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Hiring a Notary Public VS an Immigration Attorney

Read about the most important factors to consider when deciding between hiring a notary public vs an immigration attorney.

A notary public, also commonly referred to as a “notario,” is a public officer who has been constituted by law to provide professional service to the public for all non-contentious matters, including those related to foreign or international business relations. Among the main functions of a notary public are to administer affirmations / oaths, provide exemplifications and notarial copies, authenticate the execution of certain documents, take affidavits, provide notice of foreign drafts, and more.

The most important distinction that must be made between the abilities of a notary public and an immigration attorney is the inability of a notary public to offer immigration legal advice of any nature. The common derivation of a notary public, a “notario,” is often symbolic of an actual attorney in many other countries. In the United States, however, this is not the case. Therefore, you must be particularly vigilant when choosing the professional with whom you choose to work in regard to your immigration needs.

If you find yourself in a position that requires the knowledge and guidance of a legal professional, be sure that you do not entrust your case (or your money) to the hands of anyone other than an attorney or an accredited representative of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). We encourage persons who are looking for immigration advice and legal guidance to contact a New York immigration lawyer at Pozo Goldstien, LLP for the professional and reliable representation they deserve.

Advantages of Having a Lawyer on Your Side

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provides immigrants, aliens, and all other non-citizens of the country with the opportunity to seek residency in the U.S. through a variety of methods. Among these methods, which include filing for a green card, completing the naturalization process, and seeking a visa, the common denominator among all of them is the need to file forms through the USCIS.

While almost anyone can be enlisted to help an immigrant in his or her efforts to complete these forms, i.e. assisting in writing answers to the questions asked or translating documents into English, only a professional attorney can offer advice and / or guidance throughout the process. Therefore, if you are struggling to figure out which benefits to apply for, you should unquestionably turn to a New York immigration attorney from our firm for help. An attorney can help with the following:

  • Advising on the proper forms to submit to the USCIS
  • Explaining the different options available based on your circumstances
  • Communicating directly with USCIS about the details of your case

How Pozo Goldstein, LLP Can Help

If you are facing an immigration issue of any nature, you can seek the professional guidance and legal advice that you need by aligning yourself with an immigration attorney at our office. The legal team at Pozo Goldstein, LLP is comprised of a former judge and former U.S. immigration prosecutors, all of whom are committed to helping you take the right legal action for your case. Unlike a notary public, we have the skills and legal capabilities to guide you through the entire immigration process – from the beginning stages of your decision making, to the end stages of finalizing the actions that were taken.

When you work with Pozo Goldstein, LLP you will have 24-hour access to our team, 7 days a week. Our attorneys also provide clients with free in-house consultations at our New York office location. Here, you will receive the skillful representation of a large-firm, while still benefitting from the attention that is provided by a small firm. All of your needs will be met head-on by an experienced attorney at our firm, because we believe in providing our clients with the professional help they need when they need it most.