As Politics Are Heating Up, Now is the Time to Speak With an Immigration Lawyer
Posted on: September 2, 2015
As an immigration lawyer, we are paying attention to a lot of the speeches being made by presidential candidates. While the election is not until next year, the policy proposals being made regarding immigration could have significant consequences depending on who is elected. Immigration reform has been a hotly debated issue for years in the United States but never has it played such a key role in the political debate as it is today. While there is no way for us to know who will be elected president in 2016 or what their immigration policy will look like, what is clear is the uncertainty.The not knowing is what makes it so important to hire an immigration lawyer now while the rules are clearly established and understood. Otherwise, you are taking a risk that immigration laws or general public policy will change and that those changes will not be in your favor.There are several reasons to consult with an immigration lawyer now, including:If you are here on a Green Card and want to change status. This can be a complicated process, and it must be handled in a specific fashion to ensure that you have the best opportunity for becoming a citizen or permanent resident alien. Working with a lawyer is critical for ensuring that all of the paperwork is filed correctly and within the necessary timeframes.If you are here illegally. Remember that when you speak with an immigration lawyer, the meeting and everything you say is confidential. That means that you can visit our office to discuss your case, without fearing that INS will be called, and you will be deported as a result. We can work with you to develop a plan that provides you with the best opportunity to remain in the United States, and to do so legally. Each situation is completely different so the best way to find out what your options are, is to schedule a consultation.If your child was born here but you are here illegally. This is one of the specific issues being debated by presidential candidates. Some are even debating the legality of birth-right citizenship. As such, it is important that you speak with an immigration lawyer now to discuss your options. This is a complex, and often difficult, situation to be in and we can provide you with legal advice that is in the best interest of your family while answering any questions that you may have.Whether you are dealing with these immigration issues or are a U.S. citizen and have a family member that wants to come, visit our office to learn how we can help. Our suggestions here are not to spread a doomsday message but to make it clear that any time a new administration is elected, there will be changes. Since there is no way to guarantee what those changes will be or to determine if they will negatively impact you, it is best to start working with an attorney now, before the 2016 elections.