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March 19, 2024

Things You Can Do Today to Benefit Your Immigration

Do you have an immigration case pending in Michigan? If so, you may know that resolving such matters can take time.

Every case is unique. A Michigan immigration attorney can help you better understand how long your case may take.

That said, there are steps you can take now to improve your immigration case. They include the following:

Study for the Naturalization Exam

Depending on your ultimate immigration goals, you may eventually have to complete and pass a naturalization test. Such an exam gauges your knowledge of basic American civics.

Passing the test indicates you are prepared to become an American citizen. You can start studying for the test by reviewing questions and answers from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security today.

Obtain Basic Records

You may need to provide certain types of records throughout the immigration process. Potential examples include:

  • Identification records – Documentation of your birth and identification may include a birth certificate, marriage record/license, divorce records, and similar documentation. The specific types of documents you may gather can depend on your home country. 
  • Criminal record documents – If you have ever had any interaction with law enforcement resulting in any sort of criminal record, try to obtain the relevant documentation. You can do so by contacting the court that handled your case. Even if you were never ultimately convicted, you may need to supply documentation indicating this. 
  • Documents relating to interactions with immigration authorities – Have you ever interacted with immigration authorities acting in any sort of official capacity before? There may be records or documentation of said interactions if so. You might have to supply this documentation at certain stages in the immigration process.

Gathering the documentation, you need can prove challenging, depending on the circumstances. For example, requesting criminal records or documents from a court in another country may be a complex process. If you are seeking documentation of previous interactions with immigration authorities, you might have to submit a Freedom of Information Act request. A lawyer can assist you with such tasks.

Prove You Have Been in the U.S.

You may also need to prove you have been in the U.S. for a certain length of time to successfully complete the immigration process. Doing so might involve gathering other documents and records, such as:

  • Leases
  • Pay stubs
  • Employment contracts
  • Medical records
  • School or education records
  • Job training documentation
  • Any other official documents showing you have been in the U.S. for an extended period

Even if no one has told you that you need this documentation, there is no harm in gathering it now. Doing so may save you time in the future.

Contact a Michigan Immigration Attorney

One of the most effective ways to improve an immigration case is to work with a lawyer. An attorney who understands the system can help you present the strongest case possible.

At Stacer, PLC, a Michigan immigration lawyer is available to offer the assistance you deserve. Among other things, we can help with:

  • Visa applications
  • Employment-based immigration matters
  • Establishing permanent residency if you currently have a visa

Get started today by contacting us online or calling us at 734-453-7878 to schedule a meeting with our lawyer.