Immigration can become an extremely complex process. With constant changes in immigration regulation, expert advice and guidance are recommended in many cases. In some cases, it is essential.
What is an Immigration Lawyer?
An immigration lawyer is an independent practitioner. They do not work for the immigration services but are well versed in the law surrounding the processes. Some lawyers may specialise in immigration, some may specialise in a certain stage of the process or even a particular immigration programme.
As immigration law and legislation differ from country to country, you will also find lawyers dedicated to particular countries or regions.
In investment immigration, an immigration lawyer will represent your best interests as an investor and not the investment vehicle. It is important to have an independent lawyer representing you and only you.
When Should I Contact an Immigration Lawyer?
When looking to migrate to another country, it is always advised to take at a bare minimum consultation with an immigration lawyer. It may not always be necessary to have the whole process overseen, although a consultation will eliminate the need if your case is straightforward.
Most lawyers will offer a consultation for a small fee. If it is likely that you will need to plead a case for your acceptance, it is almost inevitable that a lawyer will be a valuable asset to your success.
If you are having difficulty obtaining the type of citizenship you require, an immigration lawyer can help you get your applications in order. With some more complex programmes, such as immigration by investment, a lawyer is a necessity.
The paperwork and processes in these more complex programmes can be extremely drawn-out, taking sometimes years to complete. A presiding specialist lawyer will ensure that all correct documentation is present when, and where it needs to be. As a point of contact, your immigration lawyer also serves as a go-between for you and the relevant authorities.
It is important to have a lawyer in place who is representing you and no one else, throughout the process, even when it seems the process can be done on your own. Many times, individuals will start an immigration process on their own and later take up a lawyer when they realize how complex the immigration process can be.
What Does the Lawyer Need from Me?
Your lawyer will likely need basic civil documentation such as passports, birth certificates, and marriage certificates. They will also need any documentation relating to the matter or notices from the immigration office and in relevant circumstances a copy of your criminal record.
In short, your lawyer will require your cooperation in providing all documentation requested by the governing authority.
How Much Will It Cost?
Lawyer’s fees vary dependent on the timescales required and the complexity of the process and application. This will almost always fall down to a case-by-case basis as no two circumstances are ever really the same. A lawyer will be able to provide you an estimate on cost upon hearing about your particular situation and gaining a better understanding of what will be required of them.
Although the cost may sometimes be substantial, the margin for error is greatly decreased meaning over the entire process, you’ll save time, money and greatly reduce the risk of an unsuccessful application.
It is estimated an immigration lawyer will save you between three-and-eight-weeks processing time at a minimum. Resubmissions can become time-consuming and sometimes costly. With an expert handling your case, the process will be as efficient and smooth as it can be.