5 Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Immigration Attorney

About 44.8 million people currently living in the U.S. have come here as immigrants. This population sector accounts for about 13.7% of the U.S. population.

Leaving one country and coming to another is fraught with challenges. The U.S. immigration system is one of the biggest.

Navigating immigration problems can be daunting and scary for immigrants entering the U.S. An immigration attorney might be necessary to help guide the complicated process of trying to stay in the U.S.

If you’re facing immigration problems and want to hire a lawyer, part of the success of your case can depend on who you hire. Read on to learn the questions you should ask the attorney when meeting them.

1. What Experience Do You Have in Immigration Law?

When you’re ready to hire an attorney, you want one who knows the kind of law you need. Immigration law is highly specific, so you want to ask the attorney about their experience in immigration law.

Ask how long they have been practicing law. Then ask how long they’ve specialized in immigration law. The more experience they have, the better. They will know all the ins and outs of immigration policy.

If your case hits a snap, their previous immigration experience will help them to know how to navigate it.

2. Are You a Member of The American Immigration Lawyers Association?

Immigration law is highly specific and constantly evolving. You want to hire an attorney to keep updated with immigration law and policy.

Ask if they’re members of The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). An immigration lawyer will want to be a member of this organization.

It will help them stay current on immigration regulations, policies, and best practices when handling an immigration case.

3. Have You Handled a Case Similar to Mine Before?

Not all immigration cases are the same. Each unique story brings an immigrant to the U.S., which can impact the case.

Ask if the attorney has handled any cases similar to yours and what the outcome was. Remember, they can’t be too specific because they’re bound to protect the privacy of other clients.

Listening to how a case like yours was handled can give you some perspective on what to expect and how the attorney navigated the case.

4. How Would You Proceed With My Case?

The immigration process can be challenging. You need to have a realistic picture of what to expect.

Ask your attorney how they would proceed with your case and ask them to provide you with an expected timeline.

5. What Are My Chances for Success?

If you want the best lawyer, you should expect them to be very honest about how your case could go. While it might be nice to hear assurances and promises, it isn’t realistic.

A lawyer shouldn’t guarantee you an outcome. Instead, they should discuss what to expect and the possible results.

Get the Help You Need from an Immigration Attorney

If you or someone you love is facing immigration problems, you need an immigration attorney who will get to work on your behalf.

If you need an experienced immigration lawyer, we can help. Contact us today so we can get to work fighting for you and your rights.

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