There are many reasons to start over in a new country, and each situation comes with a unique set of circumstances. This is true not only in your personal life, but in the application process as well. For example, there are different regulations for student VISAs, permanent resident status (green cards), and full citizenship. Furthermore, there are additional considerations to take into account if you’re married or have children. Sometimes, the nuances between these numerous classifications lead to easily avoidable errors. Below, I will discuss some of the most common immigration mistakes. 

One of the biggest errors I encounter is failure to submit all of the necessary paperwork. Each classification requires you to submit at least one government form, but you’re often encouraged — or even required — to submit additional supporting documents. Supporting documents, like utility bills, marriage licenses, and arrival and departure records prove further details about you, such as your address, the validity of your marriage, and proof that you traveled legally. The supporting evidence you need varies depending upon the type of documentation you’re seeking (a student VISA, a green card, permanent citizenship, etc.), but an attorney can tell you which documents you need and how to go about obtaining them. 

Unfortunately, there are people who take advantage of vulnerable immigrants who are unfamiliar with the laws and systems of our country. If someone other than an attorney offers to help you through the immigration process, beware. Notary publics (sometimes referred to as a “notarios”) frequently offer their services for hundreds —  or even thousands — of dollars to unsuspecting immigrants. Although notaries are qualified to prepare immigration documents, they are not trained in immigration law itself. Only an attorney can advise you on how to answer questions, how to get a friend or relative legal status, and how to dispute an unfair denial or late application. 

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It is very common for people to forget to renew their immigration benefits before their current status expires. After all, when you’re new to the country, you are probably focused on finding stable employment, making a home, and integrating yourself into the community. With so much going on at once, it’s easy to overlook immigration deadlines. Often, immigrants do not realize how long the renewal process can take and subsequently lose their current status while their application is pending. This could result in you living illegally for a matter of time, putting you in great danger. If you are caught, you may even be deported back to your home country. However, with the help of a trained attorney, you are less likely to make such simple blunders.

These are simply a few common problems immigrants often encounter, but there are many others. Do not make the mistake of going through the application or renewal process alone and risking all that you have worked to achieve. Contact my office today to see how I can help you with all of the following types of immigration, and more: 

  • Student VISAs
  • Employment Authorization (Work Permits)
  • Permanent Resident Status (Green Cards)
  • Citizenship 
  • Immigrating with a Family
  • Immigration for Businesses 
  • Replacement Documents 

Immigration Law Attorney in Dallas, TX

It’s an exciting time — you’re in a new country, and you’re creating a bright and successful future for yourself. Don’t let the immigration process hold you back. When you partner with me, I work to legally protect you and ensure you're on the right track so that you can focus on beginning your new life. Let’s work through the process together. Contact my office today to schedule your free initial phone consultation.