Should I have an Immigration Lawyer with me at the Border?

Can an Immigration Lawyer help with border crossing issues?

Many clients when applying for any given visa/status at a P.O.E. (Port of Entry), or simply wanting to travel to the USA or Canada  like having a lawyer physically with them to overcome any issues with a CBP/CBSA or Immigration Officer that may arise.

Representation by an immigration lawyer is more important

We do accompany our clients when necessary; however, this is not always suggested given the specific circumstances of the case. Sometimes having an immigration lawyer physically present with the client, can raise unnecessary flags (even if there are not any issues in the first place).

With all cases that we work on, the adjudicating officer will be well aware that the client is represented by an immigration lawyer (whether the lawyer physically appears with you or not) and any issues that may arise are almost always resolved with further lawyer submissions which can come in various forms. The end-result is that the client is still represented even if the lawyer is not physically with them.

Depending on the circumstances and the intricacies of each case, usually, an immigration lawyer is not physically needed.  However, there are some situations where having a  lawyer present with you will absolutely be necessary.

Having a good grasp of your situation is obviously important. However, the methodology used in each case is key to any successful application.

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Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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