A Hemet, CA Immigration Attorney, John Mansfield, explains:
If you are interested at all in immigration law, you’ve probably asked yourself, “Why Do I Need a Lawyer For An Immigration Matter?” Well, there are several reasons. For one thing, an immigration lawyer handles immigration law every day.
So does the Federal Government, by the way!
They have attorneys and well-trained officials who are there to represent their interests. And their interests are usually not the same as yours. You need someone working for your interests. An experienced immigration lawyer will know the forms and supporting documents and have a relationship with the court staff and the agency personnel.
Remember, you are not negotiating a car sale, immigration law is real-world stuff, with huge implications to your lifestyle and you need someone with that kind of real-world, immigration experience.
If you don’t know the case laws, statutes, regulations, procedural protocols, even a routine immigration matter can become up a nightmare for you. Whether your case is in court or outside of court, you are at a serious disadvantage if you don’t have a qualified, experienced immigration lawyer representing you for each stage of the process.
A denial, either from a court-related immigration matter or outside of court, can be absolutely life-ruining. It can be financially costly, time-consuming, and emotionally draining.
Immigration lawyers also have success records – most of the family-based Green Card cases at my office have a 99% success rate.
Still, think you want to do this alone?
Hopefully, this is been helpful, and remember: know your rights before you undertake something as important as immigration law.