Do You Need an Immigration Lawyer?

You may NOT need an immigration lawyer if:

  • You have selected your correct visa category
  • You fully understand all criteria and current procedures
  • Your matter is simple and straight-forward
  • You have strong supporting documents
  • You are independent, frugal, and have plenty of time

Warning: If your visa application is denied or you’re refused entry at the border, you can no longer participate in the Visa Waiver Program for the rest of your life.

You MAY want to consult an immigration lawyer to:

  • Provide a legal analysis of your specific situation
  • Explain complicated law and changing procedures
  • Evaluate options and select the appropriate visa
  • Properly and efficiently prepare your application
  • Provide “peace of mind” and enhance your likelihood of success (but no guarantees)

You DEFINITELY need to consult an immigration lawyer if:

  • Law enforcement has ever taken your fingerprints
  • You have ever had a prior visa application denied, or have ever been denied admission
  • Time is of the essence
  • You are a US company signing an E-3 Labor Condition Application (“LCA”) with the Department of Labor and facing serious consequences for non-compliance with complex regulations

Serious Warning: If you have ever been charged and/or convicted of a criminal offense–even if you or your home country considers it minor–you should consult a legal professional in your country of destination to evaluate potential immigration consequences.


Due to frequent changes in immigration law and procedure, the information contained in this website is given as a convenience to the general public. It does not constitute legal advice, nor does it constitute an attorney-client relationship. For legal advice regarding your specific situation, please contact us to set up a consultation.