I’m Applying For Deferred Action: What Do I Ask My #Immigration Attorney?

1o Key Questions To Ask Your Immigration Attorney 

  1. Make sure you hire an attorney that has extensive immigration law experience. Ask around to see if the attorney has a good reputation. Ask the attorney if she/he is a member in good standing of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.  AILA members are licensed attorneys who have been AILA members for at least two years and comply with annual continuing legal education requirements, as well as carry malpractice insurance.
  1. The attorney should agree to do a thorough immigration intake to determine whether or not you have any other form of relief or an immigration benefit that might be better for you.
  1. Get a written contract that you have read thoroughly and understand.  Make sure the contract has a clear statement of what the attorney’s fee includes, and whether or not any other fees may be anticipated.
  1. Don’t sign the contract, or give the attorney any money, until you are comfortable that you understand what you are signing. Both you AND the attorney should sign the contract, and you should get a copy of the signed contract.
  1. Ask what steps the attorney has taken to inform him/herself of the most current developments in immigration law and DACA.
  1. Gather and bring with you all documents and other paperwork related to your case when you meet with the attorney. Make sure you keep a copy of any documents that you leave with the attorney.
  1. Ask lots of questions and make sure you understand the answers.  Make sure the attorney explains anything you don’t understand.
  1. Ask the attorney for a copy of everything that she/he files. Keep these copies in a safe place.
  2. If you feel that your attorney has cheated you, file a complaint with state bar or other appropriate authority.


About David Leopold
Past President American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), In-the-Trenches practicing immigration Attorney, Blogger, Activist, Photographer, Educator, World Traveler. All opinions are my own.

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