Commonly Asked Immigration Questions

At Law Office of Troy J Mattes, P.C., we have represented countless clients facing immigration issues and answered hundreds of questions about the immigration process. Here are honest and straightforward answers about few of the most frequently asked questions we receive.

Do I Have To Talk To Immigration And Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agents If I Am Approached?

No. You do not have to answer their questions, no matter what they say. You are not legally required to reveal your immigration status or country of origin to ICE agents. Do not give an officer consent to search you or your home. Anything you say to them and any evidence they collect in a search can be used against you. If you have been contacted by ICE agents or placed under arrest, request to speak with an attorney and call our firm.

Why Should I Hire A Lawyer To Help With My Immigration Case?

You need a knowledgeable immigration attorney who can move the process along as efficiently as possible. Any mistakes you make can cause significant delays. The United States’ immigration laws are becoming increasingly more difficult to interpret, and this can be especially challenging for those who do not speak English. Our Pennsylvania lawyers can pave the path to citizenship and permanent residence in the United States.

What Are My Rights As A Green Card Holder?

As a green card holder, you have the right to:

  • Receive federal benefits, including food stamps, Social Security, Medicare and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Apply for a visa on behalf of loved ones who live outside of the U.S.
  • Apply for a driver’s license
  • Set up financial accounts
  • Obtain a Social Security number
  • Enroll in public education systems, including college

There are certain rights you do not have. You may not run for public office, vote in elections, apply for a visa on behalf of relatives who are not your spouse or child, or work in certain federal jobs.

Fast Response Times And Proven Results. Call Our Lawyers Now.

We work with clients from all parts of the world out of our Lancaster office. Profits come second to helping protect your rights. We keep our costs affordable, offering flexible payment plans and reasonable flat fees. Request a consultation online or call us at 800-574-5563 to speak with an attorney and ask your questions.


Troy helped my family get safe asylum in the states. I talked to several lawyers and he was the most sincere and knowledgeable. – Anonymous