An immigration specialist can file paperwork with immigration offices and courts on behalf of clients.
An immigration attorney, paralegal and enforcement agent are all types of immigration experts. Each role has specific roles in the immigration process. Immigration experts are expected to be well versed in the immigration laws of their regions. An immigration specialist works with government agencies, immigrants and court systems and often speaks multiple languages to communicate with a variety of clients.
Immigration experts can keep tabs on a couple who are suspected of marrying for the sole purpose of getting a green card.
Immigration attorneys assist immigrants with all aspects of immigration law. Immigrants being deported, seeking work visas or desiring citizenship can use the services of an immigration attorney to go through the process. Immigration attorneys maintain knowledge of current immigration laws for their regions and advise clients on the best way to achieve desired goals. An immigration attorney appears in court with the client in all legal matters. They also file paperwork with immigration offices and courts on behalf of clients.
Immigrants being deported, seeking work visas or desiring citizenship can use the services of an immigration attorney to go through the process.
Paralegals cannot act as attorneys, but they can advise immigrants on how to complete paperwork, help them move forward in the process, and provide assistance to the immigrant with regards to most immigration matters. A paralegal is specifically trained in law but has not completed a law degree or taken the regional bar exam. Legal assistants often work under the supervision of a lawyer, but their fees are usually cheaper than those of a lawyer. Some regions do not have paralegals, however.
Immigration specialists can help immigrants find employment.
An immigration agent is another type of immigration specialist. Typical duties of an immigration agent include investigating alien status, maintaining immigrant case files, and assisting the court system in court proceedings against illegal immigrants. As an immigration specialist, an enforcement officer is also used to secure national borders and work proactively to eliminate the threat of terrorism.
Some regions have immigration specialists called immigration assistants. These assistants are not lawyers or specifically trained in the law and therefore cannot provide legal advice. They can, however, guide immigrants through the necessary paperwork for visas, green cards or other needs. Requirements vary by region with regard to immigration assistants. For example, in some regions, the contract signed between the immigration specialist and the immigrant must be presented in the immigrant’s mother tongue as well as in the language of the new region, so that both parties clearly understand everything it contains.
In the interest of protecting immigrants, some regions require all immigration experts to register with their government offices. This helps reduce the number of untrained residents taking advantage of immigrants seeking assistance in their new regions. Jurisdiction-specific requirements and information on how to register with a government office can usually be found on government websites.