What Does an Immigration Lawyer Do?

Immigration LawyerImmigration law involves issues related to citizenship, green cards, refugee and asylum requests, deportation, and visas that allow people from other countries to visit the U.S. These are thorny and complex legal issues best handled by immigration lawyers, who are trained to understand all the existing laws and how they apply to specific situations. Here are some of the services that an immigration lawyer can provide you in a time of need.

An Immigration Lawyer Can Help In Obtaining Citizenship

Immigration lawyers have the expertise to help you apply for citizenship, which is a time-consuming and complicated process. In many instances, an incorrectly answered question on an application can delay the process for months, if not years. An immigration lawyer knows exactly how to complete each document required for a citizenship application, and can also offer services such as helping you study for the citizenship exam, advocating for you in court and petitioning for speedy approval in emergency circumstances.

Help Obtaining a Green Card

A permanent residence card – commonly known as a green card – gives you the same rights as a citizen with the exception of the right to vote. A green card is evidence that you are a lawful permanent resident with the right to live in the U.S. and obtain gainful employment. The green card approval process can be arduous, and there are many scam operatives who promise to help applicants get a green card, but end up stealing money and disappearing. Immigration lawyers can take you through the entire process and ensure that all your documents and supporting evidence are properly filed. They also often have relationships with immigration officials, so they know the types of questions that they will ask you at the interview session.

Represent People Facing Deportation

If you are facing deportation due to a legal issue, an immigration lawyer can represent your interests and present a case as to why you cannot be legally removed from the U.S. Overturning a deportation order requires a lot of hard work and a thorough knowledge of case law – expertise that qualified immigration lawyers have mastered.

Represent the Interests of An Asylum Seeker or Refugee

Immigration lawyers can also help people who are seeking asylum or people seeking refugee status. People seeking asylum have already entered the U.S and file an application to remain in the country because of fears that they will be persecuted or killed if they return to their home countries.

On the other hand, people seeking refugee status apply for entry into the U.S. from a country they wish to escape. But in order to receive asylum or refugee status, applicants must provide evidence of the persecution they face in their home country, and that the persecution is tied to their race, religion, nationality or participation in a political or social group.

This can be a complex legal issue best handled by an experienced immigration lawyer, because without establishing “reasonable fear of persecution,” this petition will be denied.

Advocates For Your Immigration Case

Whether you are applying for a residence visa, green card or citizenship, or whether you are a refugee or asylum seeker or a person who is being deported without cause, you must protect your rights by securing the services of an immigration lawyer. These cases are tough and require a thorough knowledge of immigration law. The team at Joubert Law Firm has spent years handling these difficult situations, and we can help you navigate through all the challenges. Please give us a call today at 225-761-3822 for a free legal consultation.

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