EAH Immigration provides comprehensive legal services in the areas of employment and family-based immigration, removal defense, and asylum and refugee law. We take a personalized approach to each and every case, using our considerable experience in the field to analyze and evaluate all immigration options available to our clients. Once our firm has been retained to assist you through a signed fee agreement, your case is assigned to a team comprised of one attorney and one paralegal. The team assigned to your case will remain your primary points of contact throughout the process. You also have the benefit of the expertise of the other attorneys and paralegals in our office as our teams routinely share case information and work collaboratively to provide the best legal advice and services to our clients. In addition, our Firm Administrator, who manages day-to-day operations of the firm, provides case support to clients in the form of troubleshooting emergency situations and responding to client inquiries in the rare instances when you cannot reach your attorney or paralegal. Likewise, our Client Services Coordinator is available to assist with scheduling appointments and addressing billing questions. At EAH Immigration, we strive to make the often complicated and stressful process of immigration as straightforward and painless as possible.
Initial Case Review & Consultations
Retaining Our Firm/Legal Fees
Communicating and Working With Our Firm
Once you have signed a fee agreement and paid the initial deposit or retainer, you are now a client of the firm and your case will be assigned to an attorney and paralegal team. In most cases, we will require additional information and/or documentation from you in order to get your case started. We employ various procedures to collect your information and documents including electronic questionnaires and other forms. We strongly recommend that you communicate with your attorney/paralegal team by e-mail so that you have a written copy of correspondence on your case. You are also welcome to call us with your questions or concerns throughout the case. Our policy is to respond to all client inquires, whether by telephone or e-mail, within one business day. When sending an e-mail, we recommend that you send it to both your attorney and paralegal to get the fastest response. We also recommend that you do not both call and e-mail your attorney and paralegal and this causes confusion regarding how you would prefer to communicate with our office.
Copies of immigration filings are provided by EAH Immigration to the petitioner and beneficiary or the applicant at the time of filing. Throughout the pendency of your application with the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services, Department of Labor, or the Department of State, we will provide you with updates on your case status and will continue to answer your immigration questions. Upon adjudication of your immigration applications or petitions, we also provide documentary evidence of the governments request for evidence (RFE) and subsequent decision. It is extremely important to maintain a copy of all of your immigration filings for future reference. After the completion of our representation, EAH Immigration maintains your immigration files for seven years and then destroys them.
Many immigration matters involve a situation referred to as "dual representation." In the world of immigration, dual representation occurs when there is both a petitioner (U.S. employer or petitioning family member) and a beneficiary (the sponsored employee or family member). The matter is considered "dual representation" because the filing of any immigration paperwork has legal implications for both parties. In these situations, it is very important that both parties agree to dual representation. At EAH Immigration , we believe that we can fairly represent both parties in most immigration matters. Common representation in this circumstance often is more efficient and may tend to reduce the expenditures for legal services.
In undertaking to represent both the employer and employee or a family petitioner and beneficiary, in applications to the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, Immigration Court and/or the U.S. Department of State, EAH Immigration attorneys are required to keep each client adequately informed and to maintain confidentiality of information relative to the representation. However, any information either party reveals to EAH Immigration during this representation cannot be kept confidential from the other party without both parties' prior consent.
There is a possibility that, in the future, conflicts will arise between the petitioner and beneficiary over the nature of the representation, relationship, and/or employment. If a conflict should develop during the course of our representation, or if confidential information should be revealed which would affect our ability to continue representation of both parties, we may be forced to withdraw from representing either party in a dual representation case.
Tips On Hiring An Immigration Attorney
Hiring an attorney can be an intimidating, confusing, and even frustrating process. Before hiring an attorney, it is important to do your homework. Find out as much as you can about an attorney before signing a contract. Some questions to ask an immigration attorney at the initial consultation include:
- How long have you been practicing law?
- In what state(s) are you licensed to practice law?
- What percentage of your clients are immigration cases?
- Are you a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association?
- How often have you handled immigration matters like my case?
- What is the range of possible outcomes in my case from best to worst?
- What will be your fees and how will you charge me?
- Who in your office will work on my case?
- How do I communicate with your office? What is your policy for returning calls and e-mails?
Below are some resources to assist you in the hiring process:
Colorado Supreme Court – The Colorado Supreme Court regulates attorneys in the State of Colorado. You can go to the Court's website to check to see if an attorney is registered in the State of Colorado and to view an attorney's disciplinary history, if any.
The Colorado Supreme Court also provides valuable information about the use of "notarios" for immigration matters – see:
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) – AILA is the national association of over 11,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law. AILA Member attorneys represent U.S. families seeking permanent residence for close family members, as well as U.S. businesses seeking talent from the global marketplace. AILA Members also represent foreign students, entertainers, athletes, and asylum seekers, often on a pro bono basis. Founded in 1946, AILA is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that provides continuing legal education, information, professional services, and expertise through its 36 chapters and over 50 national committees. AILA provides a number of resources for hiring an immigration attorney:
American Bar Association (ABA) – The ABA is the largest voluntary professional association in the world. With more than 400,000 members, the ABA provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public. The ABA provides a link on its website to resources for selecting a lawyer
Attorney Rating Websites – Many organizations evaluate and rate attorneys in the United States. Their methodologies differ and their listings sometimes depend on a lawyer paying fees to be included. The following websites all require some form of peer and/or client endorsement to determine attorney ratings: Martindale-Hubbell http://www.martindale.com/; Best Lawyers http://www.bestlawyers.com/; Super Lawyers http://www.superlawyers.com/; and Avvo.com http://www.avvo.com/