Using Caution When Applying for a Green Card

Being an immigrant to this country places a tremendous amount of responsibility on your shoulders. You must make sure that you are in compliance with all of the regulations and laws associated with your presence in the United States and that you are prepared to fulfill all of your obligations in regards to the Department of Immigration. Handling all of this on your own can be an incredible ordeal and may even result in you making mistakes or overlooking responsibilities along the way that may damage your chances of legal residency or citizenship. If you are facing issues with your immigration status, such as if your visitor visa has run out or is about to run out, or you are facing any type of criminal charges, it is important that you get in touch with an experienced and skilled immigration attorney as soon as possible so you can get on the path toward working through your problems.

Though you may feel as though getting your papers filed or attending meetings with Immigration as early as possible is the best way to stay in this country legally, it is very easy to make mistakes and to look back and be sorry for not being more careful or seeking the appropriate advice before making this move. You are much more likely to find success in your immigration situation if you have an experienced attorney on your side who is prepared to evaluate your situation, determine what steps need to be taken and then guide you along your way so you can feel confident that all paperwork is being filled out thoroughly and correctly, everything is being turned in on time and you are presenting yourself and your situation properly when in contact with Immigration. Getting the advice and assistance of a skilled lawyer first often represents far less expense and hassle than realizing your mistakes and trying to rectify them.

Something very important to keep in mind when it comes to seeking legal advice regarding your immigration situation is that in the state of California only licensed attorneys can give legal immigration advice. There are other professionals who are non-attorneys who may refer to themselves as “immigration consultants”, but these people are not permitted nor qualified to offer you legal advice about your situation. Rather, they can only help you fill out paperwork and make sure that you turn them in on time. The purpose of these consultants is to make sure that you understand the forms and that the answers on them are written in correct English. They are not in place to help you make legal decisions.

For your protection, “Notarios”, or non-attorney immigration consultants, are required to be registered with the state and carry at least a $50,000 bond. Proof of the bond as well as a sign indicating that they are consultants, not attorneys should be prominently displayed on the wall in their office. If you feel that you have been misled or otherwise victimized by a consultant, you can report them to the proper authorities.

You can always feel confident that the services you receive from the attorneys as is legal and reliable. We are here to serve clients all over the country, so please call 619-827-8777 to get in touch with us today.

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