Is an Immigration Lawyer Really Worth the Cost of Hiring for My Immigration Matter?
It is fair to say that few people ever regret seeking the help of a professional in immigration, but the same cannot be said of those who do not. Immigration lawyers, like any other professionals such as accountants, doctors, architects, and engineers, possess considerable expertise in their field. And it is when we have benefitted from the expertise of a professional do we truly understand their value. While it is true that some will save money by installing their own bathroom rather than seeking the input of a trained professional plumber, some choose to forgo the advice of an immigration lawyer to save money, even when doing so may ultimately cost more in the long run. Those same individuals will often find themselves worried and anxious throughout their immigration journey, wondering if they have followed the correct process and whether they will receive a positive outcome. In this article, we will explain why an immigration lawyer, in most cases, is more than worth the cost of hiring for your immigration matter.
An Immigration Lawyer Will Give You Peace Of Mind
One of the primary benefits of engaging an immigration lawyer to handle your immigration matter and that of your family members is peace of mind. The ultimate outcome of an immigration decision is often life-changing for applicants, and this, understandably, comes with a corresponding level of anxiety and worry. If you are applying for asylum, for a work visa, to join your family member, or to study, a great deal hinges on your application. A refusal may not only lead to considerable disappointment and a delay or even complete cancellation of your plans for a new life, but it may also mean that the fees you have paid (which can be considerable depending on the country and type of application) may be lost forever. It may also mean losing a job you have been offered in another country or the loss of time with your family members. Engaging a professional will give you the peace of mind that your application, and that of your family, has the best possible chance of a positive outcome. This means that you can focus on what really matters to you while your application is being processed; your family, your business, and your career. An immigration solicitor will not only ensure you meet the eligibility requirements, but they will also make sure the necessary documents are supplied, and any follow-up questions are dealt with.
We have seen on many occasions how applicants have had their application refused, meaning the loss of several thousand pounds; those same individuals often then reapply, only for the very same outcome to occur. This can happen because they didn’t fully understand the reason for their initial refusal, or because they have made a second error when completing the application form.
Immigration lawyers are paid for their expertise, and their reputation depends on it. They will ensure that your application is completed thoroughly, and any potential issues are identified and mitigated.
Achieving Your Long-Term Objectives
Another of the main benefits of an immigration lawyer is that they will explain all of your options with your long-term plans in mind. Like a complex road network, immigration systems offer many pathways and not all lead to the same outcome (e.g. permission to stay in the UK). Often there are routes that our clients have never considered which provide additional benefits, reduced costs, and lead to more advantageous outcomes.
It is also valuable to work with an immigration lawyer as they will help you with any future immigration applications you need to make. The immigration journey towards the ultimate goal can take years for some, and being guided and prompted at each step of the way means this is much more likely to be realised.
And if you don’t have a long-term objective in mind, an immigration lawyer will explain your options so that when the time comes to make key decisions, you will have the facts to hand.
Saving You Money
Whereas some may think about the additional cost of hiring an expert in immigration law, very often, a net saving can be achieved. Applications for leave can be extremely expensive and sometimes are not refundable. By avoiding a refusal or the need to proceed to an appeal, a considerable amount of money can be saved. Another consideration is the value of your time; applying for a visa and gathering all the necessary documents can hours or even days. What is this worth to you? By paying for a professional to handle your application, appeal or any other immigration matter, you can redirect your time and focus towards more rewarding endeavours.
Saving You Time
Immigration lawyers are experts in the immigration system and policies of the countries in which they operate. This allows them to submit applications that are front-loaded with all the information that case officers may require, reducing the need for further evidence to be requested and submitted. Immigration lawyers will also provide covering letters if there are certain matters which may raise concern if not addressed. These factors ensure that visa/permit/permanent residency/citizenship and other immigration applications are more likely to lead to a positive outcome without any delay. Correspondingly, this will enable you to press ahead with your plans in the shortest possible time, meaning you can book flights, find accommodation, and make your journey to your new country.
Prospective migrants hire immigration lawyers for a number of reasons; 1) their expertise, 2) the peace of mind that their matter has the best chance of a prompt positive outcome, and 3) the knowledge that they are on the best immigration path for their short and long-term needs and those of their family, being just a few. If you are still unsure if you need professional assistance with your matter, remember that you can arrange an initial consultation with an immigration lawyer at no cost or obligation. They will not only listen to your needs and circumstances and give you the benefit of their expertise, but they will also explain any costs for their services, putting you fully in the driving seat. As we said at the outset of this article, it is only when you engage a professional do you realise their considerable value.
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