FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Please reach us at 702-243-9444 or contact Immigration Lawyer Arsen V. Baziyants from our CONTACT FORM if you cannot find an answer to your question.
We do not offer free consultations. The consultation fee is $250.
The consultation is booked for an entire hour, and can be in person or over the phone – this is always the client’s choice. A lot is accomplished in that hour. We take our time to listen, so that you never feel rushed. We engage in detailed, in-depth discussions and analyses to give you the best legal advice.
The consultation is always with the attorney; never with a legal assistant.
We value our clients’ time; everyone is seen promptly at their appointment time.
Our consultation is offered as a service separate from any representation we may or may not offer. We answer your questions and give you legal advice, and the consultation fee is our compensation for that service.
We understand that not everyone needs to hire a lawyer. Some people just need to consult a lawyer with their list of questions and no expectation of starting a case. That works for us too.
A consultation is not always required. You are welcome to call our office at 702-243-9444 to inquire about our ability and availability to take on a matter. Just keep in mind please that (1) we cannot always attend to unscheduled phone calls; (2) we will not be able to give any legal advice; (3) we will try to quote a fee during the brief free case evaluation by phone, but this often times requires a consultation.
No, we cannot guarantee success – only our best effort.
For one, lawyers are bound by rules of ethics which prohibit guaranteeing a specific result. Therefore it is unethical to guarantee a successful outcome. See Nevada Rules of Professional Conduct adopted by the Supreme Court of Nevada. Ethics aside, when it comes to the immigration laws specifically, there are many factors that can affect the decision of a case. We have little to no control over some of these factor, which makes it particularly difficult to predict the outcome, let alone guaranteeing a result. Simply put, all we can do is our best effort based on our experience and set of skills.
Merited cases can be denied.
The government agencies processing immigration benefits always seem to be dealing with a workload that far outweighs their capacity. The benefit can be a visa, permission to stay in the U.S. temporarily or permanently, or even U.S. citizenship. Apart from backlogs and delays, this can also result in decisions made rashly and based on an incomplete understanding of the facts.
Part of any lawyer’s work for his client is to present facts in the most favorable and compelling way to advance the clients’ interest. However, the adjudicator must have the time and be receptive enough to form a complete and accurate picture of the case. Again, sometimes this is not what happens. On the administrative level, the official adjudicating immigration benefits are sort of the judge and the jury. Of course, like with any of us, these officials have their biases or prejudices, and their worldview will certainly affect how they see the facts in one’s case or assess one’s credibility. For all of the foregoing reasons, yes, unfortunately, merited cases can be denied.
Who decides the case is often a mystery.
For better or worse, many of the immigration applications and petitions are adjudicated anonymously. A government employee, who may be thousands of miles away from you, whom you never met or even once spoken to, will be looking over a pile of paperwork and deciding a matter as important as your future in the United States. We have no control over this anonymity and it certainly ads another layer of complexity making the make the immigration process that much more unpredictable.
Any lawyer’s duty to a client requires continued support and counsel throughout the representation. However, it is important that clients have realistic expectations. What is described above is part of the reality of many immigration cases, and how one’s immigration journey can get complex, long and with a difficult-to-predict final destination. Any professional who presents a rosy picture of this reality to his or client is either disingenuous or still very new to the field of immigration law.
Probably not. With the help of an immigration lawyer mistakes are a lot less likely to happen, so the process is more likely to be faster in that sense. These can be mistakes that would otherwise cost you a lot of time and possibly require you to start the process all over.
Currently I am seeing delays like I have never seen in over 20 years of working in the field of immigration law. Some of the cases go through stages with each stage taking months or even years. If you are wondering whether an immigration lawyer can expedite the process, the answer in most cases is no.