At Lawyer Legion, we created a directory of immigration attorneys. You can search our immigration law directory by state, city, or zip code. Find a list of profiles for different attorneys in a particular city or state.
The profiles have information on the attorney's membership and leadership in legal organizations related to immigration law, speaking engagements at quality CLE seminars, and participation in specialty certification programs.
All of the listings in our directory are free to immigration attorneys. Furthermore, you can trust the results because we do not allow any paid listings or advertising by the attorneys.
Immigration law governs who may come in and out of the United States, how long they may stay, who may become a citizen. Immigration law is governed under federal law under the United States Immigration and Nationality Act. The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have jurisdiction over immigration matters.
Immigration lawyers represent people from other countries who wish to come to the United States, people who are in the United States who wish to stay here or people who seek citizenship. Lawyers focused on immigration law may represent foreign nationals and U.S. corporations that employ foreign nationals.
An immigration attorney might represent a person at a deportation hearing or help a person fill out the necessary paperwork for asylum. Immigration lawyers represent clients before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Labor, and U.S. Department of State.
Types of Immigration Cases
Types of immigration law cases include:
Hiring an Immigration Law Attorney
Many lawyers who work exclusively in the immigration field focus on either family-based, marriage-based, or employment-based immigration cases. The immigration system is extraordinarily complex with many difficult issues, so it is important that the attorney have an understanding of it.
As immigration laws change, the attorney must keep up with all of the new development.
Members of immigration law organizations, like the American Immigration Lawyers Association, have access to continuing legal education, publications, and other resources that help them keep up-to-date on immigration law and practices, as well as improve their skills and competency.
The AILA also maintains an immigration attorney directory of its members which is an effective tool for anyone searching for the right lawyer.
The AILA immigration attorney directory also allows the public to narrow their search to include only attorneys that speak a particular foreign languages such as Spanish, Russian, French, Hindi, Chinese, or Japanese.
Board Certification in Immigration Law
Several states allow attorneys to become certified as a specialist in immigration law. Under the bar rules in several states, board certified lawyers earns the right to advertise himself or herself as a specialist in the field of immigration law.
- State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization - Immigration Law: California attorneys may become certified in immigration law. These attorneys must show they have practiced at least five years, dedicating a certain percentage of their practice to immigration law. The attorneys must pass a test and meet other requirements.
- Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education: Attorneys in Florida who are board certified in immigration and nationality law must show that they have attained minimum experience and education requirements. The attorney must also pass a written test.
- North Carolina Board of Legal Specialization: North Carolina lawyers can become certified in immigration law by the North Carolina Board of Legal Specialization. The immigration lawyer must show substantial involvement in the specialty area and sufficient experience, provide references and pass a written exam.
- Texas Board of Legal Specialization: Texas attorneys can become certified in immigration and nationality law by the TBLS. A lawyer must show substantial involvement in the specialty area of immigration law and experience, provide references and pass a written exam.
At Lawyer Legion, we know that finding the right attorney for your case is a difficult task. We created our free online directory of immigration lawyers to help make the job easier.
This article was last updated on Friday, March 5, 2021.