How Should I Prepare for a Consultation With an Immigration Attorney?
- February 20, 2023
- Laurie Dragonchuk
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Whether you’re a legal or undocumented immigrant in the United States, there are times when you might need to enlist the services of an immigration attorney. Immigration attorneys specialize in all aspects of the law as it regards immigration. They could mean the difference between staying in the country or being deported. For that reason, it’s important that you properly prepare for your consultation with them.
Depending on your circumstances, you will consult with your immigration attorney in person or online via video chat. Either way, however, you should prepare the same way.
Ask Questions to Put Your Mind at Ease
When meeting with an immigration attorney, there’s no such thing as a bad question. The initial consultation is the best time to voice any concerns or questions regarding their expertise or the case itself. After all, you’re about to spend your hard-earned money, so you should know exactly what you’re getting in return.
To make your meeting as effective as possible, write a list of questions you’d like to ask. This will also show your immigration attorney that you’re organized and prepared.
Here’s a list of questions you should ask your immigration attorney during the consultation.
- What is your success rate?
- How much experience do you have with this type of case?
- What will your services cost me?
- What are your areas of specialty in immigration?
- How long have you been practicing law?
- How long will it be before the judge makes a decision?
- Do you think we’ll be successful and win?
You must bring any forms, documents, and paperwork pertinent to the case to your appointment. Nothing will slow down or impede your trial more than incomplete or missing paperwork. This includes the following.
- An intake form, if one, is required by your prospective law firm.
- Important documents relating to your immigration case, including employee sponsorship forms, work visas, immigration benefit forms or denials, and more.
- Copies of criminal records if applicable. This includes anything from being arrested to traffic violations and everything in between.
- Copies of documents that have been filed by ICE or other government committees.
- Bring a copy of your green card, marriage license, social security card, birth certificate, employment card, passport, and anything else official and important.
Depending on the specifics of your case and situation, there might also be additional documents that you’ll need. Make sure to ask your lawyer when you call to schedule the appointment if they need anything else.
Come Prepared to Take Notes
Lawyers are expensive, and things happen fast, so you’ll need to take careful notes for later reflection. The goal is to get as much assistance and information in as short an amount of time as possible. To take notes, you can use a laptop, legal pad, or anything else where you can quickly and coherently scribble notes for later review. Preparing to take notes will also show your lawyer that you’re organized and serious.
Bring an Interpreter if Necessary
Finally, if you struggle with English and your lawyer doesn’t speak your natural tongue, you should bring an interpreter. This could be a friend, family member, or someone appointed by the law firm or court. The last thing you want is a language barrier to keep you from getting the help and information you need.
If you, a friend, or a family member is facing legal issues related to immigration, contact Roach and Bishop for assistance. Our team of experienced lawyers has seen it all and can help you if you’ve illegally immigrated to the US or need assistance going through the process legally. No matter your immigration status or issue, we’re the team for the job. Contact us to schedule an appointment or for more information about how to prepare for an immigration law consultation in Washington.