A week does not pass that we are contacted by someone who relied on bad immigration advice. Bad immigration advice can come from many sources including: friends, immigration consultants, immigration businesses, multi-practice law firms, and even immigration law firms not familiar with your specific immigration matter. In the United States ONLY licensed attorneys or accredited representatives can give legal advice, explain immigration options you may have, and communicate with USCIS about your case. With all U.S. immigration law matters receiving incorrect immigration advice can at a minimum:
- Delay your application or petition;
- Cost you unnecessary legal fees and filing fees;
- Lead to case denials or refused entry to the United States;
- Result in temporary or permanent bars on entry to the United States; and
- Possibly lead to removal proceedings.
We commonly see misrepresentation in family immigration cases where individuals seek advice from friends, family members, or through paid non-licensed immigration consultants. U.S. Immigration Law is constantly changing. What may have been relevant in a friends’ immigration matter may no longer apply in your case. It is best to seek counsel from a licensed immigration lawyer before proceeding with your immigration matter.
In business cases we see misrepresentation with less common matters such as TN NAFTA visas. We are often contacted by individuals/businesses that relied on the advice of other law firms for the preparation and submission of their TN application resulting in unfavorable outcomes. Law firms that do not deal with TN applications on a regular basis are often unfamiliar with the intricacies of such applications and often commit errors that result in denials. Such errors come in the incorrect selection of a TN profession, poorly written offer letters, poor interview advice, and a pure lack of understanding about the TN application process and requirements.