If you’re looking to obtain permanent residence in the United States, you may think it’s more or less an administrative matter between yourself and United Citizenship and Immigration Services. You may think of it like applying for a permit for anything else, whether it concerns owning a firearm or putting an addition on your home. Won’t hiring a lawyer only complicate things even further? The reality is that an experienced and qualified immigration attorney can provide vital information amidst a web of hearsay and speculation and keep you and your family from being taken advantage of during what can be a rather long process.
Experience to Advise
An experienced immigration lawyer who understands the ins and outs of the Green Card application process can help you navigate the most challenging parts. They will start off by helping you determine your eligibility, and they will continue to advise you from there. It’s important to remember that lawful permanent residence and naturalization are not the same things, and you must possess a Green Card for five years before applying for naturalization, three years if you’re married to a United States citizen.
Say “No” to Notarios: Reputation Is Everything
The immigrant community is rife with dishonest “legal guides,” often referred to as notarios who, if given the opportunity, will take advantage of eager and unsuspecting immigrants by extracting whatever money they can from them, acting unlawfully on their behalf and never providing any real service. Often using false advertising and fraudulent contracts, notarios hold themselves out as qualified to help immigrants obtain lawful status, or to perform legal functions such as drafting wills or other legal documents. In order to protect yourself from these predators, you can contact a legal advocacy group or the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration.
You’ve worked too hard to have your dreams derailed by dishonesty and misinformation. Talk to an experienced and reputable immigration attorney who can effectively guide you through every step of the Green Card application process.
Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC’s esteemed immigration lawyer Michael Noriega is standing by to help New Jersey’s immigrants with their legal needs. Mr. Noriega has a long and successful history of ensuring fair treatment of the state’s immigrant population. Call now for a free consultation about obtaining a Green Card, securing a visa or fighting deportation.