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4 Questions To Ask An Immigration Lawyer When Seeking Asylum

Are you having problems navigating the legal system regarding your immigration case when seeking asylum? If so, you'll likely need to meet with a lawyer for assistance. Here are some common questions you will likely have for your immigration lawyer. 

How Do Immigration Lawyers Charge? 

If you are worried about the cost of using a lawyer for your immigration journey, know that they often work differently than other types of lawyers. They typically charge their clients a flat fee for their services, which means you know how much you will pay no matter how many hours are involved on behalf of your case. You won't have to stress about hourly fees and being billed for every consultation since the flat fee keeps it quite simple.

Will A Previous Criminal Conviction Impact Immigration?

Anybody that has a previous conviction, either a misdemeanor or a felony, should inform their lawyer at the start of the immigration process. Having this conviction on your criminal record may impact your case, so the lawyer will want to see the details of the case where you were convicted. Now isn't the time to hide details of the conviction. Provide as much documentation as you can so your lawyer knows all of the details.

Will Traveling To Another Country Impact Your Immigration Case?

Always check with your lawyer if you plan to travel to another country while your immigration case is pending. You could run into a situation where your case for asylum is considered abandoned by traveling. If this were to happen, you'd need to apply for advance parole to come back to the United States, which is not easy to get approved. Traveling will be much easier once you receive your green card, so it may be better to wait until then for any necessary travel.

Can Your Lawyer Help Write Statements For Your Asylum Request?

If you are having difficulty writing your statement to request asylum, you may be wondering if the lawyer can write this statement for you. Unfortunately, many lawyers will not help you with this part of the immigration process. Your statement about what will happen to you if you return to your home country must be in your own words. Your lawyer can help read over your statement and ask you questions about details that are missing, but you must be the one that writes the request.

To learn more, contact a resource like The Law Office of John M. Bray, PLLC.