About Blandon Law

Our mission at Blandon Law is to open the door to your success regardless of how you define that success. Some we save from deportation. Others we save from significant harm in their home countries. Some we help so they can continue their U.S. businesses. Others we help bring to a land of amazing opportunities.

We know that your case is extremely important to you, and we want to assure you that it is extremely important to us. Please review the FAQs and do not hesitate to contact us if you if you have more questions and how we can help you!

How Can I Stay in the United States?

What type of visas can I get?

That depends on your purpose for staying in the United States. There are more than 20 different kinds of visas, including those for students, visitors, workers, and entrepreneurs. A consultation is required to determine your best option.

How can I get Legal Permanent Residency?

There are generally three ways: through protection laws (asylum, TPS, VAWA); family sponsorship (spouse, parent, child or sibling); and employment or investment. A consultation is required to determine your best option.

What Is My Role?

What can I do to increase the likelihood of success in my case?

Follow attorney advice and provide us the information and documents we are requesting. We prepare our cases thoroughly – with plenty of evidence provided by clients – to increase the likelihood of success.

When should I contact Blandon Law?

Let us know if you change your address, email or phone number. Also keep us informed of any documents you receive from the government or changes to your personal circumstances (marriage, change in employer, need to travel abroad).

How does Blandon Law help?

Since 2002, the Blandon Law team has dedicated itself exclusively to immigration cases. Applicants who work with attorneys are twice as likely to be approved, and maximize their benefits – such as work permits.

Can Blandon Law represent persons outside of Florida?

Because immigration is federal law, our attorneys represent clients who live throughout the United States and from over 80 countries.

What if I cannot attend a Court Hearing or Immigration interview?

Failure to attend Court may result in deportation. Failure to attend Immigration may result in a denial. So, contact us as soon as you know you cannot attend. If you have had a problem with travel, such as a car breakdown, make every effort to use alternate transportation (Uber, taxi, friend, or family). If those options are impossible, go get the car fixed that day and provide us with copies of the receipts to fix the car.

Should I provide you with background information about my country?

We have represented clients from over 80 countries and from all continents except
Antarctica. Thus, it is usually not necessary to provide us with general information about your country.

General Process Flowchart and Fees

How Soon Before My Case Is Filed? (Flowchart)

The General Process follows this flowchart:Blandon-Law-General-Immigrtation-Process-flowchart

How often am I contacted about the status of my case?

Until your case is filed, you will receive a message through the Blandon Law computer portal every two weeks or sooner. After your case is filed, you will only be notified if something changes. For example, we will call you when the government sends us any communication.

Will there be costs other than legal fees?

Third-party fees may include filing fees to government agencies, educational evaluations, advertisements, express delivery services, travel expenses, and outside copying services, among other things. Unless Blandon Law has agreed to other arrangements in writing, the case will not be submitted to any government agency until fees, costs and third party charges have been paid.

Can there be additional legal fees?

Any service that you request or is requested by a governmental agency in addition to the flat fee services will be subject to additional legal fees. The Client understands that the fee quoted is based on Blandon Law’s initial assessment of the matter for which the Client has retained the Law Firm, and that Blandon Law has no control over unforeseen circumstances. Blandon Law will advise the Client when it appears that a problem exists which will require additional time and effort, and proceed with the written approval of the Client.

What do I do if I have a question on a different matter than the pending case?

Call the office and we will direct you to the person who can best help you. If your matter has to do with other legal problems – such as personal injury, divorce, business contracts, or will and trusts – we can also refer you to a team of trusted professionals who can help you.

Providing Information

After the consultation, how do I provide other information?

Each client receives access to a password-protected system. The first step will be to complete a simple questionnaire giving us your information – such as address and names of family members. After the questionnaire is completed, the team member will contact you if anything is missing.

Can I go and talk to someone instead of use the computer questionnaire?

Yes, but it may take several days to schedule a face-to-face meeting. In order to work on your case as quickly as possible, our team member may call you instead. Keep in mind that scheduling a telephone consultation to review the questionnaire may also take several days.

Is my information kept confidential?

Absolutely. We will never share your information with anyone without your consent. Please note that you need to tell us not to release your information to your spouse or employer if previously (such as at a consultation) you had authorized us to discuss the case with them.

Providing Documents

Do I need to provide originals to Blandon Law?

No, we only keep copies. However, the government at some point will require originals. Make sure you provide us with copies of originals.

If I do not have all the required documents, should I provide what I have?

Yes. Documents should be uploaded using our computer system in a manner similar to answering the questionnaire. If you wish to bring them personally or send them through regular mail, those are other options.

Should I send my documents through email?

No. Email is not a safe method of communication. In addition, sending documents through email delays your process.

Filing Your Case

Do you think I have a chance of winning?

We agree to represent clients because we believe they have a good chance of winning based on the statements made at the consultation. So, whether we will win depends to a large part on whether the clients can provide us documents and information to prove what they said at the consultation. For example, if a client tells the attorney at the consultation that she suffered domestic violence by her US citizen husband, we would try to get a green card through the Violence Against Women Act. If later she cannot provide evidence that she lived with her husband, the case may be denied.

How long will it take for you to file my case?

After Blandon Law receives all of the requested documents and information, we can review and file a case within two weeks.

How long will it take for me to get my work permit?

Within ninety (90) days after filing the applications.

Consequences of Delaying Information or Documents

What other consequences are there for delaying?

The Law Firm will withdraw from the case if the Client fails to:

  1. Provide requested documents or information within 10 business days of receiving the request
  2. Make payment as required by this agreement
  3. Provide truthful information
  4. Follow any Immigration Court or government agency order
  5. Return phone calls within 48 hours
  6. Respond to system messages or emails within 48 hours
  7. Disclose facts that affect eligibility for the benefit, or
  8. Follow attorney advice

Keeping Clients Informed – Protocol for Calls, Messages and Meetings

Should I call or message my questions?

Depends on the question — simple ones will get a faster reply by message because our attorneys can answer them while waiting at a hearing. However, more complicated questions are more efficiently handled by a phone call. If you think it will take at least 15 minutes to discuss, please schedule a phone consultation.

How soon after calling Blandon Law can I expect a response?

Team members respond within 24 hours. If you do not receive a response within 24 hours, please call us again.

If I only want to speak with the attorney, how soon after calling can I expect a response?

Usually within 24 hours, but certainly within two business days.

Can I personally meet with the attorney while my case is in process?

Yes, if the attorney agrees that the meeting is the most efficient way to resolve the concern. Meetings must be scheduled to ensure that the attorney is available.

What is the policy on appointment times?

If you must meet with a team member, realize that your appointment is scheduled for a set time. If you are more than 10 minutes late, your appointment will likely be rescheduled.

Preparing For Your Interview at Immigration

What will my lawyer do to prepare me for the interview?

The Blandon Law team will request original documents from you. Only AFTER the original documents have been provided will the attorney review your file and schedule a meeting to prepare you for the interview. The attorney will figure out what is needed to win your case and will do that.

Can I provide the originals a day before the Immigration interview?

No. It is the client’s responsibility to provide the originals at least 10 days before the interview so that we have the opportunity to review the file and prepare you. If we discover that your documents are insufficient, you will need time to get the correct documents quickly.

What happens if I do not provide the correct documents for the interview?

Immigration will not approve your case. They may request more documents – resulting in a lengthy delay – or issue a denial.

How long will the interview take?

Most interviews take from a half hour to one hour. It is best to plan to take either the entire morning or the entire afternoon off from work.

Who will be present at the interview?

The Immigration officer, your attorney, and – if needed – a translator. If you are accompanied by someone, the officer will usually ask that person to wait in the lobby.

What questions will the Immigration Officer ask?

During the preparation meeting, your attorney will explain what questions will be asked, how to dress, and details about how the interview may go given your personal circumstances.

Preparing for Your Hearing at Immigration Court

What will my lawyer do to prepare for the hearing?

We will review recent changes in the law (if any), prepare you for the hearing, and review the evidence.

What is the difference between a Master and an Individual hearing?

A Master sets the date for the Individual. The Individual is the moment when you will present evidence for the judge to decide your case.

Can I provide additional evidence a day before the hearing?

It is the client’s responsibility to provide all evidence – including names and proof of immigration status of witnesses — at least ONE MONTH before the hearing. The Immigration Court has strict deadlines about when evidence has to be filed. We also must have a reasonable opportunity to review the documents.

How long will the hearing take?

It depends on which type of hearing. Master Calendar hearings usually last less than 10 minutes, but because many foreigners are scheduled at the same time, it is best to plan to be there at least two hours. Although most Individual hearings take less than two hours once they have started, it is best to plan to take the entire day off from work.

Who will be present at the hearing?

The Immigration Judge, your attorney, an attorney representing the Department of Homeland Security and – if needed – a translator. We recommend that you have your family, friends, and witnesses accompany you at the Individual Hearing. The witnesses will be asked to wait outside while you provide testimony. For the Master Calendar hearing, only those listed on the Notice to Appear should go. There will be other foreigners with their attorneys present in the courtroom at the date and time of your Master Calendar hearing.

What questions will be asked?

Your lawyer will ask questions first. Then, the attorney for Immigration will ask questions. The Immigration Judge may also have questions. During the preparation meeting, your attorney will explain what the main issues are in your case given your personal circumstances.

What if my case is denied by the Immigration Judge?

We will make every effort to win, but if the Judge issues a decision against you, there is an opportunity to file an appeal with the Board of Immigration Appeals. Similarly, the Board’s decision can be appealed to the federal courts.

Preparing for NVC-Scheduled Interview Appointment At the U.S. Embassy (Immigrant Visas)

What will my lawyer do to prepare for the interview?

The Blandon Law team will notify you of your interview appointment date, time, and location. We will review your file, send you U.S. Embassy or Consulate Interview Instructions and schedule a meeting to prepare you for your visa interview.

What happens if I do not take the correct documents to the interview?

The Consular Officer will not approve your case. They may request more documents – resulting in a lengthy delay – or issue a denial.

Who will be present at the interview?

The Consular Officer and you. You may also be accompanied, but the officer will usually ask that person to wait in the waiting room.

What questions will the consular officer ask?

During the preparation meeting, we will explain what questions will be asked and details about how the visa interview may go given your personal circumstances.

Are there additional fees for the Consular Process?

All individuals issued immigrant visas overseas must pay an additional USCIS Immigrant Fee before traveling to the United States. This is for the processing of the green card, which is government-issued identification for legal permanent residents. You will receive additional instructions regarding this payment once your visa has been approved.

Some Things Not To Do

What should I not do?

  1. Don’t argue your case – to an Officer, a Judge, or your lawyer. Your job is to provide information and documents so Blandon Law can argue on your behalf.
  2. Don’t get advice from non-lawyers, whether notaries or other persons with similar cases. Because the risk of harm is so great, it is illegal for non-lawyers to provide advice about which form to complete or what you should do.
  3. Don’t ignore our requests. Communication is vital to the success of your case. Do not assume you can reappear at our office after months of silence and we will continue with your case. The more likely result of your ignoring us is that we have withdrawn as your attorneys and have inactivated your case in our system.
  4. Do not violate the terms of our agreement. You signed a retainer with Blandon Law describing our agreement. Any amendment to that contract must be in writing and agreed to by the client and a representative of Blandon Law.

Conclusion

Although the immigration process seems complex and at times overwhelming, Blandon Law will draw on more than15 years of experience to present your best case. We are also one of the few law firms in the United States guaranteeing our customer service.

Always tell the truth, provide timely information, communicate with the attorneys and staff, and have patience with the process. Then, Blandon Law will help open the door to your success, including legal status, permanent residence and citizenship.

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