With the new complexities and restrictions of the U.S. immigration system, it has become more challenging for immigrants to move through the legal immigration process. Across all sections of immigration laws and regulations, the U.S. government is requiring increasing evidence that immigration benefits applicants meet strict eligibility requirements, William A. Stock, former president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), told el Nuevo Herald.

By Marta Oliver Craviotto, Daniel Shoer Roth

So it’s more important than ever to get expert advice from a lawyer who has experience, has seen similar cases and knows what is going to be convincing to the government agency, the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), making the decision.

Stock, one of the country’s leading immigration lawyers based in Philadelphia, listed the questions an immigrant should ask an immigration attorney before deciding whether to hire him or her.

“First and foremost, an individual has to feel comfortable with the lawyer and with the relationship you are going to have with the lawyer, because you are going to trust and rely on this person,” said Stock.

“It’s very important for people to understand they are hiring the lawyer, the lawyer works for them, they are the boss, and if they are not happy with the service, they should tell the lawyer, and they are entitled to work with the lawyer,” he added.

Stock said these are some of the best questions clients should ask their potential lawyers:


It’s important to start the attorney-client relationship with a clear understanding of the goal and the scope of what you are trying to do together.

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