The priority of every case is different. Therefore as clients it is your duty to ensure that you choose the most suitable immigration officer who can help you with your case. Here are a few evaluation questions you can ask yourselves before you make a decision:
Do I even need a lawyer or expert to help me?
This is a very important question
that you need to ask yourself. Sometimes your case may be so trivial that you can fix it by slapping a Band-Aid on it yourself. But be absolutely sure that it is easily fixable. If you have any grey areas that might possibly be beyond your skills to fix, don’t hesitate to bring in the big guns. Winging it with help of friends and online forums are not an option. They will do you more harm than good. Nobody can replace a good lawyer and expert when they are needed. If you can’t answer all of the following questions then you need to either get the answer yourself or hire a specialist you can trust.
There are a few points you need to look for when you talk to your immigration officer. You need to figure out if you are talking to the right person who can handle your case, the time required for the entire process and the clarity of the information you provide to your officer.
During the phone interview make sure that you get the following information:
Do I get a free consultation?
We believe no legal advice come free. If a law firm is offering you free consultation, it is most likely more of a sales pitch rather than legal advice. A good legal consultation progresses in the following stages: 30 minutes of taking your immigration history after which your legal officer will provide you with sound legal advice to your problems based on his vast experience. He will provide a detailed appraisal of your case including its strengths, its weaknesses, and your prospects of moving your case forward. At the end they should be able to give you a fixed fee amount. In short, after a legal consultation, you will be aware of the nature of your case, your options, your prospects of success, the time frame of completion and the cost for completion. If the ‘free’ consultation that you are getting is missing any of these points, it is just a sales pitch.
Please note that the information is written only to inform our clients of their legal rights and don´t contain any detailed advice to any certain specified question. For more up to date information, questions and comments please contact us.