Ernesto J. Buitrago Illustrates Importance of Immigration Attorneys

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Attorney Ernesto J. Buitrago, of the Buitrago Law Firm, lists the top five tips regarding hiring an immigration attorney.

Ernesto J. Buitrago

Such a process is so impactful that tackling it alone is almost silly; it is like driving a vehicle without directions to your destination. The job of an attorney is to drive the vehicle for you to a place they have driven to multiple times.

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For many people, hiring an immigration attorney is a tough decision, as they wonder if they can fill out the forms for their particular issue(s) themselves or have had a bad experience with a prior attorney. “However, errors in an immigration petition or failure to follow complex procedural formalities may cause an application or petition to be delayed or denied,” said immigration attorney Ernesto J. Buitrago.

Buitrago lists the following five tips that may aid people in deciding whether an immigration attorney can help them:

No. 1: Options you did not know existed. “Many individuals come to my office deflated and announce they have done all of the research and their appointment is a mere formality,” said Buitrago. “However, upon exploring their background, circumstances and relationships, that individual usually has an exceedingly good chance to get his or her petition granted. An attorney can help you explore and exhaust all avenues of possibilities. Attorneys may be the proverbial flashlight in the shadowy tunnel of immigration procedure(s).”

No. 2: Familiarity with forms. An attorney that specializes in immigration law will have a “seasoned” familiarity with all of the numerous forms required to process a person’s petition. Most immigration forms carry a number and require a corroborating form for proper submission. A minimal error may delay or negatively affect one’s petition, but an attorney can ensure that the correct forms are respectfully submitted and with the proper evidence.

No. 3: Deportation/removal proceedings. “During removal proceedings, retaining an attorney is essential,” stresses Buitrago. “At this stage of the game, your ‘immigration pulse’ is in the hands of the judicial system. An attorney can ensure that the proper relief is requested. Additionally, the petitioner has the burden to prove that the form of relief sought is warranted by introducing evidence, which is both complicated and delicate. An attorney will understand the procedure and help you articulate your argument with greater effectiveness.”

No. 4: Time-sensitive matters. To save money, individuals attempt to apply for certain relief themselves, but find that their requests have fallen into an administrative black hole, causing them to miss a filing deadline alongside some of their rights as petitioners. For example, a child may lose certain rights in his or her immigration process upon turning 21; however, an attorney will have the procedural foresight to anticipate these matters to ensure that your rights are preserved.

No. 5: You want to call the U.S. your home. “It’s obvious that if you are in any immigration proceedings, you want to live or remain in the United States,” said Buitrago. “Such a process is so impactful that tackling it alone is almost silly; it is like driving a vehicle without directions to your destination. The job of an attorney is to drive the vehicle for you to a place they have driven to multiple times.”

About Ernesto J. Buitrago, Buitrago Law Firm, PA
Ernesto J. Buitrago is the Senior Partner of the Buitrago Law Firm. Practice areas of the Buitrago Law Firm include immigration, business litigation and defense, and estate planning. For more information, call (954) 532-0990, or visit http://www.buitragolawfirm.com. The law office is located at 2933 W. Cypress Creek Rd., Suite 201, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 33309.

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