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Why dealing with even a simple-seeming immigration issue DIY—instead of using a qualified lawyer—can lead to trouble

Posted by Jacqueline Delgado | Sep 22, 2021

Do a quick Google search, and you are sure to find tons of videos and articles teaching you how to DIY everything from home renovation to tax preparation. Despite the pervasiveness of this DIY content, there are still some things that are best left to professionals. Immigration matters fall in this category.  

Though immigration matters may seem DIY friendly, it's easy to make serious mistakes that cost you time and money. To stop this from happening to you, here are 4 ways a DIY approach to your immigration matter can lead to trouble.

You May File For The Wrong Visa

It's not uncommon for someone to fall into multiple visa categories based on their status and work circumstances. When this happens, DIYers make their best guess on which application to complete. Frequently, their choice isn't the best one for their needs. An experienced immigration lawyer will work with you to decide your best option at the outset, avoiding unnecessary costs and delays. 

The Process Is Overwhelming

Even the simplest immigration matter requires the filing of specific forms and the gathering of documents to support your case. Keeping track of these forms and the application timetable is vital to your success. It's easy to get overwhelmed by these administrative matters when you handle things on your own. Seasoned immigration professionals have systems in place to address the admin seamlessly and keep the process moving.

Dealing With USCIS Is Challenging

The United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) reviews thousands of immigration matters each year, and the speed at which the process moves leaves much to be desired. Though attorneys have little power in these circumstances, they have access to resources to help their clients get answers sooner and provide peace of mind. 

Resubmission Has Consequences

If you DIY your first immigration application and later hire an attorney to fix your mistakes, then you still are facing an uphill battle. A previous denial for the attainment or maintenance of an immigration status reduces your chances for approval when you re-apply.

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About the Author

Jacqueline Delgado

Jacqueline Delgado is the Founder and Managing Partner at Delgado Law Group, focusing in the area of Immigration Law. Ms. Delgado has vast experience representing businesses and investors in their applications for EB-5 green cards, E-2, H-1B, L-1, O, and P visas. Further, she ha...

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