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Getting Legal Advice from Immigration Attorneys

If you love to travel, and you especially love taking vacations and beautiful areas like the Finger Lakes, you need to make sure that you understand what the immigration requirements are for people who you hire who are foreign citizens or your personal travel depending on your nationality. Professional immigration help means you can get quality legal advice for whatever your issue might be. You can get legal advice from immigration attorneys to help you with travel matters, changes to your relationship, or work. 

Initial Advice

No matter what your situation is, you can always turn to immigration attorneys to get legal advice. There are plenty of situations where individuals might be unsure whether they are making the right decision or whether the document they are filling out is appropriate for their situation. Most resources online are very generic and provide information only about uncomplicated cut and dry or black and white situations.

For example, you might learn that travel visas are only valid for 90 days in the country you are visiting but find no information about what happens if you overstay.

In any of these situations, you can hire an attorney not necessarily as your legal representation in court but as a source of Legal Information and advice. They are still acting as your attorney which means you get confidentiality for everything you say, but instead of filling out forms for you, they just give you advice.

In the example above, you might be able to ask an attorney what would happen given the country in which you are staying and how long you have stayed there. They might give you advice that being only two days over your 90-day limit means you have to book your flight home and when you leave at Customs pay a small fine or they might inform you that the country in which you are visiting and have overstayed your welcome has very strict rules so you could potentially face a fine and jail time.

Information like this can be very useful in making sure that you fix a legal problem sooner rather than later.

Again, returning to that same example, getting initial advice from an immigration attorney might let you know that you need to go to the airport immediately rather than wait another week or two to hear back from the embassy.

Hiring good attorneys can help you when legal complications arise. Legal complications can come from many areas.

  1. You might have legal complications because you’re now married and that changes the status of your current visa and also means that you need a new visa for your new spouse.
  2. You might have had children recently or adopted children and now you need not only help from a family attorney but an immigration attorney who can help you facilitate a Visa or citizenship while also establishing parental rights.
  3. In other cases you might lose your job and now you need to know how long you have to find another job or leave the country, and what type of status you have during that interim.
  4. Some legal complications come from criminal activity. If you are currently on things like a work visa or green card in America and you get convicted of a crime, depending on how serious that crime was it might be grounds for deportation. Serious felonies might be grounds for not only being deported but not being allowed back to the United States for a specific length of time.

In any of these cases or other cases you can get reliable legal advice from an immigration attorney about matters like extending your Visa, applying for citizenship, getting a marriage visa, what documents do you need for a different visa, and when you need to fill out new forms.

How attorneys charge

If you choose to hire an immigration attorney for initial advice or help down the line because of complications, they will typically charge you a flat fee depending on the service they are offering. For more complicated cases  they might charge you an hourly rate based on the amount of work they do. The initial advice you get, if it comes from a consultation, might only cost you a few hundred dollars. After that, if you choose to hire that attorney, then any help they provide you for complications or legal advice thereafter will come at either that flat fee or hourly fee. You can ascertain which they will charge during the course of your consultation.

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