Last Updated: March 23, 2017 at 4:56 am
The US immigration process is complex and can be intimidating for the newcomer or visitor to the US. While there are many resources to help individuals going through the US immigration process, the process can be so complicated and expensive that many immigration applicants wonder whether they need to hire a US immigration attorney in order to apply for their needed immigration process.
The good news is that the USCIS makes it simple to apply for most immigration processes and even citizenship without a US immigration attorney. For example, if you want to apply for a US visa, such as a K-1 visa or the popular B-1 visa, you can simply visit the USCIS website, download the latest forms and instructions, and carefully follow the instructions in order to correctly file the forms. You can even apply for a green card or for citizenship this way, without the services of an attorney.
If you have trouble completing the forms or understanding the forms, there are many resources to help you. Some communities have organizations that help newcomers and these organizations often can offer language help that lets you fill out forms for the USCIS correctly. There are also private organizations that offer resources that can help you fill out immigration forms. Finally, your local library generally will have books about the immigration process that can help you.
While US immigration attorneys cost $100 to $300 and more an hour, there are times when you will want to consult with an attorney. For example, if there is something in your situation which may make it hard for you to get approved by the USCIS, you will need to speak with a US immigration attorney. For example, if you have been accused of a crime or have lived in the US as an undocumented immigrant, a US immigration attorney can be helpful in helping you find ways to overcome these potential barriers to immigration. As well, if your immigration petition is rejected or if the Department of Homeland Security or USCIS accuse you of doing something illegal, a US immigration attorney is very important; he or she can help you prove your innocence.