When it comes to applying to become a citizen of the United States, it is not uncommon for people to feel stressed out about their current situation. The thoughts of being separated from your family or your sponsor stopping midway through the process can keep you up at night, and rightfully so. But when you find an immigration lawyer who will go the extra mile to represent you and your case, it makes the process much easier on both you and your family.
But you don’t want to choose just any lawyer as your immigration lawyer. Although there are plenty of great options available to choose from, there is also a plethora of bad ones. Selecting a bad immigration lawyer can ultimately end up having harmful consequences on your case and impact your life permanently, which is why it is so important to know what to look for when beginning your search.
In today’s entry, we will be discussing what to look for in an immigration lawyer during the hiring process in order to ensure that you have someone who is qualified and will support and protect you through the entire immigration process. Read on to learn more, and if you have any questions or are looking for an experienced and knowledgeable immigration lawyer in the New York City area, give us a call at the Law Office of Diron Rutty today. We would be more than happy to assist you and your case.
They Have Their Legal Practice Certification
This one is an absolute must. When speaking with different lawyers, ask dependable sources or check the website for an immigration lawyer near you who has been certified by the State Bar Association. In New York City, for example, the Law Office of Diron Rutty is fully certified to practice immigration law in the State of New York by the State Bar of New York. Diron Rutty, Esq. is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Bar Association of Antigua, West Indies, and Jamaica, among others.
They Have Extensive Experience In Immigration
Besides their certification and academic achievements, you should also determine how many years of experience your prospective immigration lawyer has with your type of case. Be sure to find a lawyer who specializes in immigration and check out their credentials on their website. You will want to ensure that they have experience with all aspects of immigration law, including (but not limited to):
- Visa requirements and types
- Deferred action for childhood arrivals
- Options if your case is denied
- Obtaining permanent residency
When talking with an immigration lawyer, ask as many questions as possible so that you can rest easy knowing your lawyer is confident and knowledgeable to handle your case.
They Are Easily Accessible
There are few things more frustrating and stressful than working with a lawyer only to rarely ever hear from them. While you aren’t ever entitled to 100% of an immigration lawyer’s time, you should be able to expect them to be available when you need them. And, if you are ever faced with an emergency, your attorney should also be able to quickly respond to your situation.
They Have Compassion and Good People Skills
Along with the fact that they should be easily accessible to you, they should also be compassionate to you and your case. The immigration process can be an emotionally taxing experience and you want a lawyer who will be able to understand and walk you through how you are feeling in order to get you where you need to be. Along with compassion, if your lawyer has good people skills, they will likely handle your case much better in court. This is because of the fact that immigration officers (similarly to most people) prefer to work with immigration lawyers who can communicate professionally, are knowledgeable, demonstrate reasonableness, and show a genuine concern for and commitment to their clients.
Schedule a Consultation With the Law Office of Diron Rutty Today
If you are searching for a professional immigration lawyer with the aforementioned traits, give us a call at the Law Office of Diron Rutty today. We are an immigration law firm located in New York City and serve the surrounding areas including Poughkeepsie and the Bronx, and provide expert legal counsel for all aspects of immigration law, including deportation, naturalization, provisional immigration waivers, temporary visas for work and college, permanent residence, consular visa processing, adjustment of status, and more. Following our initial consultation together, our team of immigration lawyers will thoroughly analyze your case and provide you with a realistic assessment of your options and the likelihood of obtaining successful results. We also will be there to support you throughout the entirety of your case as we recognize and understand how your legal matter affects you and your family in so many ways. We look forward to helping you get where you want to be.