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Coming from 18 years in legal services...I tend to think in most situations you're better off with an attorney. But I don't think I've seen any posts from people who actually used a lawyer, or had lawyer at their embassy interview. I'd like to know if anyone, especially in Jamaica, used a lawyer for any of the process, or for the interview itself.

Ann

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Coming from 18 years in legal services...I tend to think in most situations you're better off with an attorney. But I don't think I've seen any posts from people who actually used a lawyer, or had lawyer at their embassy interview. I'd like to know if anyone, especially in Jamaica, used a lawyer for any of the process, or for the interview itself.

Ann

that's because most of these cases on vj are fairly straightforward and don't need one. i'd say more than half the posts i've seen from those with a lawyer they were most unhappy with that attorney.


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Coming from 18 years in legal services...I tend to think in most situations you're better off with an attorney. But I don't think I've seen any posts from people who actually used a lawyer, or had lawyer at their embassy interview. I'd like to know if anyone, especially in Jamaica, used a lawyer for any of the process, or for the interview itself.

Ann

that's because most of these cases on vj are fairly straightforward and don't need one. i'd say more than half the posts i've seen from those with a lawyer they were most unhappy with that attorney.

Agree.. there have been many complaints about delays, missing documentation, and outright misinformation provided by attorneys. If you choose to use one, I would suggest careful screening and understanding of their experience. I don't think I've ever read anyone who 'glowed' about their immigration representation.

Our petition was very straightforward.. we chose to manage it ourselves and had absolutely no problems. This site is a plethora of information, but you have to use good judgment about the advice you choose to heed as well.

Jen


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We used a lawyer thinking: I dont want to screw this up so better to use somebody that has experience more than me - that was before i knew about VJ. I could have done it all myself if I would have known - it just takes time to read the USCIS web site and look at some of the faqs and forums here on VJ.

The lawyer who we used actually had good intentions but in reality really screwed things up and made everything complicated. Our interview was actually cancled when we arrived in Rio but luckily we were able to reschedule a few days later. Not a piece of cake for us like others have posted. We did AOS ourselves without a lawyer and succeeded fortunately.

Our experiences anyway. Good luck with whatever you decide.


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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Jamaica
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I went through Jamaica and I hired a lawyer. I hadn't found this site yet so I really had no idea what I was doing. In the long run (and to make a long story short) I was always hunting down my lawyer and rarely got to talk to him...I was always talking to an assistant. I found this site and found out that I would need a police certificate from the Bahamas because my then fiance lived there for 10 months. When I asked the lawyer about it he told me that it was not needed...only if he lived there 12 or more months. I listened to him and lo and behold we got a 221g at the interview because we didn't have the police certificate. We were delayed for over 2 months and when I called the lawyer afterwards because I wanted our file sent to me as I was not going to use them any further they asked me if "she" got the visa. They had no idea really who they were talking with it seemed and they didn't even take the time to know if we were approved and how it all went. I know that some of it could be the actual lawyer but we found this one through the AILA and he was supposedly in good standing. In the long run I could have saved all that money and just used VJ for everything...they never steered me wrong where as the lawyer did. The other thing is that you fill out all the forms yourself anyways...they just double check them and type them up nice and pretty for you. Something you can do yourself.

Save the money and just ask as many questions as you need to!!!

Jamie

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No matter what a lawyer might tell you -- they (in the end) will not "hold your hand" through the process and make sure it runs smoothly. Save your money.....


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07/11/06 - AOS Approved - w/o interview

07/17/06 - GC Received....

I-751 - Lifting Conditions

04/01/08 - Sent to Nebraska

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Save your money everyone here can help you. I had my congressman double check them before I sent them in. He actual took my paperwork and mailed it for me. So if you want another set of eyes contact your nearst congressmans office. It helps to have someone else check your work.


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We thought about getting one just b4 we found VJ. In 1 week we decided we didin't need one. We did everything by ourselves and never got any RFE. Everything went very smooth.

Save the money for the honeymoon or a house!!!

Carol


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10-09-08 - Biometrics (Touched)

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