inside immigration information about marriage green cards and work visas in America
IS AN IMMIGRATION LAWYER NECESSARY FOR MARRIAGE GREEN CARD FOR MY HUSBAND OR WIFE?
UPDATED JANUARY 2017
Moving to the USA as a marriage green card permanent resident can be stressful, but immigrating to the USA can also be a great life experience. Many U.S. citizen spouses, including same sex spouses, turn to an American immigration lawyer to help them with the marriage green card process. The assistance of a kind, caring, and competent immigration lawyer can really help your new marriage go well.
Why Can’t I Rely on American Government Websites for Reliable Immigration Information about a Resident Card?
The USCIS government websites are getting better and better. However, there still are problems:
It takes a lot of time to figure out which marriage green card forms to file, what documents to attach to the forms, where to send the forms, and how much money to send with the forms. The immigration governmental agency websites have out of date and confusing instructions that go with the forms and a lack of inside information could lead to mistakes that can be costly in terms of time and money. If you have to hire an immigration lawyer later, your mistakes may limit your options and immigration lawyers are likely to charge more to clean up the mess.
A good immigration lawyer should be able to give you an honest and thorough assessment of your permanent resident card case and be able to explain the options that are available to you based on not only the current law, but changes that are in the legislative and judicial pipeline at any given time, such as the recent approval of same sex marriage green cards. The immigration lawyer can then work with you to prepare your permanent resident card case and represent you before the USCIS.
The immigration lawyer can explain to the USCIS government agency why your permanent resident card case meets the requirements of the law and if problems arise, the lawyer often has additional resources available to help resolve the issues or can prepare your case for an appeal. I cannot tell you how many husbands have thanked me for repeatedly explaining everything to their wives and emailing them often about the progress of their case, thus making their lives much easier and less stressful. I personally have gone through the marriage green card process (my husband is from Holland) so I know first hand the anxiety that does with trusting your future to a governmental agency!
Many immigration lawyers specialize in a certain type of immigration law. The subspecialties are employment, adjustment of status through family, asylum, deportation, business, investment and citizenship. It is important to question the immigration lawyer about whether they have a strong background in your particular type of case. We have done hundreds of these marriage green card cases over the last 12 years for many husbands and wives.
The relationship with your immigration lawyer is important. Finding a lawyer who really seems to care about your case results in a trusting relationship and a good overall experience. The immigration lawyer normally works for both the husband and the wife in a marriage green card case, so that both of them always know what’s going on in the case.
American immigration lawyers have clients all over the USA and often handle permanent resident card cases completely through fax, phone, mail, and email. We are in San Diego, California but currently we have clients in Florida, Washington, Alaska, Arizona, Texas, Kentucky, Michigan, California and New York. We also represent some family members who are still in their countries, such as Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Mexico and South Africa.
There are actually immigration lawyers out there who swear they have never lost a case even after a lengthy career. Be nervous about immigration lawyers who promise 100% success as we are not allowed to do that. An immigration lawyer who honestly presents the risks is worth a lot more. Likewise, be careful of immigration attorneys who claim to have special influence with the USCIS government agencies – that is out of the ordinary.
Due to the economy, some people may not have the money to be able to hire an immigration lawyer to handle the full marriage green card process due to the costs. More and more lawyers are offering services to help with a part of the marriage green card process, such as reviewing the paperwork before you submit it, or preparing you for the marriage green card interview. This means that instead of handling a case from beginning to end, the immigration lawyer will prepare only parts of the marriage green card case to provide the client with the immigration lawyer’s expertise.
For example, perhaps you want to submit your marriage green card application yourself, but would like to consult with an immigration attorney and have that immigration attorney review and critique your marriage green card application before you submit it to the government, that is possible. We are able to quote you a lower price to review your marriage green card package before submission to Chicago, or to prepare you for your marriage green card interview.
The risk involved in not hiring an immigration attorney to handle a marriage green card case is simple — you will go through the marriage green card process without the inside information regarding what is required to successfully complete your marriage green card case in a timely manner. This means that you probably have a higher likelihood of your marriage green card case being rejected or delayed at some stage.
American immigration law is much more than just filling out marriage green card forms. There are a lot of instructions that the marriage green card forms do not give you. Your immigration lawyer, whether in San Diego, CA or Dallas, TX, identifies all the red flags in your case (if there are any) and walks you through the process of getting beyond them. They are also there for your support and piece-of-mind and to answer all the marriage green card questions you and your wife will have along the way.
Call Danielle Nelisse at (619) 235-8811 in San Diego, California if you want to discuss legal representation for your marriage green card case.