Gintare Grigaite, Esq. specializes in employment-based and family-based immigration law. She is H1B and PERM specialist, and counsels corporate clients on immigration-related compliance issues. Ms. Grigaite also represents individuals of extraordi...
Practice areas & skills: Immigration, Personal Injury
Immigration experience for over 28 years. All aspects from family to business and deportation.
Practice areas & skills: Immigration, Divorce & Separation, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
As a former Assistant Chief Counsel for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Steve Goldstein saw a dire need for competent, professional and experienced lawyers to represent people in immigration court or proceedings. His decision to leave the Fe...
Practice areas & skills: Immigration
He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1960 and is admitted to the Bars of the U.S. Supreme Court, United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New Yo...
Practice areas & skills: Immigration, Wills & Living Wills, Estate Planning, Trusts
Most people hire immigration lawyers to help them quickly and accurately file their immigration paperwork. Because immigration attorneys have had years of experience filing for different immigrants, they understand the requirements and what to expect when interacting with USCIS and applying for US citizenship. An experienced immigration lawyer can help with nearly any immigration case, including:
If you have a lot of spare time and an eye for detail, you might be able to complete your paperwork without an immigration lawyer. But, if you’re not sure which visa to apply for, which forms to fill out, what to say in response to questions on the forms, what fees to pay, or where to submit your paperwork in accordance with the laws, you might need a lawyer. Making mistakes on your application can delay a decision or even cause it to be rejected due to the current federal process, so an immigration lawyer can save you time and trouble. An immigration attorney can help in any of these circumstances:
Understanding the fee structure that the attorney uses is extremely important, as not being a citizen makes it hard to bring a case against an attorney that may rip you off. Fees for an immigration lawyer can vary widely based on various factors:
Many immigration lawyers charge a flat fee for certain kinds of cases, but your contract may include provisions for extra fees or hourly billing if your case runs into serious complications. Some lawyers may offer fixed fee immigration services for tasks such as reviewing documents which may be more easy to understand than an hourly rate. Make sure you understand how the lawyer charges before signing a contract.
It’s important to research multiple attorneys in the US in order to find the one with the necessary skills and experience for your case. Immigration law is complex, and many immigration lawyers specialize in just one or a few areas of the law. For example, filing for political asylum is quite different from filing for a work visa or for a green card. Here are a few questions to ask a lawyer before hiring:
How clearly the lawyer answers your questions will give you an idea of how familiar they are with your kind of case. Make sure you feel comfortable with the lawyer and their preferred style of communication and compare a few to get an idea of what you think will work best. If you’re not fluent in English, you may also want to consider hiring a lawyer that speaks your native language. If you need help evaluating or choosing a lawyer, consider a 15 minute immigration consultation call with a lawyer.
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