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.
What Areas Does Immigration Law
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
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
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
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.
How Much Does a Immigration
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
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
Is An Immigration Attorney Worth
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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