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What Does an Immigration Lawyer Do?

Immigration attorneys will represent you if you want to come to the United States, whether it be for schooling, work, or just a visit.They can also help you if you're found living in the U.S. without permission and at risk of being deported.

How Do I Know If I Need an Immigration Lawyer?

If you're having trouble understanding which paperwork to fill out or getting your paperwork approved, an immigration lawyer can advise on your next steps. Consider consulting a lawyer if, you're doing any of the following:
  • Looking for a green card
  • Trying to become a US citizen
  • Trying to get a travel visa
  • Served with a notice of deportation
  • Investigation of resident status

How Much Does an Immigration Lawyer Cost?

Immigration attorneys tend to charge either flat or hourly rates, depending on the complexity of the matter. Filling out forms for a visa or green card are more likely to be flat rate prices. Rates will vary depending on many circumstances, including which state you live in and whether you live in a small town or city, so ask up front how much your lawyer will charge.

What Should I Expect When Working with an Immigration Lawyer?

The immigration attorney should file all necessary paperwork for you, and if your paperwork is approved, your residency status will change. If however, the paperwork is denied, your lawyer can file an appeal, which means you'll have to pay for any additional time. The likelihood of having your request approved is also lower if you need an appeal. For deportation cases, your lawyer will fight on your behalf and collect any evidence which supports your case, but there is no guarantee you'll be allowed to remain in the country. Due to complicated and constantly changing immigration laws, your best chance to win your case is to consult with an up-to-date immigration attorney.

This article contains general legal information and does not contain legal advice. Rocket Lawyer is not a law firm or a substitute for an attorney or law firm. The law is complex and changes often. For legal advice, please ask a lawyer.

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