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Do You Have an Immigration Issue?

Immigration is a broad area of law encompassing all issues regarding the legal entry and legal status of people in the United States other than US Citizens. An experienced Oakland Immigration attorney can help you maneuver through the complex laws so you can learn what your options are.

Different Types of Immigration Cases

Whether you are looking to visit the United States temporarily, work here or establish permanent residency, you need to follow strict immigration laws. An Immigration law firm will have the knowledge of the law you will need to have a successful case.

If you are already a permanent resident you may still need an immigration lawyer should you want to become a United States Citizen. As this is the last phase of Immigration law, you do not want to risk making any mistakes. Addittionally, an Immigration Attorney or law firm can help defend those who are facing deportation or removal from the United States.

What happens if you fail an immigration interview?

For any immigration interview, such as for citizenship, a green card, or a visa, "failing" an interview" usually means that you will get another chance. However, if you fail again, the government will likely cancel your application. If you fail an interview, you should consider talking with an immigration attorney to better prepare and go over your options.

How much does an immigration lawyer cost?

If you are looking for an immigration lawyer and you are worried about costs, you should discuss at the outset about what fees you can expect and whether there are options for installment payments. Many legal aid organizations provide immigration assistance for lower costs.

What happens to your immigration if you're arrested?

If you are not a naturalized U.S. citizen, an arrest could jeopardize your green card or visa, putting you at risk of deportation. If you are arrested, it is important to speak with a criminal defense attorney who understands what will happen to your immigration status if you simply plead guilty. Accepting a plea deal could mean deportation.

How long does it take to get a green card?

Because of yearly caps, processing times, and the number of applicants, many people wait years — sometimes more than 10 — to receive a green card. You should be prepared to be patient. You should also consider having an experienced immigration attorney review your application to ensure there are no errors that could cause you any unnecessary delays.

When to Hire a Lawyer

It is in your best interest to get legal help early on in addressing your situation. There are times when hiring a lawyer quickly is critical to your case, such as if you are charged with a crime. It may also be in your best interest to have a lawyer review the fine print before signing legal documents. A lawyer can also help you get the compensation you deserve if you've suffered a serious injury. For issues where money or property is at stake, having a lawyer guide you through the complexities of the legal system can save you time, hassle, and possibly a lot of grief in the long run.

Top Questions to Ask a Lawyer

  • What is the usual process to resolve my case? How long will it take to resolve this?
  • What are likely outcomes of a case like mine? What should I expect?

An experienced lawyer should be able to communicate a basic "road map" on how to proceed. The lawyer should be able to walk you through the anticipated process, key considerations, and potential pitfalls to avoid. Once you've laid out the facts of your situation to the lawyer, he/she should be able to frame expectations and likely scenarios to help you understand your legal issue.

Types of legal fees:

Bill by the hour: Many attorneys bill by the hour. How much an attorney bills you per hour will vary based on a number of factors. For instance, an attorney's hourly fee may fluctuate based on whether that hour is spent representing you in court or doing research on your case. Attorneys in one practice area may bill you more than attorneys in a different practice area.

Contingent fee: Some lawyers will accept payment via contingent fee. In this arrangement, the lawyer receives a percentage of the total monetary recovery if you win your lawsuit. In sum, the lawyer only gets paid if you win. Contingent fee agreements are limited to specific practice areas in civil law.

Flat fee: For "routine" legal work where the attorney generally knows the amount of time and resources necessary to complete the task, he/she may be willing to bill you a flat fee for services performed.

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