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Immigration law


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The basics of hiring an immigration lawyer.

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Immigration law

  1. 1. Immigration Law What Is Immigration Law? Coming to and staying in the United States brings many challenges and obligations. There are procedural laws and requirements that must be followed for those who wish to enter and stay in the United States for any length of time. Immigration laws regulate how an individual from abroad may qualify for a visa and under what circumstances that individual can be deported. Depending on the purpose of your entry, there is a visa that is right for you.
  2. 2. What Areas Does Immigration Law Cover? Immigration law covers a broad range of areas which are important to know if you want to apply for a green card or become a citizen. The following areas are covered by immigration law and an experienced immigration lawyer is most likely specialized in these areas: • Applying for citizenship or naturalization • Dual citizenship • Green card • Permanent residency • Deportation and removal • Political asylum and refugees • Temporary visas
  3. 3. What Is a Temporary Visa? If you are a non-immigrant that lives outside the U.S. and wish to come to the United States either for business or travel, you may be eligible to receive a temporary visa. There are different types of visas available that a person can use to enter into the United States after they become eligible: • Student Visas • Tourist or Visitor Visas • Work Visas • Specialty Occupational Visas for Business • Exchange Visitor Visas • Fiancé Visas • Religious Worker Visas • Artist and Athlete Visas
  4. 4. Do I Need an Immigration Attorney? Immigration laws are very complex and the process is very confusing and can be very long. There are a series of applications that is required by the U.S agencies that are responsible for carrying out the immigration laws. An experienced immigration lawyer knows the ins and outs of the immigration process and can help you fill out the right applications and recommend what steps you need to take.
  5. 5. How Much Does a Immigration Attorney Cost? Immigration attorneys charge depending on the services that you will need. For example, hiring a attorney to help you file a family based immigration petition will cost much less than hiring a lawyer to defend you in a deportation case because the latter is more complex than the former. Here are some typical legal fees for an immigration attorney: Citizenship/Naturalization Application: $500-1,200 Family-Based Green Card Petition: $800-1,500 Employment-Based Petitions: $1,500-5,000 Asylum Application: $1,000-3,000 Adjustment of Status Application: $600-1,200 Deportation Defense: $2,000-10,000
  6. 6. Is An Immigration Attorney Worth The Cost? Many people think that hiring an immigration attorney is expensive, but immigration law and the process is so long and complex that avoiding mistakes can save money and time down the road. An immigration attorney can also lessen the chance of a visa denial or removal from the U.S .
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