Do I need an Immigration Attorney?

Why should I hire an Attorney?

Immigration Attorneys are your advocates, and we have experience navigating a complex and time-sensitive system. Courts have remarked (with colorful language!) on these complexities:

  • “This case vividly illustrates the labyrinthine character of modern immigration law-a maze of hyper-technical statutes and regulations that engender waste, delay, and confusion for the Government and petitioners alike.” Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Drax v. Reno, 2003
  • “…we are in the never-never land of the Immigration and Nationality Act, where plain words do not always mean what they say.” 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Yuen Sang Low v. Attorney General, 1973

and this one is a favorite among immigration lawyers . . .

  • “The Immigration and Nationality Act (“INA”) . . . is a bit of a beast. It is not known for being warm or cuddly; words like “intricate” and “Byzantine” come more readily to mind.” 7th Circuit Court of Appells in  Akram v. Holder, 2013

An immigration attorney has worked with others in similar situations and can help predict and advise on the best action plan. We are nerds who enjoy researching your case and finding the best way to present it.

Immigration attorneys are not connected to the government. We represent you and your best interests. We can help you determine if you are eligible for a green card, and advise on the consequences of traveling outside of the US. Using our knowledge of the law and experience from past clients, we can help you determine the strength of your case and counsel on your best choices.

What about the costs?

Like most Immigration attorneys, we charge a flat fee for your case. Flat fees allow you more communication with your attorney because we charge by case, and not by the hour. We will likely begin with a brief phone conversation, and then you will schedule a paid consultation that will last about an hour. At the consultation, we will discuss your case in detail and talk through the timing and costs related to your case. There will be government fees paid to USCIS and attorney fees paid to the law office. After the consultation, if you decide to hire us, we will sign a contract together that details services and costs. Most clients make low monthly payments until the balance is paid off.