immigration consultation

Coming Prepared

It is important to come to your immigration consultation with any documentation related to your immigration issue. Bringing government identification, such as your passport, green card,employment authorization card, or driver’s license is helpful. It is also important to bring copies of any applications you have completed or sent to receive an immigration benefit. Any communications received from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), or the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) should be brought to your first consultation.


Everything which you relay to the immigration attorney is kept confidential. This means that you should tell the truth about everything. Be sure to disclose information like previous marriages, arrests, criminal convictions, and previous immigration history. It is very important for an attorney to understand your situation or they will not be able to properly assess your case or discuss your potential eligibility for certain forms of relief.

Setting Expectations for an Immigration Consultation

During a consultation, an immigration attorney will be able to assess your legal situation. Based on the information exchanged, the attorneymay be able to propose a legal strategy to you and a quote for legal services.

Most immigration matters take time and the process is almost always different for everyone. Your immigration attorney will be able to provide you with information about the process, the costs, and the time frames involved, if they feel they are able to help you on your legal matter.

Being Proactive

Many people wait until they are already facing immigration consequences to see an immigration lawyer. More often than not, these same people could have seen an immigration attorney before they got into trouble and the process would have been much less costly and burdensome. If you are undocumented, or seeking to become a U.S. citizen, it would be wise to consider setting up a consultation with an immigration attorney to find out how you could receive an immigration benefit before it is too late.

Consider setting up a consult with an attorney at Gilles Law, PLLC. You can reach us at 980-272-8438 at our office in Uptown Charlotte. We are here to assist with your inquiries.

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