Immigration Consult Tips
The following guide is intended to prepare clients for an immigration consult.
GenerallyIf you are in need of an immigration attorney, it is best to contact a reputable and experienced attorney and schedule a personalized consultation. Immigration attorneys from all over the U.S. can assist you an inquiry and the consult does not have to be through a local practitioner. Further, due to our interconnected world, Skype or web conference consultations are also available through many attorneys.
Schedule an AppointmentOnce you have chosen the attorney you would like to consult with, call his/her office to schedule a consultation. Be sure to set a reminder in your phone or computer and calendar the date. If you need to reschedule, contact the attorney's office generally within 24-48 hours of the appointment.
Be PreparedIn order to properly review your file, the immigration attorney will want as much documentation about your case as possible. It is best to bring as much of the following documentation as possible:
Letters to/from USCIS
Copies of immigration applications
Immigration Judge orders
Notice to Appear in Immigration Court
Criminal Docket Sheets & Arrest Records
Ask QuestionsIt is best to come prepared to your consultation with a list of questions you wish to have answered during the session. Be sure to ask all of these questions and take notes when necessary.
Follow-up with AttorneyAfter the consultation, be sure to keep all notes and quotes from the meeting. If you are looking to later retain the attorney, at next contact, remind the attorney of the previous consult and your intentions moving forward.