Meeting with an attorney for the first time can be very stressful. You wouldn’t be there if you didn’t anticipate (or have) a problem. However, knowing the right questions to ask at your initial meeting can help you walk away with the confidence and clarity you need to move forward.

Here are the most important questions to ask when you first consult with an immigration attorney:

Do you handle my type of immigration problem? Some immigration attorneys handle just about every type of case, while others may focus more on family-based visas or people who are seeking to avoid deportation due to minor criminal offenses. You want an attorney who understands the issues involved in your particular case and has the experience to help you.

How are fees handled? Some routine issues may be handled for a flat fee, while others may require hourly billing. You want to know what to expect financially as you proceed with your case.

How does this case compare to others you’ve handled? No attorney can predict the outcome of your case, but an experienced attorney probably has seen cases similar to yours before. Look for an attorney who will level with you about the possible problems with your case.

What kind of things can I do to help my case? You need to know what kind of documents you have to gather for your case and what other steps can improve your outlook once you get in front of the immigration judge.

How can I contact you? Will your attorney keep you updated? Can you communicate via email? Is there an interpreter available? Practical concerns like these should always be addressed at the initial meeting.

If you’re seeking experienced immigration assistance, contact our office for an appointment. You can also continue exploring our site for additional information that can help inform your decision-making process.