What does your agency do?
We are a Not-For-Profit Immigration legal services provider organization. As such, we only deal with Immigration law; our staff attorneys, paralegals and counselors are all regularly trained and updated in this field. We specialize in family based Immigration law and applications such as ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS (I-485), ALIEN RELATIVE PETITIONS (I-130), NATURALIZATION (N-400) AND GREEN CARD REPLACEMENT (I-90) and many more.
Why should we do our case with your agency?
Although there is no requirement that you use any organization or attorney/accredited representative to file your case, there are reasons why it makes common sense. 1) Any legitimate agency or attorney will file a Form known as a G-28 if they represent your interest as a petitioner, beneficiary or applicant. One of the best things about this is that the USCIS then has to send all appointments and receipts- any correspondence- to both you and our office. What this means in practical terms is that the chances of you not receiving a timely appointment are greatly lessened. This is of great importance in a field where even missing one appointment usually derails the application. ( Since USCIS fees shot up in 2007, this is also a way to ensure that your sizable investment in money and time is not lost.)
Secondly, and probably most importantly, submitting an Immigration filing is one of the most serious and important documents you will ever file. Outside of getting married and starting a family, becoming a legal permanent resident or citizen of our country is one of the most life changing experiences. The legal ramifications and far reaching consequences of an insufficient or botched application cannot be overemphasized. NTA’s (Notices To Appear) or Deportation notices are now issued much more readily on non-qualifying cases because of the extra personnel available. A consultation prior to filing with one of our staff is always a good idea. No appointment is necessary for consultations and they are free.
Lastly, all our agency does is Immigration work; our staff- attorneys, paralegals, supervisors, clerks- all practice only Immigration. What this means to you is that we keep up on current laws and procedures so that you don’t have to. In this way procedural errors are lessened for your application. Anyone can fill out Immigration forms, but knowing that they are done correctly is another story. Using taxes as an analogy, it’s always better to consult and file with an expert in the field to avoid unnecessary aggravation due to inexperience.
What are some of the other agencies that can help?
There is a group called AILA (American Immigration Lawyer’s Association) which can be a very good resource for many different types of cases. Always ask for a lawyer that specializes in your type of case whether it be a Labor Certification, Deportation/Removal Proceedings, Asylum Adjustment etc.
Non-profit groups such as ours are also available and a good way to contact them is to call the New York Immigration Hotline; they have a current listing of these groups which have Attorneys, Accredited Reps and Paralegals available. Accredited Representatives are individuals who have been approved by the USCIS to represent applicants in Immigration matters. Some of the larger examples are Catholic Charities and Lutheran Immigration Services. There may be a long wait for an appointment.