A Temecula, CA Immigration Attorney, John Mansfield, explains:
I’m talking to you today about the USCIS. What’s the USCIS?, you might asked. It is the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service. They are a branch of the US Department of Homeland Security and they are responsible for receiving, processing and approving or denying applications for status and relief under the US Immigration and Nationality laws. It’s important that you know that the USCIS has become an extremely efficient branch. I know it’s hard to believe, but they have done wonders with respect to getting more efficient, faster, and friendlier for a huge bureaucracy, I think they deserve a lot credit for the progress they’ve made.
You should know, however, that they are not necessarily there to help you and approve you and send you on your merry way. The important thing you understand is that they have a a job to do and that job does not always run side by side with your interests and what your objectives are in terms of getting, keeping, or regaining immigration status that you’re looking to achieve. And that’s where an Immigration Attorney comes in.
Not just “handy” to have, but very essential.
So, it’s important that you not take any chances and consult an Immigration Specialist. Someone who is familiar with the immigration laws, the cases, the statutes, the regulations, even the procedural protocols. For example, I practice in Southern California – San Diego USCIS officers protocol is somewhat different than those in Los Angeles, and they are different from those in San Bernardino, and so on, and so forth. San Francisco is different from all of them.
It is important to get an attorney who is familiar with the locality and the regional differences and the particular requirements that each jurisdiction has, with respect to the fillings, the documents,the procedures, the time frames, and even the dress codes for that matter! You may not need to dress too formally for a certain appearances in a certain jurisdictions. But in other places I might advice you to wear a suit coat without a tie and make sure your appearances pretty well-groomed, because I am familiar with the differences of these offices and jurisdictions.
It is important also for you to know that if you go to the USCIS for information, they are not always able or in the proper frame of mind to give you the information that’s accurate and what you’re looking for. It’s not that they’re necessarily out to deceive you or harm you, but you may just get someone that doesn’t know the law like an experienced immigration attorney does.
I do not recommend getting advice from anyone but a license attorney. For example, If you go to what’s called an “infopass” appointment with USCIS, and you go without an attorney, you most likely will not get very complete answers, and you’ll walk away having wasted of your time. If an immigration attorney goes for you, then they can guarantee you that you’re going to get useful information, because they know how to extract the information from the agencies.
The forms, also, are more complicated than ever. And if you end up checking the wrong box or submitting the wrong form, or fail to submit a required form”you’re in for a delay, and probably an emotionally draining and financially costly one as well.
An immigration attorney knows how to prepare this paperwork so that you achieve your goals, and I certainly recommend that you consult an Immigration lawyer who specializes and focuses exclusively in this area. I suppose going to your family wills and trusts attorney for immigration help would be like going to your family general practitioner for brain surgery.
It is very important that you take the extra time and care for yourself and your family to see someone who is an expert in immigration law.
Hopefully this is been helpful, and remember: know you rights before you undertake something as important as immigration law.
When you’re shipping legal documents with a courier company, there is an entirely new set of concerns which accompanies their shipping that you don’t have to worry about when you’re simply shipping a package or a non confidential document of some kind. If you’re shipping legal documents with a San Francisco delivery company of any kind, then it becomes extremely important that you find ways to legally protect yourself and your company from any kind of loss or action being taken against you by investigating what type of legally binding confidentiality options you can pursue with your courier company before they ever take delivery of your documents.
Any courier company that deals in legal documents on a regular basis is going to be used to the requirements enforced by the companies shipping those documents, and are usually very willing to sign any type of confidentiality agreement that you or your lawyers might require of them. In fact, if you ever ask a courier company to ship some legal documents for you and they tell you that they will not do so or that they have any kind of company policy against signing these types of documents, then you would be well advised to simply go elsewhere to try and find someone else to move your legal paperwork for you.
You should in fact require the signing of two separate confidentiality agreements whenever you are shipping something of a highly sensitive nature with a courier company. The first you should have signed is one between you and the company itself, something that would be signed by the owner, a manager, or an account representative of the courier company and by someone from your own organization. Secondly, you should have another confidentiality agreement which will be signed by the driver who will actually be handling the documents in order to ensure total protection of your company’s legal information.
Signing confidentiality agreements and non-disclosure statements is a regular part of doing business in today’s business world, and any company which balks at such is giving themselves away as a company that it may not be worth doing business with. If you are shipping any kind of legal documents, be sure to insist on binding and comprehensive confidentiality agreements with the company that will be carrying your papers for you. If you don’t, you potentially leave yourself open to large amounts of liability.
You can arrange to have legal research and writing done by a variety of services. One might think that nowadays in the democracy that we live in all the laws would be easily accessible to any ordinary citizen, but unfortunately that’s not true. Of course, you might be able to do some kind of limited legal research on your own but that’s all. For instance, if you know the number of a specific law you’d like to read, then you might stand a chance. However, if you are searching to find how a genuine law applies to your area of concern, then you’d have to read hundreds of pages until you find it and that simply won’t do.
Outside legal research is very useful especially when you want to research a whole area of law. In case you know how the law is organized, you might try, otherwise don’t waste your time as you won’t succeed. There is only one reason why our laws are so arduous, concealed and complex and it is because it gives power to legal professionals such as lawyers and legislators. This is how they get work which we could have otherwise done by ourselves. Consequently, if you need to understand a specific area of law concerning your business or rights, then you’d better consult a professional who will do your advanced search, or else you might waste many hours in vain trying to do it by yourself.
Generally you can try to cope without legal researchers. Often there are times when you can learn how to do legal research on a certain topic and you might be quite successful at it. For instance, I once fought for saving some of the last wetlands in the San Francisco bay. As our campaign lacked money for legal researchers we did it by ourselves. However, in our case there has already been much pioneering environmental work done, so it was not that difficult to do advanced legal search; we even managed to find the existing endangered species laws we needed. Legal research can easily frighten you and make you quit when you try it for the first time, that was the situation with us. However, we were determined to succeed and didn’t give up. After all, if you put some considerable efforts into fighting with the legal system, then even you, an ordinary citizen can take part in the democratic process.