There may be nothing more frightening than having a loved one arrested for overstaying their visa in the United States. The laws regarding immigration can be very unevenly applied at times and can end up causing a loss of jobs, housing, and livelihood for very little reason. Then, getting back into the country after a deportation can be even harder than before. Here are some tips on getting things fixed and finding a good immigration law attorney.
The Enforcement Of Immigration Laws Can Be Random
There are literally millions of people living in the United States, working, and raising families, that don’t have the legal papers to do so. That doesn’t mean they are bad people, many have never committed a violent crime, but they don’t have the legal status they need to have if they have an encounter with the law enforcement.
It could be a random burnt out tail light on a car or some other small infraction that gets a person noticed and then once their legal status is checked the problems start. In the past, most small infractions and even misdemeanors were handled normally. Now, however, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents will be waiting almost immediately. It’s a sign of the times.
When Should You Seek Professional Help?
If you’re already in the country, either over staying your visa or due to illegal entry, you should already be seeking legal help. It’s never to early to start seeking a path to stay if that’s your end goal. That way you’ll know your rights, have a plan, and be ready if something does happen.
If you’ve already been detained, it may be too late, you may be on your way out of the country in a short time period, getting shorter all the time. That’s why it’s important to start by finding a qualified immigration law attorney right away.
Choosing the Right Immigration Attorney
It may initially be hard to explain but the law in the United States is very complicated and lawyers are very specialized in their educations. You don’t want a family law, corporate law, or liability law attorney working on your immigration case. It takes them too long to get up to speed on the intricacies involved while you, or your loved one, are in jail or on a plane back to your home country.
You can start your search by asking friends and family if they have a strong recommendation, someone they’ve used in the past. Or, if you have a different type of attorney, ask them for a qualified referral. Always stress that they must specialize in the types of cases that involve immigration, accept no substitutes.
The most important point to make here, is that you should start your search for an immigration attorney long before you have a dire need. At that point the possibility of helping you avoid deportation has gone way down and the risk to your family way up. It’s better to take the time right now and get started looking, planning, and saving to take care of your legal residency while you still have options, a home, a family and your job.