The immigration process in the United States can be incredibly difficult to navigate. An experienced immigration attorney can be a very helpful resource for anyone unfamiliar with the rules and regulations concerning entering the US legally, seeking asylum, or applying for citizenship. At the Law Offices of Robert Tsigler, PLLC, we strive to provide our prospective clients with as much detailed information as possible to help them approach difficult legal matters concerning immigration with greater confidence.
Keep the following tips in mind no matter what phase of the immigration process you are attempting to navigate. Remember to contact an immigration attorney if you require legal assistance with any aspect of the US immigration process for the best chance of securing the result you hope to see.
Have Family Members File Several Visa Petitions
If you intend to apply for a green card or any immigration visa, eligible family members can petition on your behalf. Having multiple family members file visa petitions in your name could help you avoid complications if one of them is delayed or denied. Multiple visa petitions filed on your behalf reduce the risk of delays in processing your visa application, ultimately streamlining the entire immigration process in some cases. Consult with your immigration attorney to determine which family members are most likely to be eligible to file visa petitions on your behalf.
Keep Copies of All Documentation
It’s common for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to have trouble locating the paperwork you previously filed. Protect yourself and your immigration process by retaining copies of all of your immigration paperwork. If you must mail documentation to the USCIS, make a copy of every page before mailing your paperwork and only send it to the USCIS via certified mail. You should also arrange for a return receipt and keep this receipt with your paperwork as proof that you mailed your documentation as required by US immigration law.
Notify the USCIS of Every Address Change
Any immigrant who remains in the United States for more than 30 days has a legal duty to notify the USCIS if their address changes after these 30 days have expired. You must submit a notification of your address change within 10 days of your address changing, and the notification submission should include separate notifications for each member of your family. You can use USCIS Form A-11 to submit an address change notification by mail or complete the process online.
Never Miss a USCIS Appointment
The US immigration process is notoriously time-consuming and complex, and applicants are more likely than not to experience some delay with the process. If you have an appointment with the USCIS, make every effort to appear on time and prepared with all the materials required for your appointment. In most cases, a late or missed appearance can result in significant delays in your immigration process. Missing other meetings with the Citizenship and Immigration Service can potentially result in your deportation.
Never Violate the Terms of Your Immigration Visa
If you intend to request an extension or waiver for your visa or apply for citizenship, you must never violate your visa terms. Even a seemingly slight violation can significantly complicate your immigration process. Suppose you break the law in any way or severely violate the terms of your visa. In that case, you may be unable to continue with your immigration process and may face deportation or even imprisonment. Closely examine the terms of your immigration visa and do not violate these terms under any circumstances.
Know the Value of Legal Counsel
If you encounter a significant issue with your immigration process, are accused of violating the terms of your visa, or miss an appointment with the USCIS, it is vital to know how to protect yourself from the possible penalties for these infractions. An experienced immigration attorney can be invaluable to anyone in this situation.
A reliable immigration lawyer can help you navigate the complex documentation requirements for seeking asylum, green card approval, or citizenship. We have extensive experience working with clients facing difficult immigration cases and can help you determine the best approach to whatever immigration problem you are currently facing.
At the Law Offices of Robert Tsigler, PLLC, we understand how demanding the US immigration process can be, and we strive to provide compassionate and responsive legal representation to anyone experiencing administrative or legal difficulties with their immigration processes. Contact the Law Offices of Robert Tsigler, PLLC, today for more information about how our firm can assist with your immigration process.