.S., you must seek legal advice. The same holds true if you were ever convicted of a crime or are facing prosecution.
If you are undergoing financial problems, you must prove that you are not at risk of becoming a public charge. The only exceptions are if the applicant is applying as a refugee or asylee.
If immigration court proceedings are involved, contact an attorney immediately. Basically, if any situation arises that affects your green card eligibility, hiring an immigration lawyer is a must.
Contact a Florida Immigration Lawyer
If you or someone you know is seeking permanent resident status, contact the experienced immigration lawyers at Bassey Immigration Law Center. Schedule a consultation today. We will review your case and advise you of your options.