Why do I need an immigration attorney?

It is vitally important to consult an immigration attorney before taking any legal action regarding citizenship or naturalization. Proceeding without a knowledgeable, licensed attorney can lead to troublesome (and sometimes irreversible) errors in the legal process.

AILA attorneys are seasoned professionals experienced in immigration law and understand the impacts of the latest legislative changes. Your immigration lawyer can advise you about potential risks of certain actions and provide personalized recommendations on what course of action is in your best interest based on your immigration-related history.


Can’t I just work with a notary/notario?

Notaries are not valid immigration law representatives recognized by the U.S. government, and are not authorized to provide immigration-related services. It is illegal for notaries to provide immigration advice, including assistance filling out forms or green card applications.

Without sufficient knowledge of immigration law, notaries often make errors that can cause permanent harm to you and your family. Scam artists also frequently pose as notaries to con immigrant families out of their hard-earned money.

Only a licensed immigration lawyer or accredited representative is authorized and qualified to assist immigrants in the legal process.


Where can I find an immigration attorney near me?

To locate an immigration attorney in South Florida, visit our Members page.

To find an attorney elsewhere in the country, visit the national AILA Immigration Lawyer Search.


How much will an immigration attorney cost?

The fees charged by immigration lawyers vary depending on the services provided and the firm’s rates. Many members of AILA South Florida maintain thriving pro bono practices.

Find a lawyer near you to set up an initial consultation.


What do the immigration reform changes mean for me?

New changes could have a significant impact on the process to citizenship for both documented and undocumented immigrants.

It’s important to work with a license immigration attorney to ensure that you are proceeding properly according to current laws and potential changes in legislation.

For the latest on what’s happening in Washington, visit our Immigration Reform page or Blog.


What is the purpose of AILA?

AILA’s mission is to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.

Learn more about the South Florida chapter.


How do I join AILA South Florida?

Visit our Join AILA page for full details on member qualifications and the application process.