Towards the end of an initial consultation meeting a prospective client asked me, “So what added value do you bring to the case as an immigration attorney?” This was a very nice question for the prospect to ask, so I recapped our discussion to show how we would add substantial value to his family’s case.
Early on in our discussion I pointed out some things they were not doing that could cause the family trouble and some quick alternatives. We identified one aspect of the case that could be a problem and how to solve this problem with resources that they had and why it should be taken care of now and not to delay. None of these solutions involved hiring our office, but each of them would make their live a little better at no additional cost.
I used those examples, along with the fact that we take care of the paperwork, make sure the case is proceeding according to all requirement and stated time frames. We prepare our clients for their interviews and we attend the interview with the clients. Generally speaking we:
1. Develops a winning theory for your petition.
The most important task for an attorney is to develop a winning theory for your petition. Where is your case strongest and what problems does your case have. Every case has problems. The way to win the case is to show how the problems do not keep you from getting your benefit.
2. Outlines and evaluates the necessary evidence.
The key to winning any case is the proper development and presentation of evidence for each and every element. Just like we said above each case has strong point and problems, We need to document the strong point and provide evidence and law to show how you win, even with the problems..
3. Combine factual evidence and the law to show eligibility.
Each case has the unique story. Because each person’s case and facts are different the way the evidence and law must be presented are different for each case. An experience immigration attorney knows the specific requirements that a consulate or immigration official are looking for. The attorney then takes your evidence, the law, and the official’s requirements into consideration when making the strongest case possible. The combination of one and two above.
4. Represents you before the government.
An immigration attorney will represent you before the government if it is the consulate official or the immigration official and explain why you are eligible to be a treaty investor. The immigration attorney will explain the issues that are important to your petition and will prepare you for the interview. Both USCIS and the consulates handle visas and status in their own way, so it is important that you are represented by an immigration attorney is experienced in these matters.
5. Ensures the government paperwork was done properly.
It is not very unusual for the government to make mistakes on the approval paperwork. If this paperwork is not analyzed thoroughly it may have an adverse effect on any subsequent petition. The experienced immigration attorney, knows what to look for to ensure future petitions are not hampered by government mistakes.
It is not as dramatic as a TV show court room, but that is the way our clients like it. We take care of their immigration, so they can take care of each other and their lives.
If you would like to see if we can make your immigration situation simpler, please call my office to set up a time to discuss your situation with me and we will see what we can do for you. If we are not a good fit, I will be happy to recommend several other attorneys you can speak to about your situation.