FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
How can I arrange an initial consultation?
There’s lots of free information on this website – look around! This can save you time and money. Click here to arrange an individual consultation by Skype video, phone, email or in person (in Oregon, US. There is a $100 fee. We will discuss how immigration laws apply to you. Attorney Keir is in the US and really does have clients around the world. I will ask you for information and documents on your situation before we consult. If you then hire me for your case, I will clearly explain my fees in advance.
Why isn't the initial consultation free?
Often you can answer your own question for free by looking around this website. Attorney Keir makes her living by giving legal advice. She has specialized knowledge and spends time and money to keep up with the constant changes in immigration law. We hope you value in speaking to an attorney who focuses only on immigration law, and it’s worth paying the modest fee for her advice which might save you thousands of dollars and lots of headaches over time. To read what clients say about our professional help, go to our testimonials page.
Why hire an immigration lawyer? Can’t I just fill in the forms myself?
Attorney Keir focuses on immigration law. I know the law that goes with the forms. You can make serious mistakes when you don’t know the law. For example, sometimes people apply for citizenship and end up being deported because you have an old criminal conviction you forgot about. Or I can advise you whether you should postpone your visa application until you meet the requirements for the visa so you don’t waste your money on filing fees. Sometimes people don’t realize they’re qualified to petition a relative long before they thought. I’ll also advise you what documents you need, prepare the forms, and prepare you for an interview.
Finally, your application will probably proceed faster because I’m familiar with the process and forms. I used to work at the government’s National Visa Center (NVC) in a non-legal position. The NVC prepares visa applications for interviews at the foreign embassy. It’s sad to see applications that drag on for months – and sometimes years – because applicants don’t know what they’re doing and keep making mistakes with forms and documents.
If you usually fill in forms yourself, good for you! But immigration law involves more than just filling in forms. Hiring a lawyer can save you time and headaches in the long run. Read what our clients say about hiring an attorney for their cases.
How do I know you’re genuine?
Unfortunately, there are dishonest people – online and off – who charge a lot of money and say they’ll help you but don’t. Here are three ways to check my credentials:
- I’m a licensed U.S. lawyer. Because immigration law is federal, I can represent clients anywhere but my license is from Massachusetts and I’m regulated by the Board of Bar Overseers in Massachusetts. My Massachusetts license number is 681457. You can check the status of my license at this link.
- I’m also licensed as a lawyer – a Solicitor – in England and Wales, #183350; email email@example.com to confirm.
- I’m a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, or AILA. Membership is only available to lawyers, law students, and others in similar positions, but not to the general public. AILA provides a wealth of information and continuing education to keep me current on immigration law.