One of the most talked about and controversial issues that we face today are immigration.
Immigration in general is something I am very passionate about, for many reasons.
First off, my family has been through the immigration process and knows first hand the process,
Time, money, heartache, stress and financial burdens that can take its toll on you and your family.
Many people do not understand immigration, they only know what they hear on the radio or read in the
Sunday paper. But in all reality it goes way deeper then that. Its not as simple as most people think. Especially when it comes to more complex issues such as illegal immigration which is a whole other article in itself.
In writing this article I hope this will help someone else who is going through the immigration process
And maybe give them a little renewed hope and encouragement.
Speaking from experience here, one of the most important things you can do it to make sure you hire a very good and highly recommended immigration attorney. Going through such a serious and complex issue as immigration, you do not want to waste
Your money and time and risk your familyís future with an attorney who is not going to be able to get the situation resolved
As soon as possible.
Good attorneys know the laws, they know a lot of the "right" people, and they have a lot of credibility. This is especially important. I know everyone has to start somewhere but come on. Don't be the guinea pig! Itís absolutely important to have a credible attorney, someone who has been practicing for many years. We actually got very lucky and found a great law firm with many of the attorneys and paralegals having been through the immigration process themselves.
While searching out an immigration attorney it can be tricky. You can look in the yellow pages, as I have done before but quickly learned that there are better resources for researching attorneys.
For immigration attorneys in general there is a great resource available online called AILA which stands for American Immigration Lawyers Association or AILA.org - Aila is the professional bar association for attorneys who specialize in immigration. For an attorney to be eligible for membership with AILA they must be in good standing with, and for three years immediately preceding application has not been suspended or disbarred by, any court, mandatory bar association, administrative agency or other disciplinary authority. There are other membership requirements that you can find by downloading there membership application and guidelines form.
While searching for an attorney on AILA You can narrow your search down for an attorney by state, type of immigration practice, ie: family based, employment, asylum etc.
Another thing you want to make sure to do is to contact your state bar and check out any attorneys which you are considering retaining. If there is an attorney with a bar complaint, donít jump to conclusions and think that they are bad etc. Some complaints are retaliatory type complaints and you can find all information on said complaints by doing a simple Google search. Most importantly do your own research on the attorney, research any complaints, credentials, organizations they are apart of, see what they are involved in etc.
You should also consider contacting your senatorís office and see who they recommend and donít recommend.
Depending on the type of case you have or how complex it may be your attorney may set your contract up on a flat fee basis or an hourly rate. Retaining attorneys with a flat fee are fairly common for less complex issues, but if you have a tricky and complex issue most likely you should expect an hour by hour case.
I know keeping your family together and getting your immigration issue resolved is high on your priority list. Donít take it lightly. I know it can be a huge financial and emotional drain, especially with the new fee rate increase but keep in good spirits, keep the faith. It will be well worth it when it is all over!