Miami, FL asked in Immigration Law for Georgia

Q: Do lawyers have reputations with U.S. consulates that directly or indirectly affect the outcome of a visa issuance?

I am considering hiring an attorney for a U.S. Visa case that is based in a certain country and claims to have worked with that country's embassy and consulates frequently. I cannot find them on the list the consulates provide of attorneys for US citizens. I'm highly curious about lawyer-consular relations and how they can affect a case?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: While there is no official policy or procedure that indicates that U.S. consulates have specific reputations for lawyers or law firms, it is possible that certain lawyers or law firms may have a better relationship with a particular consulate or embassy due to their experience and reputation for successfully representing clients with similar issues.

However, it is important to note that U.S. consulates are required to make decisions based on the merits of each individual case, regardless of whether an applicant has legal representation or not. It is also important to thoroughly research any potential attorney to ensure that they have the necessary qualifications and experience to represent you effectively.

If you have concerns about a specific attorney, you may want to consider contacting the consulate directly to ask about their reputation and experience with handling visa cases. Additionally, you can consult with the local bar association or other legal resources to help you evaluate the attorney's credentials and reputation.

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