The odds are good that if you’re asking yourself if you need to hire an immigration attorney, the answer is YES.
In fact, there are many instances where an immigration issue may not need to assistance of an immigration attorney, such as a simple form or document. However, there are also many issues where not understanding and completing a simple document can cost you time and money – and delay or deny your opportunity to legally immigrate to the United States.
1. You Want to Marry Someone Who Is Not a US Citizen
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) K-1 visa program allows United States citizens to sponsor their fiancé(e) to legally enter and live in the United States. However, the sponsor and the applicant must marry within 90 days of entry into the United States. After this, the immigrant can apply for a green card in a process known as adjustment of status to obtain legal permanent resident status.
2. You’re a Foreigner Who Wants to Start a Business in the US
The EB-5 immigrant investor visas offer priority processing of a permanent resident status with no work requirement. The EB-5 visa program allows foreign nationals to invest in United States businesses.
3. You’re An Immigrant Accused of a Crime
If you have a green card or are an undocumented immigrant, being accused of a crime can result in serious consequences. USCIS identifies four types of misdemeanor charges that could result in serious immigration consequences – including deportation – for a green card application or renewal. While USCIS only identifies four misdemeanor charges the actuality is that there are many crimes that can result in removal from the United States.
4. You’re Being Deported
When someone is arrested and detained on an immigration charge by the Department of Homeland Security, non-citizens who face the threat of deportation may be able to show that the U.S. government was wrong to place them into removal proceedings.
5. You Want To Move to the US to Work
US companies are looking for skilled, talented and educated foreigners to move to Illinois to work and help grow their business and the economy. Requirements, applications, and processes can be challenging. A business immigration lawyer works with both employers who want to hire skilled foreign workers, and foreign nationals who want to come to the United States to work temporarily or permanently.
United States immigration laws can be extraordinarily complicated. A small mistake in a visa application can lead to years of delays or even outright denials and deportation. With numerous immigration policies, procedures, and regulations in place, navigating the intricacies of the law can be confusing, frustrating, and time-consuming. An experienced immigration lawyer can make the difference between your application being denied or approved. Contact Godoy Law Office, our skilled immigration lawyers in Chicago, Lombard and Oak Brook can answer any questions about immigration and guide you through every step of the process.