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How to Hire the Best  New York Immigration Lawyer

How to hire the BEST New York Deportation Lawyer

When it comes to filing for any immigration benefits there is a substantial amount of paperwork involved.   It would seem that everyone would hire a New York Licensed Immigration lawyer to process an immigration case, but that is not what always happens.  In many places such as New York, there is a teeming "quasi" underground business of immigration forms preparation.  In many instances, these businesses call themselves immigration consultants or Notario Publicos, and some even hide under the guise of travel agents and translations services, and other such businesses.  They all charge less than license New York immigration lawyer, but they are unable to provide the service of a true immigration lawyer. Many make believe that they are licensed New York Immigration Lawyers.

A 2017 Justice Department Report outlined a … pattern or practice of unconstitutional force is largely attributable to deficiencies in its accountability systems and in how it investigates uses of force, responds to allegations of misconduct, trains and supervises officers, and collects and reports data on officer use of force. The department also found “pattern or practice of unconstitutional force.” It noted, “pattern or practice of unreasonable force falls heaviest on predominantly black and Latino neighborhoods and the disproportionality of illegal and unconstitutional patterns of force on minority communities.” 1

What an Experienced New York immigration Lawyer can do for you. 

  • Determine after a complete consultation, the different paths available to resolve your immigration problem.
  • Process your case with the USCIS or other governmental agency, as required.
  • Recognize all forms of relief from deportation/removal you may qualify 
  • Categorize and collect evidence to support your application for relief
  • Determine which witness testimony will be needed
  • Provide your evidence to the immigration judge 
  • Prepare court motions and briefs. This can include including a Motion to Change Venue to move your case to a closer immigration court if you are scheduled for a hearing in another state. 
  • Examining witnesses during your hearing in immigration court 
  • Hiring expert witness, if necessary 
  • Preparing you for your day in immigration court

    How to select a licensed and experienced New York Immigration Lawyer

    If you're going to hire a  New York Immigration lawyer, you need to do your research. A good New York immigration lawyer will be worth every penny you pay him, but a poor one may wind up adding to your problems and costing a lot more in the long run.

    Here are some tips to help you in finding the best deportation lawyer for your case.

    • Get references. Ask friends, family, or colleagues if they know any good immigration deportation lawyer. People are quick to recommend a good lawyer and even quicker to badmouth a bad one. Be careful, however, as no two cases are alike, so if your friend had a very simple case, it does not mean that the lawyer has experience with a complication one. Also, try to find out about the lawyer's personality. Some layers have fine beside manners, while others are gruff and demeaning. You have to find a lawyer that fits well with your personality. Make sure the lawyer is a member of AILA. Search for a lawyer on the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) website. AILA is a primary association of immigration lawyers and attorneys, so you can be reasonably sure that you're speaking to someone who understands immigration law and policies. While membership in AILA is not mandatory to practice immigration law, membership can be a good indication of a lawyer's level of commitment to the practice. You may also search Avvo.com. This site lists lawyers in every field and rates them for their knowledge and reputation.
    • Find articles written by the immigration lawyer or written about him/her. Search the Internet for articles written about this  New York deportation lawyer. Make sure these articles are favorable. Look for articles this New York immigration lawyer has written and read them. In this way, you will find out how the lawyer thinks and the depth of his knowledge. For example, click here.
    • Make a Shortlist of New York Immigration lawyers Interview the lawyers to find one who matches your needs. Ask about their deportation court experience. Find out if they are deportation lawyers or not and if they have worked with your type of case before. Immigration law is a complicated specialty, so you'll want a lawyer who is experienced with deportation matters. At the consultation, you will be able to determine if the deportation lawyer is understanding, listens to your problems and answer your question clearly. Look for whatever traits you like to see in your lawyer. Make sure that he or she has many years of immigration experience. Compare fee schedules. Some lawyers bill hourly while others charge a flat fee. Find out if there are additional costs such as postage, mailing fees or long-distance charges. In many cases, immigration work can be estimated fairly accurately. Others are quite difficult to predict. An immigration lawyer is more likely to charge an hourly rate for a deportation case, and a flat fee for family-related matters, but you may get the deportation lawyer to accept a flat fee.  This will take the worry that the legal fees can escalate astronomically.
    • Verify credentials of your New York Immigration lawyer. When you believe that you've found a lawyer you feel comfortable with, you should find out if the lawyer is licensed and not under disciplinary action. This link will help you do this.
    • Get a Retainer. You should always receive a retainer from the deportation lawyer, which will clearly state the legal fees and other charges and the manner of payment.

    recent study evaluating the New York deportation program found that immigrant detainees who were represented by attorneys won their cases almost 50 percent of the time, a 1,100 percent increase from the mere 4 percent success rate for detainees that are unrepresented. “These statistics demonstrate both what a poor job our current system is doing of securing basic due process for people in immigration court, and what an incredible difference we can make -- for New Jersey's immigrants and for the fairness of our legal system -- with a relatively small investment.” http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2018/03/why_nj_immigrants_arent_getting_fair_day_in_court.html

    ABOUT NON-LAWYERS AND IMMIGRATION

    When it comes to deportation, it would seem that everyone would hire an experienced deportation lawyer to represent him or her, but that is not what always happens. In many places such as  New York City and the boroughs,  there is a teeming "quasi" underground business of immigration forms preparation. In many instances, these businesses call themselves immigration consultants or Notario Publicos, and some even hide under the guise of travel agents and translations services, and other such businesses. They all charge less than licensed New York immigration lawyer, but they are unable to provide the service of a true immigration lawyer.

    Immigration Consultants

    In New York City, as in other cities and states, there are many such immigration consultants who offer to help obtain legal residency. Some of them are honest and hardworking and limit their work to forms preparation without to resorting to making believe that they are licensed New Jersey Immigration Lawyers. Some of the consultants are former employees of the Immigration Service or were U.S. consular employees. As there is NO LICENSE for immigration consultants and NO EXAMINATION needed, you can imagine the inconsistency in the quality of the work. Consultants, unlike a licensed New York Deportation Lawyer, are not subject to discipline by the Bar Association and normally cannot be held for damages for their work product.

    One thing for sure, the immigration consultants, are not permitted to appear at an immigration hearing to represent a client. Not only can they not appear in front of an immigration examiner, they are not permitted to represent anyone in immigration court.

    And there is no guarantee that when they complete the immigration forms that they know how to conduct a proper review, the way a licensed New York Immigration Lawyer would do, to prevent needless complications and possible deportation action.  To make a complaint against an Immigration Consultant click here.

    Notario Publico

    In the United States, Notaries are authorized to compare signatures and certify "notarize" that the signature on a form is that of the person who is named on the form, take oaths, or certifying a copy of the paper. But that is not so in many foreign countries. In Latin countries, Notarios hold an esteemed position very similar to lawyers. The Notario prepares documents and reviews their execution and in some countries may have the power of law.

    New immigrants get confused and believe that an American Notary has the same power and place in our society as that of a Notario in their country. The immigrant believing that a Notario is like a licensed lawyer hires the Notario and in many cases, find themselves in "hot water." In the United States, most anyone can become a Notary Public, by filling out an application and taking a very simple test. To make a complaint against a Notario Publico click here.


    Travel Agencies and Translation Services

    There are some travel agencies and Translation services that go well beyond their corporate charter. They engage in similar activities, that the Notario Publico and the Immigration Consultants are doing by acting like a licensed New York immigration lawyer. However, in most every case, these agencies do little more than type up the immigration forms, not knowing what the immigration service in truly asking in each question. In many cases, their clients do not get the "Green Card" they believed was forthcoming, instead, they receive a Notice to Appear" for a deportation hearing in Immigration Court.

    People that call themselves Professor, Profesora, or professor. They appear to a higher degree, but you must find out the type of diploma he or she received. Someone that did not study law but studied something different, like history, mathematics, and any other such bachelor degree are not qualified to legally help anyone, except for no money with immigration matters



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Moses Apsan and his staff, based in New York City and Newark, NJ provide exceptional legal services throughout the world, in all aspects of immigration to the United States, including non-immigrant (temporary visas), immigrant visa (Green Card) and deportation defense. In addition Mr. Apsan, has been practicing Bankruptcy law and Divorce laws for over 30 years, He was the President of the Federal Bar Association, New Jersey Chapter (1997-2002). He speaks Portuguese and Spanish..
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