Three of the main challenges faced by people who are trying to immigrate to the United States are the complexity of the system, knowing which visa can be obtained and how, and money. Immigration attorneys are not cheap, especially for someone who is in a removal proceeding. Ultimately, the challenges will depend on the individual’s circumstances. What it comes down to is figuring out how to reach the goal, but some goals are attainable and some aren’t.
In addition to being complex, the system favors people who have money. For example, if someone spends half a million dollars or a million dollars in the United States, then they will get a green card right away. However, for someone who is poor, it will take a very long time to get a green card, especially if they’re from Mexico, the Philippines, Vietnam, or India. It becomes important to have a map for getting to one’s destination, although that can be hard, especially since the system is full of impediments.
What Specific Areas of Immigration Law Does Your Firm Handle?
I handle every aspect of immigration law. I have completed almost every single petition available, and about 75 percent of them have been through federal litigation and immigration court.
Why Is It Important To Find An Immigration Attorney Who Focuses Primarily, If Not Solely, On Immigration Work?
A friend of mine asked me why I don’t practice more than one type of law, and after thinking about it for a minute, I responded by saying that I just want my focus to be 100 percent on immigration. If I were to add more practice areas, I would probably hire another attorney rather than do it myself. This is not to say that an attorney who practices more than one type of law is not necessarily a good immigration attorney, but some attorneys think that immigration is just about filling out forms, which is not true.
There is a saying between attorneys that an attorney who practices everything is good at nothing. I don’t believe that an attorney who handles all types of cases is going to be a good immigration attorney, because immigration law is very complex. An attorney who specializes in immigration law is going to know more about it than someone who practices in other areas of the law, and will always keep ahead of the latest developments in immigration law.
For example, I’ve been calling my clients who are DACA recipients to let them know that they should expect something to change in January, and I highly doubt that someone who doesn’t practice immigration exclusively would know that. Hiring someone who practices immigration law exclusively is the best course of action, because they’re going to know exactly what their clients needs, when they’ll need it, and how to guide them through the system. An attorney who specializes in immigration law will only know the immigration system, which is a good thing, because attorneys who work within too many systems can get them bungled up in their head.