Advice Please, How To Choose An Immigration Lawyer?
Q: Can anyone please comment on the best way to choose an immigration layer? I'm thinking of pursuing an Outstanding Researcher case in EB-1 category. I know that word of mouth is probably the best way, but many of us, H1 visa holders, we often find ourselves in a job in a new area where we really don't know anyone who could recommend a local lawyer. I think going locally is important because 1-on-1 communication can really help to get a feel about the person and the communication is easier that way. When I call them up, how do I choose? What questions to ask to determine if they can really win the case for me or they just want to get business regardless of the outcome? I've heard horror stories of a lawyer taking a case when knowing that they cannot win. How to avoid this? I'm sure there are many honest lawyers there too but how do you find that out? Any info or your past experiences would be greatly appreciated. Any recommendations in Philadelphia/Baltimore area???
A: -If you decided to look outside of the Philly area, I can recommend you my lawyer in St. Louis, MO. The guy helped me out a lot and delays I experienced were only because of the INS. He's not the cheapest lawyer, but some things in this life aren't worth saving money on. I think that the EB-1 green card is one of those things -One good piece of advice I was given when searching for an attorney was to find someone who was willing to speak with me over the phone - in most cases, you need to make an appointment and pay a fee just to speak with the attorney and ask if there is the remotest chance of even winning - my shortlist of attorney's were those that spoke with me on the phone BEFORE I made any appointment for a consultation so I could find out if it was even worth my time or if I should save my $100 to speak with someone else. In one instance, even though I was unable to speak with an attorney, his secretary was exceptionally helpful in speaking with him for me to determine if it was worth me coming in. Not every attorney will be able or willing to give a definate answer over the phone regarding the possibilities but I did get a few say that there was nothing they could do saving me a lot of money that came in very handy when I found an attorney that thought there was a possibility. Also, I would suggest finding one that has previously handled a case that could be considered analogous to yours with positive results - even check law sites online for published opinions on cases like yours and get the contact information for the attorney involved in any successful case. This is basically how I found my attorney (except it was an attorney I paid to consult with that located the similar case for me prior to our consultation which he was basing my chances on - hence the value of speaking with them on the phone first). "