Immigration attorneys, if hired, should explain the requirements and help organize more meaningful evidence for U.S.C.I.S. to review. An experienced attorney should be aware of how U.S.C.I.S. works. The facts of someone’s life may unknowingly create complications. I get the job done with nearly 30 years of experience as a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. The law requires an attorney to keep the client’s situation confidential through the attorney-client privilege. This is true even if the client takes no further action other than an appointment.
An attorney ought to provide both candid and neutral advice in a private setting. Not all immigration attorneys will do so. Clients should expect an attorney to have confidence, but knowledge, experience and resources. Immigration attorneys can make a difference. A client should remained focused upon the goal of eventually obtaining a visa, permanent resident status, or citizenship. Family members, among others, may not intend to hurt applicants, but some do so, accidentally and suddenly. A legal mistake can permanently effect an immigrant’s civil rights and result in an eventual deportation order!
The effort spent is usually within the control of both the attorney as well as the client. Clients need to to be truthful, then provide required documentation to support an application. If this is difficult, then an attorney will need to work longer or may be eventually unable to help. The fee charged should be directly related to the time ‘actually spent’ by the attorney. The amount of time spent and fees charged depend upon an attorney’s experience, expenses, current demand, knowledge, but it also depends upon the client and the U.S.C.I.S. Attorneys cannot be responsible for mistakes made by others.
Administrative actions can be inconsistent and beyond the control of both the attorney or client. Trust is an important thing. Immigration clients and attorneys themselves ought to appropriately value staff time in order for the relationship to work. Too often, work stops or is delayed waiting for the U.S.C.I.S., or the client, to complete responsibilities.
The U.S.C.I.S. is affected by Congressional restrictions on immigration and under budgeting. U.S.C.I.S. has limited staff, so U.S.C.I.S. may be unable to complete the work. Detailed training is often unavailable for examiners in some crucial areas of family immigration. Sometimes, clients forget or refuse to disclose incidents that can affect a U.S.C.I.S. decision.
The USCIS provides a time range to estimate processing time for different visa applications in different cities and regions. Yet, each immigration application depends upon the facts and evidence. Some files are misplaced, some facts seem confusing, and some applicants remain in name check review. Again, an experienced immigration can help explain what is going on.
A candid attorney should always explain exceptions to any flat fee agreement. If so, is it really a set fee? Our “intended fee,” structure is meant to be a flat fee. However, we include “fee ceilings” and carefully detail what is included or excluded in an agreement. This should eliminate the fear of extreme legal fees. The question “how much” is determined when an client tells us what is going on at the appointment. More facts can even lower the intended fee.
We charge for an appointment or teleconference, but you get nearly 30 years of experience behind every recommendation. There are no associates or less experienced attorneys. You may only need to pay an appointment fee, but that fee may be subtracted if you hire us! Payment plans are available. Our attention to detail results in higher success rates, when we have enough time and you work with us. The value of educated, experienced, and reasonable legal advice and representation should not be underestimated. If you are going to hire an immigration attorney, then why sacrifice with less?