Frequently Asked Questions

How can an Immigration Lawyer help you?

An immigration lawyer can help you in the following ways:

  • Analyze the facts of your case thoroughly.
  • Explain all the benefits for which you may be eligible.
  • Recommend the best ways for you to obtain legal status.
  • Complete and submit your applications properly.
  • Stay current on the new laws that affect you.
  • Avoid delays and problems with your case whenever possible.
  • Discuss the status of your case with you.
  • Speak for you in discussions with the Immigration (CIS) or represent you in court.
  • File necessary appeals and waivers.

What is a Consultation?

A consultation is a confidential meeting with an attorney . At this meeting you will have an opportunity to fully explain your situation, and the attorney may be able to offer you strategies and options. Timelines and the basis for any fees are also discussed at this time. Depending on how well prepared you are, the attorney may be able to give you advice on how to proceed on your own, which could be very important when time is of the essence. Even if you do not decide to hire the attorney, the information you discussed is subject to the lawyer-client privilege, so complete and honest explanations are best. The consultation is your chance to find out more about the lawyer and his or her experience. Be wary of any lawyers who tell you that they can guarantee success or that they have never lost a case. Ask tough questions, and ask for references if you feel you need more information. At the conclusion of the consultation, if you and the attorney decide to work together, you will be asked to sign a retainer agreement and in most cases, to make a deposit to begin the case.

How can I Prepare for a Consultation?

First of all, bring all of your documents! Especially important is your passport and copies of any petitions that you have filed (or that have been filed for you). It is a good idea to write down the questions that you want to discuss. If you have questions about the lawyers experience in a certain area, be sure to ask. You might do some background reading or research on the web about the various types of visa options that apply to your case. If you take time to do this, you can save time (and in some cases money) in the long run. You will be able to work with the lawyer to obtain the best possible solution in your case.

Must I Report Address Changes?

Aliens in any status in the U.S. have always been required to report address changes to Immigration (now CIS). Regulations (8 C.F.R. Sec. 265) were changed which makes the requirement much more serious. There are civil monetary penalties for willful failures to report. Even unintentional failure to file a change of address may put the alien at risk of being placed in removal proceedings and ordered removed in absentia under (Immigration Act ) section 240(b)(5) of the Act if the alien fails to appear at a scheduled hearing.

Address changes are reported on form AR-11, which can be obtained from the CIS website: www.uscis.gov

Do I need an Immigration Lawyer for My Case?

Possibly. CIS (INS) does not require applicants to use attorneys. However you may want assistance . It’s your choice. You want to be sure that your application is processed as quickly and correctly as possible. Yet, it is difficult to be “sure” about this when you cannot ask anyone a question about whether what you prepared is sufficient. An immigration lawyer can take the time to go over the application, and to answer your questions all along the way. INS officers just cannot do this. Many people do file on their own. In the end, it is your choice.

What about Notarios and Private Consultants?

Possibly. CIS (INS) does not require applicants to use attorneys. However you may want assistance . It’s your choice. You want to be sure that your application is processed as quickly and correctly as possible. Yet, it is difficult to be “sure” about this when you cannot ask anyone a question about whether what you prepared is sufficient. An immigration lawyer can take the time to go over the application, and to answer your questions all along the way. INS officers just cannot do this. Many people do file on their own. In the end, it is your choice.

What Our Clients Say

  • “After a U.S. Senator could not help us get out of our country, someone told our friend in Port Townsend to contact Seifert Law Offices to help. The office immediately started my case. In less than a month the paper work was done and we were out of Guinea by January 2001. Had we not obtained the visas and stayed in Guinea we would not be alive to tell this story. Thank God we are now in the States, united with our daughter, sound and safe and thank God for Seifert Law Offices.”

    Anonymous – Immigration Client
  • “From the bottom of our hearts, my daughter and I thank Lisa Ellen Seifert and Seifert Law Offices for winning my case and all their help and for being there for us every time we needed them the most!”

    Immigration Case
  • “I recommend Seifert Law Offices to anyone seeking to get a visa but is having problems with INS. Seifert Law Offices is very understanding and kind in dealing with their clients. This office has many years of experiences in cases relating to immigration. And, above all, client’s success is the Seifert Law Offices top priority.”

    Anonymous – Family Case

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