Worth It

A good attorney can be the difference between an approval and a denial. 

Your Future Is On The Line

With such high stakes, why take chances?

Confide in someone who will advocate for you.

After receiving their bachelor's degrees, attorneys go to school for 3 more years. They have to pass a bar exam, get a license from the State Supreme Court, and recieve continuing education to stay up to date on the law.  

Ever since people began to write down laws, there have been professionals dedicated to interpreting them. With law books growing ever longer, it's still a full-time job. 

lawyer

noun | law-yer, loi-er | 14th century | plural: lawyers

definition: someone whose job is to help people understand and work within the law 

synonyms: attorney, advocate

Attorneys are bound to ethical standards. They help people navigate the law, never break it. As professionals, they mantain insurance and are accountable for their actions. 

To advocate means to stand up for someone. The priority of a good private attorney should always be the well-being of the clients he or she serves. 

Don't be taken advantage of: Anyone who tells you to lie because "hopefully the government won't find that out" isn't being a good lawyer and is doing you a disservice. People who say things like that aren't smart guides or advocates for you; they are risking your future so they can make easy money.

You've been waiting long enough.

Don't tolerate costly and time-consuming delays in the already-long immigration process.

Don't gamble your future away with applications that can only be submitted once.

Trust an attorney who knows the nuances of the immigration process.

Trust an attorney who has experience getting people like you the benefits you need.

And make sure you see the contents of essential letters sent your way. 

USCIS uses postal mail to get in touch with almost everyone who submits an immigration petition. But when nothing much besides junk mail shows up in the mailbox these days, it can be easy to miss important documents. And when you move, it can take a long time for your mail to be forwarded, if it comes at all. This means people who file their cases themselves have a chance of missing essential mailings.

When you hire an attorney, he or she should file a G-28 notice with USCIS. After that, USCIS has to send any mail related to your immigration case to both you and your attorney. This means you don't have to worry about opening a P.O. box because even if you move and don't get an important letter, your attorney's office will. At BKR, we call clients whenever we recieve important notices to make sure they got them too. So there's no way you'll lose your green card in the mail.

A good attorney will make sure his or her clients' applications are sent with tracking enabled, which allows them to know exactly when they arrive at USCIS and that they got their safely. A good attorney will also keep a copy of the entire application in case anything prevents the original from arriving at its destination. Many people who file on their own miss out on these benefits, and some pay the high consequences later. 

Your application for immigration benefits may require you to submit an affidavit. Compare the one our office helped prepare with the ones made at home. Can you guess which USCIS prefers?

Without guidance, people tend to write support letters that are too short, like this one, which doesn't include a header or properly identify the writer.

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We prepare letters like this one on behalf of our clients. The clear and organized format showcase moving details and highlight convincing arguments. This type of letter tends to impress adjudicators more.

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Handwritten support letters like this one are unprofessional and hard to read. They also tend not to include the right kinds of information.

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How do we know? 

The USCIS website doesn't always explain how documents should be formatted or what kinds of information letters should include. Attorneys who belong to AILA have access to special Q&A sessions with USCIS representatives and are able to get answers to some of these questions. In addition, BKR made a special trip to the Nebraska Service Center in 2015 to meet in person with immigration petition adjudicators. 

Whether you need someone to stand up for you in court, someone to sit at your side during an interview, or just someone to dot the i's and cross the t's in your application forms, hiring an immigration attorney is worth it. 

People with criminal histories ought to consult someone who knows the law before they try to apply for immigration benefits. If they don't, the consequences could be serious. 

TERMINOLOGY: which criminal offenses are 

FELONY

People charged with felonies are the most likely to be kept from applying for immigration benefits. These crimes are usually punishable by a minimum of a year in prison and can be as serious as rape or murder. 

MISDEMEANOR

These crimes are less serious than felonies but can still hinder an immigration application. They vary by state but can include theft or public intoxication and are usually punishable by less than a year in jail. 

INFRACTION

Speeding is an example of an infraction, or an action that is against the law but punished only by a ticket or fine. These mostly include driving offenses and rarely prevent a person from seeking immigration benefits. 

likely to impact your case

Immigration officials care about different criminal offenses than local law enforcement officers do. Expunging your criminal record doesn't mean it'll be gone when you go to apply for an immigration benefit, but knowing ahead of time whether your application stands a chance will save you lots of time and money.