Powers Immigration Law

Consultation

 

If you or a family member is interested in living in the United States, you may need someone who can help you understand U.S. immigration laws and who can help you apply for legal status.  Hiring an immigration lawyer can be a big decision. You need to feel that you are making the right choice. If you are asking yourself whether you need to have an attorney represent you in an immigration matter, Powers Immigration Law can advise you regarding your immigration options. We would be delighted to hear from you. 


“What should I expect at the consultation?”

Ms. Powers begins the consultation by learning about what you seek to accomplish. Your questions will be invited, thoughtfully considered, and answered frankly. During your consultation, Ms. Powers will:

  • Review the details of your immigration situation thoroughly
  • Review your documentation
  • Answer any questions you have about your immigration case
  • Explain the immigration benefits for which you may qualify
  • Explain the immigration process and possible outcomes

Ms. Powers will also discuss our fees and provide you with an estimate of the total fees for your immigration case. For more information on the Firm’s flat fee policy and payment plans, please click here.

Ms. Powers’ personal philosophy as a lawyer is to communicate with you honestly and to help create a strategy to obtain the positive outcome you seek. When she advises you to pursue a certain immigration benefit, she explains the process as it applies to your case, the issues or challenges involved in your particular situation (to the extent she is able to discover them at the initial consultation), the processing times and the fees.       

 

“I just have a simple question. Do I need a consultation?”   

Probably, yes. Your question may seem simple, but there are often other, not-so-simple questions or issues that only an attorney may be able to spot and bring to your attention. U.S. immigration laws are complex and technical. The laws can seem to lack commonsense and be far from intuitive. For example, the question "Can I, as a U.S. citizen, get my spouse a green card?"seems like a simple question. The question is far from simple as there are a number of legal considerations. In order to answer the question, one consideration is whether your spouse is "admissible" - a loaded legal question that requires knowing the circumstances of entry into the United States, prior entries and periods of stays in the United States, any prior immigration history, any criminal history, etc.     


If the simple question is "How much does it cost...?", please understand that no firm quote for legal services may be provided without a consultation. We must determine exactly what service needs to be provided and the complexity of your case.  To make this determination, an attorney must carefully listen and ask questions about your particular situation.


“Who provides the consultations?”     

Attorney Tanya M. Powers provides the one hour consultation. 


“What should I bring to the consultation?”

Documentation: Bring all documentation related to your immigration matter. The more documentation you bring to the consultation, the easier it will be for Ms. Powers to accurately evaluate your immigration options. Visit the  documentation page by clicking here for more details about the documentation that Ms. Powers would ideally like to review at your immigration consultation.

Interpreters: If you cannot communicate in English or Spanish, please bring someone with you who can interpret for you.

Your spouse or fiancé: If your immigration case is based on marriage or engagement to a U.S. citizen, we ask that both you and your spouse or fiancé attend the consultation if possible. If your spouse or fiancé is not in the United States, we ask that he or she be available via phone or Skype.

Questionnaire: Either plan on arriving to the consultation 20 minutes early to complete questionnaires or click here to print, complete and bring the questionnaires with you.

 

“Can you tell me exactly how much you will charge to handle my case before meeting with me?”

No and here’s why. The Firm typically charges a flat legal fee, which varies based on the facts and complexity of the case. Unfortunately, the Firm cannot estimate the costs for your case with accuracy without an immigration attorney first meeting with you and reviewing your case carefully. You may believe that your immigration case is straightforward, routine and simple but there may be legal issues or difficulties that you haven’t spotted.


“Where is the consultation held?”

We offer in-person immigration consultations at our office located in Charlotte North Carolina near SouthPark mall (click here for directions) and at our office located in Hickory North Carolina (click here for directions). There is simply no substitute for an in-depth, face-to-face meeting with an immigration lawyer. This option is our preferred method of analyzing your immigration case. But if you need help or advice and cannot make it into the office, we offer immigration consultations by phone or Skype. Regardless of which form of consultation you choose, Ms. Powers will be ready to thoroughly analyze your immigration case and carefully explain your rights and options.


“What should I do to get ready for my consultation?”

Whether this is your first consultation with a lawyer or you have met with many lawyers in your life, here are some things you can do to make the most of the consultation:

  • Write down your questions ahead of time — every single one
  • Bring the documentation listed on the documentation page
  • Be on time
  • Bring your completed questionnaire or arrive 20 minutes early to complete the questionnaire at the office
  • When in doubt, bring it to the appointment!


“How can I request a Consultation?”

To schedule a consultation, call Ms. Powers today at (704) 556-1156 for the Charlotte office, (828) 394-1196 for the Hickory office or follow this link to complete the consultation request form.

 

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Powers Immigration Law maintains this website to provide general information about the Firm and the services it provides to its clients.  The information contained on this website is not intended to be legal advice and it should not be relied on as a substitute for seeking legal counsel.   Powers Immigration Law does not seek to enter into an attorney-client relationship with any reader of its on-line content.  An attorney-client relationship with the firm can only be formed based on personal consultation with an attorney, followed by a determination that the Law Office is willing and able to accept such representation.




 

Powers Immigration Law ♦ tanya.powers@tmpowerslaw.com

520 8th Street NE ♦ Hickory, NC 28601 ♦ (828) 394-1196

5200 Park Road, Suite 221 ♦ Charlotte, NC 28209  ♦ (704) 556-1156

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