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If you’re a foreign national currently in the United States and looking to immigrate, you must go through the process. Unfortunately, immigration can be an incredibly complex process, so it’s imperative to understand that you need the assistance of an experienced New York immigration lawyer to help you navigate this process. However, it’s in your best interest to prepare for your first consultation to make this process as simple as possible. The following blog explores what you must bring to your first meeting with an immigration attorney.

I’m Meeting With an Immigration Attorney. What Should I Bring?

In preparation for your consultation with an immigration attorney, you’ll want to prepare several documents to bring with you. Generally, the more documentation you bring, the easier it is to move through this process. Though you should bring anything that could be relevant to your case, ensuring you bring the following documents, above all else, is critical:

  • Your passport
  • Your visa
  • A detailed history of your immigration activity
  • Personal and family information

Your passport and visa play a critical role in confirming your identity. Additionally, bringing a list of your immigration history can help your attorney track your movement. You’ll want to include when and how you entered the country, the length of your stay, and whether you applied for benefits or been deported.

Your personal information includes information about yourself and your loved one, like whether or not you are married, if you have children, and if you have a criminal record. You should bring any documentation to prove these facts.

What Else Can I Do to Prepare for My Consultation?

Aside from bringing documents and files with you, you’ll also want to bring a list of your goals with you. This helps your attorney best understand what you are looking to achieve as an immigrant.

Additionally, you should prepare a list of any questions or concerns you have. These could be about the process, your attorney, and other concerns relevant to your case.

It’s also important to know that you will likely have to share a considerable amount of information with your attorney. As such, you must understand that it’s in your best interest to be honest and truthful with your attorney to improve your chances of becoming a United States immigrant. You have attorney-client privilege, so you can trust that your attorney will not share your information.

As you can see, there are many documents you must gather to simply prepare for your meeting with an attorney. The actual process of applying for immigration is even more complex and document-heavy. As such, it’s in your best interest to enlist the assistance of an experienced immigration lawyer from the Law Office of Jason A. Dennis. Our firm will do everything possible to assist you during these challenging times to fight for the goals you wish to achieve. Contact us today to learn more.