Why You Should Hire a Lawyer to Represent You for Obama’s Executive Action
According to the Official White House website, you won’t be able to submit your application for Obama’s Executive Action until at least “early to mid-2015” and even then, you’ll have to meet strict requirements in order to qualify for relief from deportation.
Despite having plenty of time to prepare, there’s a lot of information to gather and as with anything immigration-related in the U.S, there’s a lot of bureaucracy and “red-tape” to get through, not to mention the threat of “Notario” fraud and misrepresentation by other unqualified individuals.
The U.S. Government itself warns of these dangers and urges those looking for immigration assistance to “know the facts, because the wrong help can hurt”.
Without the help of a professional and qualified lawyer, your case could be significantly delayed or in a worst case scenario you could even end up being deported, even if you do technically qualify for relief under Obama’s executive action.
So, it’s important to work with a genuine, professional and qualified Wites & Kapetan Immigration lawyer. (We have a comprehensive but free program we set up that can help you get ready for this executive action once it gets enacted.) Hiring a lawyer will ensure that you:
#1 – Fill Out All Required Information Correctly and Accurately
Although the legal paperwork isn’t yet available for Obama’s executive action, you can rest assured that it will be long, complicated and tedious to complete.
It’s highly likely that the paperwork will ask for a significant amount of information regarding your own individual immigration situation and personal circumstances. Some of this information may also be extremely complicated, especially in situations whereby the eligibility requirements are quite complex, such as those with multiple criteria, background checks and so forth (e.g. Extend Deferred Action to Parents of U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents).
What’s more, supplying incorrect or inaccurate information cannot only affect your chance of success in your application, but it may also lead to your case being viewed as fraud. This can lead to criminal prosecution and removal from the United States, according to the Official White House Website.
#2 – Avoid Errors and Speed Up Processing Time
Your application can only be processed providing that you supply all of the required information without errors. Failure to do so will result in your application being pushed back, which will result in a lengthy processing time.
According to the USCIS website, there are a number of common mistakes made on existing immigration related forms. These include: not entering full names (including maiden name), address or date of birth; not signing or dating the form(s); and providing information that is unclear or unable to be read.
Plus, with many sections of Obama’s executive action requiring hefty fees to be paid (such as the $680 for those applying under the “Promote the Naturalization Process” section), you don’t want to risk losing those fees by submitting an applications laden with errors.
#3 – Represent You in Court (if required)
The DHS will be assessing eligibility on a case-by-case basis under many of the actions put forward in Obama’s executive order.
Under the circumstances that you are not granted eligibility and both you and your lawyer feel strongly that this was the wrong decision, you may pursue the case further and take it to court.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, only a qualified attorney can represent you in court. It’s important to note that “Notario’s”, visa consultants and immigration consultants are not qualified to represent you in immigration proceedings.
A professional and qualified lawyer will also be able to recommend when and if you should pursue a case further, based on years of experience and legal knowledge.
#4 – Give Professional Legal Advice
With eligibility being judged on a case-by-case basis under Obamas executive action, you may need professional legal advice to ensure that you have the best chance at succeeding with your application.
It’s important to note that ONLY a qualified lawyer is able to give legal advice. A notary public is not.
A licensed lawyer has not only graduated from law school but has also passed the bar exam (more information on the bar exam here). You cannot legally practice law without passing the bar exam. In fact, a notario that gives legal advice is engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, which is a criminal offense.
A Notario has not earned a law degree and has not passed the bar exam; this means that they cannot legally practice law or give professional legal advice.
#5 – Ensure That No Harmful Information is given
There may be information about yourself or your own personal circumstances that could potentially be harmful to your application when applying for Obama’s executive action on Immigration.
There may also be information that, if supplied slightly incorrectly (e.g. an incorrect date), could have the potential to invalidate your eligibility.
A professional and qualified lawyer will be able to recognize such information and will be able to ensure that it is not used in your application, unless it absolutely has to be.
A qualified lawyer should not and will not lie in your application, but he/she will know which information should be included and which information should not be.
#6 – Help You Navigate Tricky Bureaucratic Situations (i.e. red tape)
Navigating tricky bureaucratic situations (or “red tape”) is one of the most difficult and frustrating experiences for those unfamiliar with U.S. law and policies, especially for those that do not speak English as their first language.
Even though many cases will be judged on a case-by-case basis under Obama’s executive action, it’s highly likely that there will still be strict processes and policies in place that can be difficult to navigate.
Hiring a lawyer can help to make these situations a lot more bearable, as they have experience in handling bureaucracy and will be able to recommend the best course of action.
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Wites & Kapetan and our team of immigration lawyers have been working around the clock to prepare for the launch of Obama’s executive action on immigration. Once enacted the window to apply could be short if congress moves to try to block it or the program is blocked by lawsuits in the court system, similar to what we saw with gay marriage in some states.
We have put together a FREE, no obligation, program where we will help you now, without charge, to collect and verify all your information paperwork. Once the government releases more information about Obama’s executive order goes into effect, and we determine the amount of attorney’s fees to charge for our services, we will let you know the amount of our fees. If you choose to hire us, we will proceed with your application. In other words, you only pay us if you choose to hire us to represent you in the immigration process. So, there is no risk to you.
Through our no risk, FREE program, we will be better prepared to submit your application once the executive order is enacted and the government starts accepting applications. This should result in you obtaining legal status as quickly as possible.