Over the last 50 years or so the immigrant population in the United States has grown considerably and will continue to do so into the future. In 2011, there were over 40 million foreign born people living in the US, compared to about 10 million in 1960. People come to the US for a variety of reasons, including family, better job opportunities, or economic and political struggles in their home country.
- Immigration law is complicated and new policies are being implemented all the time. For this reason, you want to hire a lawyer that specializes in addressing immigration law. This means that not only should your immigration lawyer be updated about the latest immigration legislature, but they will also be familiar with the court systems and judges, which will help smooth the way for your visa or citizenship.
- Be honest with your immigration attorney and explain every detail that is relevant to your case. Many people hamper their own causes by deliberately withholding information from their attorney. Please remember that everything discussed is protected by the client attorney privilege.
- When choosing an immigration lawyer find someone you feel comfortable with and can trust. If you do not speak English well or as a first language, choose an attorney that is fluent in your native language such as spanish, russian, purtuguese etc. Do not be afraid to search or request for lawyers who will be able to communicate with you on the level you desire.
- If you have trouble affording an immigration lawyer there are several options available to you. First, some attorneys offer flexible payment plans. There are also court appointed lawyers. Finally, in immigrant communities there are often organizations that will help sponsor the cost of your attorney fees. Ask around to see if there is a group like this in your area.