Do You Really Need an Attorney for Immigration?

We get this question a lot and we understand why it is asked. Surely, immigration law is not rocket science and there are lots of instructions on the internet showing anyone how to do this, so why should you have an attorney? We concede that immigration law is not rocket science and yes, there are numerous websites purporting to show how to do your immigration application yourself.

However, immigration law is arguably harder than rocket science – at least the laws of science do not change and are not open to interpretation. Also, those instructions are probably not going to help anyone, let alone someone who does not speak English as a first language. All of this is to say, yes, you need an immigration attorney. Here’s why:

Immigration laws and policies are constantly changing: Immigration is a fluid process influenced by many variables. Besides changes in the laws made by Congress, the President has the power to issue executive orders which can affect immigration policies almost immediately. What was permissible one day may not be permissible the next day. The law changes so much and so quickly that even some attorneys have a hard time keeping up with it.

Every case is different. What worked for your cousin’s friend’s ex-father-in-law may not necessarily work for you. This is because every case has unique facts and no two are alike. One fact can make a difference between one outcome and another. It is critical to have an attorney who understands the law review your case to determine the individual facts and advise you on the best way to proceed.

Ignorance of the law is not a defense. Not knowing what the law is cannot be used as an excuse for not following the law. Given the sheer complexity and amount of immigration laws that can apply to a situation, the possibility to miss an obligation or requirement is high. And, the immigration authorities may not take kindly to the suggestion that because you did not know of the law you were under no obligation to follow it.

Your future depends on it. Typically, you have one shot at your immigration application. This is true if you are in the United States already and are facing deportation. Even if you are in your home country trying to emigrate to the U.S., there is usually only one good opportunity to get a visa and start down the path to citizenship. The stakes are high. Why would you not do everything to ensure your best possible chance?

Having an experienced immigration attorney on your side when you apply for your visa or are seeking to get out of deportation is probably your best chance at success given the complexity and sheer number of laws and policies that apply to immigration. Make the most of that chance by contacting attorney Katrina Zafiro to assist you with your immigration matter. She has the knowledge and experience to help you. Contact her today.

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As an attorney, I am passionate about helping my clients achieve peace of mind in navigating the complex areas of family law and immigration law. Your case will get my full and dedicated attention—whether you are seeking to navigate the complexities of your family law matter or overcome the challenges of your immigration law case.

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