SIDEBAR: Finding a Reputable Immigration Lawyer

Reputable Immigration Lawyer tend to be members of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association or other reputable bar associations. Ask to see the lawyer’s membership certificate. The notarios engaging in the unauthorized practice of law are the ones who are dangerous. Promises of instant permanent resident status sounding to good to be true probably are not true. Finally, be cautious about excessive fees. What constitutes excessive may vary from person to person, but the attorney needs to justify his fees in accord with rules of professional ethics. Ask questions, and find out what is being done for the fees the lawyer is charging.