What to Bring to Your Consultation
Documentation: Bring all documentation related to your immigration matter. The more documentation you bring us, the easier it will be for us to accurately evaluate your immigration options.
Interpreters: If you cannot communicate in English, please bring someone with you who can interpret for you. Our office does have a native Spanish speaking attorney and our office staff speak Spanish. If you need a Spanish translator, please make sure and provide that information to our office at the time you schedule your consultation.
Your spouse, fiance or sponsor: If your immigration case is based on marriage to a US citizen, or employment through a US employer, we ask that you bring that person to the consultation.
What to Expect From an Immigration Consultation
We consider your initial consultation to be an examination of your case and your need for an immigration lawyer. Your immigration lawyer will:
–Obtain an in depth history of your immigration background
–Answer questions that you have about your immigration case
–Explain any immigration benefits for which you may qualify
–Plan an immigration strategy for success
–Provide you with a fee estimate. Generally our office will try to quote a flat fee. If that is not possible, we will explain our hourly rate and an estimate of the amount of hours we think will be needed.
Payment Options: Our office does offer payment plans as well as incentives to pay in full. As a general rule, our office requires a minimum of 50% down on the agreed upon fee. Monthly payments vary depending on the period of time expected to complete your case which can average around 6 months but can be longer for Court cases and other specialized cases.
What NOT to Expect During an Immigration Consultation
Our attorneys cannot review your paperwork for completeness or accuracy. If you have chose to handle your immigration case on your own, we can only provide you answers to specific questions regarding the application process.
Why can’t you quote me a fee to handle my case before a consultation?
EVERYONE’S IMMIGRATION CASE IS DIFFERENT. No matter what you may hear from your friends or online blogs, immigration cases are rarely straightforward. In order to evaluate the complexity of a case, we must first know your entire immigration history. While we try to provide consistent flat rate legal fees, we cannot adequately estimate the cost of your case without first meeting you, reviewing your documents and obtaining a firm understanding of the services needed for a successful outcome. Our office will typically charge a flat legal fee, which varies based on the facts and complexity of your case.
If you would like to arrange an immigration consultation, please call our office at (504) 581-5051 or (877) 581-5051. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.