Why Hire an Immigration Lawyer?
Is a Lawyer Really Necessary?
Thank you for visiting our website. You are here because you are considering hiring an immigration lawyer to help with an issue you, a family member or a friend is having and you are wondering why you should hire an immigration lawyer to help with your situation. Is it really necessary? Is it worth it? The answer to both questions is YES.
At The Law Offices of Lloyd E. Bennett, Esq., P.C. we concentrate in immigration and naturalization Law. Our firm has been licensed to practice Law by the State of New Jersey and the U.S. Federal Courts since 1987. We are trained to recognize and solve complicated immigration issues in light of the constantly changing immigration laws as noted in our blog posts.
When hiring a firm to help with an immigration issue price should be the determining factor. You should verify that the firm is actually a law firm licensed and practicing law in the U.S. Law firms are held to a ethical standard and are governed by their State Bar Associations. There are many non-law firm immigration internet providers who help complete forms and promises a lawyers review prior to mailing the application for a very low fee. What you need to understand is that USCIS requires a lawyer or an accredited representative to sign his/her name on the forms telling USCIS that they helped you. These providers are required to have a lawyer sign the form. The problem is that you may never speak to the lawyer and the review is done at the conclusion of the online application process and not before.
At our firm our lawyers and our trained paralegals are the ones who initially review your immigration history, make suggestions, gather the required documents, assist in the form completion and explain the interview process. We will never simply allow you to complete forms without a prior case review. We pledge to be with you the entire way as your success is our success. We are always available to explain the process and answer your questions.
Why Hire Lloyd Bennett, Esq.
Lloyd Bennett is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the largest organized group of immigration lawyers in the United States. The firm receives daily updates from this organization regarding the rapidly changing immigration landscape. We frequently attend seminars and meetings with governmental officials both in New Jersey and in Washington DC. Lloyd Bennett, Esq. is a former chapter chair of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and has remained active in the organization. The N.J. Chapter is in constant communication with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS); the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR); Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Office of the Principal Legal Advisors (OPLA) giving us a unique perspective and access to officials who make decisions. As a result, we have an ability to spot trends and understand proposed changes before they become law. This knowledge allows us to navigate on behalf of our clients, in this ever changing field of law.
Confidentiality and Trust
We will guide you through the entire lengthy, complex process. We use a comprehensive electronic immigration case management program that allows us to seamlessly process our cases and provides our clients with a web based portal. The portal allows our clients to track the progress of their cases and allows for the uploading of documents and information necessary to complete USCIS filings. Once we are retained, we will grant access to the program so that you can assist us while we complete the forms required. However, you must be willing to fully engage with us and provide the information we need to prepare a successful application.
Immigration Law is Complex We Offer Clear Options, if Available
- We cannot accept every case that is presented. Some situations cannot be solved without great personal risk to the individuals or other family members involved. We will explore that risk and offer options, if available.
- When we are hired we offer plain understandable retainers, fair prices for our legal work and do not hide fees. The majority of our clients are referred by other satisfied clients in our community.
- The firm has successfully assisted hundreds of businesses, firms, and individuals to simplify the complex immigration process. Our clients include Fortune 500 corporations, major foreign multi-national companies, local corporations and thousands of satisfied individuals.
If you, a family member, business associate or a friend wishes to enter or remain in the United States legally for work or school, temporarily or permanently, we encourage you to consult with or refer them to our office. All information given to us is always confidential, and law prohibits us from disclosing it to others.
Experienced & Proven Success Since 1987
Personally Assisted Thousands of Individuals
Tens of Millions Recovered for Our Clients
Q:I live in the US and I am marrying a US citizen. How can I get a green card and become a permanent resident?
A:Assuming you have entered the US with a visa or are protected by an old law called 245i, you may be eligible to adjust status to receive a green card from within the US. If you have been illegally present for more than 6 months, you cannot travel until the green card is in hand. Current processing time is about 5-7 months.
Q:I am a fiancé(e) of a US citizen and I am living outside the US. How can I enter the US to marry?
A:Your fiancée must apply for a Fiancée Visa, also known as the K-1 Visa. The visa is for parties who have physically met within the past two years, have an intent to marry, and can document a relationship together. The visa is only for those who are residing abroad and cannot be used if the alien is in the US. The application is filed from within the US and when approved, will be forwarded to the American Consular where the alien fiancée will apply for the visa and be interviewed by an officer - usually about 8-12 months from the date of filing.
Q:I live outside the US and I married a US citizen. How can I come to the US to live?
A:To enter the US after a marriage to a US Citizen, you would go through Consular Processing. Paperwork would be filed in the US and forwarded to the embassy abroad to schedule an interview. The processing time frame from start to finish is between 9-11 months, depending on the embassy abroad. The process is document-intensive and requires careful attention to detail.