There are a few different paths to having your family-based immigration needs met (see our infographic about the different options). One choice that people often opt for is hiring an immigration attorney. But, unless your case is complicated, such as you have convictions or need a waiver, attorneys statistically are not likely to help your chances and highly likely to cost 5 to 10 times more than RapidVisa and take significantly longer to process and review your petition.
We understand you have to do your homework. This is important. But don’t be taken advantage of. Do your research. Many of our customers first went to an attorney but after thousands of dollars and no results, contact us in the middle of the process and kick themselves for not using us sooner.
There are a few websites out there that are lead generators for lawyers, so of course, if you ask a question like “Should I use RapidVisa or should I use a lawyer?”, they’ll be biased. Oftentimes they try to lump us in with scammy sites that illegally sell forms or don’t know what they’re doing.
We’ve gathered some comments from some of these lawyers, and paraphrased them to keep the commenters anonymous out of respect.
Let’s debunk some of these concerns.
1. “You should never trust someone who is not an attorney to manage your legal matters. That’s like trusting somebody who is not a doctor for medical issues.”
Filing a visa petition is as much of a legal matter as getting your driver’s license. Do you hire a $3,000 attorney to apply for your driver’s license? The premise is pretentious and misleading. Petitioning for a family visa is not a legal matter, it’s a benefit request from your government. They don’t teach how to apply for visas or green cards in law school. Every lawyer who helps in these matters learned it on their own just like anyone else. That said, if you have legal issues that could complicate your situation, you definitely should get legal counsel.
RapidVisa does not offer legal advice or representation. Here’s what we do offer. Some lawyers have accused us of unauthorized practice of immigration law, or “UPIL”. RapidVisa and its software has been investigated and cleared by both the Department of Homeland Security and the Colorado Supreme Court. We offer a service similar to TurboTax for visa applications. Here’s news coverage of our company being investigated and cleared by the Colorado Supreme Court.
2. “An attorney can significantly improve your chances for approval. Every year, approximately 40-60% of fiancée visa petitions filed are not approved.”
This is false. The overall K-1 visa approval rate is around 95% according to NVC statistics. (Update 2019 – The approval rate has declined since Trump took office, but it’s still higher than 60%) These are scare tactics. Of course, everyone wants the best chance for approval but do you really want to hire someone who makes such a false statement? RapidVisa has an over 99% approval rate, which is a bit higher than the overall average. There is less than a 1% chance of a lawyer helping your odds better than RapidVisa.
3. “As an attorney, we do dozens of cases a year and therefore we are the most experienced option to go with.”
If your value proposition is that you are the most experienced because you have handled the most cases, then RapidVisa wins. We have over 60,000 approvals at over 99.7% approval rating. We have dozens of experienced representatives in 3 countries who help with these petitions every day.
Some attorneys take on all kinds of cases, immigration or not, and don’t get near the amount of experience on the level that we have. The typical local law firm might take on a few cases a year for a certain visa type. We help thousands of families, not dozens.
While lawyers definitely have their place, they are not necessary or feasible in most basic, clear-cut immigration benefit requests. If you have no legal issues or concerns, and you’re going by the book, RapidVisa is the clear choice.