It is vital that you work with professionals, and depending on where you are based, certain restrictions might be put in place to regulate the industry and ensure that only trusted and regulated lawyers can offer their services.
The USA has certain authorized immigration services that people can use. Authorized service providers are accredited by the Department of Justice via their Office of Legal Access Programs
, and attorneys in good standing are not subject to any order restricting their ability to practice law. Using an authorized service ensures you are in safe hands.
These services can give advice regarding documentation, explain immigration options, and communicate on your behalf with USCIS
. They can also represent you before USCIS in certain situations.
In the UK, The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC)
is responsible for regulating immigration services and has certain standards that lawyers must meet. They are bound by law to have insurance against giving bad advice and to keep up to date with the most current immigration advice.
So that people can check which lawyers are regulated, the OISC maintains a register of the immigration advisers that can be checked for immigration law specialists in your local area.