The US Immigration and Citizenship Services is accountable for forming policies and processing naturalization and immigration applications regarding immigration services. People who represent individuals not born in the United States yet are trying to become its citizens to have a permanent residency are called immigration lawyers. Since the US immigration law is complicated, it is advised that you hire or consult a lawyer. It is essential to consult a lawyer if you’re facing issues of deportment or arrest due to immigration.
If you are a student, then you must hire an attorney to get the correct visa. You can only enter the US if you receive ESTA status (Electronic System for Travel Authorization).
An immigration lawyer can help you in various ways:
- If you speak English as a second language, then your attorney can prepare immigration papers for you.
- He/she can represent you in court, can speak in favor you against any legal case.
- If you are involved in any case that can cause your deportment, here your immigration lawyer can prevent you from being arrested or can stop your detainment.
- If you are imprisoned by the immigration customs enforcement (ICE), then your immigration attorney can defend you in such a case.
A qualified immigration attorney evades mistakes
A proficient immigration lawyer can help you correctly to apply for citizenship, marriage license, or work permits. Since US law is complicated and it’s paperwork is extensive, so you need to hire an experienced lawyer to help you get through the court trials.
An expert lawyer understands the legal procedures
Whether you want to work permanently in the US or need permanent residency, an eligible attorney not only understands the law, but he also knows the ways by which you can live in the state. Maybe, you can go through the legal procedures alone, but there is a chance that you might miss out something which can reject your application. So why risk your future?
A skilled lawyer can explain all the options to you
No matter what kind of situation you are facing, you always have options. Your immigration attorney will explain all options to you and the consequences you might be facing regarding every option. Whether you are involved in some crime or you are facing deportation. Don’t you think that it is important to consider options given by your lawyer? Yes, it is because it is the only way you can get rid of punishments.
An educated lawyer can solve your problems with employment, residency, etc.
Finding a job in the US is not that easy. American citizens can easily find a job compared to immigrants. Therefore, your lawyer can help you in finding the correct employment for you. As an immigrant, you are not familiar with the tools used to find a job; a good lawyer can guide you to the right recruiting and hiring resources.
After employment, residency is the next most crucial thing. Even you have a permanent US residency or work visa; there are still some laws that are applied to immigrants. If you don’t follow these laws then your permanent visa can be expired, or you may be deported. Thus, a skilled lawyer will help you to understand these laws, so you don’t lose your permanent residency.
US citizenship is a dream of most immigrants. And if English is not your native language, then it is a quite complicated process. But, a proficient immigration lawyer will guide you through this complicated procedure to get citizenship.
Visa Waiver Program
Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of other countries to visit the USA for tourism or business purposes of staying for ninety days or less than that without getting the visa. You must have a correct Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approved for traveling. So what is ESTA? A computerized system that measures the suitability of travelers who want to visit the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).
You can fill an ESTA application online, the application can either be accepted immediately or it will take up to seventy-two hours for acceptance. Your ESTA application answers the admissibility queries of VWP and it has your biographic details. You can submit your ESTA application any time before planning your departure. However, it is recommended to submit it before buying your airline tickets. To receive ESTA status, in order to visit the US under VWP, the following is a list of requirements:
- You must be an eligible citizen of a country having VWP.
- You don’t have a visitor’s visa.
- You are planning to travel for ninety days or less than that.
- You need to have a passport valid from VWP
- You should own a valid credit card (American Express, Master card)
- You should have information about your previous employment and contact information as well.