Immigration Consultants

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Immigration consultants can be official representatives of federal agencies concerned with immigration laws, benefits, and services, or they can be part of non-governmental organizations that assist immigrants in working with these agencies. There are several major government entities that are involved in immigration in one way or another, and all maintain websites and have toll-free phone numbers that are readily available to immigrants.

One of the most important agencies is the Department of State (DOS), which handles temporary visas at U.S. embassies and consulates overseas. DOS regulates visas for people who want to travel in this country for pleasure, who must receive medical treatment here, or for people who are engaged in business activities. Detailed, step-by-step information about applying for visas is on their website, and also at www.UnitedStatesVisas.gov.

Immigration Consultants from Unofficial Groups

One of the best sources of immigration consultants is the relevant governmental agency in the migrant's homeland. Likewise, in this country, the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) has toll-free phone numbers, fax accessibility, and a website. Many immigrants may be hesitant to deal with official agencies, however, or they may not know how to access information from these sources.

Community organizations are able to provide immigration consultants who speak the same language as the immigrant, and who can advise on immigration procedures and documentation. Often, immigration attorneys volunteer time to assist immigrants who need specific legal advice about how to proceed with governmental agencies. In worthy cases, these attorneys may represent immigrants who the attorneys believe have had their rights violated.


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