Why Hire An Immigration Lawyer When Applying For A Visa?

By Published On: December 2, 2022Categories: Vlog, Immigration

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Why Hire An Immigration Lawyer When Applying For A Visa?

Why should you hire an immigration lawyer? You need the right professionals to help you with your application. Like any practiced individual, an immigration lawyer is a professional who handles the most complicated things for you. 

Things can get messy when you don’t have the proper support. It’s just like taking your relative to a doctor who knows how to operate and not to anyone else.

Take the case of a 46-year-old individual as an example. This individual married an American citizen ten years ago. The partner physically and emotionally abused the said informant and was restricted from communicating with the family abroad. A few months ago, the client separated from an American citizen and applied for a Battered Spouse Waiver Visa. They didn’t hire an attorney, and eventually, the case was denied. The reason is a lack of evidence because they didn’t know they could use the conversations, photos, and witnesses they had.

Now, they are curious whether they can still reapply for the waiver. They also want to know what things they can do to increase the chance of approval this time. Fortunately, this person can apply again. But this time, they need a legal counselor to guide and support them throughout the process.

A Competent And Experienced Immigration Lawyer Will Be Able To Help You Begin Your U.S. Immigration Case Effectively

What Is An Immigration Lawyer?

An immigration lawyer is a legal professional focused on Visa or Green Card applications. But their job continues beyond there. They also act as your representatives, ready to help, advise, and support you in the whole process.

They understand what immigration expects and the federal administrative procedure you must comply with. When applying for a Green Card, you’ll need to prove to the Government and their laws that you deserve residency. That’s when you need a supporter beside you, and that’s an immigration lawyer.

Lincoln-Goldfinch Law addresses some questions regarding Visa applications and why you should hire a legal adviser to help you with it. You’ll also find out some answers regarding a deportation-related case and Green Card renewal.

Immigration Lawyer Vs Notary

Most people get advice from notaries, especially when their Visa gets denied. They seek suggestions and ask questions to notaries about what’s wrong with their application or what they can do next. The thing is, notaries have different meanings in Spanish and English. And truth be told, notaries are different from immigration lawyers.

In the United States, a notary is not a lawyer, has not studied law, and needs to qualify as a legist. They can only notarize documents; that’s it. They don’t even know how to handle DACA or adjustment of status applications. If you want to save time and reduce errors on your application, hire a lawyer rather than a notary.

A Visa attorney is for Green Card applications, while a notary is for legalizing documents only

Why Should You Hire An Immigration Lawyer?

Most people who apply for a U.S. residency rely on the Internet when finding answers to their immigration questions. They get the list of requirements, forms, and processes online. They always say they have everything they need to apply, only to find out they will be denied. Little did they know that immigration firms exist for particular clients who want to get on the right track.

There are a couple of reasons why hiring a legal guardian when applying for a Visa is beneficial.

Document Preparation & Submission

One of the common mistakes of Visa applicants is that they fail to submit particular documents. For instance, they filed their application without the report of medical examination, which is required by immigration. Likewise, some fail to file their application within the deadline or fail to pay Government fees.

Failure to pay filing fees results in immediate rejection of your application. Additionally, there are still a few more specific requirements you need to comply with depending on your application. If you’re unsure what documents to gather, forms to submit, or procedures to take, you better ask a lawyer. They can guide you in filling out the form to reduce errors and advice on collecting other supporting evidence related to your case.

Authorized, Trained, & Licensed

Another great thing about getting yourself a Visa attorney is that you don’t have to worry about their authenticity. All legal professionals serving Visa applicants have studied legal education and passed the bar exam. For long, fruitful years, they learned about the ins and outs of laws together with immigration compliance. 

The U.S. Government allows them to practice their profession just like any professional. An immigration lawyer for immigration issues, a criminal lawyer for criminal cases, and a family lawyer for family concerns.

Offers Resources & Institutional Knowledge

Law firms offering immigration assistance also have the resources and institutional knowledge they can share with others. These resources and expertise are what you need to kickstart your Green Card application. Likewise, they have a network of people practicing immigration law. This makes them a rich and helpful source of support when it comes to various issues surrounding immigration.

Why An Immigration Case Is Complicated?

One primary reason you should also hire an immigration lawyer is because immigration case is so complicated. There are 50+ immigration laws you need to check when applying for a Visa. It’s a legal framework that only a practiced individual can comprehend.

Besides, some of these laws are old, and you need someone to interpret them in a way that’s relevant to your case. Failure to comply with these policies and regulations can hurt your residency application.

A legal counselor helps aspiring immigrants understand each law and how they can better prepare their application package. You can’t just search the Internet for these laws because the interpretation matters.

Can You Still Apply Even If You Have A Deportation History?

When applying for U.S. residency and you have a deportation history, you must consult a professional to talk about it. You need to know the consequences and potential challenges you may encounter throughout the process.

But for your lawyer to give you solutions, you must be honest with your history because it presents risks. They will learn more about your previous deportation, including your family, history, date of deportation, and a few more factors. The answer to this question relies on all these factors, but it doesn’t mean it’s impossible. It’s possible, but you need to seek and consult a legal immigration adviser first before doing anything else. This way, you can save yourself from getting deported again.

How Long Do You Need To Wait For Reapplication Of The  Denied Visa?

After you submit your documents for the Green Card application and it’s denied, you need to know the reason. It’s not too late to seek help from a lawyer. They will find out the response from immigration regarding your case. But typically, you can still try again upon evaluating your case.

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Suppose unpaid or wrong fees, outdated applications, or missing signatures. In that case, there’s no time limit to apply again. But this time, it’s better to talk to Lincoln-Goldfinch Law to save yourself from risks. This way, you can save money and time and prevent yourself from putting your address out there.

Why Should You Hire An Immigration Lawyer When Renewing Residency?

Aside from Green Card Visa applications, some people also try to renew their residency independently. Or through the help of their relatives living in the United States. They do not consult an attorney just because they think they know what to do. But truth be told, renewing your residency might seem simple, but it still requires thorough preparation.

First of all, you should know that immigration policies keep on changing. For instance, forms expire, and the one you submitted years ago might not be valid anymore. U.S. immigration tends to release new forms yearly, and their fees can also change. That’s when you need the help of a professional. Their guidance on filing the form with accuracy will help you navigate your renewal process. They are updated with these changes and can be beneficial if you want to save resources.

Meanwhile, if your renewal takes too long, some factors could affect the process. And suppose you don’t know what to do. In that case, it’s time to seek a lawyer because it might be another immigration situation that needs attention.


If this is your first time applying for a Visa or your second time trying due to a denied application, an immigration professional can help you. Green Card applications can be challenging and demanding, and you can’t just search the Internet for some anecdotal answers. Lincoln-Goldfinch Law attorneys exist to give immigration solutions to aspiring immigrants who need them. They have a team of professionals who aim to give you and your loved ones peace of mind.

If you have additional questions about your immigration case, or your specific case, you may contact us at (855) 502-0555. After a brief 10-minute evaluation of your case over the phone, we will let you know what options you have. You can also follow us on our social networks so you don’t miss our weekly broadcasts on Facebook, YouTube and Twitch.

About the Author: Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch

I am the managing partner of Lincoln-Goldfinch Law. Upon graduating from the University of Texas for college and law school, I received an Equal Justice Works Fellowship in 2008, completed at American Gateways. My project served the detained families seeking asylum. After my fellowship, I entered private immigration practice. My firm offers family-based immigration, such as green cards and naturalization, deportation defense, and humanitarian cases such as asylum, U Visa, and VAWA. Everyone at Lincoln-Goldfinch Law is bilingual, has a connection to our cause, and has demonstrated a history of activism for immigrants. To us, our work is not just a job.

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