Do I need a lawyer to apply for U.S. immigration benefits?
You do not have to have a lawyer to seek and get immigration benefits. But the immigration system can be extremely complex. Immigration attorneys are best suited to navigate immigration law and help you with your application strategies. If you expect difficulties with your case, it is best to talk to an immigration attorney. Note that all immigration applications, and their instructions, are available online for free.
Warning: There are many people who try to take advantage of immigrants by claiming expert knowledge of the immigration system. Carefully check an attorney’s credentials. Note that notarios are not attorneys in the US and cannot legally practice law or give advice. When seeing out an attorney always if they have experience in immigration. If they are not an attorney, but an accredited representative, make sure that they work for a DOJ accredited nonprofit organization. Lastly, always ask for a written agreement outlining what the attorney will do, and how much it will cost, before paying.