Your first meeting with an immigration attorney is an important opportunity to discuss the details of your case and establish a plan of action. It is important to come prepared with the necessary documents and information to make the most out of the meeting.
In particular, you should come prepared with the following:
- Background Information:
Be prepared to provide your attorney with a detailed background of your situation, including your current immigration status, any previous immigration applications you have filed, and any criminal or immigration-related charges or convictions.
This information will help your attorney to understand your case and determine the best course of action. Give the attorney as much information as possible -- good or bad. Do not try to conceal any information from your attorney; if past misdeeds or other misrepresentations are discovered, you might lose your case because you lied and could end up in deportation proceedings. Whatever you say to your attorney is confidential, but don’t expect your attorney to lie for you.
During the first meeting with your attorney, you will want to discuss your eligibility for the specific type of immigration case you are pursuing and ask your attorney if you meet the requirements for that type of case. If you are not eligible for the type of case you are pursuing, your attorney may be able to suggest alternative options.
Discuss the timeline of your case, including any deadlines or time constraints that are associated with it. This will help your attorney to prioritize your case and plan accordingly.
- Documents and Evidence:
Be prepared to provide your attorney with any relevant documents and evidence that support your case, such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, employment letters, your CV, visas or visa applications, passports, letters from USCIS, any documents you were given when you entered the United States, and any other documents that demonstrate your qualifications for the type of case you are pursuing.
Discuss the attorney's fees, and any additional costs you may incur as part of the immigration process, such as filing fees. Make sure you understand the attorney's billing process and when you will be expected to pay.
Establish a clear line of communication with your attorney and discuss how often you will be updated on the status of your case. Make sure you have a way to contact your attorney and that they have a way to contact you in case of an emergency or urgent matter.
If you are interested in learning more about your immigration options, or if you need assistance in pursuing citizenship, a green card, or a visa, contact the Scott Law Firm to schedule your first meeting with an immigration attorney today!