"Immigration Questions?" by John Alcorn
|Posted on June 9th, 2015 by Admin istrator|
by John Alcorn
Immigration Specialist Attorney John Alcorn answers the most frequently asked questions. For more information, see contact information below.
Since 1980, when I began specializing my law practice in the area of U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law, people have asked me the questions listed below many times.
When a person has a legal matter involving U.S. immigration or nationality law, under what circumstances should she or he obtain representation of an immigration lawyer?
Many people seem to believe that so-called "simple" matters never require the services of an immigration lawyer, and that so-called "complicated" matters always require the services of an immigration lawyer, and that everything "in-between" can somehow be weighed on some kind of imaginary scale to determine whether the matter is "simple" or "complicated".
People often think a "simple" matter is something such as an application by a person who is visiting from abroad for an extension of time to remain in the U.S. Accordingly, they think this type of a "simple" matter never requires the services of an immigration lawyer. On the other hand, people also often think a "complicated" matter is something such as a deportation hearing in Immigration Court or an "employer-sponsored" application for permanent residence. Of course, they think that these types of "complicated" matters always require the services of an immigration lawyer.
Well, it is not ever just either “simple” or “complicated.” Because of the vast number of government functions that impact any immigration issue you may have, it is not ever “black or white.”
It is very important to understand from the beginning, there are, unfortunately, many separate U.S. government agencies and federal courts involved with Immigration or Nationality Law matters. During my many years of experience as an immigration lawyer, I have seen first-hand that some of the government employees who work at these agencies are often uncaring, inefficient and extremely bureaucratic. They sometimes lose people's files and documents, and applications can sit on shelves or in drawers for months and, in some cases, even years. Government employees in these agencies sometimes make decisions that are unfair, unintelligent or even, in some cases, contrary to law. Some government employees are rude or incompetent or both. In addition, each separate agency has its own forms, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures, many of which are extremely difficult to obtain.
I have seen many "simple" matters turn into nightmares of complications with horrible results. I have seen many "complicated" matters end up, amazingly, being quickly and fairly resolved. Predictions as to what will happen regarding any matter can often be incorrect. Accordingly, I truly believe that no matter can ever be labeled as "simple" or "complicated".
Considering all of this, my answer to "When a person has a matter involving U.S. immigration or nationality law, under what circumstances should she or he obtain representation of an immigration lawyer?" is: Always. Obtaining the services of an immigration lawyer always benefits a person in two very important ways: (1) it gives the person more power in dealing with the government than she or he would have without the immigration lawyer; and (2) it increases the probability that the final resolution of the case will be one which is positive rather then negative. There really is no question as to whether a person should obtain the services of an immigration lawyer -- an immigration lawyer's services should always be obtained.
Practicing law since 1973, John Alcorn has devoted 100% of his practice to immigration since 1980. As a Certified Specialist in Immigration and Naturalization Law, he has the knowledge and experience for any immigration issue you may encounter. Contact John Alcorn at 949-553-8529.
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