Five Immigration Law Resources

  1.    What should you know about immigration?

Many immigrants looking to complete the citizenship process actually have little knowledge about what immigration actually is in the United States. Gaining education and knowledge on what the process is, and how it works in the United States can help ease any stress related to completing the process and can also help you avoid pitfalls and delays. The best way to learn about the process is to contact an experienced immigration attorney. They have years of practice and experience in this area and can quickly get you up to speed and answer any of your immigration questions. If you are looking for some quick information about the immigration process, you can visit the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website.

  1.    How can you find a lawyer?

There are many ways to research and find a good immigration attorney, and there are many qualified immigration attorneys in most areas. Most attorneys will give you a free consultation meeting, where you can explain your problem and then the attorney can assess whether or not they can help you and what the cost will be to take care of your issue(s). Taking advantage of these free consultations with more than one attorney will assure you find not only an experienced attorney, but one that you feel comfortable with as well. The best attorney search resources are the American Bar Association’s Attorney Search website,, or the Department of Justice’s Free Legal Services Provider. The California Bar Association also has an attorney directory and they list any disciplinary actions taken against attorneys barred in the state, which can help you weed out potential representation flops.

  1.    What websites can you use for research?

There are numerous websites that have tons of information about the immigration process. Some are geared towards facts and some are geared towards a report of someone else’s experience in the process. Both types of sites can provide to visit to gain knowledge about the immigration process are The American Immigration Lawyers Association and The American Immigration Council.

  1.    How can I get a visa?

Anyone who is not a US citizen, but who wishes to travel to the US for work or pleasure will likely have to obtain a visa from the US Consulate. There are two types of visas, non-immigrant visas for those travelling through the US temporarily, and immigrant visas for those who wish to stay in the US permanently. Within each of these categories fall more categories of visas geared to fit every visitor; visas for students, visas for employment, visas for travel, etc. Finding the correct visa program for your needs is also important, as you must qualify for the visa before it will be granted. The United States Department of State has a Visa Wizard that can help you find the correct visa program and forms for your needs.

  1.    How can I protect myself and my family?

The best way to protect yourself and your family through the immigration process is to hire an experienced immigration attorney. Having a professional with the knowledge and experience to get you through the process not only can save you time and money, but it will also likely save your sanity and protect you and your family.

If you have any questions about the immigration process, contact the experienced attorneys at Gastelum Law today.