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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 Chicago 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.

Top Questions to Ask When Hiring an Attorney

  • How many years have you been practicing law? How long have you practiced law in the local area?
  • How many cases similar to mine have you handled in the past?
  • What is the likely outcome for my case?

In legal practice, experience matters. An experienced attorney will likely have handled issues similar to yours many, many times. Therefore, after listening to your situation, the attorney should have a reasonable idea of the time line for a case like yours and the likely resolution.

Tips on Approaching an Initial Attorney Consultation

  • Use the consultation as a means of gaining a better understanding of your legal situation.
  • Ask the attorney how many cases similar to yours he/she has handled. An attorney’s experience and knowledge can speak to their expertise (or lack of) in addressing your situation.
  • Your attorney should be able to articulate roughly how long a case like yours will take to resolve and what sort of procedures to expect.
  • Determine how comfortable you are working with the lawyer and/or law firm.

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.

Common legal terms explained

Pro se – This Latin term refers to representing yourself in court instead of hiring professional legal counsel. Pro se representation can occur in either criminal or civil cases.

Statute – Refers to a law created by a legislative body. For example, the laws enacted by Congress are statutes.

Subject matter jurisdiction – Requirement that a particular court have authority to hear the claim based on the specific type of issue brought to the court. For example, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court only has subject matter jurisdiction over bankruptcy filings, therefore it does not have the authority to render binding judgment over other types of cases, such as divorce.

Court Locations in Chicago, IL

Circuit Court of Cook County - County Division

50 West Washington St.
Chicago, IL. 60602
Phone: (312) 603-6194
Court Website

Circuit Court of Cook County - Criminal Division

2600 South California Ave.
Chicago, IL. 60608
Phone: (773) 674-3160
Court Website

Circuit Court of Cook County - First Municipal District

50 West Washington St.
Chicago, IL. 60602
Phone: (312) 603-6132
Court Website
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