You are not required to have an immigration lawyer when applying for a U.S. visa or green card.  If you have a straight forward case, you may be able to proceed all the way to a visa or green card without a lawyer.  In fact, if you are outside of the U.S. lawyers cannot attend consular interviews with you, though they are allowed to prepare the paperwork and have follow up communications with the consulates.

However, there are many times when a lawyer’s help can make a big difference in your case and be well worth the money.  Because immigration law is complicated, even a seemingly simple case can suddenly become nightmarish.  I should explain

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