For centuries, immigrants have arrived to the United States in search for freedom and opportunity – the American Dream. U.S. immigration law is an important part of U.S. policy based upon the principles of unifying families, admitting immigrants with valuable skills, protecting refugees, and encouraging diversity. However, U.S. immigration law is ever changing – deeply rooted in fierce political debates.
When seeking immigration help, you may ask yourself, should I hire a notary (notarios), paralegal or lawyer to help me with my immigration case? U.S. immigration law is complex in nature, with much confusion as to how the system works. An immigration case encompasses many facets where legal judgments have to be made to obtain or maintain your legal status in the U.S. When legal judgments have to be made or legal issues arise, you will need an attorney because a notary or paralegal is not qualified and competent to assist you without breaking the law, some are outright frauds.
It is important to be aware that in the U.S., notaries are not required to be lawyers like in many other countries. Many, who are not lawyers, advertise that they are notaries in hopes to trick you into thinking that they are lawyers. Furthermore, notaries and paralegals cannot represent you in court, attend an immigration interview with you, or discuss your case with an immigration officer and/or supervisor.
An attorney from the outset can work with you to strategically obtain or maintain your legal status in the U.S., with your legal interest in mind. A notary or paralegal on the other hand can potentially salvage it, exposing your petition to a rejection and/or placing you in removal proceedings (deportation) – ultimately forcing you to retain an attorney. When dealing with immigration, a small mistake can cost you dearly. It is a time where you cannot afford to be wrong and best to let the lawyers help you get it right from the outset.
Most, who contemplate on obtaining or maintaining legal immigration status in the U.S., frequently have questions or concerns. Because immigration is a complex area of the law and every case is different, you should contact legal counsel to discuss any questions that you may have regarding your particular situation.
Call us today to speak with an immigration attorney. Our legal team is ready to help you achieve the American Dream.
- Non-Immigrant Visa allows the applicant to temporarily stay in the United States.
- Diplomats and Officials (A, G, C-3)
- Domestic Employees (B1, A-3, G-5)
- Exchange Programs – Au Pairs, Summer Work Travel, Bilingual Teachers, etc. (J)
- Fiancé Visa (K1, K2)
- Human Trafficking and Victims of Crime (S, T, U)
- Marriage Based Visa (K3, K4)
- Members of a Commercial Ship or Flight Crew (C1, D)
- Press & Media (I)
- Religious Workers (R)
- Studying in the U.S. (F & M)
- Temporary Workers (H, L, O, P)
- Tourism and Business (B1/B2)
- Treaty Trader and Investors (E1, E2)
- Immigrant Visa allows the beneficiary to travel to the United States and/or apply for admission as a lawful permanent resident.
- Adjustment of Status I-485
- Marriage Based Visa (CR1, IR1)
- Relative Petition I-130
- EB-1 Foreign Nationals of Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Professors and Researchers, and Multinational Executives and Managers
- EB-2 Workers with Advanced Degrees or Exceptional Ability in the Sciences, Arts or Business
- EB-3 Skilled Workers and Professionals
- EB-4 Special Immigrant Visas for Religious Workers
- EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program
- Additional Services
- Citizenship and Naturalization N-400
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
- Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
- Asylum (Political, Racial, Religious, and Particular Social Group)
- Cuban Adjustment Act