Archives for February 2014

Finding the Right Immigration Lawyer in Grand Rapids – Part 2

In Part 1 of my series on how to find the right immigration lawyer in Grand Rapids, I gave an overview of why you need to hire an immigration lawyer and some basic considerations of what a good immigration lawyer should be able to do for you. I also told you to do your homework! A client needs to have completed some basic steps before deciding on the right immigration lawyer.

In Part 2, I provide you some detailed factors to consider when choosing an immigration lawyer. This list does not cover each and every factor that could exist but, it does give you some good ideas on what you need to think about in order to make the best possible choice.
In the end, you are the customer and the customer is always right. If you remember two things as a customer, you can lower the risk of picking a lawyer that is not a good fit: 1) a knowledgeable customer rarely makes a bad choice; and 2) don’t settle for anything less than you are willing to accept.

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Finding the Right Immigration Lawyer in Grand Rapids- Part 1

There may come a time when it is necessary to seek the assistance of an immigration lawyer. As with all professions, there are many qualified, competent immigration lawyers, and some that are not. Unfortunately, there is no reliable directory to assist you in determining which ones are good and which ones are not. Over the course of the next few weeks I will provide you with some general guidelines on choosing a lawyer and also provide you with an overview of information you should be aware of when working with the lawyer and his staff.  [Read more…]

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USCIS Announces Changes to Application for Naturalization

On February 4, 2014, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced changes to the Form N-400, Application for Naturalization (citizenship). The form has doubled in length and is now 21 pages. The increase in length is due, in part, to additional questions related to determinations about good moral character and national security. 


Beginning on May 5, 2014, USCIS will only accept the new (09/13/2013) edition of the Form N-400. It is anticipated that these changes will make it more challenging for applicants and those who help applicants with naturalization. 

For a permanent resident thinking about becoming a citizen – now may be a good time to get started and avoid having to deal with the longer form. If you have any questions about the process of naturalization or need assistance in completing the application, please feel free to call and schedule an appointment by calling the office at 616-233-9300.
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