I often cringe when I hear that immigrants are going to handle their cases on their own, without a lawyer.
I’ve seen far too many instances where pro per applicants – that is, immigrants acting as their own attorneys – made simple mistakes that could have and should have been avoided.
In some instances, when careless mistakes are made, a do-over is possible. Other times, the problem is more serious. It destroys their cases altogether.
A recent USCIS announcement, seemingly innocent, rekindled my worries for such “independent” applicants of immigration benefits.
The announcement pertained to biometrics appointments – appointments where an immigrant’s fingerprints and photographs are taken when they apply for green cards, citizenship, and other benefits.
On the surface, the announcement is not earth-shattering. However, the changes pose a real danger for unsuspecting immigrants.
Recommended Links For More Information:
Immigrants Without Lawyers: Five Common Pro Per Mistakes
The Impact Of Avoidable Actions: Small Mistakes, Huge Consequences