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Understandable Answers To Some Of Your Questions About Immigration

To discuss your unique concerns with one of our attorneys, request a consultation at your earliest opportunity. Meanwhile, here’s a sampling of some questions we often hear at the Rios Immigration Law Firm.

Why do people get immigration lawyers?

This is a good question. Some people apparently believe that the free information on the uscis.gov website is all they need to know to solve their immigration problems. However, in fact, immigration is one of the most complicated practice areas in law. You can get yourself in trouble if you do not have the help of a qualified legal professional.

What Is USCIS?

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the federal agency that is responsible for lawful immigration processes. USCIS has regional offices throughout the country.

When will I need a U.S. immigration lawyer?

At a minimum, you should ask an attorney to review your application for an adjustment of status or any other immigration benefit. You may also need a lawyer’s help if:

  • You are charged with a crime – even a simple traffic violation – while living in the U.S. as a noncitizen with any status
  • You receive notices or requests for information from USCIS
  • You wish to travel outside the U.S. and return
  • You wish to bring your fiancé, spouse, children or parents from abroad to the U.S.
  • You are ready to prepare for an interview with USCIS or any government agency for any reason

How long does it take to get a green card?

The answer to this question varies greatly depending on individual circumstances, migration patterns, government staffing issues and more. A year to two years is common. If you are already in the U.S. with a work visa, a fiancé(e) visa or asylum status, you may be able to stay in the U.S. while you wait for your green card.

Can immigration officers tap your phone?

At the border (which may be in an airport), immigration officers can search anyone’s phone, laptop and other electronic devices. In other circumstances, such as in day-to-day life, laws may prohibit tapping of your cellphone, but government agents may do so anyway. For advice on how to protect your privacy and avoid getting in trouble through your cellphone communications, talk with a lawyer.

Get More Answers

At the Rios Immigration Law Firm, we welcome the opportunity to explain how we can help you get personalized answers to your questions about immigration. Call 727-416-7943 or email us to schedule a consultation.