Choosing an Immigration Lawyer

In dealing with any legal issue related to immigration, your choice in attorney may prove to have a considerable impact not only on the outcome of your case but on your peace of mind through these often complicated proceedings. Immigration law is complex and continually changing. Every immigrant may face unique challenges depending on his or her country of origin, goals, needs and concerns. The outcome of an immigration-related matter will have a direct and dramatic influence on an immigrant's life. Choosing an immigration lawyer should therefore be made with the utmost care.

What steps can you take to ensure you choose an attorney who is truly right for your case? Whether you are dealing with a visa application for a temporary stay in the U.S., want to apply for a green card, are facing deportation or need to seek asylum for your own safety, you may find that you are in need of an immigration attorney's services. There are a few key issues to consider when making your selection:

Qualifications and Credentials

  • How long has the lawyer been in practice?
  • How long has the lawyer been practicing immigration law?
  • How many cases similar to yours has he or she handled?
  • Has the lawyer had success with cases like yours in the past?
  • What is the lawyer's background, education and training?
  • How have other clients felt about their dealings with the lawyer?

Your Personal Comfort

  • How do you feel about the lawyer on a personal level?
  • Do you and the lawyer share the same or similar points of view on your case?
  • How comfortable do you feel in providing the lawyer with personal information?
  • Does the lawyer truly seem interested in protecting your best interests?
  • Are you comfortable with the lawyer's personality and approach?


  • How are the lawyer's fees structured?
  • Does the lawyer charge by the hour or on a flat fee basis?
  • How much is your case expected to cost?
  • What type of payment does the lawyer accept?
  • Does the lawyer offer payment plans or deferred payment?

Finding the Right Attorney

We created this directory to act as a valuable tool and resource for citizens and non-citizens alike who are dealing with immigration matters. Whether you have questions about immigration law or are looking to hire an attorney, you may find this website particularly useful. You can conduct a search for an immigration lawyer by practice area, such as those that offer services related to deportation, asylum or visas. You can conduct a search by location to find an attorney in your area. Comparing multiple attorneys will give you a better idea of what you need and which attorneys will actually suit your needs.

To get started, click here to find an immigration lawyer.