If you or a loved one is facing deportation in Connecticut, or if you need help with visa applications or naturalization, you may wonder whether you need an immigration lawyer.
Immigration law is complex, and it’s easy to make mistakes. Technically, you may be able to fill out and file your own documents, but should you? Here are five situations in which it may serve you or your family to work with a competent immigration attorney.
1. When You Must Choose Between Several Options
In personal and business or education visa processes, applicants must often choose between several options. For example, if you’re engaged to a U.S. citizen, you might be unsure if the process is the same. An immigration lawyer can help you choose the quickest process with the fewest potential obstacles for your situation.
2. You’re Inadmissible to the United States
Many would-be immigrants or visitors find themselves inadmissible to the U.S. for several reasons, including the following:
- A criminal record
- A history of immigration violations
- Previously providing false information to USCIS or other authorities
- Financial or health reasons that could mean the applicant would likely become a “public charge”
If one or more of the above applies to you, you may be served by consulting an immigration lawyer, ideally before you start your application. A competent immigration attorney can help you understand your options.
3. You or a Loved One Is Under Threat of Deportation
If you are already dealing with removal proceedings or have grounds to fear deportation, consult a skilled immigration lawyer ASAP. Deportation disrupts your life and could make you inadmissible to the U.S. in the future.
A competent deportation defense lawyer may:
- Explain your legal options under U.S. immigration law
- Help you establish credibility and ensure compliance with the immigration court
- Provide compelling arguments that support your position and defend you against removal
- Prepare you for court appearances and represent you at court hearings
- If necessary, appeal a court decision by presenting new evidence or challenging legal processes
6. The Wrong Outcome Could Lead to Disaster
Whenever you’re unsure whether you need an immigration lawyer, ask yourself, “What could happen if USCIS denies my application?” Often, immigration processes carry extremely high stakes, such as:
- Your family’s ability to reunite or stay together
- Rare career or educational opportunities
- Your future in the U.S.
The immigration system is complex and changes frequently. Potential immigrants and sponsors are often unsure how to navigate the maze of USCIS requirements. If you’re taking steps toward an important procedure, consulting an immigration attorney could save you a lot of time, money, and frustration.
Law Offices of James A. Welcome: Here for Your Legal Immigration Needs in CT
Are you preparing for a visa application, the green card process, or deportation defense? Contact the Law Offices of James A. Welcome in Connecticut. Our experienced immigration lawyers will guide you through the required procedure and provide the legal support you need to build a future in the U.S.
Call (475) 241-0824 or fill out our contact form to request a consultation today.