Recent news on an immigration bill that seeks to legalize millions of illegal immigrants in the US among others has once again placed the spotlight on the existing and potential problems being faced by thousands of people who are seeking their chance to live in the United States.

The US Immigration laws have so many blind corners that can presumably work for or against an immigrant.  Prospective immigrants can always get help from the different US immigration agencies as regards their documentation and other requirements.  However, it is always a good idea to get an immigration lawyer who is experienced, proven and has achieved success.

With several lawyers advertising their services on the web and even offline, how will you know whom to choose for your immigration application?  Of course, the best lawyers for immigration cases are lawyers specializing in immigration law.  Nothing is better than utilizing an experienced US Immigration Attorney for a purpose as sensitive and as life-changing as an immigration application.

So how will you know if you are choosing the right immigration lawyer considering that there are over 7,000 immigration lawyers in the US?  Here are some tips to doing that:

1. An immigration lawyer that has achieved results.
Read the testimonials of clients who have achieved such results

2. Reputation
You can start by getting references from friends who have successfully migrated to the US.

3. Choose an immigration lawyer who is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

4. Cost
Of course, price is always a consideration.  Although being approved as an immigrant to the US is priceless for you, do your homework when it comes to pricing.

5. Trust
While this virtue can seem outdated in the 21st century, hiring an immigrant lawyer whom you can trust is fundamental.  And you can only give your trust to someone you know or you have done research on.

To summarize, immigration lawyers are plentiful in the United States but do your homework and your dream of ultimately becoming a US citizen will become a reality.


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Shah Peerally is an attorney licensed in California practicing immigration law and debt settlement. He has featured as an expert legal analyst for many TV networks such as NDTV, Times Now and Sitarree TV. Articles about Shah Peerally and his work have appeared on newspapers such as San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune, US Fiji Times, Mauritius Le Quotidien, Movers & Shakers and other prominent international newspapers. His work has been commended by Congress women Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Lee. He has a weekly radio show on KLOK 1170AM and frequently participates in legal clinics in churches, temples and mosques. His law group, Shah Peerally Law Group, has represented clients all over the United States constantly dealing with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Custom Enforcement(ICE) and CBP (Customs Border Patrol (CBP) under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This department was formerly known as the Immigration and Nationality Services (INS).