When do I Need an Immigration Lawyer?

An immigration lawyer in the US is an attorney who specializes in immigration but works independently from the US immigration authorities. They can help to resolve issues with green cards, immigration status’s, US citizenship, visas and other factors.

There are of course issues which can be resolved without the need for an immigration lawyer, such as tourist visas. However, US immigration law is very complex, and for anything other than basic issues, immigration help from a lawyer is recommended.

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When you should call an Immigration Lawyer

Knowing your immigration rights in the US isn’t always straightforward, so there are some situations when you should be calling for an immigration attorney, including:

  • If you want to find about your eligibility for a green card or other immigration benefit

  • You are having problems in obtaining citizenship, USCIS green card or other immigration benefit

  • You have received notification that removal or deportation proceedings have been issued against you

  • You have had an immigration application denied

  • You are planning on moving to the US for work, but this has not helped you with the immigration process

  • You are applying for an investment based visa

  • You are in need of discretionary relief such as seeking asylum – or any situation where you need to persuade the immigration authorities to make an exception for you

  • You need emergency help with an immigration issue

  • You have already been deported from the US and are hoping to return

  • You have committed or been convicted of a criminal offence but wish to enter the US

  • You are having trouble filling in the immigration forms that are required

Your First Meeting

If you decide that an immigration lawyer would be able to help you in your particular circumstances, make an appointment to see one. Some of them will charge you a one off fee, whilst others might offer you a free first consultation. This is your chance to give them all the details – so make sure that you are brutally honest to enable them to help in the most effective way.

Make sure that you check what you need to you bring with you, when you are making your appointment. It will probably include identification documentation, immigration status documentation (such as your passport), marriage certificates, criminal records and any communication that you have had with the immigration authorities. It is a good idea to make copies of all of your documents should anything happen to the originals.

The lawyer will listen and ask questions and then advise you on where to go from there.  It is also recommended that you have a list of questions ready so that you take away any doubts that you might have.

The more organized and enthusiastic that you come across, the more likely the immigration lawyer is to want to help you – and of course put more effort into your case. Whilst the majority of immigration lawyers are 100% professional, it is difficult to want to help someone who doesn’t seem that bothered themselves.

Whether it is something as small as needing help filling out a form, or a bigger and more complex immigration matter, an immigration lawyer can help to ensure that everything goes to plan, and that you get the most satisfactory outcome that is possible.

When do I Need a Labor Lawyer?

Work is a big part of our life – it is, after all what allows us to live our lives in the manner (or as close to) that that we wish to. So when we get disputes at work, they can not only be very stressful and worrying, they can affect almost every aspect of our lives.

And it is not only employees that can be seriously be affected by workplace disputes, employers and businesses can also suffer. A labor or employment lawyer is a lawyer who is specialized in employment law and can help to resolve disputes between employers and employees – from either side.

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Unions

When an employee is part of a union, they are often given legal help to assist with their employee rights, and a labor lawyer can be used by an employer to be able to fairly negotiate with them. Likewise, if there is a threat of a strike or other major disruption, an employment attorney can help to settle these disagreements.

As an Employer…

For employers, you should consider consulting a labor lawyer if:

  • You are being faced with an unfair dismissal lawsuit

  • Your workers are threatening a strike

  • You want to dismiss an unsatisfactory union worker

As an Employee…

For employees, you should consider consulting a labor lawyer if:

  • You are wanting to file a lawsuit against your employee for any reason such as – unfair dismissal, overtime laws, unfair labor practices, breach of employee rights, breach of federal labor laws such as discrimination

  • You are contemplating strike action and are looking to try to negotiate terms

  • You feel that you have been wrongfully discharged

Not all workplace disputes end up in court and part of the job of an employment lawyer is to explain what options you have – regardless of which side you are on. It is possible to settle disputes out of court if done in the right way.

Meeting an Employment Attorney

Once that you have decided that you need an employment attorney, you should make an appointment to see one. Whilst you are making the appointment make sure that you first check what you need to bring with you.

These things might include identification documents, work history, a statement explaining why you contacted them in the first place, and useful information such as employee handbooks and a list of people who would be able to back up your claim.

Try to dress smartly to show that you mean business and it is a good idea to bring a list of questions that you would like to be answered. By showing that you are prepared, willing to offer information and enthusiastic, the more likely the lawyer will be to want to help you, and the more motivated they will be – it’s hard to get excited about someone else’s situation if they aren’t themselves, after all!

It is vital that you are completely honest with your lawyer, to enable them to put the best case forward for you, and unless you are telling them that you plan to do something illegal, what you tell them is absolutely confidential.

Workplace disputes are fairly common, but there are times when a lawyer needs to intervene. This can actually be very beneficial as it means that the dispute can be resolved once and for all. So if you have a problem with either an employer or employee, why not get in touch today?