Choosing the most qualified lawyer may be the most important decision you make with regards to your case.
When hiring an immigration lawyer, it's important to know
what to ask to ensure that you are in good hands. Choosing the most qualified
lawyer may be the most important decision you make with regards to your case. Use
the guide below to make sure you are asking the right questions. We also
explain what you should look for in a response.
Are you affiliated
with the AILA?
The AILA (the American Immigration Lawyers Association) is a
nationally recognized organization that is made up of individuals (attorneys
and law professors) who have been deemed specialists in the field of
Are you familiar with
my type of case?
After explaining your case to the lawyer, ask if he or she
has worked on a similar one in the past. If the person has, ask what the
outcome was. Knowing that the lawyer was successful in a case comparable to
yours will make you feel more confident in the person's ability to handle your
What is the plan of
action for my case?
The lawyer should be able to share a game plan with you
during your initial meeting. A strong lawyer will be able to give you an idea
of the length of the case and how aggressive he or she can be.
Who will be working with
you on my case?
Although this question may seem strange, it's important! A
lawyer is only as strong as his/her support staff. Researchers, paralegals, and
secretaries will play an important role in your case, so don't hesitate to ask
your lawyer who these people are. Further, in some cases you may require a
translator. Ask upfront about whom this will be and what their qualifications
are, as it will have a strong impact on your case.
How do you
communicate with your clients?
It's important to know how the lawyer typically communicates
with clients. Thanks to technology, there are now new ways to reach your
representation and it's crucial to choose an attorney that will be available in
a manner that makes sense for you. You should have the option of phone, e-mail,
text, or snail mail. Also ask about how often they expect to be in contact with
Do not hesitate to ask any other questions you may have when
interviewing an immigration
lawyer. It's vital to feel comfortable with the person that you select to
represent you. Further, ask for references if you need some reassurance. Former
clients can give you some inside information on how well the lawyer handled