The process of migrating to another country, especially countries with very stringent and strict immigration laws like the United States, involves strictly following a specific set of rules and processes. This is because the slightest infractions of these rules and processes can jeopardize your chances of successfully migrating to your host country. This is very true in almost all states in America because, given that it is the federal government that determines the general principles in immigration laws, state governments only "pattern" their immigration policies after the federal government's immigration policies. This means that whether you are in New York or in Phoenix Arizona, you would still have to go through the same process with regard to immigration. Given this, you need to get the services of an immigration lawyer who can effectively guide you during the whole process.
Advantages of getting an immigration lawyer
One of the biggest advantages that you can get when you hire an immigration lawyer is that you can have access to the appropriate legal advice that you need when you apply for citizenship or immigrant status in your host country. In addition, an immigration lawyer can also give you guidance on the immigration laws and rules of your host country or locality, which can help you avoid violating immigration laws and rules and do not jeopardize your application. Lastly, an immigration lawyer can also help defend you in legal proceedings in case you do commit a violation.
However, you should not be fully dependent on your immigration lawyer for all your immigration needs because he or she can only do so much and cannot stay with you every minute to tell you what or what not to do. Given this, you need to make it a point to have some knowledge of the immigration laws and rules of your host country to guide you on what you are supposed to do and what you are not. Additionally, some knowledge of immigration laws can also give you a certain level of peace of mind because having no knowledge at all can make you very paranoid about very action you take.
Given the strict immigration policies of some countries like the U.S., immigrants would do well to hire an immigration lawyer to help them during the whole application process for citizenship or immigrant status. However, immigrants would also do well to gain basic knowledge of immigration laws so that they can avoid violating immigration laws that their immigration lawyer may have neglected to discuss with them.