The Importance of Having an Immigration Lawyer in Hawaii at Manoa

Immigration is the cornerstone of this country’s prosperity and America has always been a country of immigrants that welcomed those who wanted opportunities for themselves and their families. The flip side of that image of immigrants in search of a better life, the U.S. has in place laws that govern the immigration process that is complex, tedious, overwhelming, and full of bureaucracy. Not only is the immigration process complex, it can be expensive and time consuming, and without an immigration lawyer you could be facing years of delay.  If you are an immigrant in this country, then it is important that you seek legal services from someone trained in handling immigration issues and is familiar with how the process works. Therefore, whether you are foreigner seeking to obtain a visa for temporary travel to the U.S. for “specialty work” with a sponsoring employer under the H1B visa—-or your ultimate goal is to obtain your green card, an immigration lawyer can advise you on how to plan an immigration strategy that best suits your specific needs. Thinking about an investment visa and what that could mean for you, your business, and your family?  Excellent legal advice can be provided by an immigration lawyer who can advise you on whether an investment visa would be a good option for your long term goals (Semotiuk).

It will also be important to have an immigration lawyer on your side if you have been convicted of a crime or maybe even lied to the government. It is important to remember that you must always disclose to the immigration authorities if you have ever committed a crime even if those charges were eventually dropped or expunged.  Even in these types of legal proceedings, it is important that you contact an immigration lawyer as he or she will have the expertise and knowledge in these types of mixed criminal-immigration proceedings where the two areas of the law will overlap. The same cannot be said of someone who is a criminal lawyer without any immigration law experience, skills, or knowledge to properly assist you.

Other reasons why an individual might want to hire an immigration lawyer for his or her legal services is when an unforeseen legal issue arises concerning marriage, such as an unexpected and/or sudden death of the U.S. citizen spouse or the marriage has ended in divorce. An immigration lawyer will be helpful if there is a possibility that the marriage was a “scam” to assist a non-U.S. citizen into the country. However, what if the first marriage ended and now the person is seeking to adjust his or her permanent resident status. At this point, it will be necessary to have an immigration lawyer to come in to prove that the first marriage was legitimate so that the individual can proceed with the adjustment of his status. What about a marriage that was terminated before the individual was able to have certain conditions removed on his or her permanent resident status? Generally, visa applications based on marriages are filed jointly but where there has been a death or a divorce it may be difficult to prove that the marriage was legitimate without the assistance of an immigration lawyer.

What about situations where there is a threat of being deported or formal removal from the country is imminent? It is very critical in these types of situation to have the skills of an immigration lawyer to help you successful navigate through these types of proceedings. The immigration lawyer can explain to you the reasons for the threat of deportation and counsel you on the law that will dictate the outcome based on the facts of your case.  For example, your lawyer might be able to determine that your deportation can be blocked because you qualify to request a renewal as a first time applicant—or maybe you can remain in the country under the deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA); or there might be other reasons that are unique to your situation that can keep you in the country. What if you have a loved one who has been detained for an immigration violation and you do not know where to locate that person? All of these immigration issues can be competently handled by an immigration lawyer. On the other hand, it is important to remember that without the assistance of someone who can fully investigate your circumstances and advise you of your rights and/or the charges or actions you may be facing, you will likely proceed in such matters without the full knowledge of how to prevent deportation or where to start looking for your loved one being held for an alleged immigration violation. You do not want to go before a judge in a deportation proceeding without at least consulting with an immigration lawyer about your status. However, you do want to be aware of your rights, the application process, how to interact with authorities, what to say, what not to say; and obviously you want to know if you have any options—and the best way to ensure that you get all of this and more is by obtaining an immigration lawyer at the outset of any immigration issue that might arise so you know your rights and are clear on them and how your family might be affected.

By doing this, you will save yourself a lot of frustration, time, money, and give yourself peace of mind in knowing that you have someone on your side protecting you and your family every step of the way. So remember, you do not have to face any immigration related matters alone; and when in doubt, consult with an immigration attorney—because in the long run you will be happy that you did!


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