- The US immigration system is based on precisely defined categories of immigration benefits. Whether you will get an immigration benefit depends on how well you fit in a category.
- The US immigration system is not perfect. Mistakes will occur. If your case proceeds smoothly, consider yourself lucky.
- Aliens in removal proceedings have very few rights. People who are accused of serious crimes often have more rights than an alien in removal proceedings.
- The US immigration system works slowly. To successfully make it work for you requires 1) paying close attention to the law, and 2) a great deal of patience.
- An immigration benefit is a privilege, not a right. This may or may not be morally right, but it is the reality.
- Just because you know someone for whom the process of obtaining an immigration benefit was easy does not necessarily mean it will be easy for you.
- Just because you know someone for whom the process of obtaining an immigration benefit was hard does not necessarily mean it will be hard for you.
- Dealing with the US immigration system is not an exact science. You should not have high expectations that you will receive your immigration benefit in any set period of time.
- The stakes are high with immigration. Get an attorney. If you can’t afford an attorney, at least consult with one to make sure you are not making a mistake. If you can’t do that, you probably qualify for legal aid sponsored by a number of local and national charitable and immigrants’ rights organizations.
- Civic participation on immigration issues is the ONLY way we will see a positive change in the immigration system. Make your voice heard!
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Sharifa Abbasi, Esq.