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Don’t Gamble Your Future On A Do-It-Yourself Visa Kit

By Steve Richardson

When you, a family member or a loved one needs help with immigration matters, it is certainly reasonable to shop around for help and compare different legal firms for both effectiveness and cost. However, in the hopes of saving money, some people are making use of questionable do-it-yourself kits of legal forms and basic instructions. Do not gamble on your future with a do-it-yourself visa kit. This is definitely one of those areas in which you do not want to be penny wise and pound foolish, trying to save a couple of dollars but risking your immigration status at the same time. Slow down and think this through.

With all the changes in the law, and the complexity of the process, you really do need the help of a U.S. immigration law firm. The best ones will have histories of serving clients in all 50 states, as well as a range of foreign countries, with various matters involving U.S.-bound travel and immigration status. Of primary importance is that the legal firm was founded on, and is still managed in accordance with, essential core values of integrity, trustworthiness, ethics, transparency, good communication and a commitment to its client satisfaction, going beyond the basics. This is about as far from do-it-yourself as you can get. When it comes to something so important, do you really want to go it alone, or would you prefer to have the professional, personalized, compassionate, one-on-one service that a leading specialty law firm can offer?

Relationships are key

No matter what its specialty, any leading legal firm will be devoted to developing and maintaining strong, supportive relationships with its clients. Having an intimate knowledge of clients’ needs, and understanding both their expectations and their goals, is absolutely key to a law firm’s ability to provide effective, professional service. This may be even more applicable in immigration matters, considering the lifelong repercussions of mistakes and miscues. In fact, lawyers market many of the do-it-yourself kits, and some even suggest you retain the services of the attorney on top of paying for the kit, a tacit admission that the kits are not going to take the place of a practicing attorney.

The global immigration picture is not getting any clearer these days, and political pressures in the U.S. and other Western nations have added to an already complicated, ever-changing, unpredictable situation. Success in this field takes a number of diverse skills that need to be kept updated and upgraded, in order to handle the diverse challenges of immigration law. There are temporary and high-skilled worker visas, family-based green cards, special situations for dependent family members and many other legal twists and turns concerning not only the letter of the law but the way that the government bureaucracies work (here and elsewhere). Only with a fully experienced firm will you get the kind of help you really need in this extremely important area of law.

Bottom line

It would be silly and even self-defeating to fight with one (or both!) arms tied behind your back. This is essentially what you are doing when you go the do-it-yourself route in matters of law that will affect your family, your loved ones and the rest of your life. You can probably understand after reading this article than you need good legal help, and that a DIY visa kit is unnecessarily risky. Beyond seeking an established, expert and reputable law firm, though, you also want to find one that has successfully harnessed modern technologies like the Internet to serve its clients with speed, accuracy and affordability. With the latest Web-based tools and techniques, the leading immigration law firms can deliver their range of services to clients around the globe.

No matter what your own immigration situation is, do not gamble your future on a do-it-yourself visa kit. If you want to have the best chance for success with your immigration case(s), be smart and get a leading law firm on your side. It is less costly than you think, especially when you consider that failure is in no way acceptable. In fact, when you do think about the price, also ask yourself the value of the right outcome. If you want to be a U.S. citizen, the value of that outcome is probably priceless in your estimation. It is certainly valuable enough for you to give it your best shot. Do not shortchange yourself or your family. Do it right.

Doing it right, of course, does not mean turning responsibility over to someone else. Not at all. You should educate yourself as much as possible on the laws in general, immigration matters affecting you in particular and the actual procedures you will have to go through. A good law firm always wants involved, informed clients, as you will be forming a team together. Stay sharp, be ready to help but let the lawyer lead the way. Doing immigration law with a kit means you are leading yourself, essentially. That is hardly a winning strategy. Once again, do not shortchange yourself or your family. Do it right.

DISCLAIMER: This article is not written by an attorney and is not intended as legal advice, and should not be construed by the reader as legal advice. If you seek legal advice, or advice on any of the topics discussed herein, please consult with today for online help locating a finance visa attorney to assist with your student visas, work visas and green cards!

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Richardson, Steve "Don’t Gamble Your Future On A Do-It-Yourself Visa Kit." Don’t Gamble Your Future On A Do-It-Yourself Visa Kit. 7 Jul. 2010. 8 Aug 2014 <>.

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